Follow along with the biggest moments in August history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive.
Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history — everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs from the Shutterstock Editorial archive that show a significant historical or cultural event for each day of that month.
This month, we take a visual journey through August.
1971 — The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by former Beatle George Harrison, is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1967 – In the Heat of the Night starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York.
2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
1944 – Anne Frank is arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified.
1962 – Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her hotel room.
1996 – The Ramones played their farewell concert at The Palace, Los Angeles, CA.
2018 – Crazy Rich Asians, the first Hollywood film with all-Asian cast, premieres at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
1988 – N.W.A’s album Straight Outta Compton is released, and will later inspire the 2015 biopic of the same name.
1974 – Richard Nixon resigns as President of the United States due to the Watergate scandal.
1994 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice.
2008 – The US 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones, and Jason Lezak beats France by eight seconds to win gold and smash the world record at the Beijing Olympics.
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1990 – American paleontologist Sue Hendrickson discovers one of the world’s largest, most complete fossilized remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex in South Dakota.
1967 – Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway is released.
1945 – It was first announced that Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.
1969 – The Woodstock music festival begins in upstate New York.
1977 – Music legend Elvis Presley dies in Memphis at the age of 42.
1998 – US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony he had an “improper physical relationship” with Monica Lewinsky.
1920 – The 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote.
1964 – The Beatles launch their first tour in the United States at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
1988 – Black Saturday: Fires burn 165,000 acres in one day of Yellowstone National Park.
1987 – The cult classic Dirty Dancing debuts in the United States.
1989 – Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan becomes the first player to record 5,000 career strikeouts.
2000 – The first finale of the hit reality TV show Survivor airs, with Richard Hatch winning the million dollar prize.
2011 – Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Inc., and is succeeded by Tim Cook, as a result of his illness.
1939 – The Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz debuts in theaters.
1978 – Albino Luciani of Italy is elected as Pope John Paul I.
2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States.
1963 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I have a dream speech” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in New Orleans, flooding much of the city, becoming the worst natural disaster in United States history.
1967 – Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.
1997 – Princess Diana dies at the age of 36 in a car crash in Paris.
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