What Happened on August 17, 2015

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF
  • Bomb blast in Bangkok at Erawan Shrine kills at least 19, injures over 100
  • Discovery of 7,000 year old mass grave in Sch√∂neck-Kilianst√§dten, Central Germany, published in PNAS Journal. 26 bodies bear evidence of violent conflict
  • World's first flower could be underwater plant Montsechia Vidalii claim US botanists (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Famous Weddings

  • Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating (38) weds model Storm Uechtritz in East Lothian, Scotland

Famous Deaths

  • Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78