On This Day

What Happened in August 1992

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 "Salome" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Aug 1 NBC's "Saturday Today" premieres
  • Aug 1 USA/USSR Around World Air Race begins at Santa Monica
  • Aug 1 British athlete Linford Christie (32) becomes the oldest man to win an Olympic 100m gold medal edging Frankie Fredericks in Barcelona
  • Aug 1 American sprinter Gail Devers wins an incredibly close blanket finish in the women's 100m at the Barcelona Olympics, with 5 athletes within 0.06 seconds of Devers (10.82)
  • Aug 2 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances
  • Aug 2 Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers, Hal Newhouser & Bill McGowan are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Aug 2 American Jacki Joyner-Kersee becomes first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the gruelling heptathlon with a 199 point win over Irina Belova (Soviet Union) at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 2 Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus becomes the first gymnast to win 6 gold medals at one Olympics in Barcelona, also first to win 4 gold in one day's competition (pommel, vault, rings & parallel bars)
  • Aug 3 Paramount inaugurates New York Street on TV/movie lot

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 3 "Unforgiven" directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1993)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Morgan Freeman
Actor
Morgan Freeman
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
Gene Hackman
  • Aug 4 The diving competition at the Barcelona Olympics concludes with Chinese athletes dominant, winning 3 of 4 gold medals contested - American Mark Lenzi wins 3m springbaord
  • Aug 4 In its debut at the Barcelona Olympics the badminton singles gold medals are both won by Indonesian athletes, whilst both men's & women's doubles go to South Korea
  • Aug 4 Italian fencer Giovanna Trillini wraps up gold medals in both women's foil events at the Barcelona Olympics as part of the winning team

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Aug 5 Cuba wins baseball's inaugural gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, beating Chinese Taipei 11-1

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 6 The US track team sweeps the medals in the long jump at the Barcelona Olympics as Carl Lewis wins gold (28 feet, 5 1/2 inches), Mike Powell silver and Joe Greene bronze

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 6 Wrestler Bruce Baumgartner becomes the first American to win in three straight Olympics, capturing the gold in the 286-pound freestyle division in Barcelona
  • Aug 7 San Francisco Giants announce sale of MLB franchise to group of Tampa Bay investors; move blocked by other investors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 The Orlando Magic signs NBA No. 1 draft pick Shaquille O'Neal

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • Aug 7 Taking advantage of 6 months training on home town Terrassa pitch, Spain wins their first hockey gold medal beating Germany 2-1 in the women's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 8 Lou Whitaker hits his 200th career HR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Metallica band member James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 8 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Aug 8 Bulgarian canoeist Nikolay Bukhalov completes the C-1 500 / 1,000 double winning the latter at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 8 Germany goes through the field hockey competition undefeated to win gold with a 2-1 win over Australia in the men's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 8 Spanish centre forward Kiko scores twice as the home team takes the football Olympic gold medal with a 3-2 win over Poland in front of 95,000 at Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Aug 8 Fermín Cacho wins Spain's first ever Olympic gold medal in a running event when he takes out the 1,500m at the Barcelona Games
  • Aug 9 "Streetcar Named Desire" closes at Ethel Barrymore NYC after 137 performances
  • Aug 9 Last day of Test Cricket for David Gower
  • Aug 9 Record temperature in Berlin-Dahlem 99.3°F (37.4°C)
  • Aug 9 Future 6-weight boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya of the US beats German Marco Rudolph on points to win the lightweight gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 9 Cuban boxer Félix Savón wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when he dominates Nigerian David Izonritei on points at the Barcelona Games
  • Aug 10 Satellite TOPEX/Poseidon launched
  • Aug 10 Soyuz TM-15 lands
  • Aug 11 Oakland A's rip Jose Canseco for leaving stadium before end of game

  • Aug 12 Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • Aug 13 25th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Double Tree Hotel
  • Aug 15 Colombo '92 closes in Genoa Italy
  • Aug 15 Striker Brian Deane scores both goals for Sheffield United in a season-opening 2-1 home win over Manchester United at Bramall Lane; first of Deane's goals is the first in EPL's inaugural season
  • Aug 16 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. Charles CC: American Sherri Steinhauer wins first of 2 majors (British Open 2006) by 3 from Judy Dickinson

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Nick Price of Zimbabwe wins by 3 from John Cook, Nick Faldo, Jim Gallagher & Gene Sauers

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Aug 16 Moses Kiptanui of Kenya runs world 3,000m record 7:28.96 in Cologne, Germany
  • Aug 16 British Williams driver Nigel Mansell finishes second in Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Andrew forms south-east of Barbados in the Caribbean
  • Aug 17 Kevin Gross of Dodgers tosses only 9-inning no-hitter of season, a 2-0
  • Aug 18 "Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion NYC for 61 performances
  • Aug 19 Romesh Kaluwitharana scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (SL v Australia)
  • Aug 19 Sri Lanka make their highest cricket score ever 8-547 v Australia
  • Aug 20 England get 7-363 in 55 overs vs Pakistan, then world ODI record
  • Aug 22 Matthews & Warne spin Australia to a famous win v Sri Lanka
  • Aug 22 FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
  • Aug 23 Dennis Eckersley, who previously set record for most consecutive saves (40), is 1st pitcher to record 40 saves in 4 different seasons
  • Aug 23 Wilhelm Verwoerd, grandson of former South African Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, main architect of apartheid, joins the African National Congress
  • Aug 24 1st structural steel beams are erected at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • Aug 24 Cleveland Browns suffer their worst preseason loss, 56-3, to Vikings
  • Aug 24 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida, making landfall at Elliott Key and later Homestead; 44 die and $25 billion in damage is recorded
  • Aug 24 Screw magazine superimposed a gunsight over a picture of Larry Flint
  • Aug 24 Diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and South Korea.
  • Aug 25 Jamie Solinger, of Iowa, crowned 10th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 26 "Anna Karenina" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Aug 26 Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Louisiana as Category 3 storm after causing deaths and severe damage in Florida
  • Aug 27 CFL revokes BC Lions franchise
  • Aug 27 Mets trade David Cone to Toronto for Jeff Kent & Ryan Thompson
  • Aug 28 Brewers beat Blue Jays 22-2 with AL record 31 hits in 9 innings
  • Aug 28 Test cricket debut of Muttiah Muralitharan, vs Australia at Colombo
  • Aug 29 Largest wrestling crowd outside US (75,000) at Wembley Stadium, London
  • Aug 29 Randy Myers blows his 6th save of the season & it marks the 5th time he's blown a potential win for Greg Harris
  • Aug 29 Brave's Charlie Leibrandt 1,000th strikeout. He decides to keep the ball by rolling it to the dugout, allowing Ricky Jordan to take second base on error.
  • Aug 30 "2 Trains Running" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 160 performances
  • Aug 30 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 229 performances
  • Aug 30 92nd US Golf Amateur Championship won by Justin Leonard
  • Aug 30 David Lewett & Jane Luu discovers comet: "1992 QB1" 64 mil km from Sun
  • Aug 31 44th Emmy Awards: Northern Exposure, Christopher Lloyd & Dana Delane win
  • Aug 31 Dynamite explosion in Philipines mine; 500 die
  • Aug 31 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Cleveland, Ohio on WNCX 98.5 FM

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Hallie Kate Eisenberg, American actress, born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Aug 2 Charli XCX [Charlotte Aitchison], English singer-songwriter (Charli), born in Cambridge, England

Person of interestCole Sprouse

Aug 4 Cole Sprouse, American actor (Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Riverdale), born in Arezzo, Italy

Person of interestDylan Sprouse

Aug 4 Dylan Sprouse, American actor (Suite Life of Zack and Cody), born in Arezzo, Italy

  • Aug 4 Tiffany Evans, American singer
  • Aug 10 Ko Ah-seong, South Korean actress
  • Aug 11 Allison Lozano, Mexican actress
  • Aug 11 Jose Ortiz Jr., Puerto Rican jockey (Belmont Stakes 2016), born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 12 Cara Delevingne, English fashion model, actress, and LGBT activist, born in London, England
  • Aug 13 Katharine Close, Scripps National Spelling Bee champion
  • Aug 18 Frances Bean Cobain, American artist and daughter of Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 18 Riko Narumi, Japanese actress and model, born in Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama

Person of interestDemi Lovato

Aug 20 Demi Lovato, American actress (Camp Rock) and singer/songwriter (Unbroken), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Actress and Singer-Songwriter Demi Lovato
Actress and Singer-Songwriter
Demi Lovato
  • Aug 21 Brad Kavanagh, English songwriter and actor (House of Anubis-Fabian Rutter), born in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
  • Aug 25 Miyabi Natsuyaki, Japanese singer
  • Aug 26 Yang Yilin, Chinese gymnast
  • Aug 27 Carissa Moore, American surfer (WSL Women's World Tour Champion 2011, 13, 15, 19), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Aug 29 Mallu Magalhães, Brazilian singer-songwriter, born in São Paulo, Brazil

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 8 Actress Barbara Hershey weds artist Stephen Douglas
  • Aug 15 Actress Susan Anton marries actor Jeff Lester

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Comedian Janeane Garofalo (27) weds writer Robert Cohen in Las Vegas

Stand-Up Comedian Janeane Garofalo
Stand-Up Comedian
Janeane Garofalo

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 20 Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Chico Alvarez, trumpeteer (Stan Kenton Orchestra), dies of cancer at 72
  • Aug 1 Kenny Sacha, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), dies of AIDS at 39
  • Aug 1 Stanley Dudek, US platform diver (watershows), dies
  • Aug 1 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), dies at 76
  • Aug 2 Ephraim Katz, Israeli American writer and filmmaker (The Film Encyclopedia), dies at 60
  • Aug 2 Jim Whaley, TV host (Cinema Showcase), dies of heart attack at 44
  • Aug 2 Julio C Fernandez, Cuban/American journalist (founder Alma Mater), dies
  • Aug 2 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Aug 3 Wang Hongwen, vice-President Chinese Comm Party (1973-76), dies
  • Aug 4 František Tomášek, 34th Archbishop of Prague and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in Bohemia, dies at 93
  • Aug 4 Ralph Cooper, creator (Amateur Night at the Apollo), dies of cancer
  • Aug 5 Jeff Porcaro, drummer (Toto-Africa), dies of cardiac arrest at 38

Person of interestRobert Muldoon

Aug 5 Robert Muldoon, New Zealand politician (Prime Minister, 1975-1984), dies at 70

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • Aug 7 John Anderson, American actor (Psycho, Ride the High Country, Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies of heart attack at 69
  • Aug 7 Titti Sotto, Cuban composer (La Esquina Habanera), dies
  • Aug 8 Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei, Iranian influential Shia Islamic scholar, dies at 92
  • Aug 8 Alison L Gertz, US aids-activist, Esquire women of year, dies of aids at 26
  • Aug 8 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, dies at 115
  • Aug 8 Eitan Berglas, Israeli banker and advisor, dies at 58
  • Aug 8 Lou Krugman, American actor (I Want to Live), dies of cancer at 78
  • Aug 8 Thomas J. McIntyre, American senator and writer (Fear Brokers), dies at 77
  • Aug 9 Christopher Todd, [Todd Wangberg], dies of AIDS at 30
  • Aug 9 Jan van Baal, antropologist/gov Dutch New Guinea, dies
  • Aug 9 Patrick A Devlin, England, judge/lead house of Lords, dies
  • Aug 9 Thomas J McIntyre, (Sen-NH, 1963-79), dies at 77
  • Aug 10 Aribert Heim, Austrian SS physician (served at the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Mauthausen, known as Dr. Death), dies at 78
  • Aug 11 Alonzo Church, American Mathematician whose work provided foundation for computer science, dies at 92
  • Aug 12 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Aug 12 Patricia Harmsworth, Lady Rothermere, [Bubbles], English socialite and actress, dies at 59
  • Aug 12 Mazoon al-Mashani, 2nd wife of Sultan Said bin Taimur and Queen Mother of Oman, dies at about 72
  • Aug 13 Bill Elverman, playwright/actor (After Hours), dies at 40
  • Aug 13 Clifford Allison, US stock-car racer, dies in an accident
  • Aug 13 David Kaplan, news director (ABC), killed in Sarajevo Yugoslavia
  • Aug 13 Jan Elburg, [Joannes G], poet (Geen letterheren), dies
  • Aug 14 Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian-Dutch painter, dies at 104
  • Aug 14 Flora Benson, American wife of Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Mormon Church, dies at 91

Person of interestJohn Sirica

Aug 14 John Sirica, US federal judge (Watergate hearings), dies at 88

US Federal Judge John Sirica
US Federal Judge
John Sirica
  • Aug 14 Marion P Ames, American advocate/activist, dies
  • Aug 14 Tony Williams, American singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Evelyn Wesler Zemel, American author (American Glass Animals), dies
  • Aug 15 Giorgio Perlasca, Italian anti-fascist (saved 5,200 Jews), dies
  • Aug 15 Marie Paxton, English actress, dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
  • Aug 15 Osamu Inaba, Japanese min of justice, dies
  • Aug 15 Jackie Edwards, Jamaican songwriter (Keep On Running), dies at 53 or 54
  • Aug 16 Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack
  • Aug 17 Andre de Villiers, South African, murdered
  • Aug 17 Barbara Morgan, photographer (Martha Graham), dies at 92
  • Aug 17 Tommy Nutter, fashion designer (bell bottom pants), dies of AIDs at 49
  • Aug 18 Gerard Sonder, Dutch radio host (AVRO), dies
  • Aug 18 John Stuges, director (Gunfight at OK Corral), dies of emphysema at 82
  • Aug 18 Christopher McCandless, subject of the book Into the Wild (b. 1968)
  • Aug 19 Feliks Arons, Dutch director/actor (A Bridge Too Far), dies at 48
  • Aug 19 Donald William Kerst, American Physicist who developed the betatron, dies of a brain tumor at 80
  • Aug 20 Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, cosmonaut, dies at 59
  • Aug 20 William Taylor, chairman (FDIC), dies at 53
  • Aug 21 Lucille Brown, actress (Farina-Our Gang), dies after illness at 74
  • Aug 21 Theo van Tijn, Marxist/social-historian, dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Dai Vernon [David Frederick Wingfield Verner], Canadian magician, dies at 98
  • Aug 23 Malcolm Atterbury, American actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way), dies at 85
  • Aug 23 Virginia Sale-Wren, entertainer, dies of heart failure at 92
  • Aug 24 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader/jurist (Constitution), dies at 74
  • Aug 24 Larrie Londin, jazz drummer, dies at 48
  • Aug 25 Alma Graciela Haro Esmerelda, singer, dies of diabetes at 65
  • Aug 25 Frederick O'Neal, American actor, theatre producer and television director (Pinky, Car 54 Where Are You), dies from natural causes at 86
  • Aug 25 Jan G Toonder, writer (Castle in Ireland), dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Bob the Moor, Flemish comic strip artist (Kuifje), dies
  • Aug 26 Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected murderer (b. 1933)
  • Aug 29 Mary Norton, children book author (Borrowers), dies at 88
  • Aug 29 Teddy Turner, comedian, dies at 75