THIS DAY IN HISTORY #62
August 2, 1934
Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes the President of Germany
"Aut inveniam viam aut faciam"
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #63
August 3, 1949
The National Basketball Association is founded.
"There’s a way, I know that someday we will surely find it."
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #64
August 4, 1821
Louis Vuitton Malletier was born.
August 4, 1921
Joseph Henri Maurice “the Rocket” Richard was born.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #65
August 5, 1962
Nelson Mandela is jailed
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #66
August 6, 1945
8:15 AM: The dropping of “Little Boy” on Hiroshima by the United States.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #67
August 7, 2007
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks Hank Aaron’s all-time record by hitting his 756th home run.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #68
August 8, 1839
Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #69
August 9, 1173
Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins. It takes two centuries to complete.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #70
August 10, 1999
The Magellan Space Probe reaches Venus.
The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan exceeds 13 million — more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations said Monday.
The death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the 1,500 people killed so far in the floods that first hit Pakistan two weeks ago. But the U.N. estimates that 13.8 million people have been affected — over 2 million more than the other disasters combined.
The comparison helps frame the scale of the crisis, which the prime minister said on Monday was the worst in Pakistan’s history.
It has overwhelmed the government, generating widespread anger from flood victims who have complained that aid is not reaching them quickly enough or at all.
“The number of people affected by the floods is greater than the other three disasters combined,” Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told The Associated Press.
A person is considered affected by the floods if he or she will need some form of assistance to recover, either short-term humanitarian aid or longer-term reconstruction help, said Giuliano.
The total number of people affected in the three other disasters was about 11 million — 5 million in the tsunami and 3 million in each of the earthquakes — said Giuliano.
The death toll from landslides in northwestern China more than doubled to 702 Tuesday, as rescue crews in three Asian countries struggled to reach survivors from flooding that has imperiled millions.
Rescuers digging by hand through mud found a 52-year-old man who had been trapped for more than 50 hours inside a leveled apartment building in the remote town of Zhouqu, where more than 1,000 other people were still listed as missing. Rescuers with sniffer dogs discovered the man, Liu Ma Shindan, who was weak but breathing normally.
South Korea denounced the firing of artillery from North Korea as a grave violation of their cease-fire and warned Tuesday that it would deal “sternly” with any further provocations.
North Korea fired about 110 rounds from its western shores late Monday afternoon - just minutes after the South Korean military concluded five days of large-scale naval drills staged in response to the deadly sinking of a warship.
Most of the shells landed in North Korean waters, but about 10 reached South Korean waters not far from an island inhabited by fishing families and South Korean troops, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Seoul. Officials reported no damage.
The Defense Ministry called the move a violation of the armistice signed in 1953 at the end of the three-year Korean War.
“If North Korea continues its provocative rhetoric and acts, we will deal sternly with them,” the ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
North Korea, meanwhile, warned Tuesday of a “war of retaliation.”
Tensions have been high since the Cheonan warship went down in the choppy waters near the tense western sea border in late March, killing 46 sailors. It was the worst military attack on South Korea since the Korean War.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY #71
August 11, 1919
The constitution of the Weimar Republic is adopted.