August 2016: Gawker Website Shuts Down
Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major U.S. news events of August 2016.
1. CDC Issues Zika Warning 2. U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS in Libya 3. DNC Cleans House 4. Mobsters Arrested 5. Delta Is Grounded 6. First U.S. Zika Death 7. Michael Phelps, Golden Boy 8. ESPN's John Saunders Dies 9. Deadly Police Stop Sparks Violence in Milwaukee 10. Cash Payment to Iran Tied to Prisoner Release 11. Gawker Shuts Down 12. U.S. To Phase Out Private Prisons 13. Manafort Resigns from Trump Campaign 14. Federal Judge Rejects Obama's Transgender Bathroom Regulations 15. Actor and Funnyman Gene Wilder Dies
- Gawker Website Shuts Down
- On August 18, Univision buys Gawker Media and all of Gawker Media's brands for $135 million. The website Gawker will be shut down next week. Nick Denton, the founder of the website, sent a memo to his staff addressing these new changes. Gawker.com is a website that has a unique style and attitude that attracts many critics and lawsuits. One notorious critic is Hulk Hogan, who sued Gawker over a sex tape and won $140.1 million in damages. Silicon Valley's Peter Thiel has been a target of Gawker and has spearheaded lawsuits against the website. Lawsuits and losses led to Gawker's bankruptcy in June.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Steve Nesius, Pool, File