Historical Events on August 8 (Part 2)

  • 2008 Russo-Georgian War: Russia launches a full-scale land, air and sea invasion of Georgia, referring to it as a 'peace enforcement' operation after Georgia responded to aggression from South Ossetian
  • 2008 XXIX Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing, China
  • 2012 16 people are killed from flooding from heavy rain in Manilla, Philippines
  • 2012 China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
  • 2013 14 people are killed by a bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan
  • 2013 28 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan
  • 2013 4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas

Chennai Express

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

Presidential Medal of Freedom

2013 Retired Washington Post journalist and editor Ben Bradlee is named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama 

  • 2014 Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade
  • 2014 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO
  • 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

Sports History

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

Music History

2016 K-pop girl group Blackpink debuts with the song Whistle

Election of Interest

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

Zuma Survives No-Confidence Vote

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

  • 2017 The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix
  • 2018 Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars
  • 2018 Australia's most populous state New South Wales declared 100% in drought
  • 2018 EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper

Ex-PM Najib Charged

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

  • 2018 US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain
  • 2019 Nuclear accident at Russian nuclear-weapon testing site at closed city Sarov kills five scientists in mysterious circumstances

Simon Cowell's Horror Bike Accident

2020 British music mogul and television personality Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric exercise bike

  • 2021 "Wright Brothers' moment" in nuclear fusion research when 1.3 megajoules of energy produced at National Ignition Facility by the Livermore Lab [1]
  • 2021 More than 51 people killed in northern Mali after attacks on three villages by Islamist jihadists
  • 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)

Basketball Gold for US Women

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 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially close at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

Break My Soul Hits #1

2022 Beyoncé’s single "Break My Soul" is her first solo #1 on Billboard's Top 100 in 14 years, the same week her "Renaissance" album reaches No. 1 on Billboard's 200 chart [1]

FBI Search Mar-a-Largo

2022 FBI conduct a search of former US President Donald Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Largo, over his handling of classified government documents [1]

  • 2022 Record downpours in Seoul, South Korea, with some areas receiving their highest rainfall in 80 years (141.5 mm per hr), leaves at least eight dead [1]

Music History

2023 Canadian rapper Tory Lanez sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot several times during an argument [1]

  • 2023 Colombian drug dealer Dairo Antonio Úsuga (Otoniel) named 'the most dangerous drug trafficker in the world' sentenced to 45 years in prison in the US [1]
  • 2023 Storm Hans brings widespread destruction to Scandinavia with Norway warning of its highest rainfall for 25 years [1]