On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1984

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

American Joan Benoit wins first Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52) ahead of Grete Waitz of Norway at the Los Angeles Games

Long Distance Runner Grete Waitz
Long Distance Runner
Grete Waitz
  • American super-hurdler Edwin Moses wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, his 105th consecutive race victory
  • Evelyn Ashford runs an Olympic 100m record time of 10.97 to beat American teammate Alice Brown in the LA Games final
  • 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
  • Toronto designated hitter Cliff Johnson hits MLB record 19th career pinch-hit HR in Blue Jays 4-3 win over Baltimore Orioles

Famous Deaths

  • R Hagelstange, writer, dies

Person of interestRichard Burton

Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, The Robe), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 58

Stage and Screen Actor Richard Burton
Stage and Screen Actor
Richard Burton

1984 Highlights

About August 5, 1984

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

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo