August 2006 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 4 Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in on 23 August.
  • Aug 10 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.

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Aug 15 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass membership of the Waffen-SS in WWII

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Aug 23 Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • Aug 24 The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.

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Aug 25 Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko is sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko
  • Aug 27 Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.

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Aug 31 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch

Weddings in History

  • Aug 4 Former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche (30) weds PJ Mansfield at Church of The Nativity of the Blessed Mary in Saggart Village, Dublin

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Aug 30 Billionaire Warren Buffett (76) weds longtime companion Astrid Menks (60) in Omaha

Investor Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)
  • Aug 1 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (b. 1924)
  • Aug 1 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • Aug 5 Susan Butcher, American sled dog champion (b. 1954)
  • Aug 7 Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (b. 1911)
  • Aug 9 James van Allen, American physicist (b. 1914)
  • Aug 9 Philip E. High, science fiction author (b. 1914)
  • Aug 15 Te Atairangi Kaahu, Māori queen (b. 1931)
  • Aug 15 Doug White, American news anchor
  • Aug 16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • Aug 16 Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • Aug 18 Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)
  • Aug 20 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • Aug 20 Cpl Bryan Budd VC, British soldier (Afghanistan) (b. 1977)
  • Aug 21 Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (b. 1941)

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Aug 23 Ed Warren, American paranormal investigator, dies at 79

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
  • Aug 26 Rainer Barzel, German politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 27 Maria Capovilla, oldest woman alive from 2004-2006 (b. 1889)
  • Aug 28 Benoît Sauvageau, French Canadian politician (b. 1963)
  • Aug 28 Melvin Schwartz, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1932)
  • Aug 28 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), dies at 73
  • Aug 30 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • Aug 30 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (b. 1977)