Historical Events in August 2014

  • Aug 1 Indiana Pacers NBA super-star Paul George suffers a gruesome compound fracture of his lower right leg in a Team USA scrimmage
  • Aug 1 USA and UN announce a 72 hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it quickly breaks down
  • Aug 2 Super Rugby Final: NSW Waratahs win their first SR title in a nail-biting 33-32 home effort against the Canterbury Crusaders (NZ) at ANZ Stadium, Sydney
  • Aug 3 The Israeli Defence Force remove much of its ground forces from the Gaza Strip following the destruction of 32 tunnels built by Hamas and other militants
  • Aug 3 At least 13 Palestinians reported killed in ongoing air raids and tank shelling by Israel
  • Aug 4 Hamas and Israel agree to another 72 hour ceasefire

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Aug 5 Obama signs The Iron Dome Bill providing $225 million in additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 8 The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO
  • Aug 8 Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade
  • Aug 10 Israeli and Palestinian officials agree to another 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt
  • Aug 10 Unrest breaks out in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of African American Michael Brown by a policeman.

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Aug 10 PGA Championship, Valhalla GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins his 2nd PGA C'ship by 1 shot from Phil Mickelson

  • Aug 12 Ebola outbreak death toll exceeds 1000
  • Aug 12 World Health Organization (WHO) gives its 'cautious blessing' to the use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus
  • Aug 13 Israeli and Palestinian cease fire agreed to on August 8 is extended for another 120 hours to provide time for further negotiations
  • Aug 13 Iranian Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the Fields Medal in mathematics
  • Aug 19 The 24 hour ceasefire extension renewal between Israel and Palestine is violated as Hamas fire rockets; Israeli Air Force respond, killing 9 Gazans

Historic DiscoveryDeath of the Aral Sea

Aug 19 NASA satellites take photos showing that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had for the first time completely dried up
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  • Aug 21 Israeli airstrike in Rafah kills Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al Atar and Mohammed Barhoum - 3 of Hamas's top commanders
  • Aug 22 2nd Ebola death in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country
  • Aug 24 Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone
  • Aug 24 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Ryu So-yeon wins by 2 from fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi

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Aug 25 66th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers broadcast on NBC

Comedian and Writer Seth Meyers
Comedian and Writer
Seth Meyers
  • Aug 26 Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry informs the WHO of an outbreak of Ebola; later confirmed as a different strain to that affecting west Africa
  • Aug 26 Israel and Hamas accept another ceasefire

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Aug 26 Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • Aug 27 Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”

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Aug 27 "Birdman" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2015)

  • Aug 27 71st Venice Film Festival: "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" directed by Roy Andersson wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 29 Senegal is 5th country hit by Ebola
  • Aug 29 Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals