On This Day

Historical Events on August 8 (Part 2)

  • 2012 China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
  • 2012 16 people are killed from flooding from heavy rain in Manilla, Philippines
  • 2013 28 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan
  • 2013 14 people are killed by a bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan
  • 2013 4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas

Historic Event

2013 Ben Bradlee is named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama 

Film Premiere

2013 Hindi film "Chennai Express" premieres directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Fastest Bollywood film to earn $1 billion.

  • 2014 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO
  • 2014 Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade
  • 2015 Argentine winger Juan Imhoff scores 3 tries as Pumas beat South Africa, 37-25 in Rugby Championship match at Durban; Argentina's first ever win against Springboks
  • 2015 Australia clinches first Rugby Championship with 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney; All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw equals Irishman Brian O'Driscoll's record for most capped international player (141)
  • 2016 Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins the women's 100m backstroke gold medal in a time of 58.45; her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2016 K-pop girl group Blackpink debuts with the song Whistle

Historic Event

2017 South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177

Election of Interest

2017 Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict

  • 2017 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix
  • 2018 US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain

Historic Event

2018 Malaysia charges former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering

  • 2018 Australia's most populous state New South Wales declared 100% in drought
  • 2018 Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars
  • 2018 EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper
  • 2019 Nuclear accident at Russian nuclear-weapon testing site at closed city Sarov kills five scientists in mysterious circumstances

Music History

2020 Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric exercise bike

  • 2021 Taliban forces capture three regional Afghan cities including key northern city of Kunduz [1]
  • 2021 The Dixie Fire becomes California's second-largest wildfire ever at 463,000 acres (724 square miles)
  • 2021 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially close at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2021 More than 51 people killed in northern Mali after attacks on three villages by Islamist jihadists
  • 2021 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
  • 2021 "Wright Brothers' moment" in nuclear fusion research when 1.3 megajoules of energy produced at National Ignition Facility by the Livermore Lab [1]