On This Day

What Happened on August 13, 2008

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events


Sports record brokenWorld Record

American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins 3 gold medals, all in world record time, in the one day at the Beijing Olympics; 200m I/M (1:54.23), 200m butterfly (1.52.03) and 4 x 200m freestyle relay (6:58.56)

  • Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice wraps up the medley double at the Beijing Olympics when she swims world record 2:08.45 to win the 200m I/M gold medal
  • Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini sets new world record 1:54.82 to claim 200m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; runner-up Sara Isaković is Slovenia's first Olympic swim medal winner
  • The Baltic state slides into recession with a 0.9% fall in second-quarter GDP after a drop of 0.5% in the first quarter; it falls deeper into recession in the third quarter when the economy contracted 3.3%

Famous Deaths

  • Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • Dino Toso, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
  • Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)