On This Day

Historical Events on August 18 (Part 2)

  • 2016 Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee records time of 1:45.01 to retain his Olympic men's triathlon title at the Rio de Janeiro Games; 0:06 in front of second-place finisher, brother Jonathan Brownlee

Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

2017 Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes

Historic Event

2017 White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is fired by US President Donald Trump

Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

2018 Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas confirm their engagement with an engagement party in Mumbai, India

  • 2018 Archaeologists confirm first-ever cheese found from Ancient Egypt 3,200 years old in tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis

Election of Interest

2018 Imran Khan becomes the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after gaining the support of independent members after his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the most votes but not a majority in the general election

  • 2018 Australian mare Winx wins her Australasian record 26th consecutive race, the renamed Winx Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney; 19th Group One win for thoroughbreds
  • 2019 1.7 million take part in pro-democracy protest peacefully in Hong Kong, a quarter of the population
  • 2019 US President Donald Trump confirms he is interested in buying Greenland for the US
  • 2019 Iceland holds a funeral for the first glacier lost to climate change at site of Okjökull glacier

Presidential Convention

2020 Joe Biden is formally nominated as the Democratic party's presidential candidate during the second night of their 1st ever virtual convention

  • 2020 California Governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency as 27 fires burn across the state amid a continuing heat wave
  • 2020 Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigns amid a military coup condemned by the UN Security Council
  • 2021 MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani becomes fastest player in team history to reach 40 home runs in a season, also pitches 8 innings in 3-1 win at Detroit