August 2017 calendar

August 2017

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2017.
The US president was Donald John Trump (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 2017: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2017?


  • 01 Aug 2017 Afghanistan War (2001-present: A blast at a Shia mosque in Herat in Afghanistan kills at most 29 people and injures many more.
  • 02 Aug 2017 Two American soldiers are killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan's War on Terror. The Taliban claim responsibility.
  • 03 Aug 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001-present: A suicide bomber attacked a convoy in Afghanistan’s Kabul Province, killing one soldier from Georgia and three civilians, and injuring 13 more, including six Resolute Support personnel.
  • 04 Aug 2017 Danish royal consorts: Denmark’s Prince Henrik has announced that he will not be buried alongside Queen Margrethe II at Roskilde Cathedral, where Danish royals are buried since 1559. Henrik, a French-born 83-year old, is unhappy with his inequal status as Prince consort. According to a spokeswoman for the royal house, Margrethe, 77, accepted Henrik's decision. Margrethe had a specially-designed sarcophagus that was made for them.
  • 05 Aug 2017 2017 V-22 Osprey accident: Three Marine Corps members are missing following a MV-22 Osprey collision off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Twenty-three of the 26 people aboard have been rescued. (AP),
  • 06 Aug 2017 Boko Haram: 11 people are killed by gunmen in an attack on St Phillip's Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Nigeria's Anambra State.
  • 07 Aug 2017 Godzilla in popular culture: Haruo Nakajima, who played the role of Godzilla between 1954 and 1972, has died at the age 88.
  • 08 Aug 2017 Battle of Marawi. The Pentagon is looking into conducting airstrikes on Marawi. If approved, this would allow the United States to send troops into the area to fight the ISIS-affiliated Maute and other Islamist terror groups. Later, a spokesperson denied the claims and clarified that the Philippines had not requested such an airstrike.
  • 09 Aug 2017 Six French soldiers were injured in a terror attack when a man drove a car into them at the Levallois-Perret barracks. Three of them are seriously.
  • 10 Aug 2017 Economy of the United States: New York State's GateHouse Media has announced an agreement to purchase 11 U.S. newspapers owned by Morris Communications, Georgia. The deal includes the Log Cabin Democrat, which was founded in 1879 and three Alaskan newspapers, the Juneau Empire Clarion, Peninsula Clarion, and Homer News. The deal is expected close by October 2. (AdWeek.) DINEEquity announced that it will close 160 Applebee's restaurants and IHOP restaurants.
  • 11 Aug 2017 Syrian Civil War: ISIL forces attack an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Base in vast desert areas of eastern Homs Governorate. The base was manned by 12-18 fighters. All but one are killed.
  • 12 Aug 2017 Syrian Civil War: Seven White Helmets members are killed by unidentified gunmen storming their office in rebel-held Sarmin in northwestern Syria.
  • 13 Aug 2017 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017: Two U.S. military personnel are killed in combat operations in northern Iraq and five others are injured.
  • 14 Aug 2017 Big Ben: London's Big Ben will be silent for four years starting 21 August as essential repairs are made.
  • 15 Aug 2017 Boko Haram insurgency, Three suicide bombers kill 27 and injure 83 people near Maiduguri (Nigeria).
  • 16 Aug 2017 Confederate memorials and monuments being removed: Several Confederate monuments were taken down in Baltimore, Maryland overnight, including the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monuments, Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monuments, Confederate Women's Monuments, and Roger B. Taney sculpture. On August 14, the Baltimore City Council unanimously approved the removal of the monuments.
  • 17 Aug 2017 2017 Barcelona Attacks: A van drove into crowds in La Rambla (Barcelona) in an attack that Spanish police call a terrorist attack. It killed at least 12 people. ISIL claims responsibility for the arrest of two suspects.
  • 18 Aug 2017 Following the 2017 Barcelona attacks, five terrorist suspects were killed by Catalan police in Cambrils. They were responding to a second van attack. Although the police initially reported that the attackers were wearing explosive vests they later found out that they were fakes.
  • 19 Aug 2017 Terrorism in Russia: A 23 year old stabs and injures eight people at Surgut in Russia, before being shot by police. The attack was claimed by ISIL.
  • 20 Aug 2017 Iraqi Civil War: Battle of Tal Afar 2017: Iraqi security forces launch a ground offensive, along with Shi'ite volunteers, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite volunteers, to retake Tal Afar from the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) militants. Since the liberation of Mosul, the city has been isolated and is now in the hands of ISIL.
  • 21 Aug 2017 Aftermath from the 2017 Barcelona Attacks: A Spanish police officer hunting the chief suspect in the van attack in Barcelona last Thursday shot dead a man west of Barcelona who was wearing an explosive belt.
  • 22 Aug 2017 Conflict at Ain al-Hilweh: Three more Palestinians were injured in renewed clashes between Islamist extremists, the Fatah-supported Joint Palestinian Security Force and the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refuge camp.
  • 23 Aug 2017 Saudi Arabian-led intervention is in Yemen: At most 35 people were killed in an attack on a hotel located near a Houthi checkpoint north of Sanaa.
  • 24 Aug 2017 Archaeology in Israel: An archaeological mosaic from the 6th century, dated to Justinian I's rule, was discovered while installing communication cables inside Jerusalem's Old City.
  • 25 Aug 2017 War in Afghanistan: New Zealand has announced the deployment of three additional non-combat military personnel to Afghanistan. This increases its military commitment to 13. (Reuters) Four gunmen attacked a Shiite mosque, Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 20 people were killed.
  • 26 Aug 2017 2017 M1 Motorway Crash: Many people have been killed in a collision between two trucks and a minibus while driving on the M1 motorway, near Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
  • 27 Aug 2017 Rohingya insurgency, Western Myanmar: 2016-17 Northern Rakhine State violences, 2016-17 Rohingya persecutions in Myanmar: Dozens fleeing violence in Rakhine State have been detained by Bangladeshi authorities and Burmese officials after trying to cross the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Many were on their way to Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhia (Bangladesh), where they were mostly inhabited Rohingya refugees.
  • 28 Aug 2017 Syrian Civil War, Syrian Civil War Spillover in Lebanon: Qalamoun offensive, July-August 2017,: ISIL militants, along with their families, leave their strongholds at the Lebanon-Syria border, Qalamun Mountains, and make way for the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, under Syrian military escort. Yesterday, warring parties reached a ceasefire.
  • 29 Aug 2017 Afghanistan War (2001-present). Five people are killed by a suicide bomber at the Kabul Bank subsidiary, near the Embassy of the United States of America in Kabul. Taliban claim that their attack was directed at soldiers and police who were withdrawing their salaries.
  • 30 Aug 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001-present: At least 11 Afghan civilians were killed and 16 others were injured when a NATO helicopter attacked Logar Province east of Kabul, where Taliban insurgents had sought refuge.
  • 31 Aug 2017 Wells Fargo account fraud scandal - Wells Fargo reports that an additional 1.4 Million accounts were found to be fraudulent. This brings the total number of potentially fraudulent accounts to around 3.5 million.
  • 01 Aug 2017 A suicide attack on a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan kills 20 people.
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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 2017?

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle


Lionsgate has now released a major motion picture starring Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson. MORE THAN SEVENT YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES bestselling bestseller list The extraordinary, unique, and "nothing less than spectacular" memoir of one of the most …

The Store by James Patterson, Richard DiLallo

The Store


THE STORE WATCHES YOU. Megan Brandeis and Jacob Brandeis have been hired by the ultra-secretive, mega-successful Store. Seems perfect. Seems secure. Their lives will be anything but perfect and safe.

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

Seeing Red


Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times Bestseller, delivers unstoppable suspense and intense sexual tension in her thriller about tainted heroes and vengeance with no mercy. Kerra Bailey, a TV journalist on the hunt for a story that will propel her …