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August 1 - King George Tupou V is crowned as the new king of Tonga, an event that had been delayed for over two years following the 2006 Nuku'alofa riots.
August 1- Death of Harkishan Singh Surjeet, 92, Indian politician, cardiac arrest.
August 1- Death of Ashok Mankad, 61, Indian cricketer.
August 3 - A stampede at a Hindu temple at Naina Devi in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India kills 162 and injures 400.
August 6 - President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi of Mauritania is deposed in a military coup d'état.
August 7 - The 2008 South Ossetia war begins as Georgia and Russia launch a major offensive inside the separatist region of South Ossetia after days of border skirmishes between the two sides.
August 7- Lacrosse: The Federation of International Lacrosse, the new unified governing body for the sport, holds its first meeting. The body was formed with the merger of the former governing bodies for the men's and women's versions, respectively the International Lacrosse Federation and International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations.
August 8–24 - The 2008 Summer Olympics take place in Beijing, China.
August 15 - Pushpa Kamal Dahal (known as Prachanda) is sworn in as the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal after the Nepalese monarchy was abolished in May.
August 17 - Michael Phelps surpasses Mark Spitz in Olympic Gold Medals won at a single Olympics, with 8 gold medals.
August 18 - Pervez Musharraf resigns from the post of President of Pakistan under impeachment pressure from the coalition government.
August 20 - Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport with 172 on board. 154 of them are killed and only 18 survive.
22 - Pirates hijack German, Iranian, and Japanese cargo ships off the coast of Somalia, seven of such attacks since June 20.
Gerard W. Ford, 83, American co-founder of Ford Modeling Agency, endocarditis.
August 25—August 28 - Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado for U.S. presidential election.
August 26 - Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Krishna Kumar Birla, 89, Indian industrialist and politician, after brief illness
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