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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2010.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 2010: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2010?


Events

  • 01 Aug 2010 War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
  • 02 Aug 2010 A Jordanian civilian is killed and three others are wounded as a Grad rocket launched from the Sinai hits the city of Aqaba. Four other rockets land in open areas in the Gulf of Aqaba. Jordan, Israel, Egypt and the United States condemn the attack. (YnetNews) (Haaretz)
  • 03 Aug 2010 Adaisseh incident:
  • 04 Aug 2010 California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
  • 05 Aug 2010 Elena Kagan is approved by the US Senate for a post on the US Supreme Court, by a vote of 63-37.
  • 06 Aug 2010 The incoming coalition government of the United Kingdom discontinues the use of the controversial ContactPoint database of children.
  • 07 Aug 2010 Bowers and Merena Auctions conducts an auction in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 08 Aug 2010 North Korea detains a South Korean fishing boat with four South Koreans and three Chinese on board. (BBC) (Straits Times) (Aljazeera)
  • 09 Aug 2010 Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu testifies before Israel's Turkel Commission investigating the country's role in May's Gaza flotilla raid, chaired by Israeli judge Jacob Turkel. The testimony is scheduled to last five hours, with some of it closed to the media and public. (The Jerusalem Post) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The Daily Telegraph) (Aljazeera) (BBC)
  • 10 Aug 2010 A 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3T float plane crashes near a remote fishing village in Alaska, killing former U.S. Republican senator Ted Stevens at age 86 and four others.
  • 11 Aug 2010 Dan Rostenkowski, Illinois Democratic Representative (1958-94), dies at age 82.
  • 12 Aug 2010 War in Afghanistan:
  • 13 Aug 2010 U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White bans the planting of genetically modified sugar beets engineered by Monsanto, ruling that in 2009 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had approved Monsanto's genetically modified sugar beets without adequate environmental study.
  • 14 Aug 2010 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games, first ever Youth Olympics, officially starts in Singapore.
  • 15 Aug 2010 Inspections of Israel's nuclear programme are urged by some concerned countries in a letter sent to Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. (Aljazeera)
  • 16 Aug 2010 The Philippine security forces announce they will extend the controversial counter-insurgency tactic Oplan Bantay Laya up until December 31, 2010. The political party Bagong Alyansang Makabayan condemned the extension. (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) (The Philippine Star) (GMA News)
  • 17 Aug 2010 At least one person is killed and 20 are injured in two separate explosions in Pyatigorsk and North Ossetia in Russia's North Caucasus. (Al Jazeera) (AFP) (Voice of Russia)
  • 18 Aug 2010 The corpse of mayor Edelmiro Cavazos of the Mexican town of Santiago, Nuevo León, is found handcuffed and blindfolded after his abduction on Sunday night. (BBC) (Aljazeera) (Los Angeles Times) (AP via Miamai Herald) (Reuters)
  • 19 Aug 2010 The US Mint releases the James Buchanan Presidential Dollar to circulation.
  • 20 Aug 2010 Norwegian stand-up comedian Hans Morten Hansen completes a 38 hours and 14 minute long stand-up marathon, setting a new world record for longest stand-up performance. (''VG'')
  • 21 Aug 2010 Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Gabriela Shalev writes a letter to Ban Ki-moon stating that Israel would use force against a Bolivian-flagged all-female aid ship intending to land near Gaza. (''The Age'')
  • 22 Aug 2010 A Venezuelan soldier opens fire at an army base in the capital Caracas, killing two officers and injuring six others. (BBC) (AP)
  • 23 Aug 2010 The Palestinian Authority has warned that it will pull out of peace talks if Israel renews the construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank. (BBC)
  • 24 Aug 2010 US military in Iraq cuts its strength to 50,000 troops.
  • 25 Aug 2010 Battle of Mogadishu (2010):
  • 26 Aug 2010 German HIV-positive pop singer Nadja Benaissa is found guilty of grievous bodily harm after transmitting HIV to a man who had unprotected sex with her without her telling him of her condition. (''New York Times'')
  • 27 Aug 2010 Battle of Mogadishu
  • 28 Aug 2010 Pakistan
  • 29 Aug 2010 Eighty thousand people rally in Hong Kong after last week's fatal tourist coach hijacking hostage crisis in the Philippines. (Aljazeera) (BBC) (Bangkok Post) (The Independent)
  • 30 Aug 2010 Four Israeli settlers, including a pregnant woman, are shot dead in a shooting outside Kiryat Arba, when a gunman opens fire on their car. Hamas claims responsibility for the murder. (Haaretz)
  • 31 Aug 2010 A roadside bomb and mortar attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu kill at least 14 people and injure several others. (Al Jazeera)

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Black Swan

Black Swan

Release year: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Country: United States of America

127 Hours

127 Hours

Release year: 2010

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Country: United States of America

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Release year: 2010

Directed by: Mark Romanek

Starring: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small

Country: United States of America

Books

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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

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The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time.Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best …

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

The Big Short

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The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

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“Reads like carefully crafted fiction…[Wasson] carries the reader from pre-production to on-set feuds and conflicts, while also noting Hepburn’s impact on fashion (Givenchy’s little black dress), Hollywood glamour, sexual politics, and

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Committed

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The #1 New York Times bestselling follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love--an intimate and erudite celebration of love. Look out for Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, coming on

Sliding Into Home by Kendra Wilkinson

Sliding Into Home

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The former The Girls Next Door favorite and the current star of the E! hit series Kendra bares all in this funny, fresh, fish-out-of-water memoir that captures the spirit of one