What Happened in August 2000

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 First patient to receive the Jarvik 2000, the first total artificial heart that can maintain blood flow in addition to generating a pulse
  • Aug 8 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
  • Aug 9 South African President Thabo Mbeki unveils the Women's Monument commemorating the role of women in the anti-apartheid struggle
  • Aug 12 The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
  • Aug 18 A Federal jury finds the US Environmental Protection Agency guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 21 82nd PGA Championship: Tiger Woods become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year. He ties the to-par record for the PGA (-18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • Aug 23 A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
  • Aug 23 Nicaragua becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. This essentially deprecated the Buenos Aires Convention treaty, because as of this date, all members of the BA Convention were also signatories to Berne.
  • Aug 24 Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.
  • Aug 27 540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
  • Aug 30 57th Venice Film Festival: "Dayereh" directed by Jafar Panahi wins Golden Lion

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Maya Bond, American singer and musician

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 3 British PM Gordon Brown (49) weds Sarah Jane Macaulay (36) in North Queensferry, Fife

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Lead vocalist Dave Matthews (33) weds Jennifer Ashley Harper

Musician Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews
  • Aug 12 "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Will Ferrell (33) weds Swedish actress Viveca Paulin (31)
  • Aug 18 Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (57) weds former congressional aide Calista Bisek (34) in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Aug 23 "7th Heaven" actor Ed Begley Jr. (51) weds actress Rachelle Carson (40) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor Patrick Stewart (60) weds film producer Wendy Neuss (39) in Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 5 Sir Alec Guinness, British actor (b. 1914)

  • Aug 5 Otto Buchsbaum, writer and ecological activist (b. 1920)
  • Aug 9 John Harsanyi, Hungarian-born economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1920)
  • Aug 9 Nicholas Markowitz-kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood (b. 1984)
  • Aug 10 Gilbert Parkhouse, Former England cricketer (b. 1925)
  • Aug 11 Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer (b. 1916)
  • Aug 12 Loretta Young, American actress (b. 1913)
  • Aug 13 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer (b. 1965)
  • Aug 13 Antony Duff, British diplomat, Head of MI5, advocate for the homeless, dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • Aug 14 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 16 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • Aug 19 Antonio Pugliese, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1941)
  • Aug 19 Bineshwar Brahma, Bodo littérateur and religious figure (birth date unknown)
  • Aug 21 Daniel Lisulo, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1930)
  • Aug 23 John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
  • Aug 25 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (b. 1901)
  • Aug 25 Jack Nitzsche, American record producer (b. 1937)
  • Aug 26 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (b. 1939)
  • Aug 26 [Douglas] Allen Woody, American bassist (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule), dies at 44
  • Aug 29 Willie Maddren, English footballer (b. 1951)
  • Aug 31 Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (b. 1925)