What Happened in August 1997

Historical Events

  • 1st 6th World Championships in Athletics open at Athens, Greece
  • 3rd 25th du Maurier Golf Classic: Colleen Walker

Music concertMusic Concert

3rd Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Sport awardGolf Tournament

3rd Phil Mickelson wins golf's Sprint International

  • 3rd Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria; 40-76 villagers killed.
  • 4th "Keenan Ivory Wayan Show" premieres on Fox TV
  • 4th 185,000 Teamsters union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
  • 4th In Colombia, international oil company Occidental Petroleum declare force majeure on all oil exports from the Cano Limon field after a series of attacks knocked out a major oil pipeline
  • 5th Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • 5th Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
  • 5th Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched
  • 6th Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc
  • 6th NHL Nashville Tenn names Barry Trotz as its 1st coach
  • 7th STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
  • 7th Ung Huot appointed Cambodia's 1st premier
  • 8th Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
  • 8th The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • 9th Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
  • 9th Yanks break Minnesota Twins Brad Radke's string of 12 straight wins
  • 10th 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
  • 10th Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

10th Atlanta Braves sign Greg Maddux to record 5 year, $575 Million deal

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 10th Deb Richard wins LPGA Friendly's Classic
  • 10th Vijay Singh of Fiji wins Buick Open at the Warwick Hills Golf
  • 10th 6th World Championships in Athletics close at Athens, Greece
  • 11th Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
  • 13th Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the NY Yankees

Event of interestEvent of Interest

13th SD Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 13th South Park's first episode is aired.
  • 14th "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • 14th Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death
  • 14th Karrie Webb wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Open
  • 14th Oklahoma Court of Appeals upholds death sentence of Timothy McVeigh
  • 14th Soyuz TM-25 lands
  • 15th Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • 15th Dow Jones drops 247.37 pts
  • 15th LA Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2
  • 16th For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • 16th The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 17th 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot GC
  • 19th NY Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim
  • 19th STS 85 (Discovery 23) lands
  • 20th Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA
  • 20th Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people are killed and 15 kidnapped.
  • 21st Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
  • 21st US government forces closure of Hudson Foods due to E Coli break out
  • 24th 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • 24th Colleen Wakjer wins Star Bank LPGA Classic
  • 24th Gordon Spence discovers 2^2976221 - 1 (36th known Mersenne prime)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

24th Greg Norman wins World Series of Golf shooting 273

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
  • 24th Mark Calcavecchia wins Greater Vancouver Golf Open shooting 265
  • 25th Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
  • 26th Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
  • 27th 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion
  • 28th Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
  • 29th At least 98 villagers are killed by the GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
  • 30th 1st WNBA Championshion: Houston Comets beat NY Liberty
  • 30th Greg Rudaski is 1st to serve (2) 141 MPH serves in a match (US Open)
  • 31st "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • 31st Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees
  • 31st Last episode of Rolanda airs
  • 31st Scott Hoch wins Greater Milwaukee Golf Open with a 268
  • 31st Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • 25th Holly Gibbs, English actress

Famous Weddings

  • 2nd "Frazier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (43) weds Playboy model Camille Donatacci (29) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu

HeartWedding of Interest

17th Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • 28th British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Ngiratkel Etpison, president of Palau (1989-92), dies
  • 1st Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82
  • 2nd William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83
  • 2nd Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • 3rd Pietro Rizzuto, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 4th Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (Feb 21 1875), dies at 122
  • 5th Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • 7th Douglas Gray, archivist, dies at 74
  • 7th Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • 8th Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • 10th Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • 10th Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (b. 1912)
  • 12th Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • 16th Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer, dies at 82
  • 16th Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • 20th Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • 21st Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • 21st Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • 22nd Mary Louise Smith, chairman (Rep), dies at 82
  • 23rd Eric Gairy, first PM of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • 24th Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • 25th Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • 25th James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker, dies at 70
  • 25th Robert Pinget, novelist/Playwright, dies at 78
  • 27th Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • 27th Jeep Swenson, actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40

Person of interestPerson of Interest

31st Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer