August 2005 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 3 President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.

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Aug 4 Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th and first black Governor General.

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
  • Aug 12 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
  • Aug 12 An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
  • Aug 12 Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
  • Aug 12 An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
  • Aug 16 West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.
  • Aug 17 The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • Aug 18 Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killings in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
  • Aug 18 Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
  • Aug 19 The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins
  • Aug 19 A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities. In Toronto, it is also dubbed as the Toronto Supercell.
  • Aug 23 Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane
  • Aug 23 TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41.
  • Aug 29 Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
  • Aug 31 A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.

Weddings in History

  • Aug 5 Bavaria's Prince Leopold's son Prince Manuel von Bayern (31) weds Prince Ludwig-Ferdinand's daughter Princess Anna of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Sweden
  • Aug 20 Award-winning American news anchor Lauren Sanchez (35) weds prominent talent agent Patrick Whitesell at The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • Aug 21 "Strictly Come Dancing" hostess Natasha Kaplinsky (32) weds investment banker Justin Bower at St. Margaret's Church in Somerset, England
  • Aug 30 "Squeeze" band founder Jools Holland (47) weds sculptor Christabel McEwen at St. James Church in Cooling, Kent, England

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), dies at 84
  • Aug 1 Constant Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter (b. 1920)
  • Aug 1 Wibo, Dutch cartoonist (b. 1918)
  • Aug 2 Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)
  • Aug 3 Françoise d'Eaubonne, French feminist (b. 1920)
  • Aug 4 Anatoly Larkin, Russian American physicist (b. 1932)
  • Aug 5 Raul Roco, Philippine senator (b. 1941)
  • Aug 6 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)

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Aug 7 Peter Jennings, Canadian-born news anchor (b. 1938)

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • Aug 8 Ahmed Deedat, Islamic scholar (b. 1918)
  • Aug 8 John H. Johnson, African-American publisher (b. 1918)
  • Aug 8 Monica Sjöö, Swedish artist (b. 1938)
  • Aug 9 Judith Rossner, American novelist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 12 John Loder, co-founder of the anarcho-punk band CRASS (b. 1946)
  • Aug 13 David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1942)
  • Aug 16 Joe Ranft, American animator (b. 1960)
  • Aug 16 Frère Roger, Swiss monk and mystic (b. 1915)
  • Aug 16 William Corlett, English children's writer(b. 1938)
  • Aug 17 John Bahcall, American astrophysicist (b. 1934)
  • Aug 21 Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • Aug 21 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
  • Aug 23 Ninjalicious, Canadian author and urban explorer (b. 1973)
  • Aug 25 Peter Glotz, German politician (b. 1939)
  • Aug 26 Robert Denning, American interior designer (b. 1927)
  • Aug 28 Esther Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1910)
  • Aug 28 George Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Joseph Rotblat, Polish-British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1908)