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August 2016 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Anthrax outbreak in Yamalo-Nenets, Siberia kills one and infects 8 others, also kills 2,300 reindeer, global warming blamed
  • Aug 9 Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years
  • Aug 11 A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists
  • Aug 12 Cannes becomes first French resort to ban the burkini
  • Aug 16 Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting evacuation of 82,000 people
  • Aug 17 Flood waters recede in Louisiana leaving 13 dead and damaging 4,000 homes
  • Aug 20 Suicide bombing in Turkish city Gaziantep during a wedding party kills at least 51
  • Aug 24 Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri
  • Aug 24 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400
  • Aug 29 Italian coastguard says 6,500 migrants rescued at sea in 40 separate incidents in 1 day off coast of Sabratha, Libya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Queen Anne of Romania [Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma], wife of Michael I King of Romania, dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, (Nobel Prize 1999), dies at 70
  • Aug 6 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-950), dies at 92
  • Aug 8 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, dies at 82
  • Aug 8 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, dies at 93
  • Aug 9 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, British peer and its 3rd richest Britain, dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80
  • Aug 13 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), dies at 94
  • Aug 13 Françoise Mallet-Joris, Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders), dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Hermann Kant, German writer, dies at 90
  • Aug 14 Neil Black, British oboist, and educator, dies at 84
  • Aug 16 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, dies at 100
  • Aug 16 John McLaughlin, American TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89
  • Aug 17 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, dies at 82
  • Aug 22 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), dies at 92
  • Aug 23 Reinhard Selten, German economist (Nobel Prize 1994), dies at 85
  • Aug 24 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97
  • Aug 24 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 64
  • Aug 24 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), dies at 89
  • Aug 25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, dies at 86
  • Aug 25 James Cronin, American nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize, 1980), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, dies at 95