What Happened on August 16, 2018

Day of the Week: Thursday

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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


Person of interestAretha 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

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin