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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Person of interestAtal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian politician, 10th Prime Minister of India (1996, 1998-2004), dies of a kidney infection at 93

10th Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
10th Indian Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • 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? 2 years, 3 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Leo