On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 2018

Historical Events

  • 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
  • British Columbia, Canada, declares State of Emergency with 566 wildfires burning, prompting evacuation of 3,000 people
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Film & TV History

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

  • Unprecedented flooding and landslides in Kerala, India, reported to have killed 106 people with 150,000 homeless
  • World's first floating dairy farm opens in Merwehaven harbour, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 40 cows milked by robots

Famous Deaths

Aretha Franklin

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

  • Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), dies of pneumonia at 49
2018 Highlights

About August 16, 2018

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 3 years, 3 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Leo