On This Day

What Happened in August 1984

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 2 Jeff Blatnick becomes first American to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Los Angeles Olympics, Blatnick was in remission for Hodgkin’s disease
  • Aug 3 365.7 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Aug 3 Bomb attack on Madras India airport, 32 killed
  • Aug 3 Mary Lou Retton scores 10 for final vault to win the individual all-round competition in Los Angeles and become first American woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal
  • Aug 3 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)
  • Aug 3 Mexicans Ernesto Canto and Raúl González take the gold and silver medals in the 20k walk at the Los Angeles Olympics

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 4 American athlete Carl Lewis wins the 100m in 9.9 seconds in Los Angeles, first of 9 Olympic gold medals over 3 Games

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis

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 Burkina Faso (National Day)
  • Aug 4 Americans Al Joyner and Mike Conley take the gold and silver medals in the men's triple jump at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 5 American Joan Benoit wins first Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52) ahead of Grete Waitz of Norway at the Los Angeles Games
  • Aug 5 Toronto designated hitter Cliff Johnson hits MLB record 19th career pinch-hit HR in Blue Jays 4-3 win v Baltimore
  • Aug 5 American super-hurdler Edwin Moses wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, his 105th consecutive race victory
  • Aug 5 Evelyn Ashford runs an Olympic 100m record time of 10.97 to beat American team mate Alice Brown in the LA Games final
  • Aug 5 The rowing competition at the LA Olympics concludes with Romania dominant in the women's section winning 5 of 6 gold medals; US wins the eights from Romania

  • Aug 6 203.05 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Aug 6 American athlete Carl Lewis wins long jump (8.54m), his second of 4 gold medals at Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 6 After Americans Roger Kingdom & Greg Foster both equal the Olympic record in 110m hurdles semi's in Los Angeles, Kingdom beats Foster in the final in a new Games record 13.20 seconds
  • Aug 7 David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 7 Japan beats US, 6-3 in the final of the Los Angeles Olympic baseball demonstration event
  • Aug 7 The US collects its first Olympic gold medal in women's basketball history with a 85-55 win over South Korea in the final at the LA Games
  • Aug 8 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 8 Carl Lewis wins 3rd gold medal of the Los Angeles Olympics joining Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson in an American sweep of the 200m
  • Aug 8 Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 8 Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco becomes the first female Olympic champion of a Muslim nation, and the first of her country in the 400m hurdles at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 8 Future 5-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand wins the Finn Class sailing gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 9 Daley Thompson of Great Britain scores 8,797 points to win the Olympic decathlon in Los Angeles; later recognised as a world record
  • Aug 9 STS 41-D vehicle again moves out to launch pad
  • Aug 9 Valerie Briscoe-Hooks beats fellow American Florence Griffith to win the 200m gold at the LA Olympics; completes the 200-400m double
  • Aug 10 Famous Mary Decker-Zola Budd collision during 3,000m at the LA Olympics; Decker falls, Budd finishes 7th; Maricica Puică of Romania wins

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 10 The US beats Spain 96-65 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics; future 'dream team' members Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin feature

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • Aug 10 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins 2 canoeing gold medals in the one day taking the K-1 500 and K-2 500 (with Paul MacDonald) at the LA Olympics; wins K-4 1000 the next day
  • Aug 10 Sweden's Agneta Andersson takes out the women's canoeing 500m double at the Los Angeles Olympics with wins in the K-1 and K-2 (with Anna Olsson) events
  • Aug 11 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France
  • Aug 11 Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, winning his 4th Olympic gold medal as part of the US 4 x 100m relay team; world record (37.83)

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 a 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 11 A British 1-2 in the 1,500m at the Los Angeles Olympics with Sebastian Coe edging team mate Steve Cram to become the only man to successfully defend his Olympic 1,500m title
  • Aug 11 Future 4-weight world boxing champion Pernell Whitaker wins the lightweight gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 11 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins his 3rd canoeing gold medal of the LA Olympics taking out the K-4 1000 a day after victories in the K-1 500 & K-2 500
  • 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 are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 12 Carlos Lopes of Portugal wins the men's marathon at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2:09:21, an Olympic record that stands for 24 years
  • 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

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 19 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Shoal Creek: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd PGA C'ship by 4 shots from Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Aug 19 Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for President
  • 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 sets LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 during 2nd round of Columbia Savings National at Green Gables CC, Denver, CO

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Aug 25 French airship capsizes
  • Aug 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 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 27 War Against Indiscipline is launched by the Buhari regime in Nigeria
  • 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, Puerto Rican actress (Hit the Floor), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger, German football player (Chicago Fire, German national team), born in Kolbermoor, West Germany
  • Aug 2 Chiara Mastalli, Italian actress, born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 2 Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer, born in Pescia, Italy
  • Aug 3 Jon Foster, American actor (Stay Alive), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 3 Amanda Kimmel, American actress and beauty queen, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 3 Yasin Avci, Danish footballer, born in Tire, Turkey
  • Aug 3 Sunil Chetri, Indian footballer (Bengaluru FC), born in Secunderabad, India

Person of interestRyan Lochte

Aug 3 Ryan Lochte, American swimmer (12-time Olympic medalist), born in Rochester, New York

Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Swimmer
Ryan Lochte
  • Aug 4 Helene Fischer, Russian German singer (Farbenspiel), born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
  • 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 10 Cyrille Aimée, French jazz singer (Let's Get Lost), born in Samois-sur-Seine, Fontainebleau
  • 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, born in Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Aug 13 Boone Logan, American baseball player, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Aug 13 Heath Pearce, American soccer defender (35 caps; FC Nordsjælland, NY Red Bulls), born in Modesto, California
  • Aug 13 Baby Blue [Rachel Prager], American rapper (Pretty Ricky), born in London
  • Aug 14 Clay Buchholz, American baseball player, born in Nederland, Texas
  • Aug 14 Josh Gorges, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kelowna, Canada
  • Aug 14 Nick Grimshaw, English DJ and television presenter, born in England, United Kingdom
  • Aug 17 Garrett Wolfe, American professional footbal player
  • Aug 17 Dee Brown, American basketball player
  • Aug 18 Robert Huth, German footballer, born in Biesdorf, Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 19 Micah Alberti, American actor
  • Aug 19 Alessandro Matri, Italian footballer
  • Aug 19 Ryan Taylor, English footballer
  • Aug 20 Mirai Moriyama, Japanese actor (Crying Out Love in the Center of the World), born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 20 Golan Yosef, Dutch actor and dancer, born in Gouda, Netherlands
  • Aug 21 Neil Dexter, South African-born English cricketer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 21 Alizée Jacotey, French singer (Moi... Lolita), born in Ajaccio, France
  • Aug 21 Melissa Schuman, American actress (Love Don't Cost a Thing), born in San Clemente, California
  • Aug 21 B. J. Upton, American baseball player, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Aug 22 Lee M. J. Camp, English footballer, born in Derby, England
  • Aug 23 Glen Johnson, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • Aug 24 Kyle Schmid, Canadian actor, born in Mississauga, Canada
  • 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 (US Masters 2011), born in Johannesburg, Gauteng

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, American 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 hemorrhage at 58
  • Aug 7 Esther Phillips, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies at 48
  • Aug 8 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), dies of Cardiovascular disease at 62
  • Aug 8 Ellen Raskin, American author (b.1928)
  • Aug 11 Alfred A Knopf, American publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal), dies at 91
  • Aug 11 Percy Mayfield, American singer (Hit the Road Jack), dies at 63
  • Aug 11 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player, dies at 67
  • Aug 13 Clyde Cook, actor (Dawn Patrol, Jazz Heaven), dies in his sleep at 92
  • Aug 14 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Peter Wishart, English composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Tigran Petrosian, Soviet Armenian world chess champion (1963-69), dies at 55
  • Aug 14 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), dies at 68
  • Aug 16 György Kósa, Hungarian composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 17 Holly Roffey, youngest heart transplant, dies at 4 weeks
  • Aug 22 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, dies at 57

Person of interestTruman Capote

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 (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 62
  • Aug 25 Andy Varipapa, American ten-pin bowler (BPAA All-Star champion 1947-48), dies at 93
  • Aug 26 Julie Stevens, actress (Lorelei-Big Town), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Bernard Youens [Popley], British actor (Coronation Street, Somewhere in Politics), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Aug 27 Billy Sands, American actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), dies at 73
  • Aug 29 Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian statesman (b. 1901)