August 2007 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.
  • Aug 4 NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.

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Aug 7 "Eclipse" 3rd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown - initial print run 1 million copies

  • Aug 8 An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.
  • Aug 12 Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
  • Aug 14 Coordinated bombings in Yazidi communities in Iraq kill at least 500 people, the second-deadliest terror attack of all time
  • Aug 15 An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
  • Aug 21 Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
  • Aug 22 The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • Aug 23 Hashtag invented and first used in a tweet by US product designer Chris Messina
  • Aug 29 A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor (b. 1950)
  • Aug 2 Holden Roberto, Angolan founder and leader of the FNLA (b. 1923)
  • Aug 3 John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
  • Aug 5 Florian Pittiş, Romanian artist (b. 1943)
  • Aug 5 Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • Aug 6 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • Aug 7 Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (b. 1931)
  • Aug 7 Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (b. 1919)
  • Aug 8 Joybubbles, A notable phone phreak. (b. 1949)
  • Aug 8 Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)
  • Aug 9 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer, photojournalist (b. 1922)
  • Aug 9 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, dies at 84
  • Aug 10 Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American member of Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 James E. Faust, Second Councilor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (b. 1920)
  • Aug 12 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (b. 1963)
  • Aug 13 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist (b. 1902)
  • Aug 13 Yone Minagawa, Japanese woman, oldest person (114) (b. 1893)
  • Aug 15 John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (b. 1918)
  • Aug 15 Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)
  • Aug 16 Bahaedin Adab, Iranian MP (b. 1945)
  • Aug 17 Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • Aug 18 Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff (b. 1938)
  • Aug 20 Leona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor (b. 1920)
  • Aug 20 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • Aug 21 Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • Aug 24 Andrée P. Boucher, Mayor of Quebec City (b. 1937)
  • Aug 26 Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician (b. 1928)
  • Aug 28 Arthur Jones, American inventor of the Nautilus exercise machines (b. 1926)
  • Aug 28 Paul B. MacCready, Jr., American aeronautical engineer (b. 1925)
  • Aug 28 Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 28 Nikola Nobilo, New Zealand winemaker (b. 1913)
  • Aug 29 Pierre Messmer, French politician and Prime Minister (b. 1916)
  • Aug 29 Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)
  • Aug 29 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (b. 1914)
  • Aug 30 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • Aug 30 Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)