Today in History for August 2008
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Events 1 - 9 of 9
6th - Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia.
6th - A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'etat in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
7th - Georgia launches a military offensive to surround and capture the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, from Russian control, starting the South Ossetia War.
8th - Georgian invasion into South Ossetia. Begin of five-day war between Georgia and Russia.
16th - Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 summer olympics.
18th - President Of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigned due to pressure from opposition.
20th - Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, 8 more die afterwards. Only 18 people survive.
26th - Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
27th - Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States
Weddings 1 - 3 of 3
7th - Singer-songwriter Jewel (38) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (42) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas
16th - "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California
30th - "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini (46) weds former model Deborah Lin (40) at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii
Divorces 1 - 2 of 2
17th - "Genesis" drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage
19th - Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage
Deaths 1 - 42 of 42
1st - Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)
2nd - Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1935)
3rd - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer, dies at 89
3rd - Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
4th - Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
5th - Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
7th - Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
7th - Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A.
8th - Orville Moody, American golfer (b. 1933)
9th - Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
9th - Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose.(b. 1941)
10th - Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
12th - Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
13th - Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
13th - Dino Toso, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
13th - Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
13th - Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
13th - Henri Cartan,French Mathematician
15th - Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (3rd) 15th - James Orthwein, American businessman
15th - Leroy Sievers, American journalist
15th - Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
16th - Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
16th - Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
16th - Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
17th - Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
19th - Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician
19th - LeRoi Moore, American musician (Dave Matthews Band) (b.1961)
20th - Hua Guofeng, former Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, succeeding Mao Zedong in 1976 and being replaced by Hu Yaobang in 1981 (b. 1921)
20th - Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
20th - Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
21st - Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
22nd - Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
23rd - John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
25th - Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
25th - Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
27th - Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
28th - Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
29th - Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
30th - Killer Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)
31st - Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
31st - Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (b. 1933)