Historical Events in 2021 (Part 3)

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  • Jun 10 Zahid Quraish confirmed as America's first Muslim federal judge for the District of New Jersey by the US Senate

Historic Event

Jun 11 Pulitzer Prizes awarded to Katori Hall for drama, The New York Times for pandemic coverage and special citation for Darnella Frazier for recording the murder of George Floyd

  • Jun 11 US lobsterman survives being swallowed by a humpback whale off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts
  • Jun 12 Danish star soccer midfielder Christian Eriksen suffers an on-field cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 game with Finland in Copenhagen; revived with a defibrillator; game controversially restarts with 1-0 Finland win
  • Jun 12 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech doubles specialist Barbora Krejčíková wins her first major singles title 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 13 French Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his 19th Grand Slam singles title; beats Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

  • Jun 13 G7 summits ends in Cornwall, England, with leaders promising one billion vaccine doses for poorer nations

Historic Event

Jun 13 Israel's Knesset votes in a new coalition government with Naftali Bennett as Prime Minister, ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after a record 12 years

Sports History

Jun 14 Cristiano Ronaldo removes sponsors coke bottles from his press table at the European Championships, prompting the company share price to drop $4 billion

  • Jun 14 Heatwave event begins across western US and Canadian states with Denver at 101 degrees and Helena 105 degrees
  • Jun 15 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns of possible food shortages and COVID-19 restrictions while addressing national conference

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jun 15 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a "return to life as we know it" lifting all COVID-19 restrictions after the state passes 70% vaccinated with one dose

  • Jun 15 US death toll from COVID-19 tops 600,000 (Johns Hopkins), with 65% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose

Summit of Interest

Jun 16 Summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, over issues including cyberattacks and human rights

  • Jun 17 China launches its Shenzhou-12 spacecraft with three astronauts arriving at its new space station Tiangong six and a half hours later
  • Jun 17 US President Joe Biden signs into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act making June 19th a federal holiday commemorating emancipation
  • Jun 18 Jurist and conservative Ebrahim Raisi elected President of Iran on a low turn out
  • Jun 18 Record 82 million people now forcibly displaced, or over 1% of world's population, according to UN refugee agency [1]
  • Jun 20 Brazil's COVID-19 death toll passes 500,000, the second highest in the world
  • Jun 20 China announces it has administered 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

US Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Torrey Pines GC: Jon Rahm beats Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa by 1 stroke to become first Spaniard to win the event

  • Jun 21 Carl Nassib becomes the first openly gay player in the NFL in a post on Instagram
  • Jun 21 Colombia's COVID-19 recorded death toll passes 100,000, the tenth country in the world to do so
  • Jun 21 New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is the first openly transgender athlete to be selected for the Olympics
  • Jun 21 Swedish government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven toppled after a no confidence vote for the first time in Swedish history

Historic Event

Jun 22 Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pardons nine Catalan politicians and activists for the 2017 illegal secession referendum

  • Jun 22 Unesco says Australia's Great Barrier Reef should be put on list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger"
  • Jun 23 1st ICC World Test Championship final, Southampton: New Zealand dismisses India for meagre 170; completes tricky chase of 139 on 6th day to win inaugural cricket title

Music History

Jun 23 Britney Spears requests a judge end her court-ordered conservatorship, states "I think this conservatorship is abusive. I don't think I can live a full life"

  • Jun 23 Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch" seen in its entirety for first time in 300 years after AI used to fill in pieces trimmed at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Jun 23 US Supreme Court rules in favor of teen kicked off cheerleading team after profane social media post, saying school violated her free speech [1]
  • Jun 24 Residential tower Champlain Towers South collapses at 1.30am in Surfside, Miami Beach, with 156 people missing (98 bodies eventually recovered)
  • Jun 24 Second discovery of the remains of 761 people, mainly indigenous children announced at former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan
  • Jun 25 Former US police officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 years and six months for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis
  • Jun 25 New species of ancient human announced after finding of massive fossilized skull - Homo longi "Dragon Man" from North East China [1]
  • Jun 25 New type of ancient human announced "Nesher Ramla Homo" lived 140,000-120,000 years ago, a possible ancestor of Neanderthals, uncovered in Ramla, Israel [1]
  • Jun 25 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola ties Tom Seaver's 51-year old MLB league record of 10 consecutive strike outs, in 2-1 loss to the Mets in New York

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jun 25 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms the COVID-19 Delta variant is the most transmissible to date, now present in 85 countries and spreading rapidly [1]

  • Jun 26 British Health Minister Matt Hancock resigns after photos of him kissing an aide (and not social distancing) emerge
  • Jun 26 Largest-ever pile up in the Tour de France caused by a spectator with a sign during Stage 1. Spectator later hunted down and arrested.
  • Jun 26 South Africa announces 14-day lockdown to counter a third COVID-19 wave of infections fueled by the Delta variant, with only 2.5 million vaccines administrated [1]
  • Jun 26 Sydney goes into a two-week lockdown amid a Delta variant COVID-19 outbreak and low levels of vaccination
  • Jun 27 Boat sinks off Tunisia, drowning 43 migrants with 84 rescued by Tunisian navy [1]
  • Jun 27 Heat dome envelops the Pacific Northwest with Portland posting highest temperature since records began of 112 F (broken the next day)
  • Jun 27 Hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada at 46.6 C (116 F) in Lytton, British Columbia (breaks record 2 days later with 49.6 C)
  • Jun 27 Women's PGA Championship, Atlanta AC: Nelly Korda beats fellow American Lizette Salas by 3 strokes to win her first major title
  • Jun 28 AirCar, prototype flying car capable of flying 1,000km (600 miles), at height of 8,200ft (2,500m), completes 35 min test flight between Nitra and Bratislava airports in Slovakia
  • Jun 28 Mexico's Supreme Court decriminalizes marijuana use by adults
  • Jun 28 Tigray Defense Forces retake Tigray's regional capital of Mekelle in Ethiopia's Tigray War. The Ethiopian government declares a unilateral ceasefire to save face but neither side sticks to it. [1]
  • Jun 28 US Supreme Court declines to hear school's appeal in transgender bathroom case made by Gavin Grimm in Virginia, upholding an earlier decision it was discriminatory

Historic Event

Jun 29 Former South African President Jacob Zuma sentenced to 15 months in prison on contempt of court charges

  • Jun 29 Lytton, British Columbia, records Canada's highest-ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F), before being destroyed by a wildfire the next day
  • Jun 29 World's first known plague victim identified in the remains of a 5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer in Latvia [1]
  • Jun 30 American Abhimanyu Mishra becomes the youngest chess grandmaster ever at 12 years and 4 months, surpassing Sergey Karjakin
  • Jun 30 Bangladesh begins a one-week lockdown enforced by the army as COVID-19 cases soar due to the Delta variant
  • Jun 30 Extreme heat wave caused at least 100 deaths in British Columbia according to state Coroners' Office [1]

Film & TV History

Jun 30 Pennsylvania Supreme overturns comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, ruling that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby in return for Cosby's testimony in a related civil suit; Cosby immediately released from prison

  • Jun 30 US actress Allison Mack sentenced to three years for her role in the Nxivm sex cult in New York
  • Jun 30 World's oldest man is 112-year-old Emilio "Don Millo" Flores Márquez (born 8 August 1908) from Puerto Rico according to Guinness World Records [1]

Historic Event

Jul 1 Britain's Princes William and Harry unveil statue to their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 1 Indonesian President Joko Widodo announces a two-week lockdown for the islands of Java and Bali amid the worst COVID-19 outbreak in South East Asia

Historic Event

Jul 1 President Xi Jinping makes a defiant address at celebrations in Tiananmen Square, Beijing to mark the 100 year centenary of the Chinese Communist Party [1]

  • Jul 1 State of New York charges The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg with tax fraud and grand larceny [1]
  • Jul 2 India's known COVID-19 death toll passes 400,000 with 30.45 million cases, amid expert speculation that over one million have died [1]
  • Jul 3 Mudslides crash through town of Atami, Japan, after torrential rain, killing 19, with over 100 people initially missing
  • Jul 3 Worst wildfires in Cyprus' history begin in Limassol district, spreading in next few days and killing four people
  • Jul 4 Columbus Blue Jackets' 24 year old Latvian goaltender Matīss Kivlenieks is killed when accidentally struck by fireworks at the home of team goaltending coach Manny Legace in Novi, Michigan
  • Jul 4 Military plane crashes near Jolo, Philippines, killing at lease 45 with dozens saved from the burning wreckage

Historic Event

Jul 4 Pope Francis undergoes surgery to remove part of his colon in Rome

Historic Event

Jul 4 Researchers reveal there are 14 living descendants of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci [1]

  • Jul 5 One of world's oldest pieces of art, 51,000-year-old deer bone carved by Neanderthals, announced discovered in Harz Mountains, Germany [1]

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 5 Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will scrap all COVID-19 restrictions in England from 19 July, to become most unrestricted country in Europe

Historic Event

Jul 6 Mary Simon is named Canada's first indigenous Governor General by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

  • Jul 7 Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated in his home in Pétionville, Haiti, state of emergency declared across the country
  • Jul 7 Stanley Cup Final, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning beat Montreal Canadiens, 1-0 in Game 5; retain title, 4-1
  • Jul 7 World's biggest sandcastle 21.16 high (69.4 feet), using nearly 5,000 tons of sand completed in Blokhus, Denmark [1]
  • Jul 8 A tiny Leonardo da Vinci sketch "Head of a Bear", the size of a post-it sells for £8.9 million ($12.2 m) at auction in London [1]
  • Jul 8 Global known death toll from COVID-19 passes 4 million (equal to all deaths in battle since 1982) [1]
  • Jul 8 Japan says the Olympics will be held without spectators as Tokyo announces state of emergency due to a surge in COVID-19
  • Jul 8 MLB Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena gets his first hit, in his second career at bat - a grand slam - against Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer, in San Diego
  • Jul 8 US President Joe Biden says US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31, despite increased Taliban gains across the country
  • Jul 8 Zaila Avant-garde, American student, age 14, from Harvey, Louisiana, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee title
  • Jul 9 British road cyclist Mark Cavendish wins Nîmes to Carcassonne stage 13 of the Tour de France for his record equalling 34th career stage victory; equals Eddy Merckx's mark
  • Jul 9 Death Valley, California, hits temperature of 130 degrees F (54.4 C), one of the highest temperatures ever recorded on earth [1]
  • Jul 9 June 2021 declared US's hottest June ever recorded in 127 years, average temperature 72.6 degrees F (4.2 degrees above average) [1]
  • Jul 10 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: World #1 Ashleigh Barty of Australia wins her second major title; beats Karolína Plíšková of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7, 6-3

Music History

Jul 11 Billionaire Richard Branson flies to the edge of space on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane in space tourism test

Sports History

Jul 11 Copa América Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro: Argentina beats Brazil, 1-0; Lionel Messi named player of the tournament in his first major international title victory

  • Jul 11 Rare mass anti-government protests across Cuba due to economic hardships and effects of COVID-19 led to widespread arrests
  • Jul 11 UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Italy wins first Euro title since 1968, 3-2 on penalties over England after scores locked at 1-1 AET
  • Jul 11 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković claims a record equalling 20th Grand Slam title; beats Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
  • Jul 12 At least 92 people die in a fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in Iraqi city of Nasiriya
  • Jul 13 "Unprecedented" early fire season in western US as 67 large fires and nearly 918,000 acres reported burnt by Interagency Fire Center [1]
  • Jul 13 337 die in violent protests and looting in South Africa following the jailing of Jacob Zuma, with more than 200 shopping malls set alight [1]
  • Jul 13 91st MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver, CO: AL beats NL, 5-2 for their eighth consecutive victory
  • Jul 14 Drug overdose deaths in the US rose 30% to record 93,000 in 2020 according to CDC [1]
  • Jul 15 Devastating floods linked to climate change sweep through towns in western Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, after record rainfall, killing at least 188 people
  • Jul 17 73rd Cannes Film Festival: Titane wins Palme d'Or, its director Frenchwoman Julie Ducournau only 2nd woman to win
  • Jul 18 108th Tour de France: Defending champion Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia becomes youngest rider to win the Tour twice; also claims Mountains and Youth classifications; Mark Cavendish wins points title

Sports History

Jul 18 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Collin Morikawa becomes first male in history to win his debut at 2 separate major events [2020 PGA C'ship]; beats Jordan Spieth by 2 strokes

  • Jul 19 Bomb attack on al-Wuhailat market in Baghdad, Iraq, ahead of Eid al-Adha festival, kills 25 people
  • Jul 19 Peruvian union leader Pedro Castillo declared winner of the country's presidential election (11 April), defeating Keiko Fujimori by only 44,000 votes
  • Jul 19 UK lifts most COVID-19 restrictions on so-called "Freedom Day" despite 50,000 new daily infections

Historic Event

Jul 20 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announces his first two 'Courage and Civility Awards' of $100M each to writer, commentator, and non-profit founder Van Jones and chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés to distribute to charities of their choice

  • Jul 20 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos goes into space in first unpiloted suborbital flight with all-civilian crew, aboard rocket developed by his company Blue Origin
  • Jul 20 India's COVID-19 death toll likely 10 times its official toll, 3.4 million to 4.7 million (to June 2021), according to The Center for Global Development [1]
  • Jul 20 Leyna Bloom becomes Sports Illustrated's first transgender cover model

Sports History

Jul 20 NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns, 105-98 in Game 6 to win first title in 50 years (1971); MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 50 points in Game 6

  • Jul 20 New York records the worst air quality in the world due to smoke from 80 wild fires on the US west coast [1]
  • Jul 20 Oregon's Bootleg fire has burnt nearly 400,000 acres, now so big it's generating its own weather patterns according to local fire chiefs
  • Jul 20 Torrential rain causes severe flooding in China's Hunan province, flooding subways with people still on the trains, killing at least 12 people in Zhengzhou city [1]
  • Jul 20 US, NATO members and other states accuse China's Ministry of State Security for using "contract criminal hackers" to infiltrate Microsoft email systems [1]
  • Jul 21 Life expectancy in the US falls by 1.5 years (3 years for Hispanic Americans. 2.9 for Black Americans) in largest decline since WWII [1]
  • Jul 21 President Xi Jinping arrives in Tibet in first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years
  • Jul 21 World's fastest train debuts, a Chinese state-owned maglev bullet train, with speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles) in Qingdao, China [1]
  • Jul 22 US at “another pivotal point in this pandemic” says CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky as the Delta variant becomes dominant
  • Jul 23 At least 164 people die in floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in Indian state of Maharashtra [1]
  • Jul 23 Indonesia posts a record daily number of COVID-19 deaths at 1,566 [1]
  • Jul 23 MLB Cleveland Indians announce team will be renamed the Guardians, after the Guardians of Traffic, eight large Art Deco statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge, located near their playing field
  • Jul 23 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially open at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 25 Australia wins women's 4 x 100m relay for third straight Olympics as Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell set new WR 3:29.69 in Tokyo
  • Jul 25 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Sunningdale: Welshman Stephen Dodd wins his first major title with a 1 stroke victory over Miguel Ángel Jiménez of Spain
  • Jul 25 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Australian Minjee Lee recovers from 7 shots behind to beat South Korea’s Lee6 Jeongeun in a play-off for her first major title
  • Jul 25 Japanese judokas Uta Abe (women's 52kg) and brother Hifumi (men's 66kg) make history as first siblings to win Olympic gold medals in different events on same day at the Tokyo Games
  • Jul 25 Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome wins the sport's inaugural Olympic gold medal in the men's street section at the Tokyo Games
  • Jul 25 Typhoon In-Fa (Yanhua) makes landfall in the city of Zhoushan on China's east coast
  • Jul 25 USA's men's basketball team see their 25-game Olympic winning streak end; beaten 83-76 by France in first round match in Tokyo

Olympic Games

Jul 26 Dominant British breaststroke swimmer Adam Peaty successfully defends his 100m title at the Tokyo Olympics beating Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands and Italian Nicolò Martinenghi

  • Jul 26 Ship carrying migrants wrecks off coast of Al-Khums, Libya, killing at least 57, takes death toll in central Mediterranean to 987 for 2021 [1]
  • Jul 26 Tunisian government in crisis after President Kais Saied sacks Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspends parliament with the help of the army because of its handling of COVID-19
  • Jul 26 Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz makes history becoming the first athlete from the Philippines to win gold at the Olympics in the 55kg class at the Tokyo Games

Sports History

Jul 27 American gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles withdraws from the women's team final at the Tokyo Games citing need to focus on her mental health; also misses individual finals

  • Jul 27 China tests a missile with a hypersonic weapon system, later called “very close” to a Sputnik moment by a US general [1]
  • Jul 27 Fiji retains Olympic Rugby Sevens title with 27-12 win over New Zealand in Tokyo; only second gold in the country's Olympic history
  • Jul 27 Florida records its highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic at 21,683
  • Jul 27 Ítalo Ferreira of Brazil and American Carissa Moore claim inaugural men's and women's surfing gold medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Jul 27 Largest-ever repatriation of 17,000 looted Iraqi antiquities returned to Baghdad, including items from Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible and Cornell University
  • Jul 27 Swiss team of Jolanda Neff, Sina Frei and Linda Indergand make a clean sweep of the medals in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Jul 27 Triathlete Flora Duffy claims historic first ever Olympic gold medal for Bermuda in the women's event at the Tokyo Games
  • Jul 28 19 year old gymnast Daiki Hashimoto of Japan becomes youngest Olympic men's artistic individual all-around champion in history at the Tokyo Games
  • Jul 28 Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus claims Olympic double by winning women's 200m freestyle in OR 1:53.50 in Tokyo; she had beaten American superstar Katie Ledecki in 400m 2 days earlier
  • Jul 28 Japanese swimmer Yui Ohashi wins women's individual medley double with victory in 200m at the Tokyo Olympics; 3 days earlier she won the 400m IM gold medal
  • Jul 29 Australian canoeist Jessicas Fox with 109.96s wins inaugural women's C-1 slalom gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Jul 29 Australian swimmer Emma McKeon wins the blue riband 100m freestyle gold medal in OR 51.96 at the Tokyo Olympics; her 8th career Olympic medal
  • Jul 29 Chinese team of Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei & Li Bingjie smash 4 x 200m freestyle relay WR 7:40.33 at Tokyo Olympics; minor medallists USA and Australia also beat previous mark
  • Jul 29 Croatian rowing brothers Martin and Valent Sinković team to win coxless pair gold at the Tokyo Olympics; pair's second Olympic gold after winning double sculls in 2016
  • Jul 29 Flash floods kill at least 60 people in Kamdesh, eastern Afghanistan
  • Jul 29 Following Simone Biles' withdrawal, teammate Sunisa Lee becomes first Hmong-American Olympic champion in any sport when she wins women's artistic individual all-around gymnastics gold in Tokyo
  • Jul 29 Russian backstroke swimmer Evgeny Rylov wraps up the 100/200m double with OR 1:53.27 in the longer event at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Jul 29 South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker sets new women's 200m breaststroke WR 2:18.95 at the Tokyo Olympics beating the American pair of Lilly King and Annie Lazor
  • Jul 30 1 out of 169 Americans employed by Amazon in new figures released by the company. Now US's second largest employer (Walmart the largest employing 1 in 100) [1]
  • Jul 31 American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins 100m butterfly in WR 49.45 at the Tokyo Olympics; completes 100m freestyle/butterfly double

Olympic Gold

Jul 31 American swimming superstar Katie Ledecky wins the women's 800m gold for an unprecedented third consecutive Olympics in Tokyo; claims distance 800/1500m double

  • Jul 31 Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown wins gold in 200m backstroke to complete 100/200 double at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Jul 31 First mixed-gender event to feature in Olympic swim program; Great Britain team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy & Anna Hopkin wins mixed 4×100m medley relay in WR 3:37.58 in Tokyo

Olympic Games

Jul 31 Jamaican sprinters Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson trifecta women's 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics; Thompson Herah retains title

  • Aug 1 394 migrants rescued from a stricken vessel by humanitarian NGO ships in Tunisian waters [1]
  • Aug 1 American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins his 5th gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay
  • Aug 1 American swimmer Robert Finke wins men's 1,500m gold in 14:39.65 at the Tokyo Olympics, completing long distance double 800/1,500m

COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug 1 American virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci says "things are going to get worse" as US COVID-19 cases double in 10 days due to surge of Delta variant

  • Aug 1 Australian swimmer Emma McKeon claims gold in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay for total 7 medals at Tokyo Olympics; equals record set by Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952
  • Aug 1 Canada marks its first Emancipation Day (date slavery abolished in the British Empire in 1834)
  • Aug 1 Chinese diver Shi Tingmao completes women's 3m springboard/synchronized 3m springboard double at the Tokyo Olympics for second consecutive Games
  • Aug 1 Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar avoid a jump-off by agreeing to share the long jump gold medal after tying on 2.37m at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Aug 1 Marcell Jacobs becomes first Italian athlete to win the coveted 100m in 9.80 at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Aug 1 Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing names himself Prime Minister, pledges to hold elections by 2023
  • Aug 1 The US passes the 35 million mark in COVID-19 cases with California becoming first state to record 4 million cases
  • Aug 1 Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas records a WR 15.67m to claim the women's gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Aug 2 70% of American have had at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot, a target President Joe Biden had hoped to meet by 4 July
  • Aug 3 132 wildfires in Turkey's southern coastal Manavgat district have burnt 118,789 hectares of land in six days, killing eight people [1]
  • Aug 3 Hawaii's largest wildfire on record, Mana Road Fire in South Kohala, finally being brought under control after burning through 40,000 acres
  • Aug 3 Jamaican athlete Elaine Thompson-Herah wins 200m gold in Tokyo to become the first female to claim the 100/200m double at consecutive Olympic Games
  • Aug 3 Karsten Warholm of Norway runs first ever sub-46 second 400m hurdles 45.94 WR to claim gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Aug 3 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington wins her third straight Olympic K-1 200m title at the Tokyo Games; also wins K-2 500m for her 4th career Olympic gold medal

Music History

Aug 3 Singer Tony Bennett celebrates his 95th birthday with Lady Gaga in the first of 2 "farewell" performances at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

  • Aug 4 Americans Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad go 1-2 in women's 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics; McLaughlin sets WR 51.46s
  • Aug 4 Global known COVID-19 caseload passes 200 million, with the death toll at 4.2 million according to Johns Hopkins
  • Aug 4 Largest wildfire in California so far in 2021, the Dixie Fire at 320,000 acres, destroys the gold rush town of Greenville [1]
  • Aug 4 Mediterranean region evolving into a "wildfire hotspot" according to authorities, amidst extreme temperatures with Greece experiencing one of its worst heatwaves in 40 years [1]

Music History

Aug 4 Rihanna named the world's wealthiest female musician worth $1.7 billion by Forbes [1]

  • Aug 5 FC Barcelona confirms record breaking Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi will leave the club because of Spanish La Liga regulations on player payments
  • Aug 5 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington wins her third Olympic gold medal of the Tokyo Games by winning K-1 500m; 5th career gold for Carrington

Music History

Aug 5 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80) announces he will be unable to accompany the band on its 2021 U.S. tour, based on medical advice; American Steve Jordan tapped to fill in

  • Aug 6 Faith Kipyegon of Kenya retains her Olympic 1,500m title in OR 3:53.11 at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Aug 6 Jamaican 100/200m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah claims her third track gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics as part of the winning Jamaican 4x100m relay team
  • Aug 7 As part of the winning American 4×400m relay team in Tokyo, Allyson Felix takes her total to 11 Olympic medals; becomes the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history
  • Aug 7 Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan wins 10,000m gold medal in 29:55.32 at the Tokyo Olympics to claim the 5/10k double
  • Aug 7 Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra makes history winning his country’s first-ever Olympic track and field gold with 87.58m in Tokyo

Olympic Gold

Aug 7 Kevin Durant with 29 points leads USA to his third and the team's 4th consecutive Olympic men's basketball gold medal with an 87-82 win over France in Tokyo

  • Aug 8 "Wright Brothers' moment" in nuclear fusion research when 1.3 megajoules of energy produced at National Ignition Facility by the Livermore Lab [1]
  • Aug 8 More than 51 people killed in northern Mali after attacks on three villages by Islamist jihadists
  • Aug 8 Taliban forces capture three regional Afghan cities including key northern city of Kunduz [1]
  • Aug 8 The Dixie Fire becomes California's second-largest wildfire ever at 463,000 acres (724 square miles)

Olympic Gold

Aug 8 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

  • Aug 8 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially close at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 9 Cholera outbreak in Nigeria has killed more than 800 people with 31,425 suspected cases since January 2021 according to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control [1]
  • Aug 9 Herd of 14 elephants returning home from a 500km (300-mile) trek across China, lead authorities to evacuate 150,000 people out of their path [1]
  • Aug 9 Landmark UN IPCC climate report "is a "Code Red for humanity", rise of 1.5C now certain, catastrophic change can still be avoided if the world works fast [1] [2]
  • Aug 10 "I am Legend" screenwriter Akiva Goldsman tweets "It's a movie. I made that up. It's. Not. Real." amid rumors COVID-19 vaccines could turn people into zombies, as in the film [1]