On This Day

What Happened in August 2010

Historical Events


CameraFamous Photo

Aug 1 200m x 250m photo mosaic commemorating the life of Filipino President Corazon Aquino is unveiled near Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta Park, Manila

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Aug 1 Australian Stuart Appleby finishes with an 11-under-59 to win the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, to become only the 5th player and first non-American to break 60 on the PGA Tour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Sahalee CC: Berhard Langer of Germany wins by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Fred Couples

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Aug 1 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 21 year old Yani Tseng of Taiwan becomes youngest-ever winner of 3 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of Katherine Hull of Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Aug 4 On 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career home run, Alex Rodriguez reaches the 600 HR mark in the NY Yankees 5-1 win v Toronto; 7th and youngest to reach milestone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 Group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan & Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg is confirmed as winning bidder in court ordered auction of Texas Rangers MLB franchise (value $593m)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 7 Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, John Randle, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little & Dick LeBeau are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Aug 7 Hampered by a back injury Indian cricket batsman VVS Laxman scores a brave, unbeaten 103 to guide India to a 5 wicket win v Sri Lanka in Colombo; draw series
  • Aug 14 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games opens in Singapore
  • Aug 15 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Whistling Straits GC: Martin Kaymer of Germany wins his first major title by 1 stroke in 3-hole aggregate playoff with Bubba Watson
  • Aug 19 Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait
  • Aug 21 New Zealand clinch their 10th Tri Nations Rugby Series with one match remaining, scoring 2 tries in the last 3 minutes to beat South Africa, 29–22 in the first-ever Test at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg
  • Aug 22 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Crosswater Club: Fred Funk wins last of 3 Champions Tour majors by 1 stroke from Michael Allen and Taiwan's Lu Chien-soon
  • Aug 23 Manila hostage crisis, which occurred at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where a dismissed police officer took hostage a tour bus full of Chinese nationals.

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Aug 29 62nd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Bryan Cranston & Kyra Sedgwick win

  • Aug 29 Canadian Open Women's Golf, St. Charles CC: Michelle Wie wins by 3 from Suzann Pettersen, Jiyai Shin, Jee Young Lee & Kristy McPherson

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 1 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (33) weds business consultant Kimberly Brook at the Kabbalah Center in Tel Aviv, Israel

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 7 British pop star Robbie Williams (36) weds actress Ayda Field (31) in an intimate ceremony at a Beverly Hills mansion

  • Aug 7 "Dancing in the Dark" host Rossi Morreale (33) weds one half of identical twin country duo "Kate and Kacey" Kacey Coppola at the Grande Antigua Resort and Spa in Antigua

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 14 Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Actress/Singer
Hilary Duff
  • Aug 21 Actor and director Stephen Moyer (41) weds actress Anna Paquin (28) at a private estate in Malibu
  • Aug 23 Spanish singer Julio Iglesias (66) weds Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger (44) at Virgen del Carmen Church in Marbella, Spain
  • Aug 25 Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (40) weds Tatiana Blatnik (29) at the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas on Spetses Island in Greece
  • Aug 28 "Pretty Little Liars" actor Chad Lowe (42) weds film producer Kim Painter at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 31 Actress Leelee Sobieski (27) weds fashion designer Adam Kimmel in Italy


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 23 Former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (30) divorces professional golfer Tiger Woods (34) after 6 years of marriage

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Lolita Lebrón, Puerto Rican nationalist (b. 1919)
  • Aug 1 Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby, cricket representative (international cricket umpire, rugby referee), dies at 99
  • Aug 1 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director, dies at 100
  • Aug 5 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), dies at 93
  • Aug 7 Manon Alving, Dutch actress (The Assault, Short American), dies at 87

Person of interestPatricia Neal

Aug 8 Patricia Neal, American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses) and wife of Roald Dahl, dies at 84

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • Aug 9 Ted Stevens, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009), dies at 86
  • Aug 10 Antonio Pettigrew, American athlete (World C'ship gold 400m 1991), dies by overdose medication containing diphenhydramine at 42
  • Aug 11 Markus Liebherr, German born Swiss owner of Southampton Football Club (b. 1948)
  • Aug 11 Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Scottish Conservative politician (1959-2001), dies at 86
  • Aug 11 Dan Rostenkowski, American politician (Rep-D-Il, 1959-94), convicted of mail fraud, dies at 82
  • Aug 12 Isaac Bonewits, founder of U.S. Druid organization Ar Ndraiocht Fein (b. 1949)
  • Aug 12 Guido de Marco, 6th president of Malta, 45th President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1931)
  • Aug 12 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • Aug 12 Paul Ryan Rudd, American stage and screen actor, dies at 70
  • Aug 13 Lance Cade, American pro wrestler (WWE Tag Team Champion [with Trevor Murdoch] 2005), dies from accidental drug overdose at 29
  • Aug 13 Edwin Newman, American broadcast journalist (b. 1919)
  • Aug 14 Herman Leonard, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • Aug 14 Tahar Wattar, Algerian novelist (b. 1936)
  • Aug 14 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset), dies at 88
  • Aug 15 James J. Kilpatrick, American newspaper journalist and columnist (60 Minutes), dies at 89
  • Aug 16 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, dies at 86
  • Aug 17 Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and 8th President of the Italian Republic (1985-92), dies at 82
  • Aug 17 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet (At Eighty), dies at 90
  • Aug 18 Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b.1931)
  • Aug 18 Scott Davis, American Announcer of Track and Field (b.1943)
  • Aug 18 Benjamin Kaplan, American copyright scholar, dies at 99
  • Aug 18 Kenneth "Kenny" Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys, Bryndle), dies of cancer and a blood disorder at 64
  • Aug 19 Michael Been, American musician (The Call), dies at 60
  • Aug 21 Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, Argentinean writer (b. 1941)
  • Aug 21 Nancy Dolman, Canadian actress and comedienne (b. 1950)
  • Aug 22 Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)
  • Aug 24 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director, dies at 46
  • Aug 27 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), dies at 76
  • Aug 27 Luna Vachon, Professional Wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Aug 28 William P. Foster, notable band director and founder of the Marching 100 of Florida A&M University
  • Aug 29 Hans Ulrich Humpert, German composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 30 Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)
  • Aug 31 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), dies of cancer at 50