On This Day

What Happened in August 2020

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Egypt tells Elon Musk its pyramids were not built by aliens, after Musk tweets in support of a conspiracy theory that they did

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Aug 2 SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico, 1st commercial crewed mission
  • Aug 2 Australian state of Victoria announces state of disaster and imposes further lockdown measures after spike in COVID-19 cases
  • Aug 2 South Africa confirms over 500,000 cases of COVID-19 with 10,107 deaths, highest total on the African continent
  • Aug 2 United Arab Emirates starts up the Arab world's first nuclear power station at the Barakah plant
  • Aug 2 Islamic State stages a jail break at a prison in Afghan city of Jalalabad, placing bombs at its entrance, results in 20 hr gunfight, 29 deaths and over 300 prisoners at large
  • Aug 3 Spain's former King Juan Carlos announces he will go into exile abroad amid his implication in a corruption inquiry
  • Aug 3 Number of Iranian COVID-19 deaths triple that of government tally, showing 42,000 have died instead of 14,405, according to BBC Persian Service investigation
  • Aug 3 Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in the US as a Category 1 hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
  • Aug 4 UN says COVID-19 pandemic has created biggest educational disruption in history affecting nearly 1.6 million students in 190 countries, 94% worldwide
  • Aug 4 COVID-19 infection spike forces a return to lockdown in Manila and surrounding provinces in the Philippines, affecting 27 million people as cases pass 100,000
  • Aug 4 Huge explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, kill more than 200 and leaves over 6,000 thousand people injured

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the cornerstone for a new Hindu temple at Ayodhya Ram to replace a previous Muslim mosque

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Aug 6 COVID-19 detected cases in Africa pass 1 million with 21,983 deaths
  • Aug 6 US COVID-19 death toll could reach 300,000 by 1 December, about 70,000 lives saved if masks worn consistently, according to University of Washington study

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Aug 8 Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric bike

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell

  • Aug 9 PGA Championship Men's Golf, TPC Harding Park: 23 year old American Collin Morikawa fires final round 64 (-6) to win his first major title by 2 strokes from Paul Casey of England
  • Aug 9 New Zealand marks 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19
  • Aug 9 Brazil passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world's 2nd highest, with over 3 million recorded cases
  • Aug 10 Global COVID-19 cases pass 20 million and is accelerating, 1st 10 million took almost 6 months, 2nd 10 million took just 43 days (Reuters)
  • Aug 10 Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announces his government is resigning, less than a week after massive industrial explosions devastated Beirut
  • Aug 10 Rare wind storm (derecho) hits the US Midwest flattening cornfields, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, killing two people

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai is the most high-profile figure arrested in Hong Kong under its new security laws

Entrepreneur and Pro-Democracy Activist Jimmy Lai
Entrepreneur and Pro-Democracy Activist
Jimmy Lai

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Aug 11 US Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden announces California Senator Kemala Harris is his running mate, the 1st woman of color selected by a major party

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 President Vladimir Putin in a propaganda stunt announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V", despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 11 Belarus's opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya flees the country amid protests over the country's election results that returned President Alexander Lukashenko to power

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
  • Aug 12 UK posts its worst quarterly economic slump on record, -20.4% (Apr-Jun), pushing it into the largest recession worldwide
  • Aug 12 Europe fights a new COVID-19 surge with Germany, France and Spain posting their largest daily infection totals for three months
  • Aug 12 Yemen authorities say at least 172 people died in floods caused by torrential rains, which have also destroyed historic buildings in Sanaa, a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Aug 13 Israel strikes historic deal with the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations, Israel suspends plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank
  • Aug 13 New details about enormous "Terror Crocodile" (Deinosuchus), the size of a bus, with teeth as big as bananas, that lived during late Cretaceous period (75-84 million years ago) in North America published
  • Aug 14 Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda breaks Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old 5,000m world record with a run of 12:35.36 at the Diamond League meet in Monaco
  • Aug 16 Largest-ever demonstration in Belarus as 100,000 people gather in Minsk to protest against controversial election results and regime of Alexander Lukashenko
  • Aug 16 At least 17 people killed in attack on beach resort in Mogadishu, Somalia, by al-Shabab group

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Aug 16 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his 6th world title with an 18-8 win over countryman Kyren Wilson

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • Aug 16 Japan's economy, the world's third largest, posts its worst-ever decline, falling 7.8% (April-June quarter)

  • Aug 16 Biggest protests in Thailand in six years as 10,000 people demonstrate in Bangkok for reforms of the government and the monarchy
  • Aug 17 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 1st US college to send students home and convert to online classes after 135 COVID-19 cases detected
  • Aug 18 Joe Biden is formally nominated as the Democratic party's presidential candidate during the second night of their 1st ever virtual convention
  • Aug 18 California Governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency as 27 fires burn across the state amid a continuing heat wave
  • Aug 18 Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigns amid a military coup condemned by the UN Security Council
  • Aug 19 Apple becomes the 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion, just 2 years after it reached $1 trillion valuation
  • Aug 19 Largest floods in 70 years wet the toes of giant 71m Leshan Buddha carved by a river just outside Chengdu, China with 100,000 people evacuated
  • Aug 19 US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he will suspend controversial plan to cut costs until after the election
  • Aug 19 Golfing dinner termed #GolfGatet appearing to flout COVID-19 restrictions, attended by Irish political figures, prompts two politicians to later resign

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 Former adviser to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny falls into a coma after a suspected poisoning (later confirmed to be Novichok poisoning)

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
Political Activist
Alexei Navalny

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 20 Kamala Harris accepts her nomination for vice-president, becoming the 1st US woman of color on a major-party ticket saying "there is no vaccine for racism"

US Senator and VP Nominee Kamala Harris
US Senator and VP Nominee
Kamala Harris
  • Aug 21 American golfer Scottie Scheffler makes birdie on 4 of final 5 holes to become 12th player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 in 2nd round of the Northern Trust at TPC Boston
  • Aug 21 Actress Lori Loughlin sentenced to two months in prison along with her husband for her role in US college admissions bribery scandal
  • Aug 21 BTS's release new single Dynamite, becomes 1st video to be watched more than 100 million times in 24 hours on YouTube
  • Aug 22 13 people die in a stampede at an illegal disco in Lima, Peru, during a police raid to shut it down
  • Aug 22 Fires burning in Northern California declared Major Disaster with LNU Lightning Complex Fire (341,243 acres) and SCU Lightning Complex Fire (339,968) among the 3 largest wildfires in state history
  • Aug 22 Mexican COVID-19 death toll passes 60,000, world's third highest
  • Aug 23 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Troon GC: Sophia Popov of Germany claims her first Tour title by 2 strokes from Thailand's Jasmine Suwannapura; at #304, lowest ranked player to win a major
  • Aug 23 UEFA Champions League Final, Lisbon: Kingsley Coman heads German giants Bayern Munich to the club's 6th crown in a 1-0 win over Paris St-Germain
  • Aug 23 President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway announces she is stepping away from the White House for family reasons
  • Aug 23 US Republican party convention begins by formally renominating Donald Trump for a presidential second term
  • Aug 23 Indianapolis 500: Japanese ex-Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato wins his second title ahead of Scott Dixon under the yellow caution flag after a crash with 3 laps remaining
  • Aug 23 US black man Jacob Blake shot and injured by police in front of his children in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prompting violent protests
  • Aug 24 First documented case of a person being re-infected with COVID-19 a second time, a Hong Kong man four months after first infection
  • Aug 25 WHO announces that Africa has eradicated polio (defined as four years since last case)
  • Aug 25 England's James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket; Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali caught at first slip on 5th day of 3rd Test at Southampton
  • Aug 25 Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field
  • Aug 26 Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (29) is the youngest to win the International Booker prize for their debut novel "The Discomfort of Evening"
  • Aug 26 At least 100 people killed in flash floods in the city of Charikar, Afghanistan, with 500 houses destroyed
  • Aug 26 Milwaukee Bucks forfeit their NBA playoff game after the shooting of Jacob Blake, leading to the NBA postponing more games
  • Aug 27 Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life without parole, for the killing of 51 mosque worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1st time the country imposes the sentence
  • Aug 27 Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana near the Texas border as a category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, killing at least 16

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 27 Mike Pence accepts nomination for vice president at the Republican convention, calling for "law and order" after the shooting of Jacob Blake

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • Aug 28 Japanese tech company SkyDrive says it has completed the first manned test flight of a flying car
  • Aug 29 Elon Musk unveils pig named Gertrude with coin-sized computer in her brain, part of his Nuralink start-up creating a brain-to-machine interface
  • Aug 30 India reports world's highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases at 78,761
  • Aug 30 Global cases of COVID-19 pass 25 million with death toll at 843,000
  • Aug 31 US cases of COVID-19 pass 6 million with 183,300 deaths with California (699.000), Florida (619,000) recording the most (Johns Hopkins)
  • Aug 31 Singer Akon lays first stone for Akon city, futuristic solar-powered city to be built in Senegal, saying will be real-life version of Wakanda in "Black Panther"

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Rodney H. Pardey, American poker player (2 x World Series of Poker C'ships; World Series of Poker Bracelets 1991, 94), dies of stroke complications at 75
  • Aug 1 Rickey Dixon, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Jim Thorpe Award 1987; Oklahoma Sooners; Cincinnati Bengals, LA Raiders), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 53
  • Aug 1 Vitold Kreyer, Russian athlete (Olympic bronze, triple jump 1956, 60) and coach (Soviet athletics team 1967–80; head Russian team 2000 Olympics), dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Stan Mellor MBE, English National Hunt jockey and trainer (first jumps jockey to ride 1,000 winners; Champion Jockey 1960-62), dies at 83
  • Aug 1 Wilford Brimley, American actor Our House, Cocoon), dies at 85
  • Aug 2 Saïd Amara, Algerian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Strasbourg, Béziers, Bordeaux) and manager (Algeria), dies at 87
  • Aug 2 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), dies at 69
  • Aug 2 Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony 1970-82), dies of cancer at 92
  • Aug 2 Bob Ryland, American tennis player (first African-American to play professionally) and coach (Harold Solomon, Arthur Ashe, Venus & Serena Williams), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 100
  • Aug 3 John Hume, Northern Irish politician (jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Good Friday Agreement), dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Ralph Barbieri, American sports radio personality (KNBR San Francisco; 'The Razor and Mr. T' 1996-2012), dies of Parkinson's disease at 74
  • Aug 4 Willie Hunter, Scottish soccer forward (3 caps; Motherwell) and manager (Queen of the South, Inverness Caledonian), dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Aritana Yawalapiti, Brazilian indigenous cacique (leader) of Yawalapiti people, who sought to preserve the Amazon, dies of COVID-19 at 71
  • Aug 6 Wayne Fontana [Glyn Geoffrey Ellis], British rocker (The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love"), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), dies at 81
  • Aug 7 Lê Khả Phiêu, Vietnamese leader, General Secretary (1997-2001), dies at 88
  • Aug 7 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), dies at 71
  • Aug 7 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, dies at 88
  • Aug 8 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios [6], Santa Fe [1], América de Cali [7]; Columbia), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Lorna Beal (née Larter), Australian cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 16 dismissals), dies at 96
  • Aug 10 Vladimir Popović, Serbian soccer midfielder (20 caps, Yugoslavia; Red Star Belgrade) and manager (Intercontinental Cup, Red Star Belgrade 1991), dies at 85
  • Aug 11 Trini Lopez [Trinidad Lopez], Mexican American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), dies of COVID-19 at 83
  • Aug 11 Sumner Redstone, American media mogul (ViacomCBS), dies at 97
  • Aug 11 Gordon J. Brand, English golfer (British Open 1986 runner-up), dies at 65
  • Aug 12 Bill Yeoman, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Houston 1962-86; record 160–108–8), dies from kidney failure and pneumonia at 92
  • Aug 12 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), dies after a motorcycle accident at 78
  • Aug 12 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), dies at 93
  • Aug 12 Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), dies from heart disease at 67
  • Aug 12 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), dies at 89
  • Aug 12 Marvin Creamer, American mariner, 1st recorded person to sail around the world without navigational instruments, dies at 104
  • Aug 13 Eric Hughes, English rugby league utility back (10 Tests England, 8 Great Britain; Widnes 481 games), dies from cancer at 73
  • Aug 14 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), dies at 73
  • Aug 14 Thomas Forsyth, Scottish soccer defender (22 caps; Motherwell, Rangers), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 87
  • Aug 14 James R. Thompson, American politician, Governor of Illinois (1977-91), dies at 84
  • Aug 14 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), dies at 85
  • Aug 15 Henk Wullems, Dutch soccer manager (NAC Breda, SBV Vitesse, Go Ahead Eagles, AZ; Indonesia 1996-98), dies from a Cerebral infarction at 84
  • Aug 16 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • Aug 16 Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), dies from heart attack complications at 74
  • Aug 17 Boyd Grant, American college basketball coach (PCAA Coach of the Year 1978, 81, 82; Fresno State, Colorado State), dies from a stroke at 87
  • Aug 17 Savvas Theodoridis, Greek soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Olympiacos), dies at 85
  • Aug 18 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987, 91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), dies from stomach cancer at 57
  • Aug 18 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), dies at 72
  • Aug 18 Glenn Bassett, American tennis coach (UCLA 1967-93; 7 x NCAA C'ships), dies at 93
  • Aug 18 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), dies at 100
  • Aug 19 Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA, 1981-87, 1989-2001), dies at 92
  • Aug 21 Pedro Nájera, Mexican soccer midfielder (FIFA World Cup 1954, 62; Club América), dies at 91
  • Aug 21 Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, Tunisian soccer midfielder (35 caps; CS Sfaxien), dies at 69
  • Aug 22 Alessandro Mazzinghi, Italian boxer (WBA and WBC light-middleweight champion 1963–65, 68), dies from a stroke at 81
  • Aug 24 Paul Wolfisberg, Swiss soccer forward (FC Luzern) and coach (Switzerland 1981-85), dies at 87
  • Aug 26 Dan Yochum, American football offensive lineman (CFL All-Star 1975, 76, 77, 78; Grey Cup 1974, 77; Montreal Alouettes; CFHOF), dies at 70
  • Aug 26 Joe Ruby, American animator (co-creator of Scooby-Doo), dies at 87
  • Aug 27 David Bryant, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship singles 1966, 80, 88; 4 x C'wealth Games gold singles), dies at 88
  • Aug 27 David Mercer, Welsh television sports presenter (BBC tennis; Eurosports) and tennis umpire (Wimbledon men's final 1984), dies at 70
  • Aug 27 Lute Olson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of Iowa 1974-83; NCAA Division I Tournament 1997, Uni of Arizona 1983-2008), dies from stroke complications at 85
  • Aug 27 Dick Ritger, American ten-pin bowler (Tournament of Champions 1970, 79 runner-up; 20 career PBA Tour titles), dies at 81
  • Aug 27 'Bullet' Bob Armstrong, American pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame), dies from bone cancer at 80

Person of interestChadwick Boseman

Aug 28 Chadwick Boseman, American actor (Black Panther), dies of colon cancer at 42

  • Aug 29 Clifford Robinson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1994; 6th Man of Year Award 1993; Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers), dies from lymphoma at 53
  • Aug 31 Pranab Mukherjee, Indian politician, 13th President of India (2012-17), dies at 84
  • Aug 31 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78
  • Aug 31 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), dies at 95
  • Aug 31 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star) dies of Lewy body dementia and covid-19 at 75