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August 2021

1 Year (2020)
Aug 05: COVID-19 pandemic: The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 700,000
Aug 10: COVID-19 pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 20 million worldwide.
Aug 11: COVID-19 pandemic: Russian President Vladimir Putin announces that Russia has approved the world's first COVID-19 vaccine.
Aug 13: Israel and the UAE agree to normalise relations, marking the third Israel–Arab peace deal.
Aug 21: Sir Kenneth Robinson (4 March 1950 – 21 August 2020) was a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was director of the Arts in Schools Project (1985–89) and Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick (1989–2001), and Professor Emeritus after leaving the university. In 2003 he was knighted for services to the arts.
Aug 22: COVID-19 pandemic: The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 800,000.
Aug 25: Africa is declared free of wild polio, the second virus to be eradicated from the continent since smallpox 40 years previously.
Aug 26: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos becomes the first person in history to have a net worth exceeding US$200 billion, according to Forbes.
Aug 30: COVID-19 pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 25 million worldwide. India continues to record the highest daily increase of cases.

2 Years (2019)
Aug 21: Amazon wild fires reach alarming proportions, causing this to become an international disaster.
Aug 29: HRH The Queen of England has acceded to the prime minister, Boris Johnson seeking the prorogation of Parliament for 5 weeks.

5 Years (2016)
Aug 04: N.Zealand judge Lowell Goddard resigns chair of UK inquiry into child sexual abuse.
Aug 04: UK: Bank of England cuts interest rate from 0.5% to lowest ever 0.25%.
Aug 05: ANC in South Africa suffers worst electoral result since end of apartheid (1994).
Aug 05: FIFA Pres Gianni Infantino cleared by investigation into his running of the organisation.
Aug 08: UK: 5 new Labour Party members win legal battle to vote in leadership contest.
Aug 08: UK: Southern Trains cancels many services at start of 5 day RMT strike.
Aug 09: Man Utd set new world transfer record of £89m to buy Paul Pogba from Juventus.
Aug 11: Prof Alexis Jay appointed chair of UK inquiry into child sexual abuse.
Aug 12: Cyclist Bradley Wiggins 1st Briton to win 8 Olympic medals (latest in Brazil).
Aug 12: UK: Court of Appeal says Labour Party can impose date limit on voter eligibility.
Aug 13: French authorities in Cannes introduce a ban on 'burkini' beachwear.
Aug 16: Death of Brazil's former FIFA President Joao Havelange aged 100.
Aug 20: British athlete Mo Farah wins both 5,000m & 10,000 at Olympics (Rio) for 2nd time.
Aug 20: Death of British theatre performer & diability campaigner Brian Rix aged 92.
Aug 20: UK: London Underground starts running all-night trains on some routes.
Aug 21: Death Sir Antony Jay (co-writer 'Yes Minister'; 'Yes, Prime Minister') aged 86
Aug 24: 5 men die in sea at Camber Sands, Essex on hottest day of year so far in UK.
Aug 24: Major earthquake in central Italy. Over 280 killed.
Aug 29: Death of US actor Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) aged 83.
Aug 30: European Commission says Apple owes 13billion euros in back taxes to Ireland.
Aug 31: Brazilian Senate votes to remove President Rousseff for manipulating the budget.
Aug 31: Death of Joe Sutter who led development of Boeing's 747 jumbo jet, aged 95.
Aug 31: Death US engineer Joe Sutter, 95 (led development of Boeing 747 jumbo jet).

10 Years (2011)
Aug 05: NASA launches solar-powered spacecraft 'Juno' on mission to Jupiter.
Aug 06: Start of 5 days' rioting & looting in UK towns & cities after a police shooting in London.
Aug 11: Parliament recalled to debate 5 days' rioting & looting throughout UK.
Aug 28: Arab Spring: Libyan rebels take Tripoli and overthrow government of Muammar Gaddafi.

15 Years (2006)
Aug 01: UK: Steve McClaren officially appointed new England football manager.
Aug 04: Muttar Massacre, Sri Lanka: killing of 17 aid workers from Action Against Hunger.
Aug 09: British police arrest 24 charged with plotting to blow up 10 planes flying from UK to USA.
Aug 09: Death of American physicist James Van Allen (discovered radiation belts surrounding Earth).
Aug 09: Death US physicist James Van Allen (discovered radiation belts surrounding Earth).
Aug 20: Death of Pultizer Prize-winning US photographer Joe Rosenthal ('Flag on Iwo Jima').
Aug 23: Austrian child kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch escapes from 8 years' captivity in cellar.
Aug 24: International Astronomical Union demotes Pluto to the status of 'dwarf planet'.
Aug 26: Death of former West Indian test cricketer Sir Clyde Walcott aged 80.
Aug 30: Death of Canadian-born American actor Glenn Ford aged 90.
Aug 31: Norway police recover Edvard Munch painting 'The Scream' stolen Aug 2004.

20 Years (2001)
Aug 08: American actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are divorced.
Aug 16: Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, charged with theft of 340 of her items (no trial).
Aug 20: Death English astronomer & sci-fi writer Sir Fred Hoyle, 86 (creator of phrase 'Big Bang').
Aug 24: US software company Microsoft launches its Windows XP operating system.
Aug 31: UK: Former MP Neil Hamilton & wife Christine cleared over sexual assault allegations.

25 Years (1996)
Aug 07: Flash flooding and mudslides at campsite, Spanish Pyrenees. 87 killed.
Aug 09: Death of British engineer Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of turbojet engine aged 89.
Aug 11: British rock band 'Oasis' play biggest free-standing concert in UK history at Knebworth, Herts.
Aug 11: British rock band 'Oasis' play largest free-standing concert in UK history, Knebworth, Herts.
Aug 16: Brookfield Zoo, Chicago: Female gorilla 'Binti Jua' rescues 3 year old boy.
Aug 21: Former S.African president F.W. de Klerk apologises for crimes under Apartheid Laws.
Aug 21: UK: Ex wives of Prince Charles & Prince Andrew stripped of 'Royal Highness' titles.
Aug 23: Osama bin Laden issues 'fatwa' against 'the Americans Occupying Holy Land'.
Aug 28: Formal divorce announced between Prince Charles & Diana, Princess of Wales.
Aug 30: British heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno announces his retirement.
Aug 30: Failed attempt by salvage company to raise section of RMS Titanic fom Atlantic.
Aug 30: Failured attempt by salvage company to raise 15 tonne section of RMS Titanic ffom Atlantic.

30 Years (1991)
Aug 05: Death Japanese industrialist & engineer Soichiro Honda. Founder Honda Motor Co.
Aug 08: British journalist & hostage John McCarthy released in Lebanon after held 5 years.
Aug 08: British journalist John McCarthy released in Lebanon after held 5 years.
Aug 08: Death of US astronaut James Irwin. One of 12 US astronauts to walk on the Moon.
Aug 13: Prince of Wales resigns as patron of Scottish National Museum over design of new building.
Aug 17: Strathfield Massacre, Sydney, Australia. Wade Frankum kills 7 in shopping mall.
Aug 19: Attempted coup in Soviet Union against President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Aug 20: Former Soviet state Estonia gains independence.
Aug 21: Former Soviet state Latvia gains independence.
Aug 23: SuperNintendo Entertainment System (SNES) goes on sale in USA.
Aug 23: World Wide Web, invented by Tim Berners-Lee, opened up to new users.
Aug 24: Former Soviet state Ukraine gains independence.
Aug 24: Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as 1st Secretary of Communist Party of Soviet Union.
Aug 25: German racing driver Michael Schumacher makes F1 debut in Belgian Grand Prix.
Aug 29: Soviet Parliament votes to suspend all activities of the Communist Party.

35 Years (1986)
Aug 01: US tennis player John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal. (Divorced 1994).
Aug 09: Queen's last live concert (Knebworth) before death of lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Aug 20: US postal worker shoots 20 colleagues (14 killed) in Oklahoma & commits suicide.
Aug 21: Over 1,700 killed by a cloud of carbon dioxide gas from volcanic lake in Cameroon.
Aug 28: Ex US Navy officer Jerry Whitworth jailed for 365 years for spying for Soviet Union.
Aug 31: Death of British sculptor Henry Moore aged 88.
Aug 31: Soviet passenger liner SS Admiral Nakhimov sinks in Black Sea. 420 killed.

45 Years (1976)
Aug 01: Austrian F1 driver Niki Lauda badly burnt in crash in German Grand Prix.
Aug 01: Trinidad & Tobago severs links with Britain to become independent republic.
Aug 02: Death of Austrian-born American film director Fritz Lang ('The Big Heat').
Aug 04: Death of Roy Thomson, Canadian-born British newspaper publisher aged 82.
Aug 12: Tel al-Zaatar Massacre of Palestinian refugees in Beirut. Over 2,000 killed.
Aug 27: Labour MP John Stonehouse resigns after convicted of fraud & jailed for 7 years.
Aug 30: UK: Riot at Notting Hill Carnival in London. Over 100 police officers injured.
Aug 30: UK: Rioting at Notting Hill Carnival in London. Over 100 police officers injured.

55 Years (1966)
Aug 01: Start of Chinese Cultural Revolution led by Communist Chairman Mao Zedong.
Aug 01: USA: Ex marine Charles Whitman carries out mass shooting at University of Texas. 16 killed.
Aug 01: USA: Ex marine Charles Whitman shoots dead 16 at University of Texas.
Aug 03: Death of American comedian Lenny Bruce.
Aug 03: Death of controversial American stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce.
Aug 05: UK: Beatles release latest album 'Revolver'.
Aug 05: UK: Beatles release latest record album 'Revolver'.
Aug 12: Start of Namibian War of Independence against South Africa. (Ends in 1990).
Aug 12: The Beatles perform their final live concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.
Aug 12: UK: Shepherd's Bush murders. 3 police officers shot & killed by armed robbers.
Aug 26: Start of Namibian War of Independence against South Africa. (Ends in 1990).
Aug 29: The Beatles perform their final live concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

65 Years (1956)
Aug 11: Death of American abstract artist Jackson Pollock in a car crash aged 44.
Aug 14: Death of German poet & playwright Bertolt Brecht.
Aug 16: Death of Hungarian-born American film actor Bela Lugosi ('Count Dracula').
Aug 25: Death of American biologist & zoologist Alfred Kinsey.
Aug 27: Britain's 1st nuclear power station begins operating at Calder Hall, Cumbria.

70 Years (1951)
Aug 14: Death of American newspaper publisher & owner William Randolph Hearst.

75 Years (1946)
Aug 04: Birth of Maureen Starkey, Liverpool. 1st wife of Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr.
Aug 13: Death British science fiction writer H.G.Wells ('War of the Worlds', 'The Time Machine').
Aug 13: Death British sci-fi writer H.G.Wells ('War of the Worlds', 'The Time Machine').
Aug 16: Direct Action Day, India: Over 4,000 killed in rioting by Muslims & Hindus.
Aug 23: Birth of British rock drummer Keith Moon ('The Who').

80 Years (1941)
Aug 01: 1st mass-produced 'Jeep' manufactured in United States.
Aug 02: Birth of American singer Doris Coley ('The Shirelles').
Aug 15: WW2: German spy Josef Jakobs last person executed at Tower of London (firing squad).
Aug 15: WW2: German spy Josef Jakobs last person executed at Tower of London.
Aug 25: Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran (Ends in 23 days with abdication of Shah of Iran).
Aug 26: Birth of British drummer, singer & singwriter Chris Curtis ('The Searchers')
Aug 26: Birth of British drummer, singer & singwriter Chris Curtis ('The Searchers').

85 Years (1936)
Aug 01: Birth of Algerian-born French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent.
Aug 01: Opening of the 11th Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. (Next held 12 years later).
Aug 02: Death of French aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot. 1st to fly across English Channel.
Aug 09: US sprinter Jesse Owens is 1st American to win 4 gold medals at one Olympics.
Aug 24: Establishment of Australian Antarctic Territory.
Aug 26: Signing of Anglo-Egytian Alliance Treaty ending Britain's occupation of Egypt.

95 Years (1926)
Aug 06: USA's Gertrude Ederle is 1st woman to swim across the English Channel.
Aug 07: 1st British Grand Prix motor race held at Brooklands in Surrey.
Aug 17: Birth of British jazz singer, film critic & art lecturer George Melly.
Aug 17: Birth of British jazz singer, film critic George Melly.
Aug 23: Death Italian romantic silent film actor Rudolph Valentino, 31.('The Sheik', 'Blood and Sand')
Aug 23: Death Italian silent film actor Rudolph Valentino,31 ('The Sheik', 'Blood and Sand').

105 Years (1916)
Aug 03: Execution of Irish nationalist Roger Casement for treason.
Aug 25: Birth of US film actor Van Johnson ('Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo', 'The Caine Mutiny').
Aug 25: Birth US film actor Van Johnson ('Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo', 'The Caine Mutiny').
Aug 29: Birth US film actor, painter, sculptor & stuntman George Montgomery.
Aug 29: Birth US film actor, painter, sculptor, furniture craftsman and stuntman George Montgomery.

115 Years (1906)
Aug 05: Birth of US film director John Huston ('The African Queen', 'The Maltese Falcon).

155 Years (1866)
Aug 13: Birth of Italian industrialist Giovanni Agnelli. Founder of Fiat Car Company.

205 Years (1816)
Aug 14: Britain annexes the Tristan da Cunha archipeligo in the South Atlantic.


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