On This Day

What Happened in August 1994

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 99.9°F (37.7°C) in Berlin-Dahlem: record

Music History

Aug 1 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour

  • Aug 1 Train crash in Havana Cuba, 6 killed

Sports History

Aug 1 Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. becomes only the second player after Lou Gehrig to appear in 2,000 consecutive MLB games, in a 1-0 win vs Twins

  • Aug 2 Congressional hearings begin on White Water
  • Aug 2 Explosion in lead/zinc mine in Guangxi China, 120+ killed

Film & TV History

Aug 2 NY Supreme Court refuses Howard Stern's non financial disclosure

  • Aug 2 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 3000m (7:25.11)
  • Aug 3 102.4°F (39.1°C) in Tokyo Japan: record
  • Aug 3 1st Jordanian plane to fly over Israeli airspace (King Hussein pilot)
  • Aug 4 Dwingeloo 1, near milky way system, discovered
  • Aug 4 Howard Stern drops out of NY gubernatorial race
  • Aug 4 Truck carrying millions of bees overturns on NY parkway
  • Aug 4 27th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hyatt Regency
  • Aug 5 Antonov-12 crashes at Boda, Eastern Siberia, 47 killed
  • Aug 5 British rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose
  • Aug 6 Algerian Muslim fundamentalists threaten school/Universities
  • Aug 7 "Hedda Gabler" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Aug 7 1st telephone link between Israel & Jordan
  • Aug 7 Ernesto Samper sworn in as president of Colombia
  • Aug 9 Stanley Betrian put in charge of Curacao
  • Aug 10 Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)
  • Aug 11 Joao B "Nino" Vieira elected President of Guinee-Bissau
  • Aug 12 1st NFL game on Fox network (exhibition - SF vs Denver)
  • Aug 12 Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association go on strike leading to cancellation of World Series for only the second time in MLB history (1904); labour dispute
  • Aug 12 Panic in church of Brazzaville: 142 killed
  • Aug 12 Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • Aug 13 Train crash in Tbilisi, Georgia, 24 killed

PGA Championship

Aug 14 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Nick Price of Zimbabwe wins his 2nd PGA C'ship by 6 strokes from American Corey Pavin

  • Aug 14 Doc Gooden leaves Betty Ford Center

Sports History

Aug 14 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn, Duke's Course: Liselotte Neumann wins by 3 strokes from fellow Swede Annika Sörenstam; first LPGA sanctioned Open

  • Aug 14 Space telescope Hubble photographs Uranus with rings
  • Aug 14 Terrorist "Carlos" arrested in Khartoum, Sudan

Historic Event

Aug 15 South African President Nelson Mandela receives Anne Frank Penning

  • Aug 15 Terrorist Carlos the Jackal, captured in Khartoum Sudan
  • Aug 16 Chandrika Kumaratungo's party wins Sri Lanka elections
  • Aug 16 Shauna Gambill, 17, of California, crowned 12th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 17 King Letsie II of Lesotho dismisses premier Ntsu Mokhehle
  • Aug 17 NY Central park reservoir officially named after Jackie Kennedy Onasis
  • Aug 18 5.6 earthquake in Algeria, kills 171
  • Aug 18 15th Commonwealth Games open in Victoria, Canada
  • Aug 20 109.8°F (43.2°C) in Cordoba Spain
  • Aug 20 Archbishop Quarracino wants all homosexuals to leave Argentina
  • Aug 20 Ferry boat sinks at Chandpur Bangladesh, 300-350 killed
  • Aug 20 Vuyani Bungu, the South African junior featherweight, wins the IBF World Boxing Title
  • Aug 21 -23] Typhoon Fred ravages Chinese county Zhejiang, 700+ killed
  • Aug 21 Ernesto Zedillo wins Mexican presidential election
  • Aug 21 Royal Air Maroc ATR-42 crash down at Agadir, 44 killed
  • Aug 21 The last French troops pull out of Rwanda, ending their highly controversial mission there

Murder of Interest

Aug 22 DNA testing links O.J. Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman

  • Aug 22 Wim Cook government forms in Netherlands

Album Release

Aug 23 Jeff Buckley releases his album "Grace", featuring his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

  • Aug 24 Kieren Perkins swims world record 1500m free style (14:41.66)
  • Aug 24 Kieren Perkins swims world record 800m free style (7:46.00)
  • Aug 24 Israel & PLO initialed accord giving autonomy to Palestinians in West Bank in education, health, taxation, social welfare & tourism

Theatrical Finale

Aug 27 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 320 performances

  • Aug 28 1st Japanese gay pride parade
  • Aug 28 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Ottawa Hunt GC: Martha Nause wins by 1 from Michelle Mcgann
  • Aug 28 94th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods

Album Release

Aug 29 British band Oasis release their debut album "Definitely Maybe", becomes fastest-selling album ever in UK

  • Aug 30 Gund Arena in Cleve opens
  • Aug 31 Last Russian soldiers leave Estonia & Latvia

Sports History

Aug 31 Pentium computer beats world chess champ Garry Kasparov

  • Aug 31 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Jacob Collier, English musician and producer (Djesse Vol. 1, 2, 3), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Lauv [Ari Staprans Leff]. American singer-songwriter, and record producer ("I Like Me Better"), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 9 King Von [Dayvon Bennett], American rapper and songwriter ("Cazy Story"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Aug 10 Chun In-gee, South Korean golfer (US Open 2015, Evian C'ship 2016; Women's PGA C'ship 2022), born in Gunsan, South Korea
  • Aug 17 Phoebe Bridgers, American singer-songwriter (Punisher), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Aug 18 Jessie Flower [Michaela Murphy], American actress (Avatar: The Last Airbender), born in Southern Indiana
  • Aug 18 Madelaine Petsch, American actress (Riverdale), born in Port Orchard, Washington
  • Aug 20 Miracle the white buffalo, an extremely rare white, non-albino buffalo calf, born in Janesville Wisconsin
  • Aug 25 Josh Flitter, American actor (Air Buddies movies), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey

Breanna Stewart

Aug 27 Breanna Stewart, American basketball power forward (NCAA C'ship 2013-16 UConn; WNBA C'ship 2018, 20 Seattle Storm; EuroLeague C'ship 2021 UMMC Ekaterinburg), born in Syracuse, New York

  • Aug 28 Ons Jabeur, Tunisian tennis player (World #2 2022; Wimbledon women's singles 2022 runner-up), born in Ksar Hellal, Tunisia

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 4 American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (22) weds singer Faith Evans
  • Aug 13 Former "Growing Pains" patriarch actor Alan Thicke (48) weds former Miss World Gina Marie Tolleson (25) at his rolling Santa Barbara ranch
  • Aug 27 TV executive Anthony Radziwill (35) weds Emmy Award-winning journalist Carole Di Falco (31) in East Hampton, New York

R. Kelly

Aug 30 American R&B singer R. Kelly (25) weds Aaliyah (15) illegally in Rosemont, Illinois (later annulled)


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Aug 1 Gerard van de Groenekan, furniture maker/designer, dies at 90
  • Aug 2 Bhagwatpersad Ausan, commandant Suriname military police, dies at 38
  • Aug 2 Bert Freed, American character actor (Shane, Invaders From Mars), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Aug 3 Carel van Dillen, resistance fighter, dies at 77
  • Aug 3 Christy Henrich, US turnster, dies of anorexia nervosa at 22
  • Aug 3 Innokenti Smoktunovski, Russian actor (Hamlet), dies at 69
  • Aug 3 Hidalgo Moya, American architect and designer (Skylon), dies at 74
  • Aug 3 John van Raay [John Oradi], radio-imitator (Paul Flanders)
  • Aug 4 Giovanni Spadolini, Italian historian and politician, dies at 69
  • Aug 4 Richard Du Cann, English lawyer and QC,, dies at 65
  • Aug 4 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile, dies at 85
  • Aug 5 Amy Sacks, American TV producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • Aug 5 Audrey Langford, English singing teacher, dies at 82
  • Aug 5 Clive Robertson Caldwell, British fighter pilot, dies at 84
  • Aug 5 Terry Hibbitt, English footballer, dies at 47
  • Aug 6 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • Aug 7 Robert Hutton [Winne], American actor (Torture Garden, Rocket), dies at 74
  • Aug 7 Larry Martyn, comedy actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 8 Henriette Santer, Dutch-English clinical psychologist, dies at 62
  • Aug 8 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer and playwright (Russky Lesson), dies at 95
  • Aug 8 Robin Cavendish, English campaigner for the disabled, dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Mien van 't Sant, Dutch author, dies at 93
  • Aug 9 Clarence Ford, American sax player, dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Toby Rowland, American theatrical manager, dies at 77
  • Aug 10 Bill Baker, American doo-wop singer The Five Satins - "In The Still Of The Night"), dies at 58
  • Aug 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver, dies at 91
  • Aug 10 Leendert-John Schalm, Dutch banker on Curacao, murdered at 58
  • Aug 10 Marie Dollinger, German track and field athlete (dropped baton in 1936 Olympic sprint), dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Dorothy Grenfell Williams, radio producer and broadcaster, dies at 60
  • Aug 11 Gordon Cullen, architect, dies at 80
  • Aug 11 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK; 8 Seconds; Want to Live), dies when his car is struck by a train at 33

Peter Cushing

Aug 11 Peter Cushing, actor (Star Wars, Dr Who), dies of cancer at 81

  • Aug 12 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • Aug 12 Manfred Salzgeber, German film distributor/publicist, dies at about 51
  • Aug 13 Manfred Wörner, German general and Secretary-General of NATO (1988-94), dies at 59
  • Aug 13 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Bill Cowley, creator (Lyke Wake Walk), dies at 78
  • Aug 14 Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-British author (Crowds and Power) and winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Joan Harrison, English screenwriter and producer who often worked with Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, They Won't Believe Me), dies at 83
  • Aug 14 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder, dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Tom Greenshields, English sculptor, dies at 79
  • Aug 14 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Shepherd Mead, American writer (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), dies of stroke at 80
  • Aug 15 Simon R. Naoli, Tanzanian marathoner, dies in an accident at 28
  • Aug 15 Wout Wagtmans, Dutch cyclist (Rome-Naples-Rome 1957), dies at 64
  • Aug 16 Earnest Pawel, Polish/American author (Nightmare of Reason), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 Frits de Knight, photographer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • Aug 16 Henry Geldzahler, US critic, dies
  • Aug 16 John Doucette, American actor (The Lone Ranger, Lock Up, Big Town), dies of cancer at 73
  • Aug 17 Jack Sharkey, American boxer (NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight champion 1932-33), dies at 91
  • Aug 18 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • Aug 18 Judy Ann Scott-Fox, literary agent, dies at 56
  • Aug 18 Richard Laurence Millington Synge, British biochemist (Nobel 1952), dies at 79
  • Aug 19 John George Hughes, British academic and 9th bishop of Kensington (1987-1994), dies at 59

Linus Pauling

Aug 19 Linus Pauling, American chemist, engineer and peace activist (1954 Nobel prize for Chemistry, 1962 Nobel Peace Prize), dies at 93

  • Aug 19 Nancy Lancaster, American British decorator (Colefax and Fowler), dies at 96
  • Aug 19 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, dies at 64
  • Aug 19 Walter Bartley, English biochemist, dies at 78
  • Aug 19 Ladislav Fuks, Czech writer, dies at 70
  • Aug 20 Aleksander Petrovic, film Director, dies at 65
  • Aug 20 Kalman Kahana, Polish co-founder of state Israel, dies at 81
  • Aug 21 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL), dies of breast cancer at 35
  • Aug 21 Hein Fentener van Vlissingen, eccentric millionaire, dies at 73
  • Aug 21 Anita Lizana, Chilean tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1937; first Latin American major winner), dies at 78
  • Aug 22 Leo Lerman, American writer and editor (Condé Nast Publications), dies at 80
  • Aug 22 Tom Quirke, journalist, dies at 42
  • Aug 23 Henri Rousselot, French admiral (submarine commander WWII), dies at 82
  • Aug 23 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist/author (Machina Mondiale), dies at 70
  • Aug 23 Rabah Stambouli, Algerian sociologist/politician, murdered at 65
  • Aug 23 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer, dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Jason McRoy, downhill MTB racer, dies at 23
  • Aug 24 Wijnanda MC "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Van de Reve Sr, dies at 82
  • Aug 25 Ramdas Nayak, Indian Hindu leader and politician, murdered at 52
  • Aug 26 Tariq Yunus, Indian actor (Bollywood; Ashanti; Deceivers), dies at 54
  • Aug 27 Roberto Goyeneche [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies at 68
  • Aug 28 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), dies of cancer at 74
  • Aug 28 Jean-Marie Vincent, Haitian pater, murdered
  • Aug 28 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • Aug 28 Alfonso Letelier (-Llona), Chilean composer and educator (El Hombre ante la Ciencia - (Man Before Science)), dies at 88
  • Aug 29 Arthur Ernest Mourant, British hematologist, dies at 90
  • Aug 29 Marea Hartman, English athletics administrator who integrated women's sports, dies at 74
  • Aug 29 Jean-Marie Vincent, Haitian Catholic priest, shot dead
  • Aug 29 Michael Peters, American choreographer and dancer (Dreamgirls; Michael Jackson) dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • Aug 29 Phillip Gilmore, American actor (Malcolm X), dies at 38
  • Aug 29 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, Indian journalist and world's oldest and longest serving newspaper editor, dies at 93
  • Aug 30 Lindsay Anderson, British director (If ...), dies at 71
  • Aug 30 Michael Gribble, film animator (Mike & Spike Festival), dies at 42
  • Aug 31 Artur Balsam, Polish-American pianist, dies at 88
  • Aug 31 Barbara Avedon, American scriptwriter (Bewitched), dies at 69
  • Aug 31 Norman "Doc" Jones, American jazz bass player (Jo Jo Parnell Trio), dies at 68