What Happened in August 2006

Historical Events

  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 20 88th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Medinah Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 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.

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 24 After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 killing 49 of 50 on board

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Aug 27 58th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Aug 30 63rd Venice Film Festival: "Still Life" directed by Jia Zhangke wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 31 23rd MTV Video Music Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt win

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 4 Former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche (30) weds PJ Mansfield at Church of The Nativity of the Blessed Mary in Saggart Village, Dublin
  • Aug 12 "Syfy" actor Sam Huntington (24) weds actress Rachel Klein in Hancock, New Hampshire
  • Aug 12 Phil McGraw's son and "Renovate My Family" host Jay McGraw (27) weds former Playboy playmate Erica Dahm (28) in Beverly Hills, California
  • Aug 19 Brazilian model Luciana Morad (36) weds Brazilian TV producer Marcelo de Carvalho at Ponta das Canas near the coast of Sao Paulo
  • Aug 26 "Days of our Lives" actor Billy Warlock (45) weds actress Julie Pinson in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Aug 26 2004 X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein (37) weds jazz musician Eileen Hunter at King's College Chapel in Aberdeen, Scotland

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Investor Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett

Famous Deaths

  • 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 3 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • Aug 3 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, singer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 4 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • 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, sci-fi author (b. 1914)
  • Aug 11 Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1925)
  • Aug 13 Tony Jay, English actor (b. 1933)
  • Aug 13 Payao Poontarat, Thai Olympic boxer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 14 Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • Aug 15 Te Atairangi Kaahu, Māori queen (b. 1931)
  • Aug 15 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • Aug 15 Doug White, American news anchor
  • Aug 15 Faas Wilkes, Dutch international footballer
  • Aug 16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • Aug 16 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (b. 1975)
  • Aug 16 Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • Aug 18 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 18 Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)
  • Aug 20 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • 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)
  • Aug 21 Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • Aug 22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • Aug 23 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1928)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
  • Aug 24 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor (b. 1916)
  • Aug 24 Cristian Nemescu, Romanian film director (b.1979)
  • Aug 24 James Carl Tenney, American composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 26 Rainer Barzel, German politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 26 Clyde Walcott, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (b. 1926)
  • Aug 27 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • Aug 27 Maria Capovilla, oldest woman alive from 2004-2006 (b. 1889)
  • Aug 27 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-born guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)
  • Aug 28 Benoît Sauvageau, French Canadian politician (b. 1963)
  • 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 Glenn Ford, Canadian-born American actor (b. 1916)
  • Aug 30 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • Aug 30 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (b. 1977)
  • Aug 31 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (b. 1983)