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Netflix launches "Narcos"

Narcos is an American crime drama web television series created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. Set and filmed in Colombia, seasons one and two are based on the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine.

"Gravity" premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, co-edited, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as American astronauts who are stranded in space after the mid-orbit destruction of their space shuttle. Gravity had its world premiere at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.

The 28th MTV Video Music Awards are held

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards took place on August at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring the best music videos from the previous year. Katy Perry received the most nominations this year at 10, followed by Adele, and Kanye West, who were both tied at 7. A Britney Spears tribute was held, consisting of adult and children dancers alike, they wore costumes based on the music videos of Spears.

Noel Gallagher quits Oasis

In August 2009, Gallagher quit Oasis after a fight with his brother, Liam. A little before midnight on Friday, Gallagher posted a statement on his message board called "Tales from the Middle of Nowhere" on the band's website announcing his departure.

Shanghai World Financial Center opens

The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. he SWFC opened to the public in August 2008, with its observation deck opening on later that month. The observation deck offers views from 474 m above ground level. The SWFC has been lauded for its design, and in 2008 it was named by architects as the year's best-completed skyscraper.

The 20th MTV Video Music Awards are held

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards aired live in August 2003. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This year's ceremony is best remembered for Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during the show's opening performance.

Bill Clinton is nominated to re-run for president

The 1996 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party was held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, in August 1996. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were nominated for reelection. This was the first national convention of either party to be held in Chicago since the disastrous riots of the 1968 Democratic convention.

Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce

The divorce was finalized in August 1996. Diana received a lump sum settlement of £17 million as well as £400,000 per year. The couple signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibited them from discussing the details of the divorce or of their married life. Days before, letters patent were issued with general rules to regulate royal titles after divorce.


Fowler scores the then-fastest hattrick in Premier League

In the 1994–95 season, Robbie Fowler was an ever-present for Liverpool, playing in all of their 57 competitive matches, including the victory in the 1995 League Cup final, and a match against Arsenal in which he scored what was then the Premier League's second-fastest hat-trick ever, in 4 minutes and 33 seconds.

Billy Joel starts a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart

River of Dreams is the twelfth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released in August 1993. He stopped recording new music as a performer after this album although he has subsequently released live albums and composed the music for an instrumental album performed by Hyung-ki Joo.

Culture Beat start a four-week run at #1 in the UK singles chart

"Mr. Vain" is a song by the German music group Culture Beat. The song was released in April 1993 as the lead single from their second album Serenity. "Mr. Vain" achieved huge success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Plainfied tornado

The 1990 Plainfield tornado was a devastating tornado that occurred in August, 1990. The violent tornado killed 29 people and injured 353 It is the only F5 tornado ever recorded in August and the only F5 tornado to strike the Chicago area. There are no known videos or photographs of this heavily rain-wrapped tornado. The Plainfield tornado was part of a small outbreak that produced several tornadoes in the northern US and in Canada.

Ramstein air show disaster kills 70 spectators

The air show disaster occurred during the Flugtag '88 airshow at the United States's Ramstein Air Base near Kaiserslautern, West Germany. Aircraft of the Italian Air Force display team collided during their display, crashing to the ground in front of a crowd of about 300,000 people. There were 70 fatalities and 346 spectators sustained serious injuries in the resulting explosion and fire.

Kylie Minogue sets a new UK record

"Kylie" sold 1.8 million copies in 1988, eventually sold 2,105,698 copies, and became that year's best selling album. Kylie was the first album by a female solo artist to exceed sales of two million in the UK and is the 58th best-selling album of all time and was the best selling album by a female artist of the 1980s by a female artist.

Legendary Hollywood director John Huston dies

A heavy smoker, John Huston was diagnosed with emphysema in 1978. By the last year of his life, he could not breathe for more than 20 minutes without needing oxygen. He died in August 1987, in his rented home in Middletown, Rhode Island, from pneumonia as a complication of lung disease. Huston is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood with his mother.

"Body Heat" is released

Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir erotic thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J. A. Preston, and Mickey Rourke. The film was inspired by Double Indemnity. The film launched Turner's career—Empire magazine cited the film in 1995 when it named her one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History".


New York Cosmos wins America’s Soccer Bowl

Soccer Bowl '77 was the championship final of the 1977 NASL season. The Cosmos took on the Seattle Sounders. The game was also noteworthy, as it was the final competitive match for Pelé, the Brazilian footballer widely acknowledged as the sport's greatest player. The Cosmos won the match, 2–1, to claim their second North American championship.


American swimmer Janet Evans is born

Janet Beth Evans is an American former competition swimmer who specialized in distance freestyle events. Evans was a world champion and world record-holder and won a total of four gold medals at the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics. In 1987, she broke the world records in the 400-meter, 800-meter, and 1,500-meter freestyle distances.

Actor Jason Priestley is born

Jason Bradford Priestley is a Canadian-American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and for his role, starring as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz. In May 2016, Priestley began starring in the Global TV Network comedy-drama series, Private Eyes.

Tammy Wynette records "Stand By Your Man"

"Stand by Your Man" is a song co-written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and originally recorded by Wynette, released as a single in the US. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career and is one of the most recorded songs in the history of country music.

Canadian actress Amanda Tapping is born

Amanda Tapping is an English actress and director. She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in the Canadian–American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. She also starred as Helen Magnus in the science fiction-fantasy television series Sanctuary.

Canadian singer Shania Twain is born

Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the "Queen of Country Pop".

Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream" speech

"I Have a Dream" is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights. The speech was a defining moment of the civil rights movement.

American actress Jennifer Coolidge is born

Jennifer Audrey Coolidge is an American actress, comedian, and activist. She is best known for playing Stifler's Mom in the American Pie films, Sophie in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, Bobbie in the sitcom Joey, Paulette in Legally Blonde and its sequel and Hilary Duff's character's evil stepmother in A Cinderella Story.


American baseball player Ron Guidry is born

Ronald Ames Guidry, nicknamed "Louisiana Lightning" and "Gator", is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played his entire 14-year baseball career for the New York Yankees of the American League, from 1975 through 1988. Guidry was also the pitching coach of the Yankees from 2006 to 2007.

Toyota Motors becomes an independent company

The production of Toyota automobiles was started in 1933 as a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works devoted to the production of automobiles under the direction of the founder's son, Kiichiro Toyoda. Its first vehicles were the A1 passenger car and the G1 in 1935. The Toyota Motor Co. was established as an independent company in 1937.

American ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson is born

He wrote very popular book A Field Guide to the Birds. It was the first modern field guide, which sold out its first printing of 2‚000 copies in one week, and subsequently went through 6 editions. One of Peterson’s inspirations for his field guide was the diagram of ducks that Ernest Thompson Seton made in Two Little Savages.

Caleb Bradham invents Pepsi-Cola

Pepsi was first introduced as "Brad's Drink" in New Bern, North Carolina, United States, in 1893 by Caleb Bradham, who made it at his drugstore where the drink was sold. It was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898 after the root of the word "dyspepsia" and the kola nuts used in the recipe. The original recipe also included sugar and vanilla.

Most powerful geomagnetic storm in history starts

The storm was caused by solar eruption, first observed by British astronomers Richard C. Carrington and Richard Hodgson. The event caused auroras all around the world. In the Rocky Mountains in the U.S., they were so bright that the glow woke gold miners. They began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning.

Tom Thumb steam locomotive loses a race with horse

The locomotive was designed by Peter Cooper to convince owners of the newly formed Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to use steam engines. Local stagecoach passenger and freight service challenged the new locomotive to a race. Tom Thumb easily overtook the horse but then suffered a mechanical failure and lost.

William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn

Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn. It is about 500 kilometers in diameter, about a tenth of that of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Enceladus was discovered in 1789, by William Herschel, but little was known about it until the two Voyager spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, passed nearby in the early 1980s.

German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is born

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His works include four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and color. In addition, there are numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him extant.

German biologist and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is born

Today, Goethe is known mostly as a poet. He was one of the prominent scientists of his time as well. He was interested in many areas. His scientific thoughts were mostly proven wrong. However, his ideas on evolution would frame the question that Darwin and Wallace would approach within the scientific paradigm.

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