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Events in History in August 2019

  • Aug 1 Protesting Kenyan cancer survivors in Nairobi urge their government to declare a "nation disaster' in a country with only 35 oncologists for 40 million people
  • Aug 2 Saudi Arabia announces news rules for women including allowing them to travel independently abroad without a male guardian's permission
  • Aug 2 Seven-year-old boy operated on after 526 teeth found inside his mouth in Chennai, India
  • Aug 2 Pedro Pierluisi sworn in as new Governor of Puerto Rico replacing Ricardo A. Rosselló
  • Aug 3 Suspected domestic terrorist shoots and kills 22 and injures 24 at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas
  • Aug 3 Gunman kills nine and injures 27 at a bar in Dayton, Ohio, in 2nd mass shooting in 24 hours in the US
  • Aug 4 Frank Zapata is the first person to cross the English Channel by flyboard in 22 minutes
  • Aug 4 China's central bank allows its currency to weaken under usual 7-1 ratio to the US dollar for first time in a decade in response to furhter US trade tariffs
  • Aug 4 Car explosion kills 20 with 47 injured in Cairo, Egypt, in terrorist-related incident
  • Aug 5 Indian government announces it is changing the status of Indian-controlled Kashmir from a state to a union territory, revoking Article 370 in response to security concerns
  • Aug 5 July 2019 confirmed as world's hottest-ever month recorded according to Europe's Copernicus Programme
  • Aug 5 Widespread strike in Hong Kong and demonstrations against Chinese policy towards the territory bring huge disruption, including cancelling 200 flights
  • Aug 5 Australian woman Kerry Robertson confirmed as the first person to use a new assisted dying law to end her life a month earlier in Victoria
  • Aug 5 Brazilian drug dealer Clauvino da Silva tries and fails to escape Rio de Janeiro jail by dressing up as his teenage daughter in silicone mask and wig
  • Aug 6 A quarter of humanity is running out of water with 17 countries under extreme water stress including Cape Town, Los Angeles and Bangalore, according to report by the World Resources Institute
  • Aug 6 The Philippines declares a national dengue epidemic with 622 people killed and 146,000 cases so far in 2019

  • Aug 6 Barneys New York files for bankruptcy, amid figures 7,567 US retails stores have closed so far in 2019 compared to 5,864 in 2018
  • Aug 6 US government imposes wide-ranging sanctions on the Venezuelan government
  • Aug 6 Lawyer representing 800 boy scouts identify 350 sex abusers within Boy Scouts of America saying "It's the largest paedophile ring on earth"
  • Aug 7 Largest single-state immigration raid in Mississippi as nearly 700 people arrested
  • Aug 7 Wanda Vazquez becomes Puerto Rico's third governor in a week after her predecessor Pedro Pierluisi is removed by the supreme court
  • Aug 7 Bodies of two teenagers at center of huge manhunt and suspected of killing three people on remote British Columbia roads found after apparent suicides
  • Aug 8 Nuclear accident at Russian nuclear-weapon testing site at closed city Sarov kills five scientists in mysterious circumstances
  • Aug 9 Landslide from torrential rain kills 59 in Mon state, Myanmar, with 80,000 in emergency evacuation sites
  • Aug 10 Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in Zhejiang province, China, killing at least 32 with one million evacuated
  • Aug 10 71 people die trying to siphon gas from an overturned tanker that explodes in Morogoro region, Tanzania
  • Aug 10 Rebel forces for the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council take control of the key port of Aden in Yemen's civil war
  • Aug 10 Financier Jeffrey Epstein found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell in New York, while awaiting trail for sex trafficking charges
  • Aug 10 Monsoon flooding in southern and western India kills at least 150 with 40 dead in Kerala state and 100,000 in emergency relief camps
  • Aug 11 Argentine President Mauricio Macri suffers defeat in preliminary election to Alberto Fernández, prompting 20% fall in the value of the peso
  • Aug 12 Hong Kong International Airport cancels all departures as thousands of anti-government protesters occupy the terminals
  • Aug 12 Conservative Alejandro Giammattei elected president of Guatemala
  • Aug 12 Scientists say they are closer to an effective treatment for Ebola after new drug trial has 90% success rate in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Aug 12 Beginning of the 'glitter revolution' in Mexico City when security chief showered with pink glitter in protest of violence against women after teenager raped by police
  • Aug 13 Measles cases have tripled worldwide in 2019 according to WHO with 364,808 reported against vs 129,239 in 2018
  • Aug 14 "It is raining plastic," survey published, plastic found in 90% of rain samples taken in Colorado by the US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey

  • Aug 14 Iowa congressman Steve King says without rape and incest "“Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?" in video for "The Des Moines Register"
  • Aug 15 American Michael Gargiulo, found guilty of stabbing three women, killing two in Los Angeles, while awaiting trial for third killing
  • Aug 15 Whistleblower releases damaging report on General Electric titled "General Electric, a Bigger Fraud Than Enron" claiming $38 billion accountancy fraud
  • Aug 15 Israel bars US Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering for supporting Palestinian-led boycott movement
  • Aug 16 Huge fire in Chalantika slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, destroys 1,200 houses and leaves up to 10,000 homeless
  • Aug 17 Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 63, with over 200 injured. The Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Aug 17 Landmark power-sharing deal signed by military and civilian leaders celebrated in Khartoum, Sudan, with transitional government to take over Sept 1
  • Aug 17 Huge wildfires begin on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands prompting evacuation of 9,000 people
  • Aug 18 1.7 million take part in pro-democracy protest peacefully in Hong Kong, a quarter of the population

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Aug 18 US President Donald Trump confirms he is interested in buying Greenland for the US

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Aug 18 Iceland holds a funeral for the first glacier lost to climate change at site of Okjökull glacier
  • Aug 19 Evelyn Hernández cleared of killing her newborn baby in landmark case in a retrial in El Salvador

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Aug 19 Sudanese Ex-President Omar al-Bashir admits he has received $90 million from Saudi Arabian royals at the start of his corruption trial in Khartoum

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir
President of Sudan
Omar al-Bashir
  • Aug 20 NASA confirms mission to Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa to search for alien life, to launch 2025
  • Aug 20 Italian PM Giuseppe Conte resigns after Matteo Salvini calls for co-confidence vote
  • Aug 20 Computer systems in 22 small Texas towns hacked and held to ransom in coordinated attack prompts FBI investigation

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Aug 21 German Chancellor challenges British PM Boris Johnson to find a solution to a no-deal Brexit in 30 days at their meeting in Berlin

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • Aug 21 74,155 fires caused by land clearing are burning in the Amazon rain forest, the most ever recorded, according the Brazil's National Institute for Space Research
  • Aug 21 US President Donald Trump says Danish PM Mette Frederiksen was "nasty" to him over his interest in buying Greenland and cancels his trip to Denmark

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Aug 21 Nigeria goes three years without a case of polio in landmark toward eradication of the disease
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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
  • Aug 22 South Korea says it is leaving an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan in an escalation of the rift between the two countries
  • Aug 22 Russia launches Fedor, the first life-sized robot, into space to the International Space Station on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
  • Aug 22 Bielefeld in Germany offers €1m prize to anyone in who can prove the town doesn't exit to disprove 25-year-old conspiracy theory
  • Aug 23 Russia launches the 1st floating nuclear power station the Akademik Lomonosov from port of Murmansk

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Aug 24 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro orders the army to help contain fires in the Amazon after widespread environmental destruction, wildlife loss and international criticism

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • Aug 24 Britain's Prince Andrew denies knowing his friend Jeffrey Epstein was involved in sexual trafficking of underage girls after public accusations made against him
  • Aug 24 US adventurer Victor Vescovo is the first person to visit the deepest point of every ocean when he reaches Molloy Hole, in the Arctic
  • Aug 25 NASA investigates possibly the 1st crime in space over astronaut Anne McClain illegally accessing bank a/c from space
  • Aug 25 Double Dave, a rare two-headed timber rattlesnake found in Pine Barrens forest, New Jersey
  • Aug 26 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay state of Oklahoma $572 million in 1st trial against opioid manufacturer

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Aug 26 Indonesian President Joko Widodo proposes moving the country's sinking and over-crowded capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo (Kalimantan)

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • Aug 26 Meeting of the G7 agrees on $20 million aid package to fight fires in the Amazon in Biarritz
  • Aug 26 Leo DiCaprio's environmental organization Earth Alliance donates $5 to fighting fires in the Amazon
  • Aug 27 At least 25 people killed in a fire at a bar, deliberately lit by gang members in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
  • Aug 28 New Italian coalition government formed of anti-establishment Five Star Movement and center-left Democratic Party ousting Matteo Salvini

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Aug 28 Climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York after sailing across the Atlantic in an emissions-free voyage

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg
  • Aug 28 British PM Boris Johnson prorogues parliament, suspending it for 5 weeks to limit opposition to a no deal Brexit, prompting a furious backlash
  • Aug 28 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ends her campaign for president
  • Aug 28 Discovery of 3.8-million-year-old skull of early human ancestor Australopithecus anamensis, found by Yohannes Haile-Selassie, at Miro Dora, Ethiopia, upends previous evolutionary theory published in journal "Nature"
  • Aug 29 Discovery of world's largest child sacrifice site announced by archaeologists with 227 victims from Chimú culture in Huanchaco, Peru
  • Aug 29 Scientists announce there is no single 'gay' gene with genetics accounting for at most 25% of same-sex behavior, in study published in "Science"
  • Aug 30 Outlook for the Great Barrier Reef downgraded to very poor according to official Australian report
  • Aug 30 Second interstellar comet ever detected by Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov (later named 2I/Borisov)
  • Aug 31 US missile attack in al-Qaeda jihadist training camp in Idlib province, Syria, kills 40
  • Aug 31 Gunman kills seven and injures 22 during high speed chase in Odessa, Texas
  • Aug 31 India removes citizenship status from 1.9 million people in state of Assam, leaving them off its new National Register of Citizens
  • Aug 31 Major track crash during Formula 2 race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium kills Anthoine Hubert and critically injures Juan Manuel Correa