August History

Click a date in the August calendar to the right for a timeline of all August events on that day, listed chronologically by year. Below is a list of important August events.

Click any event title to read more about that event. Every event page has a list of important names, places, and topics — click them to see a timeline of events associated with them.

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Today's Major Events

Pope Boniface VIII Publishes Unam Sanctam, Asserting Papal Supremacy Over Secular Governments
Death of Physicist Niels Bohr, Part of British Team That Worked on Manhattan Project
Pope John Paul II Releases Statement Saying Women are Ineligible for Priesthood
At Jonestown, Rev. Jim Jones and Over 900 Followers Drink Cyanide-Laced Punch
Federal Judge Orders Ten Commandments Monument Removed from Alabama's Judicial Building