On This Day

August 2009 in History

Events in History

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Aug 4 Kim Jong-il meets former president Bill Clinton. He pardons and releases captured American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were found guilty of entering the country illegally.

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Aug 15 Portugal leaves recession after three consecutive quarters of negative growth having its GDP recover by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009
  • Aug 19 A series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kills 101 and injures 565 others
  • Aug 24 Thailand's GDP grew 2.3% in 2009's second quarter, technically leaving the recession

Deaths in History

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Aug 4 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), dies at 86
  • Aug 6 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), dies at 73
  • Aug 7 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • Aug 12 Lord John Gregson, British Labour politician and Baron, dies from injuries following a fall at 85
  • Aug 18 Kim Dae Jung, 8th President of South Korea (1998-2003) and 2000 Nobel Peace Prize 2000 laureate, dies at 85
  • Aug 18 Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
  • Aug 21 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • Aug 22 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 22 Beryl Sprinkel, American economist (Council of Economic Advisers), dies at 85
  • Aug 25 (Edward) "Ted" Kennedy, American politician (US Senator (D)-Massachusetts, 1962- 2009), dies of brain cancer at 77
  • Aug 26 Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), dies at 83
  • Aug 27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, dies at 96
  • Aug 31 Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure (b. 1925)