What Happened in August 1984

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 3 365.7 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Aug 3 Bomb attack on Madras India airport, 32 killed

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Aug 4 Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer Olympics

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 4 Cliff Johnson sets a record with his 19th pinch hit HR

Music release#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 Prince's "Purple Rain" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks

  • Aug 4 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Bourkina Faso (National Day)
  • Aug 5 Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 5 Joan Benoit (US) wins 1st Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52)
  • Aug 5 Lou Pinella Day at Yankee Stadium
  • Aug 5 Toronto's Cliff Johnson hits record 19th career pinch HR
  • Aug 6 203.05 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Aug 6 Carl Lewis wins 2nd (long jump) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics
  • Aug 7 David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 7 Japan beats US for olympic gold medal in baseball
  • Aug 7 Jim Deshales becomes 1,000th playing Yankee
  • Aug 8 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 8 Carl Lewis wins 3rd (200m) of 4 gold medals in Summer
  • Aug 8 Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 9 Daley Thomas of Britain sets decathalon record (8,847) in LA Cal
  • Aug 9 STS 41-D vehicle again moves out to launch pad
  • Aug 10 Mary Decker trips on heel of Zola Budd during 3,000m Olympic run
  • Aug 11 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France
  • Aug 11 Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, wins 4 Olympic track golds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench's #5 uniform

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

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Aug 11 During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Aug 11 Men's choir Maranatha Netherlands forms
  • Aug 11 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 12 23rd Olympic games close at Los Angeles, Calif
  • Aug 12 Braves beat Padres 5-3, features 2 brawls & 19 ejections
  • Aug 12 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio inducted into Hall of Fame
  • Aug 12 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Aug 13 Morocco & Libya sign "Arabic-African Union" treaty
  • Aug 14 IBM releases PC DOS version 3.0
  • Aug 14 West Indies complete 5-0 series annihilation of England
  • Aug 15 The PKK in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military
  • Aug 16 Sunken liner Andrea Doria's safe opened
  • Aug 16 LA federal jury acquits auto maker John Z DeLorean on cocaine charges
  • Aug 16 Largest harness racing purse ($2,161,000-Nihilator wins $1,080,500)
  • Aug 16 NASA launches Ampte

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 Pete Rose returns to Cincinnati Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 18 Triangle Oil Corp, above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville Fla, spills 2.5 m gallons of oil burned after lightning sparked a fire
  • Aug 19 66th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 273 at Shoal Creek Ala
  • Aug 19 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf
  • Aug 19 Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for President
  • Aug 19 Sally Quinlan wins LPGA MasterCard Golf International Pro-Am
  • Aug 22 Evelyn Ashford of US ties world women's mark for 100 m, 10.76 sec
  • Aug 22 Last Volkswagen Rabbit produced
  • Aug 22 Met pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200
  • Aug 22 Republican convention in Dallas renominates President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush
  • Aug 22 The United Democratic Front, an internal coalition of anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, organizes a highly successful boycotts of the Colored and Indian elections to parliament

Sports record brokenGolf Record

Aug 24 Pat Bradley set LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 at Denver

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Aug 25 French airship capsizes
  • Aug 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 26 Betsy King wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic
  • Aug 26 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 3k woman record (8:22.62) in Leningrad
  • Aug 26 Zdena Silvaha (Cz) throws discus 74.55 m (women's world record)
  • Aug 27 US President Ronald Reagan announces 'Teacher in Space' project
  • Aug 27 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 28 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 30 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D)-Discovery 1-launched (6 days)
  • Aug 30 Red Sox Jim Rice grounds into record 33rd double play en route to 36
  • Aug 30 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • Aug 31 Pinklon Thomas beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Valery Ortiz, San Juan, Puerto Rican actress
  • Aug 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger, Kolbermoor, German footballer
  • Aug 2 Chiara Mastalli, Italian actress
  • Aug 2 Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer
  • Aug 3 Jon Foster, American actor
  • Aug 3 Amanda Kimmel, American beauty queen
  • Aug 3 Yasin Avci, Danish footballer
  • Aug 3 Sunil Chetri, Indian Footballer
  • Aug 3 Ryan Lochte, American swimmer
  • Aug 8 Martrez Milner, American football player
  • Aug 8 Devon McTavish, American footballer
  • Aug 9 Paul Gallagher, Scottish footballer
  • Aug 9 Saori Horii, Japanese gravure idol
  • Aug 10 Mariel Rodriguez, Filipino TV host
  • Aug 11 Melky Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
  • Aug 11 Katie Rees, American beauty pageant contestant
  • Aug 11 Lucas Di Grassi, Brazilian racing driver
  • Aug 12 Marian Rivera, Philippine actress
  • Aug 13 Niko Kranjčar, Croatian footballer
  • Aug 13 Boone Logan, American baseball player
  • Aug 13 Heath Pearce, American soccer player
  • Aug 13 Baby Blue, American rapper (Pretty Ricky)
  • Aug 14 Clay Buchholz, American baseball player
  • Aug 14 Josh Gorges, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 14 Nick Grimshaw, English DJ/Television presenter
  • Aug 17 Garrett Wolfe, American professional footbal player
  • Aug 17 Dee Brown, American basketball player
  • Aug 18 Robert Huth, German footballer
  • Aug 19 Micah Alberti, American actor
  • Aug 19 Alessandro Matri, Italian footballer
  • Aug 19 Ryan Taylor, English footballer
  • Aug 20 Mirai Moriyama, Japanese actor
  • Aug 20 Golan Yosef, Dutch actor
  • Aug 21 Neil Dexter, South African cricketer
  • Aug 21 Alizée Jacotey, French singer
  • Aug 21 Melissa Schuman, American actress
  • Aug 21 B.J. Upton, American baseball player
  • Aug 22 Lee Camp, English footballer
  • Aug 23 Glen Johnson, English footballer
  • Aug 24 Kyle Schmid, Canadian actor
  • Aug 27 David Bentley, English footballer
  • Aug 27 Sulley Muntari, Ghanaian footballer
  • Aug 30 Anthony Ireland, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Aug 31 Matti Breschel, Danish road cyclist
  • Aug 31 Ted Ligety, American alpine skier
  • Aug 31 Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 18 Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes (22) weds Des Moines department store heiress Julie Anne Friedman (25) at London registrar's office

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), dies at 60
  • Aug 4 Edmond Ryan, actor (Human Monster), dies at 79 of a heart attack
  • Aug 4 Mary Miles Minter, actress (Drums of Fate), die at 82 of heart failure
  • Aug 4 Walter Burke, actor (Jack the Giant Killer), dies at 75 of emphysema
  • Aug 4 Howard Culver, actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • Aug 5 R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • Aug 5 Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, The Robe), dies of cerebral haemorrhage at 58
  • Aug 7 Esther Phillips, US singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies at 48
  • Aug 8 Richard Deacon, actor (Mel Cooley in Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 62
  • Aug 8 Ellen Raskin, American author (b.1928)
  • Aug 11 Alfred A Knopf, US publisher, dies at 91
  • Aug 11 Percy Mayfield, US singer (Hit the Road Jack), dies at 63
  • Aug 11 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 13 Clyde Cook, actor (Dawn Patrol, Jazz Heaven), dies in his sleep at 92
  • Aug 14 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Peter Charles Arthur Wishart, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Tigran Petroshan, Russian chess grand master, dies at 55
  • Aug 16 Gyorgy Kosa, Hungarian composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 17 Holly Roffey, youngest heart transplant, dies at 4 weeks
  • Aug 22 Charles Whittenberg, composer, dies at 57

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 25 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), dies of liver cancer at 59

  • Aug 25 Waite Hoyte, knuckleball pitcher, dies at 84
  • Aug 25 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (b. 1921)
  • Aug 26 Julie Stevens, actress (Lorelei-Big Town), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Bernard Youens, British actor (Coronation Street), dies at 69
  • Aug 27 Billy Sands, actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), dies at 73
  • Aug 29 Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian statesman (b. 1901)