On This Day

August 2007 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor, murdered while investigating a crime syndicate at 57
  • Aug 2 Holden Roberto, Angolan independence leader, founder of the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), dies at 84
  • Aug 3 John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
  • Aug 5 Florian Pittiş, Romanian artist (b. 1943)
  • Aug 5 Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • Aug 5 Oliver Hill, American civil rights attorney (Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999), dies at 100
  • Aug 6 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • Aug 6 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (number theory), dies at 90
  • Aug 7 Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (b. 1931)
  • Aug 7 Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (b. 1919)
  • Aug 8 Joybubbles, A notable phone phreak. (b. 1949)
  • Aug 8 Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)
  • Aug 9 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, dies at 85
  • Aug 9 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, dies at 84
  • Aug 10 Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American member of Tuskegee Airmen and civil rights activist (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 James E. Faust, Second Councilor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (b. 1920)
  • Aug 12 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (b. 1963)
  • Aug 12 Ian McGeoch, Scottish Vice-Admiral with Royal Navy (submarine HMS Splendid WWII), dies at 93
  • Aug 13 Brooke Astor, American philanthropist and socialite, dies at 105
  • Aug 13 Yone Minagawa, Japanese supercentenarian, world's oldest person in 2007, dies at 114
  • Aug 15 John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (b. 1918)
  • Aug 15 Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)
  • Aug 16 Bahaedin Adab, Iranian MP (b. 1945)
  • Aug 17 Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • Aug 18 Michael Deaver, Reagan Administration Deputy White House Chief of Staff, dies at 69
  • Aug 18 Lucien Jarraud, Canadian radio host, dies at 84
  • Aug 20 Leona Helmsley, American real estate billionaire and convicted of federal income tax evasion, dies at 87
  • Aug 20 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • Aug 21 Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (one of the first two women to attain the rank of brigadier general), dies at 88
  • Aug 21 Caroline Aigle, French first woman fighter pilot in the French Air Force aged 25, dies of cancer at 32
  • Aug 23 William E. McAnulty, Jr., American lawyer (1st African American justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court), dies at 59
  • Aug 24 Andrée P. Boucher, Canadian politician, Mayor of Quebec City, dies at 70
  • Aug 26 Gaston Thorn, 20th Prime Minister of Luxembourg (1974–79) and 7th President of the European Commission (1981–85), dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Edward Brandt Jr., American physician and public health official, dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Driss Basri, Moroccan politician (Interior Minister 1979-99), dies at 68
  • Aug 28 Arthur Jones, American inventor of the Nautilus exercise machines (b. 1926)
  • Aug 28 Hilly Kristal, American Founder of CBGB/Punk rock legend (b. 1932)
  • Aug 28 Paul MacCready, American aeronautical engineer and inventor (1st man-powered aircraft), dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 28 Nikola Nobilo, New Zealand winemaker (b. 1913)
  • Aug 29 Pierre Messmer, French politician and Prime Minister (b. 1916)
  • Aug 29 Alfred Peet, Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)
  • Aug 29 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (b. 1914)
  • Aug 29 Banarsi Das Gupta, Indian 4th Chief Minister of Haryana (1975-77), dies at 89
  • Aug 30 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • Aug 30 Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)
  • Aug 30 Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough, dies at 89