On This Day

What Happened in August 2018

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Swedish crown jewels stolen in heist from Strängnäs Cathedral, Stockholm
  • Aug 1 Australian Rugby League's 'Immortals' tally moves to 13 as pre-War stars Dally Messenger, Frank Burge & Dave Brown along with latter day giants Norm Provan & Mal Meninga are added
  • Aug 2 Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value
  • Aug 2 Fields Medal for mathematics awarded to Caucher Birkar (his stolen minutes later), Alessio Figalli, Peter Scholze and Akshay Venkatesh
  • Aug 2 Pope Frances declares the death penalty unacceptable in all cases, reversing church teachings and adding to Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Aug 2 Oldest library in Germany confirmed unearthed in Cologne dating to 2AD, possibly held 20,000 scrolls
  • Aug 2 Tokyo Medical University revealed to have been tampering with female entrance exams to ensure under 30% accepted, by Japanese newspaper "Yomiuri Shimbun"
  • Aug 2 TikTok, the video-sharing social network, becomes available worldwide after merging with Musical.ly
  • Aug 4 Super Rugby Final, AMI Stadium, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg; Crusaders' 9th SR title

Assassination Attempt

Aug 4 President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela survives an assassination attempt by drone, live on TV

  • Aug 5 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lyham & St. Annes: England's Georgia Hall wins her first major title by 2 shots from Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand
  • Aug 5 English swimmer Adam Peaty breaks his own world record in 57.00 as he wins his 9th European 100m breaststroke title in Glasgow, Scotland

Historic Event

Aug 5 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declares "now we are a land of droughts" as 99% of New South Wales affected

  • Aug 5 Vintage Junkers Ju-52 plane crashes near Flims, Switzerland, killing all 20 on board
  • Aug 5 6.9 magnitude earthquake on island of Lombok, Indonesia, kills at least 460 people and displaces 350,000
  • Aug 6 South Sudan peace accord signed between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in Sudan attempting to end 5 years of civil war
  • Aug 6 Saudi Arabia's state airline suspends direct flights to Toronto and expels ambassador after Canada calls for release of detained activists for civil and women's rights
  • Aug 6 Chicago police appeal for more help after 66 people shot in the city in one weekend
  • Aug 6 PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi announces she will be stepping down
  • Aug 6 Boston appoints its first African American Police Commissioner William G. Gross

Film & TV History

Aug 6 Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms

Film Premiere

Aug 7 "Crazy Rich Asians" first Hollywood film with all-Asian cast, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh premieres in Los Angeles

  • Aug 7 Mendocino Fire becomes the largest recorded fire in California's history at 290,600 acres, overtaking 2017 Thomas Fire
  • Aug 7 Swedish furniture brand Ikea opens its first store in India in Hyderabad

Film & TV History

Aug 7 China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie "Christopher Robin", after character used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping

  • Aug 7 CW network announces Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman
  • Aug 7 Australia's population hits 25 million according to Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Aug 8 US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain

Historic Event

Aug 8 Malaysia charges former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering

  • Aug 8 Australia's most populous state New South Wales declared 100% in drought
  • Aug 8 Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars
  • Aug 8 EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper
  • Aug 9 Saudi-led air coalition strikes a school bus in Sada Province, Yemen, killing 43, many of them children
  • Aug 9 Argentina's Senate rejects bill to legalize abortion in first 14 weeks
  • Aug 9 EPL club Tottenham Hotspur fails to bring in one player during the transfer window; first time since FIFA made system compulsory in 2002-03
  • Aug 10 Evidence of one million Uighurs being held in "counter-extremism centers" in China presented to UN Committee on Human Rights
  • Aug 10 US ground crew member steals an Alaskan Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, flies for over an hour chased by military jets before fatally crashing on Ketron Island
  • Aug 10 Anti-government protests begin in Bucharest, Romania, with over 400 injured in clashes with police
  • Aug 10 Landmark case against weed killer Roundup, San Francisco court awards groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million against Monsanto for giving him terminal cancer

Historic Event

Aug 10 Turkish lira falls dramatically after US President Donald Trump announces tariff increases on Turkish steel and aluminum

  • Aug 10 Omarosa Manigault Newman, former aide to US President Donald Trump, releases taped recordings of her firing from The White House
  • Aug 12 NASA launches the Parker Space Probe, its first mission to the Sun and its outermost atmosphere, the corona

PGA Championship

Aug 12 100th PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Brooks Koepka becomes only the 5th player to win 2 major titles in a calendar year (US Open 2018) when he beats Tiger Woods by 2 strokes

  • Aug 12 More than 200 Afghan soldiers reported killed after 3 days of attacks by taliban insurgents over multiple fronts including Ghazni city
  • Aug 12 Mali's Presidential run-off election held, eventually won by current President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita with opposition disputing outcome
  • Aug 13 Ugandan politician and pop singer Bobi Wine arrested by the Ugandan army at a campaign rally in Arua and later allegedly tortured
  • Aug 14 2.3 million estimated Venezuelans have left crisis-hit Venezuela since 2015 according to the UN
  • Aug 14 Italy's Morandi Bridge collapses in Genoa, taking 30 vehicles with it and killing 43
  • Aug 14 Pennsylvania grand jury alleges 300 "predator priests" abused over 1000 children over 30 years and Catholic leaders covered it, up after 2-year investigation

Historic Event

Aug 15 Italian PM Giuseppe Conte declares a 12-month state of emergency in Liguria after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge

  • Aug 15 Boat overturns in floods near the Nile in Northern Sudan, leaving 25 dead, most of them school children
  • Aug 15 Suicide bomber attacks tuition centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 48 and injuring 67
  • Aug 15 Australian Senator Fraser Anning evokes Nazi euphemism "a final solution to the immigration problem", in proposing outlawing Muslim immigration into Australia in parliament speech
  • Aug 15 Record 72,000 Americans (up 10%) killed by drug overdoses in 2017 in new figures by Centers for Disease Control
  • Aug 15 First ever US execution by fentanyl of Carey Dean Moore at Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln
  • Aug 15 Bar-hopping for pintxos (Basque tapas) in San Sebastián, Spain, named world's best food experience in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eatlist
  • Aug 15 US President Donald Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA Director and Trump critic John Brennan
  • Aug 16 Brandt Snedeker shoots 10th sub-60 round in PGA history with an 11-under par 59 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Aug 16 Unprecedented flooding and landslides in Kerala, India, reported to have killed 106 people with 150,000 homeless
  • Aug 16 World's first floating dairy farm opens in Merwehaven harbour, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 40 cows milked by robots

Historic Event

Aug 16 Pope Francis and the Vatican issues statement in support of the 300 victims of "predator priests" in Pennsylvania

Film & TV History

Aug 16 Scarlett Johansson is the world's best-paid actress of the year earning $40.5 million according to Forbes

  • Aug 16 British Columbia, Canada, declares State of Emergency with 566 wildfires burning, prompting evacuation of 3,000 people
  • Aug 16 International Tennis Federation votes to change format of the Davis Cup to a big prize money, season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site; 24 team qualifying tournament to start in February 2019

Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

Aug 18 Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas confirm their engagement with an engagement party in Mumbai, India

  • Aug 18 Archaeologists confirm first-ever cheese found from Ancient Egypt 3,200 years old in tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis

Election of Interest

Aug 18 Imran Khan becomes the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after gaining the support of independent members after his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the most votes but not a majority in the general election

  • Aug 18 Australian mare Winx wins her Australasian record 26th consecutive race, the renamed Winx Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney; 19th Group One win for thoroughbreds

Sports History

Aug 19 Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters to become the first player to win all 9 Masters 1,000 tennis tournaments since the series started in 1990

  • Aug 19 Monsoon rains finally ease in Kerala State, India, with flooding taking 350 lives with 200,000 in relief camps
  • Aug 19 Two more earthquakes hit Lombok in Indonesia killing 14 two weeks after previous earthquakes

Film & TV History

Aug 19 Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump's lawyer claims in interview with NBC Chuck Todd that "truth isn't truth"

  • Aug 19 Weinstein accuser Asia Argento is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 17-year old in article by "The New York Times"
  • Aug 19 Limerick wins All Ireland Hurling Championship for first time in 45 years with a 3-16 to 2-18 win over defending champions Galway at Croke Park, Dublin
  • Aug 20 Measles cases reach record high in Europe with 41,000 infected first six months of 2018 with 37 deaths according to WHO
  • Aug 20 Pope Francis releases letter to all Catholics condemning sexual abuse atrocities and clerical cover-ups "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them"
  • Aug 20 Colorado man Christopher Lee Watts is charged with the murder of his wife and two daughters
  • Aug 20 Venezuela issues new currency the "Bolivar Soberano" in attempt to stop runaway hyperinflation
  • Aug 20 Polish immigrant and former volunteer Nazi guard Jakiw Palij (95) is deported from the US in New York to Germany
  • Aug 21 Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, pleads guilty to charges including illegal payment at direction of Trump to women Trump had affairs with
  • Aug 21 Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull calls for and wins a leadership vote 43-35 over Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton
  • Aug 21 Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, is convicted on eight counts of fraud in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Aug 21 Water-ice first detected on the Moon by India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft (2008-9) in findings published by scientists
  • Aug 21 Californian Representative Duncan Hunter indicted for using campaign funds for personal expenses including holidays and flight for a pet rabbit
  • Aug 22 Longest ever bull market for Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index at 3,453 days (using 19.9 percent decline in 1990 as the start, usually 20%)
  • Aug 22 Discovery of a bone of a 90,000 hybrid human, half Neanderthal, half Denisovan from Anuy River, Siberia published in "Nature"

Film & TV History

Aug 22 Forbes say George Clooney made more money in a single year ($239 million) than any actor ever ($239m), due to sale of alcohol company, followed by Dwayne Johnson ($124m)

  • Aug 22 Australia's House of Representatives is closed down early because of the Liberal Party leadership battle

Music History

Aug 23 Tenor Plácido Domingo sings his 150th opera role in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” at the Salzburg Festival, Austria

  • Aug 24 Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler sends cease-and-desist letter to President Trump demanding he stop using the band's songs at rallies
  • Aug 24 Scott Morrison becomes Prime Minister of Australia after defeating Peter Dutton in a leadership spill, replacing Malcolm Turnbull

Tennis Open

Aug 24 French Open Tennis bans Serena Williams' black Nike catsuit from future tournaments citing 'respect for the game and the place'

  • Aug 25 Afghan Islamic State leader Abu Saad Erhabi and 10 others killed in an air strike in province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan
  • Aug 26 Pope Francis asks for forgiveness in speech on child abuse in Dublin, during first official visit to Ireland since 1979

Historic Event

Aug 26 Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as President of Zimbabwe

Film & TV History

Aug 26 Danny Boyle pulls out of directing the next James Bond film due to 'creative differences'

  • Aug 26 Gamer at a Madden NFL 19 gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, loses then returns to shoot two dead and wound nine
  • Aug 26 Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred arrested in Saint-Tropez, France on a rape allegation
  • Aug 26 Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop resigns after losing Liberal Party leadership contest

Sports History

Aug 26 Boxing match between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul ends in a draw in Manchester, England


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Moshe Mizrahi, Israeli film director (Madame Rosa), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Aug 5 Charlotte Rae, American character actress (Facts of Life - "Edna"), comedian, singer and dancer, dies at 92
  • Aug 6 Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), dies of cancer at 73
  • Aug 6 Margaret Heckler, American politician (15th U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)), dies at 87
  • Aug 7 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1961; Hart Memorial Trophy [MVP] 1967, 68; 6 x NHL First All-Star Team), dies of Lewy body dementia at 78

V. S. Naipaul

Aug 11 V. S. Naipaul, Trinidadian-British writer (Middle Passage), dies at 85

  • Aug 13 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, American professional wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary), dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Jill Janus, American heavy metal singer (Huntress), commits suicide at 43
  • Aug 15 Ajit Wadekar, Indian cricket batsman and captain (37 Tests; top score 143), dies at 77

Aretha Franklin

Aug 16 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

  • Aug 16 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold USSR Team, All-around 1988; World C'ship gold x 5), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Aug 18 Peter Tapsell, British Conservative Party politician (Member of Parliament, 1959-64 and 1966-2015), dies at 88
  • Aug 20 Eddie Willis, American guitar and sitar player (The Funk Brothers), dies of polio complications at 82
  • Aug 21 George Andrie, American football defensive end (Super Bowl 1971; First Team All Pro 1969; 5 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies from dementia at 78
  • Aug 21 Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Icelandic actor (Lazytown), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 21 Barbara Harris [Sandra Mankwitz], American actress (Plaza Suite, Family Plot), dies at 83
  • Aug 22 Ed King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock; Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 23 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), dies at 96
  • Aug 24 Tom Frost, American rock climber (founder gear & apparel company Patagonia), dies of prostate cancer at 82
  • Aug 24 Robin Leach, English TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), dies at 76

John McCain

Aug 25 John McCain, American war hero and Republican politician (Rep-Arizona, 1983-2018, Presidential nominee 2008), dies of brain cancer at 81

Neil Simon

Aug 26 Neil Simon, American playwright and author (The Odd Couple), dies at 91

  • Aug 26 Rosa Bouglione, French circus performer, dies at 107
  • Aug 28 Tatyana Kuznetsova, Soviet cosmonaut (youngest person selected for space training at 20 but never flew), dies at 77
  • Aug 29 Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), dies at 88 [1]
  • Aug 29 Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett, English jurist and Labour politician who was Minister of State for Northern Ireland (1976-79), dies at 70 [1]