Historical Events on August 15 (Part 2)

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  • 1997 Dow Jones drops 247.37 pts
  • 1997 LA Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2
  • 1999 Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.

Sport awardGolf Major

1999 PGA Championship, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins by 1 stroke from Spaniard Sergio Garcia

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2004 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • 2004 PGA Championship, Whistling Straits GC: Vijay Singh of Fiji wins his 2nd PGA C'ship in a playoff with Chris DiMarco & Justin Leonard
  • 2004 South African 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend & Ryk Neethling smash the world record with 3:13.17 at the Athens Olympics
  • 2005 PGA Championship, Baltusrol GC: American Phil Mickelson wins by 1 stroke from Australian Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn of Denmark

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2006 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass' membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 2007 An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
  • 2008 Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discover the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa
  • 2008 German swimmer Britta Steffen beats Australian Libby Trickett by 0.04 to win the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 American breaststroker Rebecca Soni avenges her defeat to Leisel Jones of Australia in the 100m when she swims world record 2:20.22 to beat Jones in 200m at the Beijing Olympics

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2008 An American 1-2 in the 200m backstroke at the Beijing Olympics with Ryan Lochte swimming a world record 1:53.94 to beat team mate Aaron Peirsol

Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Swimmer
Ryan Lochte
  • 2008 Despite China winning the women's gymnastics team all-round gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson go 1-2 in the individual all-round
  • 2009 Portugal leaves recession after three consecutive quarters of negative growth having its GDP recover by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009
  • 2009 12th Athletics World Championships open at Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 PGA Championship, Whistling Straits GC: Martin Kaymer of Germany wins his first major title in a playoff with Bubba Watson
  • 2012 Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)
  • 2013 20 people are killed and 200 are injured in an explosion in Beirut
  • 2015 North Korea creates its own time zone -moving its clocks back half an hour to GMT+8.5
  • 2016 Anita Włodarczyk of Poland sets a world record 82.29m to win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Zhang Wenxiu (China) silver, and Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain) bronze.
  • 2016 Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil sets an Olympic record 6.03m to win the men's pole vault gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2016 Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives at the line to win the women's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats American 6-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix by 0.07
  • 2017 Falling tree kills 13, injures 49 at a religious festival in Funchal, on Portuguese island of Madeira
  • 2017 Scientists genetic study of the apple reveal its origin was in Kazakhstan, published in "Nature Communications"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Barack Obama's tweet "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." in response to Charlottesville violence becomes most-liked tweet ever

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2017 Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond one more time
  • 2018 Italian PM Giuseppe Conte declares a 12-month state of emergency in Liguria after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge
  • 2018 Boat overturns in floods near the Nile in Northern Sudan, leaving 25 dead, most of them school children
  • 2018 Suicide bomber attacks tuition centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 48 and injuring 67
  • 2018 Australian Senator Fraser Anning evokes Nazi euphemism "a final solution to the immigration problem", in proposing outlawing Muslim immigration into Australia in parliament speech
  • 2018 Record 72,000 Americans (up 10%) killed by drug overdoses in 2017 in new figures by Centers for Disease Control
  • 2018 First ever US execution by fentanyl of Carey Dean Moore at Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln
  • 2018 Bar-hopping for pintxos (Basque tapas) in San Sebastián, Spain, named world's best food experience in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eatlist

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 US President Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA Director and Trump critic John Brennan

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