On This Day

What Happened on August 8, 2021

Historical Events

  • "Wright Brothers' moment" in nuclear fusion research when 1.3 megajoules of energy produced at National Ignition Facility by the Livermore Lab [1]
  • More than 51 people killed in northern Mali after attacks on three villages by Islamist jihadists
  • Taliban forces capture three regional Afghan cities including key northern city of Kunduz [1]
  • The Dixie Fire becomes California's second-largest wildfire ever at 463,000 acres (724 square miles)
  • USA women's basketball team wins it's record extending 7th consecutive Olympic gold medal with 90-75 win over Japan in Tokyo; guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each win their 5th straight gold
  • XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially close at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Bobby Bowden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Florida State 1976-2009; National C'ship 1993, 99), dies of pancreatic cancer at 91
  • Cesare Salvadori, Italian fencer (Olympic gold sabre team 1972; silver 1964, 68), dies at 79
  • Ken Clark, Canadian football punter (CFL All Star 1977, 80, 82, 85; Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Saskatchewan Roughriders; Ottawa Rough Riders; NFL: LA Rams), dies at 73
2021 Highlights

About August 8, 2021

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 1 month and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo