What Happened on August 5, 1984

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

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

Famous Deaths

  • R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, The Robe), dies of cerebral haemorrhage at 58