On This Day

What Happened in August 1994

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • Aug 1 Train crash in Havana Cuba, 6 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Aug 2 Congressional hearings begin on White Water
  • Aug 2 Explosion in lead/zinc mine in Guangxi China, 120+ killed

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

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 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 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

Sport awardPGA 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

Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price
  • Aug 14 Doc Gooden leaves Betty Ford Center
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 South African President Nelson Mandela receives Anne Frank Penning

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 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

MurderMurder of Interest

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

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Aug 22 Wim Cook government forms in Netherlands

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 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
  • Aug 27 "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at R Rodgers 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

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

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Aug 31 Pentium computer beats world chess champ Garry Kasparov

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • Aug 31 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • 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), born in Gunsan, South Korea
  • Aug 17 Phoebe Bridgers, American isinger-songwriter (Punisher) , born in Newport Beach, California
  • Aug 18 Jessie Flower [Michaela Murphy], American actress (Avatar: The Last Airbender), born in Southern Indiana
  • Aug 20 Miracle the white buffalo, an extremely rare white, non-albino buffalo calf, born in Janesville Wisconsin
  • Aug 25 Josh Flitter, American actor

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 4 American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (22) weds 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

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, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • Aug 5 Audrey Langford, sInging teacher, dies at 82
  • Aug 5 Clive Robertson Caldwell, British fighter pilot, dies at 84
  • Aug 5 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star, 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 Aartje W "Mien" van It Sant-van Bommel, author, dies at 93
  • Aug 9 Clarence Ford, American sax player, dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Toby Rowland, theatrical manager, dies at 77
  • Aug 10 Bill Baker, singer, 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 at 33

Person of interestPeter 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 (Life-Terms, Nobel 1981), 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, London England, dies of stroke at 80
  • Aug 15 Simon R Naoli, Tanzanian marathoner, dies in an accident at 28
  • Aug 15 Wout Wagtmans, 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 Elias Canetti, Bulgarian writer (1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, buried next to James Joyce at 89
  • 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

Person of interestLinus Pauling

Aug 19 Linus Pauling, Nobel prize scientist (Vitamin C advocate), dies at 93

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • 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, 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, Indies hindu leader/politician, murdered at about 52
  • Aug 26 Tariq Yunus, Indian actor (Ashanti, Deceivers), dies at 54
  • Aug 27 Roberto Goyeneche [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies
  • 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, worked with 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/US pianist, dies at 88
  • Aug 31 Barbara Avedon, American scriptwriter (Bewitched), dies at 69
  • Aug 31 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68