On This Day

On This Day in History for August 9 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1999 Charles Kennedy wins the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK

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2000 South African President Thabo Mbeki unveils the Women's Monument commemorating the role of women in the anti-apartheid struggle

President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki
President of South Africa
Thabo Mbeki

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2012 The death toll from the Philippines' floods rise to 70
  • 2013 8 people are killed and 24 are injured after gunmen open fire on a Sunni mosque in Quetta, Pakistan
  • 2015 At Ferguson anniversary of the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, a man is shot and a state of emergency declared
  • 2016 Longest ever hunger strike ends, Indian human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila tastes honey after 16 years

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2017 Giant inflatable chicken resembling US President Donald Trump placed outside US White House as a political protest

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A giant inflatable chicken resembling President Trump constructed as a political protest
A giant inflatable chicken resembling President Trump constructed as a political protest
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  • 2017 North Korea says it plans to fire rockets on US territory Guam in continuing escalation of tension between it and the US
  • 2017 Nepal's parliament bans menstruation huts (comes into effect August 2018)
  • 2018 Saudi-led air coalition strikes a school bus in Sada Province, Yemen, killing 43, many of them children
  • 2018 Argentina's Senate rejects bill to legalize abortion in first 14 weeks
  • 2019 Landslide from torrential rain kills 59 in Mon state, Myanmar, with 80,000 in emergency evacuation sites
  • 2020 New Zealand marks 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19
  • 2020 Brazil passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world's 2nd highest, with over 3 million recorded cases

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2020 Disputed Belarusian presidential election sees long time dictator Alexander Lukashenko officially win 80% of the votes but unofficially lose 60-70% of the votes to main opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Sparks widespread protests in Belarus and international condemnation.

Human Rights Activist and Politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Human Rights Activist and Politician
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History