Today in History for August 1997

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 64 of 64

1st - 6th World Championships in Athletics open at Athens, Greece
3rd - 25th du Maurier Golf Classic: Colleen Walker
3rd - Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO
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
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Phil MickelsonGolfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Phil Mickelson 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
10th - Atlanta Braves sign Greg Maddux to record 5 year, $575 Million deal
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
MLB Pitching Legend Greg MadduxMLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux 13th - Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the NY Yankees
13th - SD Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels
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
MLB Outfielder Rickey HendersonMLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson 17th - 79th PGA Championship: Davis Love III shoots a 269 at Winged Foot GC
17th - Macy's Tap-o-mania
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)
24th - Greg Norman wins World Series of Golf shooting 273
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.
Golfer Greg NormanGolfer Greg Norman 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, Paris

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1

25th - Holly Gibbs, English actress

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

2nd - "Frazier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (43) weds Playboy model Camille Donatacci (29) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu
Metallica Rocker James HetfieldMetallica Rocker James Hetfield (17th) 17th - Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi
28th - British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 27 of 27

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, Pres 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 film-maker, 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
Princess of Wales Diana SpencerPrincess of Wales Diana Spencer (31st) 31st - Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

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