Well, there were a few stellar and almost stellar events that weekend, but I wouldn't want to hazard a guess: this doesn't look to me much like Brentwood, Higher Bebington, Sidney, North Carolina or Soweto
I didn't realize that Barack Obama's first birthday party was on August 4 of that year. He was, of course, born in Honolulu, which some Americans, poor geography students that they are, believe to be the capital of Kenya.
But that has nothing to do with this puzzle.
One of the locations listed is the site of an event that occurred on August 5 of that year. The picture is of a nearby place that dominated the main character's future.