Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar sheet for 9 August 2019:

33rd calendar week, 224th day of the year

141 days left until the end of the year

Astrological sign Leo

Nameday: Radegund


2018 - The US space agency Nasa launches a probe to fly through the extremely hot solar atmosphere for the first time. The "Parker Solar Probe" is expected to approach the sun to about 6.2 million kilometers.

2017 - After brawling a racist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, a man drives his car into a group of people and kills a 32-year-old.

2014 - Heavy armed men raid a cash-in-transit vehicle at Santiago de Chile airport and collect six billion pesos (7.8 million euros) to be loaded onto a plane.

2009 - In Central Hesse, a Roman horse's head is found during excavations. According to experts, it is as important as the Nebra Sky Disc and the Celtic Prince of Glauberg.

2002 - In Zinnwald-Georgenfeld in the eastern Erzgebirge, 312 liters of rain per square meter fall within 24 hours, never before had precipitation been measured in Germany in one day.

1949 - The Geneva Conventions for the Protection of the Civilian Population and Victims of War are signed. These "Geneva Conventions" come into force on October 21, 1950.

1944 - In the Italian mountain village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema in Tuscany, hundreds of civilians are murdered by members of an SS Panzer Grenadier Division. 560 people die in the massacre, including many women and children.

1919 - Bavaria receives a democratic constitution. With the Bamberg Constitution citizens get the right of constitutional complaint for the first time in Germany.

1759 - At Kunersdorf (today Kunowice in Poland) Prussian troops suffered a heavy defeat in the Seven Years' War by the Austrians and the Russians.


1954 - François Hollande (65), French politician, President 2012-2017

1954 - Pat Metheny (65), American jazz guitarist

1949 - Mark Knopfler (70), British rock musician, co-founder, lead singer and lead guitarist for Dire Straits (album: "Brothers In Arms")

1939 - George Hamilton (80), American actor (feature film "Viva Maria!")

1939 - Claus Wilcke (80), German actor and voice actor («Percy Stuart»)


2014 - Lauren Bacall, American actress ("Dead sleep tight"), widow of Humphrey Bogart, b. 1924

1964 - Ian Fleming, British writer, creator of the secret agent James Bond 007, b. 1908