This Week in History

August 11, 1999: Last total solar eclipse of the millennium was visible from Europe, most of Asia and Africa and in parts of North America.

August 12, 1990: American palaeontologist Sue Hendrickson found the fossilised remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex – the largest dinosaur fossil – in the state of South Dakota.

August 13, 1961: Construction of Berlin Wall starts.

August 14, 1947: Pakistan becomes Independent from British rule.

August 15, 1975: Bangladeshi politician and first president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman passes away.

August 16, 1958: American singer-songwriter, actress, producer and director Madonna is born.

August 17, 2008: The American champion swimmer, Michael Phelps, earns his eighth gold medal in the 2008 Olympics.