What Happened in August 2014

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Indiana Pacers NBA super-star Paul George suffers a gruesome compound fracture of his lower right leg in a Team USA scrimmage
  • Aug 1 USA and UN announce a 72 hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it quickly breaks down
  • Aug 2 Super Rugby Final, ANZ Stadium, Sydney: NSW Waratahs win their first SR title in a nail-biting 33-32 home effort against New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders
  • Aug 3 The Israeli Defence Force remove much of its ground forces from the Gaza Strip following the destruction of 32 tunnels built by Hamas and other militants
  • Aug 3 At least 13 Palestinians reported killed in ongoing air raids and tank shelling by Israel
  • Aug 4 Hamas and Israel agree to another 72 hour ceasefire

Historic Event

Aug 5 Obama signs The Iron Dome Bill providing $225 million in additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense

  • Aug 8 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO
  • Aug 8 Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade
  • Aug 10 Israeli and Palestinian officials agree to another 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt
  • Aug 10 Unrest breaks out in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of African-American Michael Brown (18) by a police officer Darren Wilson

PGA Championship

Aug 10 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Valhalla GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins his second PGA C'ship by 1 shot from Phil Mickelson

  • Aug 12 Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1000
  • Aug 12 World Health Organization (WHO) gives its 'cautious blessing' to the use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus
  • Aug 13 Israeli and Palestinian cease fire agreed to on August 8 is extended for another 120 hours to provide time for further negotiations
  • Aug 13 Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the Fields Medal in mathematics
  • Aug 17 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Monroe GC: Defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea beats runner-up Brittany Lincicome on 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff for her 5th major title
  • Aug 19 The 24 hour ceasefire extension renewal between Israel and Palestine is violated as Hamas fire rockets; Israeli Air Force respond, killing 9 Gazans

Death of the Aral Sea

Aug 19 NASA satellites take photos showing that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had for the first time completely dried up

  • Aug 21 Israeli airstrike in Rafah kills Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al Atar and Mohammed Barhoum - 3 of Hamas's top commanders
  • Aug 22 2nd Ebola death in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country
  • Aug 24 Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone
  • Aug 24 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Ryu So-yeon wins by 2 from fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi

Emmy Awards

Aug 25 66th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers broadcast on NBC

  • Aug 26 Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry informs the WHO of an outbreak of Ebola; later confirmed as a different strain to that affecting west Africa
  • Aug 26 Israel and Hamas accept another ceasefire

Agreement of Interest

Aug 26 Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion

  • Aug 27 Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”

Film Premiere

Aug 27 "Birdman" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2015)

  • Aug 27 71st Venice Film Festival: "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" directed by Roy Andersson wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 29 Senegal is 5th country hit by Ebola
  • Aug 29 Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals

Famous Weddings

Kamala Harris

Aug 22 California Attorney General Kamala Harris marries lawyer Douglas Emhoff in Santa Barbara

Wedding of Interest

Aug 23 Actress Angelina Jolie (39) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (50) in Correns, France

  • Aug 30 NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade (32) weds actress Gabrielle Union (41) at Miami's Chateau Artisan castle
  • Aug 31 American model and TV host Jenny McCarthy (41) weds American singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg (45) at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois
  • Aug 31 American singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson (29) weds American "Hunger Games" actor Evan Ross (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), dies at 70
  • Aug 4 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), dies at 73
  • Aug 4 Walter Massey, Canadian stage and screen actor (Shoestring Theatre; Arthur), dies at 85
  • Aug 5 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 11th US Surgeon General (1969-73), dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100
  • Aug 5 Arvind Apte, Indian cricketer (brother of Madhav Scored 8 & 7 in one Test), dies at 79
  • Aug 6 LeRoy Pearce, American collegiate athlete and college football coach, 1950-70 (University of Miami, University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas, and 3 others), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Aug 8 Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Aug 8 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), dies at 85
  • Aug 9 Michael Brown, American shooting victim whose death provoked nationwide protests and civil unrest, shot dead by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson at 18
  • Aug 9 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Aug 10 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests 1964), dies at 85

Robin Williams

Aug 11 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suicide by hanging himself at 63

  • Aug 12 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • Aug 13 Frans Brüggen, Dutch flautist, recorder player, and conductor (Orchestra of the 18th Century), dies at 79
  • Aug 15 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), dies at 105
  • Aug 15 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • Aug 18 Don Pardo, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live), dies at 96
  • Aug 18 Jim Jeffords, American politician (Senator-R+I-Vermont 1989-2007, Rep-R-VT, 1975-89), dies at 80
  • Aug 20 B.K.S. Iyengar, Indian yoga advocate, dies at 95
  • Aug 27 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), dies of natural causes at 92
  • Aug 27 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), dies at 90
  • Aug 28 Glenn Cornick, British rock bassist (Jethro Tull, 1967-70; Wild Turkey), dies from heart failure at 67
  • Aug 28 Bill Kerr, South African-born Australian actor (Hancock's Half Hour), dies at 92
  • Aug 29 Björn Waldegård, Swedish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1979), dies from cancer at 70
  • Aug 31 Jimi Jamison, American rocker (Survivor), dies of a heart attack at 63