What Happened in August 1996

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 American athlete Michael Johnson wins 200m at the Atlanta Olympics in a world record 19.32 seconds to become the first man to complete the 200m-400m double
  • Aug 1 Dan O'Brien wins the decathlon gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics to become the first American since Bruce Jenner in 1976 to win the gruelling event
  • Aug 1 French sprinter Marie-José Pérec wins the 200m final at the Atlanta Olympics to become only the 2nd athlete to win the 200-400m Olympic double (Valerie Brisco-Hooks 1984)

Historic Publication

Aug 1 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • Aug 1 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched
  • Aug 1 Tiffeny Milbrett scores the winner as the US beats China 2-1 at the Atlanta Olympics for the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's soccer

Olympic Gold

Aug 2 The star-studded United States men's basketball team, Dream Team III, beat Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

Olympic Games

Aug 3 5-time Tour de France winner Miguel Induráin of Spain wins the 52.2k road time trial in 1:04:05, 12 seconds ahead of countryman Abraham Olano at the Atlanta Olympics

Olympic Gold

Aug 3 American Andre Agassi wins the men's singles Tennis gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics beating Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

  • Aug 3 US General William F. Garrison accepts responsibility for outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and retires from military service

Golf Major

Aug 4 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Edmonton CC: Laura Davies wins by 2 from Karrie Webb and Nancy Lopez

Hall of Fame

Aug 4 Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster and Ned Hanlon inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

  • Aug 4 XXVI Summer Olympic Games close in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 5 Kansas City Chiefs rout Dallas Cowboys 32-6 in an NFL pre-season exhibition game in Monterrey Mexico

Music History

Aug 6 American punk rock band "The Ramones" perform for the last time, at the Palace in Hollywood, California

  • Aug 6 Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people
  • Aug 6 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars

Historic Event

Aug 6 US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya

  • Aug 8 American jazz artist Mel Tormé (70), suffers a stroke, ending his 65-year singing career

Historic Event

Aug 10 Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican VP running mate

  • Aug 10 Dare & Go ends Cigars record tying victory streak at 16
  • Aug 10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 29-18 in Cape Town to win the inaugural Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • Aug 10 Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
  • Aug 10 Yanks lose ending 3rd best home series victory streak at 24
  • Aug 11 "Thousand Clowns," closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Vallhalla GC: Mark Brooks wins his first major title with birdie on first playoff hole against fellow American Kenny Perry
  • Aug 12 "Breakfast on Fox" premieres
  • Aug 13 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Aug 17 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
  • Aug 18 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn, Duke's Course: Emilee Klein wins by 7 strokes ahead of fellow Americans Amy Alcott and Penny Hammel
  • Aug 18 Record 6,654 tap at Macy's Tap-o-mania in NYC
  • Aug 19 The major South African political parties begin their submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
  • Aug 20 India defeat Pakistan in Under-15 World Challenge Final at Lord's
  • Aug 21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 21 In Venezuela, a subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA), Corpoven, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.S.-based ARCO
  • Aug 21 Netscape Browser 3.0 is released

Music History

Aug 21 Revival of Eugene O'Neill's' drama "Hughie", directed by Al Pacino, and starring Pacino and Paul Benedict, opens at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC; runs for 56 performances

  • Aug 22 ANC makes its first submission to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

Declaration of War

Aug 23 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"

Television Debut

Aug 26 "7th Heaven", starring Jessica Biel, debuts on The WB

  • Aug 26 US President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in welfare policy

Sports History

Aug 27 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Detroit Red Wings to the Tampa Bay Lightning

Venice Film Festival

Aug 28 53rd Venice Film Festival: "Michael Collins" directed by Neil Jordan wins Golden Lion

  • Aug 28 Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants v Middlesex
  • Aug 29 Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Vnukovo Airlines Tupolev Tu-154, crashes into a mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, killing all 141 aboard.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 7 Tessa Allen, American actress, born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • Aug 8 A'ja Wilson, American basketball player (Las Vegas Aces), born in Hopkins, South Carolina
  • Aug 16 Caeleb Dressel, American swimmer (7 x Olympic gold 2016, 20; 13 x World C'ship gold; WR 100m butterfly 49.45 2020), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida
  • Aug 16 Will Zalatoris, American golfer (US Masters 2021, US Open & PGA C'ship 2022 runner-up), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 17 Ella Cruz, Filipina actress (Aryana), born in Angat, Philippines
  • Aug 21 Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Aug 30 Mikal Bridges, American NBA player (Phoenix Suns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 30 Trevor Jackson, American actor, singer-songwriter (Grown-ish), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Famous Weddings

Hakeem Olajuwon

Aug 8 NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

Robert Mugabe

Aug 17 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (72) weds Grace Marufu (31) at Kutama College in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe

  • Aug 24 Actress-model Vendela (30) weds Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen (30) in Stockholm, Sweden

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Frida Boccara, French singer, dies at 55
  • Aug 1 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • Aug 1 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian physician and international aid worker (b. 1929)
  • Aug 1 Mohamed Farrah Aidid, President (ANS-CUS)/Somalia, dies
  • Aug 1 Pierre Lucien Claverie, Algerian-French Bishop of Oran, murdered by Islamic extremists in Algeria at 58
  • Aug 1 Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish/Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 99
  • Aug 2 Humphrey Fisher, English born TV Producer, dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Michel Debre, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1959-62), dies at 84
  • Aug 3 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), dies at 87
  • Aug 4 Geoff Hamilton, gardner/journalist, dies at 59
  • Aug 5 Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu, Zanzibar-born revolutionary, politician and pan-Africanist, dies at 72
  • Aug 5 Bruce Howard Lidington, English actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses), dies at 46
  • Aug 5 Frank Marcus, German playwright and critic, dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile), dies at 69
  • Aug 6 Hernan Siles Zuazo, President of Bolivia (1956-60, 1982-85), dies at 82
  • Aug 6 Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • Aug 6 Muhammad al-Badr, magnate of Northern Yemen (1962), dies
  • Aug 6 Ossie Raymond Clark, fashion designer, dies at 54
  • Aug 6 Richard Murphey Goodwin, economist, dies at 83
  • Aug 7 Anne Kristen, actress (Truth or Dare, Rachel-Dr Finlay), dies at 59
  • Aug 7 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), dies at 76
  • Aug 7 Peter Winter, naval commander, dies at 78
  • Aug 8 Åke Hermanson, Swedish composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 8 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • Aug 8 George Richard Samways, children's writer, dies at 101
  • Aug 8 Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, dies at 80
  • Aug 8 Julian Stryjkowski, Polish journalist and writer known for his radical leftist leanings, dies at 91
  • Aug 8 Nevill Francis Mott, British physicist (1977 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on amorphous semiconductors), dies at 90
  • Aug 9 James Whitman McLamore, American businessman and 1st CEO of Burger King who created The Whopper, dies at 70
  • Aug 9 Kenneth Fleetwood, English fashion designer (Hardy Amies, dressed Queen Elizabeth II), dies at 65
  • Aug 9 Ruth Holland, British journalist (BMJ), dies in the Watford rail crash at 54
  • Aug 9 Sir Frank Whittle, English RAF engineer air officer and inventor of the turbojet engine, dies at 89
  • Aug 10 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, priest, dies at 78
  • Aug 10 Rex Tucker, TV writer/director, dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Mel Taylor, American rock drummer (The Ventures, 1962-73 and 1979-96), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 11 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), dies at 82
  • Aug 11 Sigmund Koch, psychologist/philosopher, dies at 79
  • Aug 12 Anthony Derrick Parsons, diplomat, dies at 73
  • Aug 12 Victor Ambartsumian, Russian astronomer (Stalin Prize 1946, 50), dies at 87
  • Aug 13 António de Spínola, Portuguese general and conservative President of Portugal (1974), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 86
  • Aug 13 Christopher John Gray, English Anglican priest, murdered in front of his own vicarage in Liverpool at 32 [1] [2]
  • Aug 13 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara, dies at 49
  • Aug 13 David Tudor, American pianist and composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 13 Louise Talma, American composer (Summer Sounds), dies at 89
  • Aug 13 Tom Mees, American ESPN sports anchor (NHL), drowns at 46
  • Aug 13 W. Gordon Smith, Scottish playwright (Jock), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • Aug 14 Sergiu Celibidache, Romanian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1945-57; Munich Philharmonic, 1979-96), and educator, dies at 84
  • Aug 14 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker, dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Ernest Leslie Bouts, English motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • Aug 15 Masao Maruyama, Japanese social scientist, dies at 82
  • Aug 16 Eric Cullen, Scottish actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • Aug 16 Robert Lynn, Scottish anarchist, dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Edward Digby Baltzell, American Ivy League sociologist, dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, dies at 68
  • Aug 18 Geoffrey Dearmer, poet, dies at 103
  • Aug 18 Hugo Gabriel Gryn, British Reform rabbi, dies at 66
  • Aug 19 Jurriaan Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer (Berkshire Symphonies; Les Cloches des Clochards), dies at 70
  • Aug 20 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), dies at 42
  • Aug 20 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • Aug 20 Rio Reiser, German rock singer ("Ton Steine Scherben"), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Joyce Plesters, British conservation scientist, dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Sidney George Gray, company secretary, dies at 82
  • Aug 22 David Donaldson, Painter and Limner to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland, dies at 80
  • Aug 22 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Robin Lorimer, Scottish publisher (New Testament from Greek into Scots), dies at 77
  • Aug 22 William James Millar Mackenzie, Scottish political scientist, dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Ahmed Bahauddin, journalist, dies at 69
  • Aug 24 Emile Noel, international civil servant, dies at 73
  • Aug 24 John Christopherson, English artist and collector, dies at 75
  • Aug 24 Robert Louis Tewdwr Moss, journalist/travel writer, dies at 42
  • Aug 25 Dai Houying, writer, dies at 58
  • Aug 25 Erskine Childers, Irish writer and United Nations civil servant official, dies at 67
  • Aug 25 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), dies at 86
  • Aug 26 Alejandro Agustín Lanusse, President of Argentina (1971-73), dies at 77
  • Aug 26 Baron Baker, Jamaican-British anti-racism activist, dies at 71
  • Aug 26 Catherine Hall, British nurse who raised the professional profile of nursing and to establish its central role in health care, dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Abram Games, British graphic artist ("Blonde Bombshell" ATS poster), dies at 82
  • Aug 27 Alexander Lanusse, military President of Argentina (1971-73), dies
  • Aug 27 Greg Morris, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies of a brain tumor at 62
  • Aug 27 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (Great Plains prehistoric cultures), dies at 87
  • Aug 28 Al Zarilla, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1948; St. Louis Browns), dies of cancer at 77
  • Aug 28 Lynda Carr, educationist, dies at 50
  • Aug 28 Phyllis Pearsall, painter/writer, dies at 89
  • Aug 29 Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 30 Christine Pascal, French actress and director (Smile, Elsa), commits suicide at 43
  • Aug 30 José Toribio Merino, Chilean admiral (one of the principal leaders of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état), dies at 80
  • Aug 31 David Pollock, Viscount Hanworth, British barrister, dies at 80
  • Aug 31 David Scott, British priest, Chaplain to the Queen, dies at 72
  • Aug 31 Harald Penrose, British test pilot, dies at 92
  • Aug 31 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, dies at 85