Historical Events on August

  • World War I

    1916

    World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.

  • Pakistan

    1989

    Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restored democracy for the first time since 1972.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: Germany declares war against France, while Romania declares its neutrality.

  • France

    1789

    France: members of the National Constituent Assembly take an oath to end feudalism and abandon their privileges.

  • World War I

    1915

    World War I: The German 12th Army occupies Warsaw during the Gorlice-Tarnów Offensive and the Great Retreat of 1915.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: The German minelayer SS Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 miles (64 km) off the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.

  • World War I

    1918

    World War I: The Battle of Amiens begins a string of almost continuous Allied victories with a push through the German front lines (Hundred Days Offensive).

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: Start of the Battle of Lorraine, an unsuccessful French offensive designed to recover the lost province of Moselle from Germany.

  • Pakistan

    1947

    Pakistan gains Independence from the British Empire and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: Battle of Stallupönen: The German army of General Hermann von François defeats the Russian force commanded by Paul von Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: Brussels is captured during the German invasion of Belgium.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: Battle of Mons: The British Army begins withdrawal.

  • Israel

    1994

    Initial accord between Israel and the PLO about partial self-rule of the Palestinians on the West Bank.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: The library of the Catholic University of Leuven is deliberately destroyed by the German Army. Hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable volumes and Gothic and Renaissance manuscripts are lost.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: The Royal Navy defeats the German fleet in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.

  • Pakistan

    1998

    Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: Start of the Battle of St. Quentin in which the French Fifth Army counter-attacked the invading Germans at Saint-Quentin, Aisne.

  • World War I

    1914

    World War I: Germans defeat the Russians in the Battle of Tannenberg.