August 2016: Actor, Funnyman Gene Wilder Dies
Updated February 11, 2017 | 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
- Actor, Funnyman Gene Wilder Dies
- Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, and other films passes away on August 29, 2016. Wilder suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the past three years, which caused complications that led directly to his death. The former actor chose to never discuss his illness. In 2005, he was interviewed by CNN and discussed meeting the director who would cast him in several comedy roles that would change and define his life: Mel Brooks.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File