What Happened in August 1997

Historical Events

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

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 3 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

Aug 3 Phil Mickelson wins golf's Sprint International

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 SD Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 Greg Norman wins World Series of Golf shooting 273

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 25 Holly Gibbs, English actress

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer