On This Day

What Happened on August 11, 1984

Historical Events

  • 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France

Olympic Games

A British 1-2 in the 1,500m at the Los Angeles Olympics with Sebastian Coe edging teammate Steve Cram to become the only man to successfully defend his Olympic 1,500m title

1500m Runner Sebastian Coe
1500m Runner
Sebastian Coe

World Record

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)

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

Sports History

Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench's #5 uniform

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Historic Event

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
  • Future 4-weight world boxing champion Pernell Whitaker wins the lightweight gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 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
  • Men's choir Maranatha Netherlands forms
  • USSR performs (underground) nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

  • Katie Rees, American beauty pageant contestant
  • Lucas Di Grassi, Brazilian racing driver
  • Markis Kido, Indonesian badminton player (Olympic gold men's doubles 2008 [with Hendra Setiawan]; World Championships gold 2007; World Cup gold 2006), born in Jakarta, Indonesia (d. 2021)
  • Melky Cabrera, Dominican baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • Alfred A Knopf, American publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal), dies at 91
  • Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player, dies at 67
  • Percy Mayfield, American singer (Hit the Road Jack), dies at 63
1984 Highlights

About August 11, 1984

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 37 years, 2 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo