On This Day

August 2011 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 29 "Tha Carter IV" 9th studio album by Lil Wayne is released

Weddings in History

  • Aug 16 Fashion designer Michael Kors (51) weds Lance LePere in Southampton, New York
  • Aug 27 British heiress Petra Ecclestone (22) weds entrepreneur James Stunt at Orsini Odescalchi Castle near City of Rome
  • Aug 27 Lisa Vanderpump's daughter Pandora Vanderpump (24) weds Jason Sabo in Beverly Hills

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American immunologist (Nobel 1980 - discovery of genes that regulate immune responses and of the role that some of these genes play in autoimmune diseases), dies at 90
  • Aug 2 Clarence E. Miller, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1967-93), dies at 93
  • Aug 4 Mark Duggan is shot by police in London at 29, sparking widespread riots
  • Aug 5 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician (Deputy Prime Minister of Poland), dies at 57
  • Aug 6 Mark Hatfield, American politician (29th Governor of Oregon), dies at 89
  • Aug 6 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist of the Philippines, dies at 99
  • Aug 7 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), dies at 98
  • Aug 7 Hugh Carey, American politician and attorney (Gov-D-NY), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Gun Hägglund, Swedish news presenter (b. 1932)
  • Aug 22 Jack Layton, Canadian politician, dies at 61
  • Aug 23 June Wayne, American artist and lithographer (Tamarind Lithography Workshop), dies at 93
  • Aug 26 George Band, English mountaineer (1st to climb Kangchenjunga, world's 3rd highest mountain), dies at 82
  • Aug 26 John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)
  • Aug 31 Valery Rozhdestvensky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), dies at 72
  • Aug 31 Peter Twiss, British test pilot (breaking the World Air Speed Record and being the first person to exceed 1,000 mph in flight), dies at 90