August 2007 calendar

August 2007

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2007.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 2007: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2007?


  • 01 Aug 2007 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge on I-35W over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota between University Avenue and Washington Avenue collapses at 6:05 pm CST during the later part of rush hour, killing 13 people.
  • 02 Aug 2007 The first-ever United Nations plenary session on climate change is extended into a third day due to the large number of 'worried nations' wanting to describe their climate-related problems. (Fox News)
  • 03 Aug 2007 The former deputy director of Augusto Pinochet's secret police, Raul Iturriaga, is captured by the police after having entered in rebellion in June 2007 against the Chilean state and justice Los Angeles Times.
  • 04 Aug 2007 At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA launches a Delta II rocket carrying the Mars Phoenix lander to explore the north of Mars.
  • 05 Aug 2007 Authorities in Mozambique seize thousands of boxes of counterfeit toothpaste which they fear may contain the dangerous chemical diethylene glycol. (AP via Forbes)
  • 06 Aug 2007 American Home Mortgage files for bankruptcy.
  • 07 Aug 2007 At AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, San Francisco Giants' player Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader with his 756th home run. During the 10-minute celebration following the historic homer, a video message is played on the scoreboard in which Aaron congratulates the left fielder for breaking the 33-year old record.
  • 08 Aug 2007 The Space Shuttle Endeavour is successfully launched on mission STS-118.
  • 09 Aug 2007 Large French bank B.N.P. Paribas suspends withdrawals from three of its mutual funds, due to investments in American subprime securities.
  • 10 Aug 2007 The US Federal Reserve announces it would lend banks as much cash as necessary to keep money markets operating smoothly.
  • 11 Aug 2007 A likely meteor shower is reported over Sonora, California.
  • 12 Aug 2007 The bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with the oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
  • 13 Aug 2007 Two Belgian tourists who went missing last week in Iran appear to have been kidnapped by a bandit who is demanding that his brother be freed from prison. (AFP via AfricaAsia)
  • 14 Aug 2007 American toy-maker Mattel announces a recall of 436,000 toy cars painted lead-based paint and 18 million toys containing small magnets that could be swallowed by children. All were made in China.
  • 15 Aug 2007 Shares in large American mortgage lender Countrywide Financial fall 13 percent, following a stock analyst's rating switch from buy to sell.
  • 16 Aug 2007 JosT Padilla is convicted in the USA of conspiracy to murder individuals overseas, conspiracy to materially aid terrorists, and materially aiding terrorists in fact. Padilla had first been arrested in May 2002.
  • 17 Aug 2007 The US Federal Reserve reduces the discount rate from 6.25 to 5.75 percent.
  • 18 Aug 2007 Rescuers say that a fourth hole in the Crandall Canyon mine near Huntington, Utah shows no sign of six trapped miners. (AP via Houston Chronicle)
  • 19 Aug 2007 Indonesia raises the lava alert for Mount Karangetang on the resort island of Siau as authorities move to evacuate those most at risk. (Reuters)
  • 20 Aug 2007 NASDAQ announces its intention to sell its 31 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange.
  • 21 Aug 2007 Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph (266 km/h). Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
  • 22 Aug 2007 The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • 23 Aug 2007 ''Chororapithecus abyssinicus'', a 10 million year old fossil found in Ethiopia, may prove that the last common ancestor of gorillas and humans existed 2 million years earlier than previously thought. (Nature)
  • 24 Aug 2007 Former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, whose arrest ended her career, apologized to U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, her former romantic rival and the woman she is accused of terrorizing. (Los Angeles Times)
  • 25 Aug 2007 A lawyer for missing coal miners in the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah says that a sixth probe has not found enough space for the men to survive. (AP via AZ Central)
  • 26 Aug 2007 Gunmen raid a farm in Putumayo Department in Colombia killing 9 people with authorities blaming FARC. (Associated Press in International Herald Tribune)
  • 27 Aug 2007 United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announces his resignation, to be effective September 17.
  • 28 Aug 2007 A total lunar eclipse takes place in the early morning hours across most of North America and the eastern Pacific Ocean region. (Canwest via Ottawa Citizen)
  • 29 Aug 2007 2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident: six US cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads are flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base.
  • 30 Aug 2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident in which a B-52 flies from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base, Lousiana carrying six nuclear warheads.
  • 31 Aug 2007 The British Royal Family, including Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Prince William, and Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and hundreds more, gather for a memorial service for Diana, Princess of Wales, ten years after her death, at Guard's Chapel in London. (BBC)

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Directed by: Sean Penn

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Country: United States of America

Elite Squad

Elite Squad

Directed by: José Padilha

Starring: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

That Obscure Object of Desire

That Obscure Object of Desire

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Starring: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Joe May

Starring: Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Ian Hunter, Jane Bryan

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd


Which were the most popular books released in August 2007?
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Shadow Of The Silk Road by Colin Thubron

Shadow Of The Silk Road


To travel the Silk Road, the greatest land route on earth, is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions, and inventions.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns


Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, …

In At The Death by Harry Turtledove

In At The Death


Franklin Roosevelt is the assistant secretary of defense. Thomas Dewey is running for president with a blunt-speaking Missourian named Harry Truman at his side.

Outrage by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann



Dick Morris and Eileen McGann are outrage—and you should be, too!Half of all illegal immigrants came into this country legally—and we have no way of knowing they're still here!Congressmen are putting

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone


This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers.