What Happened in August 2017

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 101

  • Aug 1 Christopher A. Wray confirmed at F.B.I. Director by US Senate
  • Aug 1 Bomb blast at Jawadia Shia mosque in Herat, Afghanistan kills about 30
  • Aug 1 Two Venezuelan opposition leaders, Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma re-arrested, revoking their house arrest
  • Aug 2 First successful gene editing in human embryos to repair disease-causing mutation reported by scientists in "Nature"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 US President Donald Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, limiting his ability to ever lift them

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 Great Britain's Prince Philip aged 96 makes his final solo public appearance before retiring from public engagements

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • Aug 2 New larger crypto-currency Bitcoin Cash created
  • Aug 2 First footage of white giraffes posted by Hirola Conservation Program in north eastern Kenya
  • Aug 2 More than a billion people around the world need glasses and 36 million are blind, according to new study published in "The Lancet"

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 3 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is elected for his second term as President

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 3 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar
  • Aug 3 Massachusetts woman Michelle Carter sentenced to 2 1/2 years for urging her boyfriend to commit suicide
  • Aug 3 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City
  • Aug 4 Rwandan President Paul Kagame wins a third term with 98.63% of the vote
  • Aug 4 Aldi supermarket withdraws all eggs from sale after chemical fipronil found in eggs from The Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 Jamaican sprint super-star Usain Bolt finishes 3rd behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman in his final individual race, the 100m at IAAF World Championships in London

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

  • Aug 5 UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program
  • Aug 5 Super Rugby Final, Ellis Park: Canterbury Crusaders (NZ) travel to Johannesburg and beat Lions, 25-17 for their 8th SR title
  • Aug 6 UEFA Women's Euro Final: Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema scores 2 as the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in Enschede, the Netherlands
  • Aug 6 British Open Women's Golf, Kingbarns GC: South Korean In-Kyung Kim wins by 2 strokes from Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England
  • Aug 7 England breaks 19-year drought in home Test cricket series against South Africa; beat Proteas by 177 in 4th Test at Old Trafford; Moeen Ali 75no and 5/69
  • Aug 8 South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177
  • Aug 8 Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict
  • Aug 8 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix

USAInflatable Trump-like Chicken

Aug 9 Giant inflatable chicken resembling US President Donald Trump placed outside US White House as a political protest
More >>

  • Aug 9 North Korea says it plans to fire rockets on US territory Guam in continuing escalation of tension between it and the US
  • Aug 9 Nepal's parliament bans menstruation huts (comes into effect August 2018)
  • Aug 10 Scientists study identifying nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) deficiency major cause of miscarriages and multiple birth defects published in "New England Journal of Medicine"
  • Aug 10 US President Donald Trump declares opioid addiction a national emergency

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Taylor Swift testifies that DJ David Mueller groped her in court in Denver, Colorado

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • Aug 10 100 year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers deemed "almost eatable" after being discovered in hut used by Captain Scott's expedition in Antarctica
  • Aug 11 Fipronil contaminated eggs now affecting fifteen EU countries, Hong Kong and Switzerland according to European Commission
  • Aug 11 Chinese crime writer Liu Yongbiao after announcing novel called "Beautiful Writer who Killed", arrested for murders of four people nearly 22 years ago
  • Aug 12 Usain Bolt injures himself in his very last race - mens 4x100m relay, Jamaica misses gold at world championships
  • Aug 12 "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Virginia turns violent when car rams protesters killing 1, injuring 19
  • Aug 12 US President Donald Trump at a press conference at Trump Tower says “there is blame on both sides” about Charlottesville violence, provoking widespread condemnation
  • Aug 13 More than 60 children reported to have died at Gorakhpur Hospital, India, prompting an investigation
  • Aug 13 PGA Championship, Quail Hollow GC: Justin Thomas wins his first major by 2 shots from Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed & Louis Oosthuizen
  • Aug 13 Gunmen kill at least 18 at a cafe in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Islamic extremists blamed
  • Aug 13 Grace Mugable, wife of the President of Zimbabwe, accused of assault in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 14 US President Donald Trump condemns racist violence at the White House after criticism of his earlier response to Charlottesville violence

  • Aug 14 Cholera has now infected more than 500,000 people in Yemen and killed over 2,000 according to the World Health Organisation
  • Aug 14 Parliamentary citizenship scandal deepens in Australia after Barnaby Joyce, Deputy PM revealed to be a New Zealand citizen
  • Aug 14 Mudslide and flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone kills over 500 with 600 missing
  • Aug 15 Falling tree kills 13, injures 49 at a religious festival in Funchal, on Portuguese island of Madeira
  • Aug 15 Scientists genetic study of the apple reveal its origin was in Kazakhstan, published in "Nature Communications"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Barack Obama's tweet "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." in response to Charlottesville violence becomes most-liked tweet ever

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 15 Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond one more time
  • Aug 16 Over 100 Maasai houses destroyed in Tanzania by game park authorities as part of a border dispute near Serengeti National Park
  • Aug 16 Lebanon parliament abolishes article 522, which exempted rapists from prosecution if they married their victim
  • Aug 16 Baltimore city council removes confederate statues under cover of darkness in response to Charlottesville violence
  • Aug 16 Philippine police kill 32 in raids near Manilia, most deadly night in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs
  • Aug 16 Three suicide bombers kill 27 people outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno state, Nigeria, Boko Haram suspected
  • Aug 16 Last batch of Farc rebel weapons removed by the UN in Colombia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Emma Stone is the year's highest-paid actress with $26 million, according to Forbes

Actress Emma Stone
Actress
Emma Stone
  • Aug 17 Terror attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain as van rams into crowds killing 16, injuring 120
  • Aug 17 Three Hong Kong activists, Jason Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow jailed for unlawful assembly
  • Aug 17 Anti-immigrant One Nation party leader Pauline Hansen is widely criticized for wearing a burqa into the Australian parliament
  • Aug 17 Collision of two neutron stars witnessed for the first time first picked up by US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • Aug 17 On This Day helps launch Borneo Dictionary, an online not for profit dictionary of indigenous Borneo languages with translations in English and Bahasa Malaysia

USASinking of the USS Indianapolis

Aug 18 Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes
More >>

  • Aug 18 White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is fired by US President Donald Trump
  • Aug 20 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Des Moines G & CC: US retains Cup 16½- 11½; down by 5, Europe can only halve the singles 6-6
  • Aug 21 Total solar eclipse visible from North America
  • Aug 21 London's parliament clock Big Ben chimes for the last time before a four-year restoration process for its tower starts
  • Aug 21 Destroyer USS John S McCain collides with an oil tanker near Singapore leaving 10 missing and 5 injured
  • Aug 21 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417m to woman who developed ovarian cancer after using their talc-based products
  • Aug 21 Chile's constitutional court approves bill to ease country's total abortion ban
  • Aug 22 India's highest court outlaws instant divorce for Muslim men (talaq, talaq, talaq)
  • Aug 22 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens grants stay of execution for Marcellus Williams in light of possible new DNA eividence
  • Aug 23 World's driest place, the Atacama desert in Chile blooms after unexpected rainfall
  • Aug 23 Air strike on hotel in Yemen capital Sanaa by Saudi-led coalition leaves at least 30 dead
  • Aug 23 US Navy fires Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin as commander of the Seventh Fleet following series of collisions in Asian waters
  • Aug 23 India toll from swine flu rises above 1000 for the year, 22,186 cases reported
  • Aug 23 Nearly 60 million people in the Indus Valley, Pakistan at risk from arsenic in research published in "Science Advances"
  • Aug 24 Largest-ever lottery jackpot win in the US - $758.7m won by Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in US Powerball Jackpot
  • Aug 25 President Donald Trump grants presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of contempt of court for racial profiling
  • Aug 25 Category 4 Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas northeast of Corpus Christi with 130 m.p.h. winds
  • Aug 25 Indian spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is convicted of raping two of his followers in Panchkula
  • Aug 25 Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for 5 years for corruption in South Korea
  • Aug 26 Hurricane Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, National Hurricane Center warns of “multiday rainfall disaster”
  • Aug 26 Violent clashes after conviction of spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh kill 31 in Panchkula, 120 admitted to hospital
  • Aug 26 Women's Rugby World Cup: New Zealand Black Ferns defeat England 41-32 in the final in Belfast
  • Aug 26 Half a million people take part in a peace march in Barcelona, following terrorist attacks
  • Aug 26 Manchester City scores a 2-1 win at Bournemouth to start EPL record 18 game winning streak; Raheem Sterling scores for City but is sent off with 2 yellow cards in injury time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 27 Former five-weight world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats MMA fighter Conor McGregor in his debut match in the 10th round in Las Vegas

  • Aug 27 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Ottawa Hunt GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins by 2 from Mirim Lee
  • Aug 28 Kenya brings in world's toughest ban on plastic bags with possible US$38,000 fine and four years in jail
  • Aug 28 North Korea launches missile that flies over Japan, the country's J-Alert warning system warns people to take cover
  • Aug 28 English actor Ed Skrein pulls out of role in movie “Hellboy” after whitewashing criticism
  • Aug 28 Investigation into German nurse Niels Högel, a serving life sentence for killing two patients, concludes he probably killed 86 more
  • Aug 28 Matt Vogel makes his debut as the voice of Kermit the Frog in "Muppet Thought of the Week" video
  • Aug 29 Hurricane Harvey sets rainfall record (51.88 inches in Cedar Bayou) from a tropical cyclone in continental US, according to US National Weather Service
  • Aug 29 US President Donald Trump visits flood affected Texas
  • Aug 29 Monsoon rains in Mumbai cause chaos closing schools and airports

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Late author Terry Pratchett' unfinished works destroyed by steamroller as per his instructions

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • Aug 30 Brazilian court blocks President Michel Temer from abolishing Renca, whihc would open parts of the Amazon to mining
  • Aug 30 Authorities say floods across Bangladesh, Nepal and India have killed more 1200 people and damaged 697,000 houses
  • Aug 30 Hurricane Irma forms near Cape Verde Islands, will go on to become category 5 hurricane and kill at least 102
  • Aug 31 International Organization for Migration states 18,500 Rohingya Muslims have fled from violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state after 110 deaths, making for Bangladesh

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), dies at 91
  • Aug 3 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), dies at 77
  • Aug 3 Ty Hardin [Orison Hungerford Jr.], American actor (Riptide, Bronco), dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), dies at 77
  • Aug 6 Darren Daulton, American baseball player (catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies), dies of brain cancer at 55
  • Aug 6 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), dies at 79
  • Aug 7 David Henry Maslanka, American composer, dies at 73

Person of interestGlen Campbell

Aug 8 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Aug 8 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89
  • Aug 9 Al McCandless, American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Kim Wall, Swedish journalist killed investigating Danish inventor Peter Madsen, dies at 30 [or 11th Aug]
  • Aug 15 Vernon "Vern" Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), dies of complications from Alzheimers disease at 83
  • Aug 18 Brian Aldiss, British sci-fi author (Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, Helliconia trilogy), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Aug 19 Charles R Bentley, American pioneer or polar science, dies from complications of Parkinson’s disease at 87
  • Aug 19 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), dies at 100

Person of interestJerry Lewis

Aug 20 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), dies at 91

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Aug 20 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 21 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), dies at 88
  • Aug 22 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94
  • Aug 22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • Aug 23 [Jacob] "Jack" Rosenthal, American journalist and government official, dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Aug 23 Susan Vreeland, American author (The Passion of Artemisia), dies at 71
  • Aug 24 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), dies of cancer at 69
  • Aug 24 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), dies of cancer at 83
  • Aug 29 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, dies at 93
  • Aug 31 Richard Anderson, American actor (Oscar Goldman- The 6 Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman television series), dies at 91