2013 ~ The Ghouta alleged chemical attacks on the 21st August 2013, with approximately 1300 people killed, when a series of alleged chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria occurred, although the Syrian government and Army deny that chemical attacks occurred. The Syrian government prevented United Nations investigators from reaching the sites of the attacks, despite their accommodations being only a few kilometers away.
1910 – The Great Fire of 1910 (aka the Big Blowup or the Big Burn) occurred on the 20th August 1910, in northeast Washington, northern Idaho (the panhandle), and western Montana, burning approximately 3 million acres (12,000 km2).
1983 – Reeva Steenkamp the South African model was born on the 19th August 1983. Reeva Steenkamp died on Valentine’s Day on the 14th February 2013, aged 29, when she was shot dead by Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, whom she had been dating since November 2012.
1945 – Steve Martin the American actor, singer, writer, and producer was born on the 14th August 1945.
1947 – Danielle Steel the American novelist was born on the 14th August 1947.
1950 – Gary Larson the American cartoonist was born on the 14th August 1950.
1951 ~ Reg Mombassa the New Zealand born Australian resident artist and musician was born on the 14th August 1951. Reg Mombassa was born Chris O’Doherty, and is known as a founding member of Mental As Anything, and for his artwork designs for Mambo Graphics.
1957 – Peter Costello the Australian politician was born on the 14th August 1957.
1959 – Magic Johnson the American basketball player was born on the 14th August 1959.
2013 – Egypt was declared a state of emergency on the 14th August 2013, as security forces killed 100s of demonstrators supporting former president Mohamed Morsi. Over 600 people were killed, including 595 civilians and 43 police officers, with about 3,994 injured. The total casualty count made this the deadliest day in recent Egyptian history.
1906 – Harry Hopman the Australian tennis player and coach was born on the 12th day of August in 1906 (d. 1985).
1907 ~ Boy Charlton the AustralianOlympic gold medal winning freestyle swimmer was born Andrew Murray Charlton in North Sydney on the 12th August 1907 (died 10th December 1975 aged 68). Boy Charlton won a gold medal in the 1500m freestyle at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Heset 5 world records, and also won 3 silver and 1 bronze medal after participating in 3 Olympic Games. He enjoyed a life of solitude upon retiring from his swimming , via starting a pharmacy business in Canberra in 1934. In 1936 he returned to the land near Tarago, New South Wales raising sheep. He then married in 1937 and settled on a 12,000-acre property near Goulburn. Boy Charlton was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972. He died in Sydney of a heart attack at the age of 68, after suffering from emphysema after chain smoking most of his life.
YouTube video: The Konrads Swim Champions featuring Boy Charlton (National Film Board 1959) ~ John and Ilsa Konrads were teenage sensations in a golden time for Australian swimming. Here we see them rise through the ranks with the aid of coach Don Talbot and examine their training techniques that led them to achieve multiple world records. It also shows other earlier champions, including Andrew “Boy” Charlton…
2012 ~ The 2012 SUMMER OLYMPiCS CLOSiNG CEREMONY in London, also known as A Symphony of British Music, was held on the 12th day of August in 2012. The worldwide broadcast began at 21:00 BST (UTC+1) with a duration of 3 hours and 11 minutes. The estimated global audience of the 2012 Olympics was 750 million. The ceremony included the handover to Rio de Janeiro, the next host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics. (See the new website for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games: www.Rio2016.org) The Olympic cauldron was extinguished at 1 minute past midnight, to signify the end of the 2012 London Olympic Games.