Monday, Aug. 25: Democratic National Convention
Opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver focuses on the life story of presidential candidate Barack Obama, his commitment to change and the voices of Americans who are calling for a new direction. His wife, Michelle Obama, will give the keynote speech. Other speakers include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Mr. Obama’s sister, Maya Soetero-Ng; Mrs. Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson; former President Jimmy Carter; and Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. There also will be a tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who in May was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
Tuesday, Aug. 26: New term begins in Texas school in which teachers now may carry guns
Students return to classes for the new term at Harrold School in Harrold, Texas, just two weeks after the school’s board approved a plan for teachers to carry concealed firearms. The move is intended to protect staff and pupils should there be a gun attack on the campus. In the past two years in the U.S., there have been roughly a dozen fatal shootings on school and university grounds. The worst was in April 2007, when Virginia Tech University student Cho Seung-hui killed 32 people on the Blacksburg, Va., campus.
Tuesday, Aug. 26: Census Bureau releases new data on income and poverty
The Census Bureau releases its annual income, poverty and health-insurance estimates, with data derived from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement and the Current Population Survey.
Friday, Aug. 29: Michael Jackson’s 50th birthday
The 50th birthday of Michael Jackson, the musician known as the “King of Pop” who started his musical career at 7 with the Jackson 5. In 2005, he was acquitted of charges of child molestation in one of the most documented trials in history, covered by roughly 2,200 credentialed reporters.
Friday, Aug. 29: President Bush meets Tanzanian president
President Bush meets with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete at the White House for bilateral discussions on issues including the fight against HIV-AIDS and malaria in Tanzania and regional issues such as the situation in Zimbabwe and Darfur. Mr. Bush also reiterates continued U.S. commitment to social, economic and democratic progress in Tanzania.
Wednesday, Aug. 27: Venice Film Festival opens with new Coen brothers comedy
The Venice International Film Festival opens with the world premiere of the Coen brothers’ new comedy, “Burn After Reading,” starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. Titles competing for the coveted Golden Lion award include Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war drama, “Hurt Locker,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce; Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei; and Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married,” starring Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger. German director Wim Wenders heads the jury, which will award the prize on Sept. 6.
Friday, Aug. 29: Radivan Karadzic enters plea as war-crimes tribunal resumes in The Hague
The second hearing at the U.N. tribunal for war crimes and genocide in The Hague gets under way for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who is being held after his July 30 transfer from Serbia, where he was arrested July 21. He is expected to enter a plea on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide during the 1990s Balkans conflict, including the 1995 massacre of roughly 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. It is considered the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II. Mr. Karadzic disappeared in 1996 at the end of the conflict, but Serbian authorities found him practicing alternative medicine in Belgrade under a different identity after nearly 13 years on the run. His wartime military leader, Ratko Mladic, remains at large.
Sunday, Aug. 24: Beijing Olympics closing ceremony
The final day of the Beijing 2008 XXIX Olympic Games includes the gold medal game in men’s basketball. Today’s events also include the closing ceremony and the official handing over of the Olympic flag from the mayor of Beijing to the mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The ceremony begins the four-year countdown to the London 2012 games.
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Monday, Aug. 25: U.S. Open begins
The U.S. Open tennis championship, the final Grand Slam of the season, gets under way in New York. Last year’s champion, Roger Federer, last week lost his No. 1 ranking after a 4 1/2-year reign. His successor, Rafael Nadal, defeated Federer in an epic final at Wimbledon in July and won Olympic gold in Beijing earlier this month. Federer and Nadal are on opposite sides of the draw in New York and would meet again in the championship match.
Thursday, Aug. 28: Barack Obama accepts Democratic nomination
On the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama, the first black to be elected as nominee for either of the major U.S. political parties, delivers his acceptance speech at INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver before an expected crowd of 75,000. The speech coincides with the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech.