Historical Events on August

  • Afghanistan


    A suicide attack on a mosque in Heart, Afghanistan kills 20 people.

  • Gulf War


    Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.

  • September 11 attacks


    The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11 attacks.

  • Soviet Union


    Diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Soviet Union are established.

  • Jimmy Carter


    U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.

  • Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


    World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.

  • Gulf War


    Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq. This would lead to the Gulf War shortly afterward.

  • Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


    World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers.

  • Shooting of Michael Brown


    Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer after reportedly assaulting the officer and attempting to steal his weapon, sparking protests and unrest in the city.

  • Apartheid in South Africa


    South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country's racist policies.

  • Battle of Britain


    World War II: The Hardest Day air battle, part of the Battle of Britain. At that point, the largest aerial engagement in history with heavy losses sustained on both sides.

  • Evolution


    Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory.

  • Gulf War


    Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War.

  • Libyan Civil War (2011)


    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the Libyan Civil War.

  • Charles de Gaulle


    World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.

  • Kuwait


    Iraq declares Kuwait to be its newest province.

  • Native Americans in the United States


    Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.

  • Douglas MacArthur


    The Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur lands at Atsugi Air Force Base.