August 2016 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Anthrax outbreak in Yamalo-Nenets, Siberia kills one and infects 8 others, also kills 2,300 reindeer, global warming blamed
  • Aug 9 Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years
  • Aug 11 A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists
  • Aug 12 Cannes becomes first French resort to ban the burkini
  • Aug 16 Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting evacuation of 82,000 people
  • Aug 17 Flood waters recede in Louisiana leaving 13 dead and damaging 4,000 homes
  • Aug 20 Suicide bombing in Turkish city Gaziantep during a wedding party kills at least 51
  • Aug 24 Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri
  • Aug 24 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400
  • Aug 29 Italian coastguard says 6,500 migrants rescued at sea in 40 separate incidents in 1 day off coast of Sabratha, Libya
  • Aug 31 Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Queen Anne of Romania [Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma], dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, (Nobel Prize 1999), dies at 70
  • Aug 6 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-950, dies at 92
  • Aug 7 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, dies at 82
  • Aug 8 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, dies at 93
  • Aug 9 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and 3rd richest Britain, dies at 64
  • Aug 13 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), dies at 94
  • Aug 16 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, dies at 100
  • Aug 16 John McLaughlin, TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89
  • Aug 17 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, dies at 82
  • Aug 22 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), dies at 92
  • Aug 23 Reinhard Selten, German economist, (Nobel Prize 1994), dies at 85
  • Aug 24 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97
  • Aug 24 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 64
  • Aug 25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, dies at 86
  • Aug 25 James Cronin, American nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize 1980), dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Gene Wilder, [Jerome Silberman], American actor ( Blazing Saddles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), dies at 83
  • Aug 30 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, dies at 95