On This Day

Historical Events in August 2007

  • Aug 1 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour
  • Aug 4 NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched

Baseball Record

Aug 4 San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds homers off Clay Hensley in 2nd inning of 3-2 loss to San Diego to tie Hank Aaron’s 33 year-old MLB career home run record of 755

Baseball Record

Aug 4 32-year-old Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs, connecting on the 1st pitch he sees as NY Yankees beat Kansas City, 16-8

Sports History

Aug 5 Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine becomes only the 23rd pitcher in MLB history to reach the 300 win milestone as the Braves beat Cubs, 8-3

  • Aug 5 British Open Women's Golf, St. Andrews: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico leads wire-to-wire to win the first of her 2 major titles, 4 strokes ahead of Maria Hjorth and Jee Young Lee
  • Aug 7 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to break Hank Aaron's long-standing MLB record

Historic Publication

Aug 7 "Eclipse" 3rd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown - initial print run 1 million copies

  • Aug 8 An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.

Historic Event

Aug 8 Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as world's richest person with estimated net worth of US$59 billion, according to "Fortune"

  • Aug 12 Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.

PGA Championship

Aug 12 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Defending champion Tiger Woods wins his 4th PGA C'ship by 2 shots from Woody Austin

  • Aug 14 Coordinated bombings in Yazidi communities in Iraq kill at least 500 people, the second-deadliest terror attack of all time
  • Aug 15 An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090.
  • Aug 19 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Royal Mayfair GC: Mexican Lorena Ochoa wins by 3 from Paula Creamer
  • Aug 19 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Crosswater Club: Mark McNulty of Zimbabwe wins lone career major title by 5 strokes from David Edwards
  • Aug 21 Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
  • Aug 22 The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
  • Aug 22 The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • Aug 23 Hashtag invented and first used in a tweet by US product designer Chris Messina
  • Aug 24 11th Athletics World Championships open at Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 25 1st Women's Snow Polo World Championship takes place in Bariloche, Argentina

Historic Event

Aug 28 The Venetian Macao, the second-largest casino in the world, opens in Macao, owned by Las Vegas Sands

  • Aug 29 A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.

Venice Film Festival

Aug 29 64th Venice Film Festival: "Lust, Caution" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion

  • Aug 30 NASA spacecraft Voyager 2 crosses the termination shock, where solar and interstellar winds met (following Voyager 1 in 2004)