August 31, 1805: Alice Cogswell, the first American deaf pupil at the first American school for the deaf, was born in Connecticut.
August 10-17, 1924: Comite International des Sports des Sourds (CISS) was founded in Paris during the first World Games for the Deaf (now known as Deaflympics) from 10 to 17 August in Paris, France.
August 19, 1931: Dorothy Miles, an ASL/BSL poet and activist in the Deaf community, was born.
August 24, 1965: Marlee Matlin, an American actress, the only deaf actress to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God, was born in Morton Grove, U.S.
August 17, 1999: The Royal Thai Government acknowledged Thai Sign Language as "the national language of deaf people in Thailand".
September 1, 2005: Austrian Sign Language (OGS) was recognised by the Austrian Parliament and the Austrian Constitution was amended to include this new article.