What Happened on August 9, 2016

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • American swimmer Katie Ledecky wins her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 1:53.73 in the women's 200m freestyle ahead of Sarah Sjöström of Sweden and Australian Emma McKeon
  • American swimmer Michael Phelps swims 1:53.36 to win the men's 200m butterfly gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats Japan's Masato Sakai by 0.04 for his 20th Olympic gold medal
  • Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei sets a world record of 147kg in the clean & jerk, and another for a total score of 262kg, to win the women's 63kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Hungary's Katinka Hosszú records an Olympic record of 2:06.58 in the women's 200m individual medley, her 3rd gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years

Famous Deaths

  • Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80
  • Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and 3rd richest Britain, dies at 64