MM’s Year in Review: August

Premier League Returns: August saw the start of the new season with shocking results – including Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Brentford, a month unbeaten for Arsenal, and Liverpool’s 9-0 victory against AFC Bournemouth. The transfer window was also open – with the Premier League welcoming players including Lucas Paqueta and Casemiro.

Israel Palestine conflict: On August 5, Israel launched a military airstrike on the Gaza strip which reportedly killed 49 Palestinians – of which 17 were civilians. A truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group was reached on August 8 after three days of conflict.

Summer heatwave: England saw a ten day heatwave from August 8 to August 17 – with temperatures soaring past 30 degrees celsius in parts of the UK. Parts of England and Wales saw droughts – and hosepipe bans were also introduced amid the long dry spells across the country.

Heatwave on Margate beach: photo by Funk Dooby, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Race to become Prime Minister continues: Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak set out their pledges to the country – including tax cuts from Truss and business rates cuts from Sunak. The two candidates completed 11 hustings around the UK from London to Scotland throughout the month – with issues such as energy price cap rise being discussed.

Kansas protects abortion rights: Kansas became the first US state to vote on abortion rights since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Women in the state will have the right to abortion – unlike other states in the region including South Carolina, Louisiana and Kentucky.

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