2015 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 355

  • Jan 1 Lithuania adopts the euro as its currency, replacing the litas and becoming the 19th member of the Eurozone
  • Jan 1 Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Jan 3 18 people are killed after the Norwegian cargo ship MS Bulk Jupiter sinks off the coast of Vietnam
  • Jan 3 Over 2,000 people are killed in north-east Nigeria after Boko Haram militants raze the town of Baga
  • Jan 4 Gary Anderson of Scotland wins the PDC World Darts Championship

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Jan 7 Terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris kills 12 (including Jean Cabut and Stéphane Charbonnier), injures 11

  • Jan 7 A car bomb explodes in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, killing 38 people and injuring more than 63
  • Jan 10 57 people are killed after an oil tanker collided with a passenger coach outside of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jan 10 72 people are killed & 169 hospitalized after a mass poisoning of beer with crocodile bile at a funeral in Mozambique
  • Jan 11 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Croatia
  • Jan 14 63 people are killed & 70,000 are left homeless after floods devastate Mozambique and Malawi

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Jan 23 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is crowned King of Saudi Arabia, on the death of this half-brother King Abdullah

King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
King of Saudi Arabia
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Jan 26 Libby Lane is ordained as the first female bishop of the Church of England
  • Jan 29 Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident
  • Jan 31 Sergio Mattarella is elected President of Italy
  • Jan 31 Australia defeats South Korea in football to win the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
  • Jan 31 Pr-Football Hall of Fame inductees: Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Will Shields, Tim Brown, and Mick Tingelhoff
  • Feb 5 65th Berlin International Film Festival: "Taxi" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 8 Ivory Coast wins the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football championship
  • Feb 11 Francesco Schettino, Captain of the Costa Concordia that ran aground 2012, is convicted of manslaughter in Grosseto and sentenced to 16 years in jail
  • Feb 22 57th Daytona 500: Joey Logano wins (148.379 MPH)
  • Feb 25 BRIT Awards: Best Single "Uptown Funk", Best Album "X" by Ed Sheeran
  • Feb 27 Russian politician Boris Nemtsov is assassinated in Moscow

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Mar 3 "Under the Dome" a documentary on pollution in China by Chai Jing has been viewed over 150 million times in 3 days on Tencent

Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Environmental Activist
Chai Jing
  • Mar 5 -8th Islamic State militants ransack and destroy ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra and Dur-Sharrukin in Iraq
  • Mar 6 US State Department charges 2 Vietnamese and a Canadian citizen with cyberfraud, for stealing 1 billion email addresses for spam
  • Mar 6 NASA's Dawn spacecraft enters orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres
  • Mar 7 54 people are killed & 143 are wounded by 5 Boko Haram suicide bombings in Maiduguri city, Nigeria

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Mar 9 US President Barack Obama signs an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat to the US

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Mar 13 Cyclone Pam causes widespread damage in Vanuatu and the South Pacific, including 15-16 deaths.
  • Mar 24 Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board
  • Mar 24 The Opportunity rover becomes the first to complete a Martian marathon
  • Mar 26 Richard III of England (1452-1485) is reburied at Leicester Cathedral in England, after being discovered under a carpark in Leicester in 2012
  • Mar 27 Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M launches to deliver three crew members to the international space station to research the long-term effects of micro gravity
  • Mar 29 Nigerian General Election - voting is extended to a 2nd day. death toll from Boko Haram attacks at 43
  • Apr 1 56 people are killed after the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sinks off the coast of the Kamchatka Penninsula
  • Apr 2 140 people are killed after gunmen attack Garissa University College, Kenya
  • Apr 5 Rolling Stone Magazine retracts its "Rape on Campus" story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia after being discredited

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Apr 11 Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet in Panama, the 1st meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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Apr 12 Hillary Clinton announces she will run for the Democratic nominee for US President for the 2nd time

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Apr 13 Migrant ship carrying around 550 sinks off the Libyan coast, about 400 drown.
  • Apr 14 The oldest stone tools, at 3.3 million-years old, are found at Lomekwi 3, Kenya
  • Apr 19 Boat carrying approx. 850 migrants is shipwrecked in the Mediterranean between Italian and Libya, with only 27 migrants rescued.
  • Apr 20 2015 Pulitzer Prize: Anthony Doerr's novel All the Light We Cannot See & Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
  • Apr 23 Loretta Lynch is confirmed as the first African-American woman as US Attorney-General
  • Apr 24 Armenia commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire
  • Apr 25 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli Peninsula landings in Turkey by ANZAC forces during WWI
  • Apr 25 7.8-magnitude earthquake near Kathmandu in Nepal, killing 8000, leaving over 100,000 homeless, destroying many historic sites
  • Apr 26 Nursultan Nazarbayev is re-elected President of Kazakhstan with 97.7% of the vote
  • Apr 26 FC Bayern Munich wins the 2014–15 Bundesliga for a 25th time
  • Apr 29 Indonesia executes 8 prisoners, including 7 foreigners, for drug offences at Besi Prison on the island of Nusakambangan
  • Apr 29 German Measles is declared eradicated from North and South America - 1st world region to do so

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Apr 30 US senator Bernie Sanders announces he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • May 1 Expo 2015 opens in Milan (thru till 31st October)
  • May 2 Celtic wins the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership
  • May 4 Stuart Bingham wins the 2015 World Snooker Championship
  • May 5 Scientists announce the discovery of the oldest & most distant galaxy known to man, EGS-zs8-1
  • May 5 Archaeornithura meemannae, the oldest known prehistoric bird, is discovered
  • May 7 British General Elections: Conservative Party win outright majority and David Cameron returns as Prime Minister

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May 7 Archaeologists partially discover a silver ingot of Captain William Kidd's treasure

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd
  • May 9 A gun fight erupts in Macedonian town of Kumanovo between police and Albanian separatists adding to the government crisis

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May 11 Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso's The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • May 11 India's poulation officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
  • May 17 A mudslide hits the alpine town of Salgar in Western Colombia killing over 50 people
  • May 17 Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco Texas leave 9 death and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime
  • May 17 Canada defeats Russia to win gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship
  • May 17 Melbourne Victory FC defeats Sydney FC to win the Australian A-League

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May 19 Historic first handshake between Prince Charles and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • May 19 UK inflation is recorded as a negative for the first time since 1960
  • May 20 Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest man-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, the 1st found to pre-date the Homo genus.
  • May 20 5 major world banks (JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup, RBS and UBS) fined US$5.7bn for manipulating currency markets - some of the largest ever fines
  • May 22 Ireland becomes 1st country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote
  • May 29 Heat wave in India centered in Telengana and Andhra Pradesh states is reported to have killed 1800 people in a week
  • May 29 "Jurassic World", directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard premieres in Paris

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May 29 Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as the President of Nigeria

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • May 29 Sepp Blatter is elected to a fifth term as president of FIFA
  • May 30 Namibia defeat Mozambique 2-0 to win the 2015 COSAFA Cup
  • May 30 FC Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the 2014–15 Copa del Rey final
  • Jun 1 Cruise ship carrying 458 people capsizes on Yangtze River, less than 50 survive
  • Jun 2 US Congress passes new legislation to reform National Security Agency procedures, restricting gathering of phone records.
  • Jun 2 FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces his resignation, 5 days after his re-election, amid FIFA's involement in a bribery scandel
  • Jun 2 100 volunters in Bhutan set a world record for tree planting - 49,672 in 1 hour
  • Jun 3 200 people are killed by an explosion at a gasoline station in Accra, Ghana
  • Jun 3 Dr. Jesse Selber performs the world's first partial-skull and scalp transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Jun 6 Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York
  • Jun 6 236th Epsom Derby: Golden Horn ridden by Frankie Dettori wins
  • Jun 7 69th Tony Awards: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "Fun Home" win 5 awards
  • Jun 7 -8 41st G7 summit held in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria
  • Jun 12 Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars
  • Jun 12 Al-Qaeda's 2nd-in-command Nasser al-Wuhayshi (Osama Bin Laden's former private secretary) is killed in a US air strike in Yemen
  • Jun 13 Floods in Tbilisi Georgia, kill 12 people and free animals from the city's zoo including bears and hippos to roam the city
  • Jun 13 Philae, 1st spacecraft to land on a comet in European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission re-awakes after 7 months

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Jun 15 Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, announces he will run for the US Presidency in Miami

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • Jun 15 Remains of a 2,000 year old women dubbed "the sleeping beauty" are announced discovered in Northern Ethiopia from ancient kingdom of Aksum
  • Jun 15 800 year anniversary of "the birthplace of modern democracy,", the signing of the Magna Carta by King John at Runymeade, England
  • Jun 17 9 people are shot and killed inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 21 year old gunman

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Jun 17 US Treasury announced that the image of Alexander Hamilton will be replaced from the US $10 bill by an image of a woman

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton

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Jun 18 Pope Francis blames human selfishness for global warming in his encyclical, named "Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home"

Pope Francis
  • Jun 18 18 vigilantes are killed & 53 are injured after an accidental detonation of an explosive device in Monguno, Nigeria
  • Jun 19 Pixar's "Inside Out" is released

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, daughter of Prince William, born in London
  • Jun 15 Prince Nicolas of Sweden, Duke of Ångermanland, born in Danderyd

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 137

  • Jan 1 Mario Cuomo, American Democratic Party politician and the 52nd Governor of New York (1983-95), dies of a heart condition at 82
  • Jan 1 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 64
  • Jan 1 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Omar Karami, Lebanese Prime Minister (1992-94, 2004-05), dies at 80

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Jan 3 Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass), first popularly elected African American to the US Senate (1967-79), dies at 95

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke

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Jan 7 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • Jan 7 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76
  • Jan 10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • Jan 12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • Jan 13 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world famous whistler, dies at 91
  • Jan 21 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • Jan 23 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (2005-2015), dies at 90
  • Jan 26 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93
  • Jan 27 Charles Townes, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), dies at 99
  • Jan 29 Colleen McCullough, New Zealand-born Australian author (The Thorn Birds), dies at 77

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Jan 30 Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist, father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Carl Djerassi
  • Jan 31 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94
  • Feb 1 Beryl Platt [Baroness Platt of Writtle], British Engineer, politician and CEO, dies at 91
  • Feb 1 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • Feb 3 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), dies at 78
  • Feb 6 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • Feb 7 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher/multi-millionaire, dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Feb 12 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • Feb 14 Louis Jourdan, French actor (Gigi, Octopussy), dies at 93
  • Feb 14 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • Feb 14 Michele Ferrero, Italian entrepreneur (Ferrero SpA) created Nutella, dies at 89
  • Feb 26 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Feb 27 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91
  • Feb 27 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow
  • Feb 28 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • Mar 2 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • Mar 9 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), dies at 94

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Mar 12 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett

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Mar 12 Michael Graves, American postmodernist architect and designer, dies at 80

Architect Michael Graves
Michael Graves
  • Mar 14 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember) dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87

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Mar 20 Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister (Liberal, 1975-83), dies at 84

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 20 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), dies at 91
  • Mar 21 Leon Brittan, [Baron Brittan of Spennithorne] British politician and Home Secretary, dies at 75

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Mar 23 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), dies of pneumonia at 91

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • Mar 26 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83
  • Apr 1 John Paul Hammerschmidt, (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), dies at 92
  • Apr 3 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, dies at 73
  • Apr 12 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, dies at 74

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Apr 13 Günter Grass, German writer (The Tin Drum) and playwright and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Apr 18 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • Apr 20 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), dies at 96
  • Apr 29 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91
  • May 2 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 6 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • May 9 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • May 24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice-President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47
  • Jun 1 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), dies at 55
  • Jun 2 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), dies at 88
  • Jun 4 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96
  • Jun 5 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, dies at 79
  • Jun 6 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney/author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80
  • Jun 7 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), dies at 89
  • Jun 8 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), dies at 105
  • Jun 15 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), dies at 98
  • Jun 16 Charles Correa, Indian architect (McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT), dies at 84
  • Jun 17 Suleyman Demirel, Turkish leader, President (1993-2000) and Prime Minister, dies at 90
  • Jun 20 Nazar Singh, British great-grandfather, believed to be Europe's oldest man, dies at 111
  • Jun 21 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86
  • Jun 22 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, dies at 83
  • Jun 24 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), dies at 97
  • Jun 29 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), dies at 65
  • Jul 1 Sir Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), dies at 106
  • Jul 1 Lawrence Herkimer, American "Grandfather of Cheerleading" (founded National Cheerleading Association, patented the pom-pom), dies at 89
  • Jul 3 Boyd K. Packer, LDS church apostle, dies at 90
  • Jul 5 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 94
  • Jul 8 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • Jul 11 Satoru Iwata, Japanese CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jul 11 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jul 15 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, dies at 98
  • Jul 17 Rev Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, dies at 99 (d. 2015)
  • Jul 20 Elio Fiorucci, Italian fashion designer, dies at 80
  • Jul 21 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • Jul 26 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, dies in a coma at 22
  • Jul 27 [Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen] Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India, dies at 83
  • Jul 28 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), dies at 87
  • Aug 2 Forrest Bird, American aviator, inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • Aug 3 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96
  • Aug 3 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • Aug 7 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), dies at 101
  • Aug 9 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • Aug 15 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Aug 18 Louis Stokes, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99 ), dies at 90
  • Aug 20 Egon Bahr, German journalist and politician (Ostpolitik policy), dies at 93
  • Aug 21 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81
  • Aug 22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • Aug 25 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, dies at 83
  • Aug 29 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You), dies at 75
  • Aug 30 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • Aug 30 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), dies at 91