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MTV Video Music Award goes to Kendrick Lamar for 'Humble'

Kendrick Lamar has come out on top at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, taking home the most trophies of any artist nominated by far. The chart-topping hip-hop star collected half a dozen prizes at this year’s ceremony, including the biggest award of the night, Video of the Year, for the visual that accompanies his first solo No. 1 hit “HUMBLE.”


Usain Bolt adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win

In the 200 m semi-final, Bolt delivered in the final with his 5Th fastest run ever for the 200 m at 19.55 seconds. Gatlin failed to reach his early season form and finished almost two-tenths of a second behind Bolt. Bolt's 4 consecutive wins over 200 m at the World Championships was unprecedented and established him clearly as the best ever sprinter at the competition.

'Birdman' premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Birdman was selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice International Film Festival along with Mohsen Makhmalbaf's new film. A limited release began in four North American theatres in October 2014 followed by a nationwide release in 857 theatres in November of that year.

Madonna is named the world's top-earning celebrity

Having sold more than 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. The Recording Industry Association of America listed her as the 2nd highest-certified female artist in the U.S. Madonna was named the top-earning celebrity of the year by Forbes, earning an estimated $125 million.

Maas' 'Crown of Midnight' is published

Throne of Glass is a young adult high fantasy novel series by American author Sarah J. Maas, beginning with the inaugural entry of the same name, released in August 2012. The story follows the journey of Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin in a corrupted kingdom with a tyrannical ruler.

Backman's 'A Man Called Ove' is first published by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer. It was published in English in 2013. The English version reached the New York Times Best Seller list 18 months after it was published and stayed on the list for 42 weeks.

Curiosity rover sends recording of human voice from Mars

The recording was made by NASA administrator Charlie Bolden, who congratulated staff on their achievements. Bolden's message was the first instance of a recorded human voice traveling from Earth to another planet and back again. Curiosity landed in Gale crater. The spot is now called Bradbury Landing.

Hurricane Irene slams North Carlolina coast

Hurricane Irene was a large and destructive tropical cyclone which affected much of the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States during late August 2011. Irene is ranked as the 12th costliest hurricane in United States history. The 9th named storm, 1st hurricane, and 1st major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, Irene originated from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that began showing signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles.

Webber's 'Love Never Dies' closes

The London production of the musical closed in August 2011 after a disappointing run of fewer than 18 months. In 2012, Lloyd Webber stated that although he was, "very, very proud" of the London production, it did not completely work and also said, "something just went slightly wrong; I had cancer just before the production, and it was just that crucial 5% off-beam".

The first African American is nominated for the presidency

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was selected as the nominee, becoming the first African-American to secure the presidential nomination of any major political party in the United States. Obama received enough superdelegate endorsements to claim that he had secured the simple majority of delegates necessary to win the nomination. He was nominated on the 1st ballot, at the August convention.

The 58th Emmy Awards are held

The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards were held in 2006 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC with Conan O'Brien hosting the show. This awards show was the first in fourteen years to be held in August because of NBC's request; because of NBC Sunday Night Football, the ceremony moved to accommodate NFL Kickoff Weekend.

Comair Flight 5191 crashes

The Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet 100ER that was being used crashed while attempting to take off from Blue Grass Airport in Fayette County, Kentucky, 4 miles west of the central business district of the City of Lexington. It crashed just past the end of the runway, killing all 47 passengers and two of the three crew.

Turning Torso is completed

Turning Torso is a neo-futurist residential skyscraper in Sweden and the tallest building in Scandinavia. Located in Malmö on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait, it was built and is owned by Swedish cooperative association HSB. It is regarded as the first twisted skyscraper in the world. The project was designed by Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter Santiago Calatrava.

Biggest battery is switched on

In Fairbanks, Alaska, biggest battery ever made was connected. Its purpose is to provide emergency power in case of blackout. The battery contains 13,760 large nickel-cadmium cells and can provide 40 megawatts of power, enough for around 12,000 people, for up to seven minutes. After this time, the diesel backup generators are started.


Manchester United sell centre-back Jaap Stam to Lazio

Early in the 2001–02 season, Stam was controversially sold to Lazio in Italy after Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was reportedly furious with allegations Stam had made in his autobiography Head to Head about himself and the club. In 2007, however, Ferguson described the decision to sell Stam as an error.

Angelina Jolie is named UNHCR goodwill ambassador

In 2001, Jolie spent time in Cambodia and met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, where she donated $1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal. She covered all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions. Jolie was named a United Nations Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva in August 2001.

'Urinetown' begins Broadway previews

Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical that premiered in 2001, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. Urinetown debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival and then was produced Off-Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors. The musical then opened on Broadway at Henry Miller's Theatre,

Ostankino Tower catches fire

The tower caught fire in August 2000, killing 4 people. Three firefighters died in the attempt to extinguish the fire, and one lift operator died when her elevator cabin crashed to the ground level due to the fire. In addition, television and radio signals were disrupted around Moscow. The fire broke out at a height of about 458 m above the observation platform and the Seventh Heaven restaurant.

Pearl Jam release their debut album 'Ten'

Ten is the debut studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released in August 1991 through Epic Records. Following the disbanding of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard's previous group Mother Love Bone, the two recruited vocalist Eddie Vedder, guitarist Mike McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen to form Pearl Jam in 1990.

Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed

American musician Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, aged 35 years. One of the most influential blues guitarists of the 1980s, he was described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "the second coming of the blues.". Vaughan spent much of his last days performing with his band Double Trouble as the opening act for Eric Clapton.

Space Shuttle Discovery is launched

The mission's goals were deployment of three communications satellites into orbit and repair of one broken satellite in space. The astronauts conducted two spacewalks. The launch was originally scheduled for August 24 but it has to be postponed twice. First time it was because of the weather, second time because of computer failure.

IRA bomb kills Queen's cousin

In 1979, Mountbatten went lobster-potting and tuna fishing in his 30-foot wooden boat, Shadow V, which had been moored in the harbor at Mullaghmore. IRA member Thomas McMahon had slipped onto the unguarded boat that night and attached a radio-controlled bomb weighing 50 pounds. The boat was destroyed by the force of the blast, and Mountbatten's legs were almost blown off.

Caterham Arms pub bombing

In 1975, a Provisional IRA bomb exploded without warning at the Caterham Arms public house in Caterham, Surrey, England. There were no fatalities but 33 people were injured, some severely. Two off-duty soldiers lost their legs as a result of the bombing.

The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein is found dead

Epstein died of an overdose of Carbitral, a form of barbiturate or sleeping pill, in his locked bedroom, in August 1967. He was discovered after his butler had knocked on the door, and then hearing no response, asked the housekeeper to call the police. Epstein was found on a single bed, dressed in pajamas, with various correspondence spread over a second single bed.

The Beach Boys' peak at #2 on the UK singles chart

"God Only Knows" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher for American rock band the Beach Boys, released in May 1966 as the eighth track on the group's album Pet Sounds. It was released as the B-side of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" in the US. In other countries, "God Only Knows" was the single's A-side, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Probe launches for Venus

NASA launched its Mariner 2 probe to Venus. The mission was first successful probe to another planet. Soviet spacecraft Venera 1 reached Venus in 1961. However, radio contact with the probe was lost before the flyby. Venus was considered a younger sister of the Earth, possibly on the way to develop life sometime. But Mariner 2 found her to be hell.

'Roman Holiday' is released

Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won.


Emil Zatopek wins 12th olympics marathon

At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Zátopek won gold in the 5,000 m, 10,000 m, and the marathon, breaking Olympic records in each event. Zátopek is the only person to win these three long-distance events in the same Olympic games. His victory in the 5,000 m came after a ferocious last lap in 57.5 seconds, during which he went from 4th place to 1st in the final turn.

First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178

The Heinkel He 178 was the world's first aircraft to fly under turbojet power and the first practical jet aircraft. It was a private venture by the German Heinkel company in accordance with director Ernst Heinkel's emphasis on developing technology for high-speed flight. It first flew in 1939, piloted by Erich Warsitz.

Germany signs war-preventing Kellogg-Briand Pact

The Kellogg–Briand Pact is a 1928 international agreement in which signatory states promised not to use war to resolve disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them. It was signed by Germany, France, and the United States in August 1928, and by most other states soon after.

The shortest war in world history

The Anglo-Zanzibar War was a military conflict fought between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate in August 1896. The conflict lasted between 38 and 45 minutes, marking it as the shortest recorded war in history. The immediate cause of the war was the death of the pro-British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini and the subsequent succession of Sultan Khalid bin Barghash.

The first oil is drilled from the US soil

The Drake Well is a 69.5-foot-deep oil well in Cherrytree Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania, the success of which sparked the first oil boom in the US. The well is the centerpiece of the Drake Well Museum located 3 miles south of Titusville. Drilled by Edwin Drake in 1859, along with the banks of Oil Creek, it is the first commercial oil well in the US.

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