On This Day

What Happened in August 1995

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Westinghouse purchases CBS-TV network
  • Aug 2 Saudi Arabia's King Fahd issues a decree replacing all members of the Council of Ministers who do not have blood ties to the royal Family
  • Aug 3 CNN en Espanol premieres

Sports History

Aug 4 Following a suspension from the league for substance abuse former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry joins NY Yankees and eventually helps the Bronx Bombers to win the 1996 World Series

Battle of Interest

Aug 4 Operation Storm begins in Croatia, the Croatian army attacks territory under the Republic of Serbian Krajina in the largest land battle since WWII

  • Aug 5 The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.
  • Aug 5 5th Athletics World Championships open at Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Aug 6 "Damn Yankees" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 510 performances
  • Aug 6 Cleveland's major league sports franchises, NFL Browns & MLB Indians, play in Cleveland for 1st time ever; both lose - White Sox 5, Indians 1; Giants 19, Browns 13 (exhibition)

Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Aug 6 Thousands gather in Hiroshima for the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city

  • Aug 8 Jeff King of Pirates is 16th NL player to HR twice in one inning

Music Single

Aug 8 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)

  • Aug 9 South Africa celebrates the first National Women's Day
  • Aug 10 Dodgers leading 2-1 in 9th forfeit game to Cards, fans become unruly
  • Aug 12 Lara completes 6th Test Cricket century, 152 at Trent Bridge

PGA Championship

Aug 13 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Steve Elkington of Australia wins his first major title in a playoff with Scotsman Colin Montgomerie

  • Aug 14 Shannon Faulkner becomes 1st woman to attend the Citadel
  • Aug 14 Iran's official news agency, IRNA, reports that Iran has been unable to sell 200 million barrels per day of crude oil since the imposition of a unilateral oil embargo by the US

Music Single

Aug 14 "Battle of Brit Pop" rival bands Oasis (Roll with It) and Blur (Country House) release singles on the same day

  • Aug 15 Keylee Sue Sanders, 18, of Kansas, crowned 13th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 15 "Macarena" single is released by Los del Rio
  • Aug 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Aug 18 Cards reliever Tom Henke earns his 300th career save
  • Aug 19 After 5 days Shannon Faulkner quits as 1st woman at the Citadel
  • Aug 19 Bruce Seldon TKOs Joe Hipp in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Aug 19 Mike Tyson returns to the ring after serving 3 years in prison and DQs Peter McNeeley in 89 seconds

  • Aug 20 "The Play's the Thing" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 75 performances
  • Aug 20 Indians' Jose Mesa sets record with his 37th consecutive save

Sports History

Aug 20 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn, Duke's Course: Australian Karrie Webb scores a 6 stroke win over runners-up Annika Sörenstam and Jill McGill

  • Aug 21 Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 crashes near Carrollton, Georgia, killing 9 crew and passengers
  • Aug 23 Indians' Jose Mesa sets record with his 38th consecutive save

Film & TV History

Aug 23 Actor Larry Hagman receives a liver transplant

  • Aug 24 Fire that wipes 6,000 acres begins in Hamptons on Long Island
  • Aug 24 Microsoft debuts Windows 95
  • Aug 25 Andrew Symonds scores 254 Gloucs v Glam, world record 16 x 6
  • Aug 25 Indians' Jose Mesa fails in save attempt after 38th consecutive saves
  • Aug 26 Andrew Symonds hits 20 sixes in match for Gloucestershire v Glamorgan

Sports History

Aug 26 Brian Lara completes his 7th Test Cricket century, scoring 179 at The Oval in London

Theatrical Finale

Aug 27 Tom Stoppard's comedic play "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 204 performances

  • Aug 27 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Jenny Lidback wins by 1 stroke from Liselotte Neumann of Sweden
  • Aug 27 95th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods
  • Aug 27 Worst fire in New York in 80 years ends after 4 days
  • Aug 28 Last day of Test Cricket for Richie Richardson
  • Aug 28 Northants 7-781 declared defeats Nottinghamshire 527 & 157
  • Aug 28 Kuwaiti Oil Minister Abdul Mohsen al-Medej announces that his country will increase its oil production capacity to as much as 3.5 million barrels per day by 2005
  • Aug 29 NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
  • Aug 30 Cable News Network joins the internet
  • Aug 30 Tigers teammates Lou Whitaker & Alan Trammell play in 1,914 game together tying AL record
  • Aug 30 52nd Venice Film Festival: "Cyclo" directed by Anh Hung Tran wins Golden Lion

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Kristaps Porziņģis, Latvian basketball center (NBA All-Star 2018; NY Knicks, Dallas Mavericks), born in Liepāja, Latvia
  • Aug 6 Amy Forsyth, Canadian actress (The Gilded Age, CODA), born in Ontario
  • Aug 8 Malin Reitan, Norwegian singer
  • Aug 8 Jake Blount, American bluegrass musician (Spider Tales), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 18 Parker McKenna Posey, American actress (My Wife and Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 19 Big Zuu [Zuhair Hassan], English rapper and TV personality (Big Eats), born in London, England
  • Aug 22 Dua Lipa, English singer-songwriter ("New Rules"), born in London, England
  • Aug 24 Runa Tsukishima, Japanese child model, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 27 Jessie Mei Li, English actress (Shadow and Bone), born in Brighton, England

Famous Weddings

Michael Schumacher

Aug 1 F1 driver Michael Schumacher (26) weds Corinna Betsch in Kerpen, Germany

Steve Carell

Aug 5 Comedian Steve Carell marries fellow comedian Nancy Walls

LL Cool J

Aug 7 Rapper LL Cool J (27) weds Simone Johnson

  • Aug 8 "Veronica's Closet" actress Kathy Najimy (38) weds actor Dan Finnerty (25)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Loudi Nijhoff, Dutch actress (Alicia, Van Geluk Gesproken), dies
  • Aug 1 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 2 Brian Smith, Canadian sportscaster and NHL player, dies at 54 after being shot the previous day
  • Aug 2 Colin Falkland Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War, dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), dies at 73
  • Aug 3 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, dies at 79
  • Aug 3 Harry Craft, American MLB baseball player and manager, dies at 80
  • Aug 3 Ida Lupino, British-American actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and director (The Hitch-Hiker), dies from a stoke while undergoing cancer treatment at 77
  • Aug 3 Jose B M Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader, dies at 88
  • Aug 3 Marcus Chenault, killer of Martin Luther King Jr's mother, dies at 54
  • Aug 3 Edward Whittemore, American writer (b. 1933)
  • Aug 4 Dick Bartell, baseball player, dies at 87
  • Aug 4 J. Howard Marshall [James Howard Marshall II], American businessman and husband of Anna Nicole Smith, dies at 90
  • Aug 5 Agha Hasan Abedi, banker, dies at 73
  • Aug 5 Anthony Barber Doncaster, bookseller, dies at 81
  • Aug 6 André Fleury, French organist and composer, dies at 92
  • Aug 6 Paul James Nunn, mountaineer, dies at 52
  • Aug 6 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, dies at 77
  • Aug 7 Brigid Brophy, British novelist (Hackenfeller's Ape) and campaigner, dies at 66
  • Aug 7 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), dies at 77
  • Aug 8 David Begelman, film producer, dies at 73

Jerry Garcia

Aug 9 Jerry Garcia, American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 53

  • Aug 9 John Schofield, English BBC journalist, shot to death in Croatia at 29
  • Aug 9 Willem Noordhoek, Dutch photographer, dies at 78
  • Aug 10 Fay Honey Knopp, American activist (founded a Quaker ministry for men and women in prisons), dies of complications from ovarian cancer at 76
  • Aug 10 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, dies at 81
  • Aug 10 Donald Bisset, British children book writer, illustrator (Upside Down Stories) and actor (Battle of the Sexes), dies of natural causes at 84
  • Aug 11 Douglas John Gorman, businessman, dies at 58
  • Aug 11 Herbert Whitton John Sumsion, organist/composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 11 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer and restaurateur, dies at 81
  • Aug 11 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), dies of heart failure at 91
  • Aug 11 Wilbur Stark, tV/film producer, dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Alonzo Church, American Mathematician whose work provided foundation for computer science, dies at 92
  • Aug 12 Frank Cvitanovich, Canadian filmmaker, dies at 68
  • Aug 13 Alison Hargreaves, British mountaineer and 1st woman to climb Mount Everest alone without bottled oxygen (1995), dies in a storm on top of K2 summit, Pakistan at 33

Mickey Mantle

Aug 13 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, 20-time All Star), dies of liver cancer at 63

  • Aug 13 Per-Jakez Helias, French Breton writer (Le Cheval d'orgueil) and actor, dies at 81
  • Aug 13 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-British psychologist and writer, dies at 68
  • Aug 14 Joseph Fattorini, businessman, dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Jesse Thomas 'Babyface', American blues singer, dies at 84
  • Aug 15 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Humphrey Sims Moore, British pacifist and journalist (founder of Peace News), dies at 86
  • Aug 15 Ismay Thomas, teacher, dies at 74
  • Aug 16 John Cameron Swayze, American newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg), dies at 89
  • Aug 16 J. P. McCarthy, American radio personality (WJR Detroit), dies at 62
  • Aug 16 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • Aug 17 David Warrilow, English actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
  • Aug 17 Howard Koch, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 92
  • Aug 17 Marjorie Sykes, British peace campaigner in India, dies at 90
  • Aug 17 "Wild Bill" Davis, American jazz pianist, organist, and arranger, dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Ted Whitten, Australian rules footballer, dies at 62
  • Aug 18 James Maxwell, American actor and director (The Portrait of a Lady, The Shadow of the Tower, The Evil of Frankenstein), dies at 66
  • Aug 18 Andrew Wilkinson, British pediatrician and the first Professor of Paediatric Surgery in the UK, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Danny Arnold, British TV producer, dies at 70
  • Aug 19 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 20 Hugo Pratt, graphic artist, dies at 68
  • Aug 20 John E Gilmore, American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, percussionist, and bandleader (Sun Ra Arketsra), dies of emphysema at 63
  • Aug 20 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), dies at 75
  • Aug 20 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), dies of cancer at 64
  • Aug 20 Von McDaniel, American baseball player, dies at 56
  • Aug 20 William Kennedy, baseball player, dies at 76
  • Aug 20 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, dies at 64
  • Aug 21 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, dies at 88
  • Aug 21 Hilda Beatritz Guevara, daughter of Che Guevara, dies at 39
  • Aug 21 James Truitte, American ballet dancer (Lester Horton; Alvin Ailley), dies at 72
  • Aug 21 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (104 runs at 34 66 for WI 1948-52), dies at 71
  • Aug 21 Len Martin, sports broadcaster, dies at 76
  • Aug 21 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, dies at 61
  • Aug 21 Nanni Loy, Italian film director (The Four Days of Naples), dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, physicist (Nobel-1983), dies at 84
  • Aug 22 Jose Antonio Giron, Spanish politician, dies at 83
  • Aug 23 Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photojournalist (V-J Day in Times Square), dies at 96
  • Aug 23 Arthur Holt, politician, dies at 81
  • Aug 23 Hedda J. Garza, American writer and political activist, dies at 66
  • Aug 23 James Pilditch, designer, dies at 66
  • Aug 23 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, dies at 76
  • Aug 23 Gordon White, British business tycoon and co-founder of corporate raider Hanson Group, dies at 72
  • Aug 23 Leslie Graves, American actress (Brenda-Capitol, Death Wish 2), dies of AIDS at 35
  • Aug 23 Adele Simpson, American fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), dies at 91
  • Aug 23 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • Aug 24 Erich Geiringer, general Practitioner campaigner, dies at 78
  • Aug 24 Gary Crosby, American singer (with Bing -"Play a Simple Melody"), and actor (The Bill Dana Show -"Eddie"; Mardi Gras), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • Aug 25 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), dies at 60
  • Aug 25 R B Hudmon, R&B/Soul Singer, dies at 41
  • Aug 25 Doug Stegmeyer, American rock bassist (Billy Joel Band, 1976-87), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 43
  • Aug 26 Evelyn Wood, American speed reading guru, dies at 86
  • Aug 26 John Costello, British military historian, dies at 52
  • Aug 26 Omukama Patrick Matthew Olimi Kaboyo II, king of Toro (Uganda), dies at 49
  • Aug 26 Ronnie White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), dies of leukaemia at 57
  • Aug 27 Dick Bentley, Australian comedian and actor (The Glums), dies at 88
  • Aug 27 Marty Paich, American jazz pianist, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), dies of colon cancer at 70
  • Aug 28 Carl Ronald Giles, British cartoonist (Daily Express), dies at 78
  • Aug 28 Michael Ende, German writer (The Neverending Story), dies at 65
  • Aug 28 Michael VerMeulen, American journalist and magazine editor (British GQ), dies at 38
  • Aug 28 Earl Bascom, American rodeo pioneer (b. 1906)
  • Aug 29 Frank Perry, American film director (Diary of Mad Housewife, David & Lisa), dies at 65
  • Aug 29 Harry Broadhurst, British Royal Air Force commander and flying ace of the Second World War, dies at 89
  • Aug 29 Jack Stoddart, designer/socialist, dies at 70
  • Aug 29 Thomas Strittmatter, German writer, dies at 33
  • Aug 30 Dame Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian, dies at 96