1 August 2017
What’s on in August 2017
TUES 1st: * Lammas – Cross quarter day.
* Bakewell Show, Derbyshire – until 03/08.
* 45 years ago: UK Government’s anti-inflation policy implemented. – in 1975, inflation reached 24.2%, the highest since 1800.
* Amber Rudd (Home Secretary) is 54 and Harriet Harman is 67.
WED 2nd: *17 years ago: Iraqi army invaded Kuwait.
THURS 3rd: * RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show until 06/08.
* Golf: Women’s British Open, Kingsbarns, Scotland – until 06/08.
* Jack Straw is 71.
FRI 4th: * Edinburgh Festival Fringe – until 28/08.
* National Eisteddfod of Wales, Anglesey – until 12/08.
* Cricket: England v South Africa, fourth Test, Old Trafford – until 08/08.
* Athletics: World Championships, London – until 13/08.
* Barack Obama is 56.
SAT 5th: * Louis Walsh is 65 and Bambi is 75.
SUN 6th: * Football: FA Community Shield, Wembley – Arsenal (FA Cup winners) v Chelsea (Premier League champions).
* 72 years ago: WW2 – USA dropped 1st Atomic bomb on Hiroshima-Japan, killing 70,000 and injuring a further 70,000.
* Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) is 45.
TUES 7th: * 70 years ago: The Kon-Tiki , Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 4,300 mile, voyage across the Eastern Pacific Ocean, proving that pre-historic peoples could hypothetically have travelled to the Central Pacific islands from South America.
WED 8th: * Special Olympics GB National Games, Sheffield.
* Princess Beatrice is 29 and Roger Federer is 36.
WED 9th: * Rugby union: Women’s World Cup, Ireland – until 26/08.
* 72 years ago: WW2 – USA dropped 2nd Atomic bomb on Nagasaki following non-compliance of a demand for surrender – killing 35,000 and injuring a further 60,000.
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Mahatma Gandhi is arrested following riots for Indian independence.
* Melanie Griffith (actress) is 60.
THURS 10th: * Golf: US PGA Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina – until 13/08.
* Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) is 70.
FRI 11th: * 75 years ago: WW2 – HMS Eagle, an aircraft carrier on convoy duty to Malta, is torpedoed and sinks with heavy loss of life.
SAT 12th: * ‘The Glorious 12th’ – start of the Grouse shooting season.
* Football: Premier League 2017/18 season due to start.
SUN 13th: * 35 years ago: First UK heart-lung transplant at Harefield Hospital.
MON 14th: * 70 years ago: UK granted Pakistan independence.
TUES 15th: * VJ DAY- 72 years ago: Japanese Emperor surrendered thus ending WW2 – the signing of the document of surrender on US Missouri was later on 2nd Sept 1945.
* Catholic Feast of Assumption – Virgin Mary’s body & soul ascend to heaven.
* 70 years ago: UK granted India independence.
* Princess Anne is 67, Ben Affleck is 45 & Kate Osamor (Shadow Sec of State for Int Devt) is 49.
WED 16th: * 40 years ago: Death of Elvis Presley.
THURS 17th: * A Level & AS Level Results Day.
* Cricket: England v West Indies, first Test, Edgbaston (first day-night Test in England) – until 21/08.
* 75 years ago: WW2 – First USAF B-17 bomber raid in Europe on Sotteville rail yards at Rouen, France.
FRI 18th: * Golf : Solheim Cup, Des Moines, USA – until 20/08.
SAT 19th: * Cycling: Vuelta a Espana, Spain – until 10/09.
* Hockey: Men’s and women’s EuroHockey, Netherlands – until 27/08.
* 75 years ago: WW2 Dieppe Raid to gain intelligence on Axis Channel defences. Over 4,000 Allied troops killed or captured.
* 75 years ago: WW2 German army begins Siege of Stalingrad.
* Bill Clinton is 71 today.
SUN 20th: * Athletics: Birmingham Diamond League.
MON 21st: * Badminton – World Championships, Glasgow.
* “Great American Solar Eclipse” – only totally visible from the USA.
TUES 22nd: * Equestrian: European Dressage and Show Jumping Championships, Gothenburg, Sweden.
* 75 years ago: WW2 Naval battle off Eastern Solomons. Three US aircraft carriers sank Japanese carrier and destroyed 90 planes.
* Steve Davis (snooker) is 60 today.
WED 23rd: * 35 years ago: Manchester Air Disaster – 55 died in passenger plane.
THURS 24th : * GCSE results day.
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of the Eastern Solomons; USS Enterprise badly damaged and Japanese lost the Ryujo, a light aircraft carrier.
* Stephen Fry is 60 today.
FRI 25th: * Pop music: Reading and Leeds Festivals – until 27/08.
* Cricket: England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Headingley – until 29/08.
* Chris Evans’ CarFest: South – Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire 25-27/08 & North -Bolesworth, Cheshire 28-30/08.
* Michael Gove is 54 & Sean Connery is 89 today.
SAT 26th: * Music: Notting Hill Carnival, London – until 28/08.
* Rugby league: Challenge Cup final, Wembley.
* Boxing: Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor, light-middleweight, Las Vegas, USA.
* Steve Wright (BBC Radio DJ) is 63 today.
SUN 27th: * Formula 1: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps.
* Motorcycling: British Moto Grand Prix, Silverstone.
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Marshal Georgii Zhukov is appointed to the command of the Stalingrad defence.
MON 28th: AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY
* Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadow, New York – until 10/09.
* Judo: World Championships, Budapest – until 03/09.
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Incendiary bombs dropped by a Japanese seaplane cause a forest fire in Oregon, USA.
THURS 31st: *Basketball: EuroBasket – hosted by Finland, Israel, Romania & Turkey – until 17/09
* Equestrian: Burghley Horse Trials – until 03/09.
* 70 years ago: The communists seized power in Hungary.
* 20 years ago: Princess Diana (1961-1997) & Dodi Fayed killed in car crash.
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