On This Day

Historical Events in August 2011

  • Aug 4 Mark Duggan is shot by police in London at 29, sparking widespread riots that cost an estimated £200 million worth of property damage
  • Aug 5 Svalbard Polar Bear Attack - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy
  • Aug 5 NASA launches its Juno space probe from Cape Canaveral to orbit and study Jupiter
  • Aug 6 A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38

Farm Aid Concert

Aug 13 Farm Aid (25th Anniversary) held in Kansas City, Kansas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Billy Joe Shaver, and Rebecca Pidgeon

  • Aug 14 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Keegan Bradley wins first major title by 1 stroke in 3-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Jason Dufner
  • Aug 16 World Youth Day 2011, organised by the Catholic church, begins in Madrid
  • Aug 18 The "West Memphis Three" are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment

Sports History

Aug 20 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Westchester CC: Fred Couples wins first of 2 Champions Tour major titles with birdie on 3rd playoff hole against John Cook

  • Aug 23 5.8 earthquake occurs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia

Historic Event

Aug 23 Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan Civil War.

Historic Event

Aug 24 Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Inc., and is succeeded by Tim Cook, as a result of his illness

  • Aug 26 The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA
  • Aug 27 13th Athletics World Championships open at Daegu, South Korea
  • Aug 27 Australia claims final Tri Nations Rugby Series with 25-20 win over New Zealand in Brisbane; Argentina's Pumas join competition the following year; series rebranded The Rugby Championship

Golf Tournament

Aug 28 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Hillsdale CC: Brittany Lincicome wins by 1 stroke from Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis

  • Aug 29 "Tha Carter IV" 9th studio album by Lil Wayne is released
  • Aug 31 68th Venice Film Festival: "Faust" directed by Alexander Sokurov wins Golden Lion