What Happened on August 19, 2008

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


Music releaseAlbum Release

"The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • Britain's Victoria Pendleton beats Anna Mears in the women's cycling sprint final at the Beijing Olympics; GB dominates the track winning 7 of 10 gold medals
  • Chris Hoy encapsulates British dominance of track cycling at the Beijing Olympics beating team mate Jason Kenny to win the sprint, adding to his keirin and team sprint gold medals
  • Reigning world champion, Christine Ohuruogu wins the women's 400m at the Beijing Olympics; GB's 50th gold medal in Olympic track & field competition
  • The men's gymnastics program at the Beijing Olympics concludes with the home team from China dominating the medals tally takes 7 of 8 gold medals; Zou Kai wins 3

Famous Divorces

  • Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), dies at 59