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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 During 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)