On This Day

What Happened on August 11, 2008

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Abhinav Bindra wins men's 10m air rifle at the Beijing Olympics, the first ever individual Olympic gold medal for India, and India's first gold medal in any Olympic event since 1980

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Airbnb is founded by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk

Co-founder of Airbnb Brian Chesky
Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian Chesky
  • Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima repeats 1st leg of his Athens Olympics 100/200m breaststroke double at the Beijing Games winning the 100m in world record 58.91; goes on to win 200m event

Sports record brokenWorld Record

The US 4 x 100m freestyle replay team of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones & Jason Lezak beats France by 8 seconds to win gold and smash world record at the Beijing Olympics


Famous Deaths

  • George Furth, American actor and director (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), dies at 75
  • Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80