What Happened in August 1996

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched

Book releaseHistoric 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 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)
  • 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 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
  • 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 2 The star-studded United States men's basketball team beats Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics
  • Aug 3 US General William F. Garrison accepts responsibility for outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and retires from military service
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardGolf Major

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

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Aug 4 Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster and Ned Hanlon inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 5 Kansas City Chiefs rout Dallas Cowboys 32-6 in an NFL pre-season exhibition game in Monterrey Mexico
  • Aug 6 NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Aug 6 Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people

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Aug 6 Punk rock band the Ramones perform for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • 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 Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
  • Aug 10 Yanks lose ending 3rd best home series victory streak at 24
  • 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 11 "Thousand Clowns," closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Aug 11 PGA Championship, Vallhalla GC: Mark Brooks wins his first major title in a playoff with fellow American Kenny Perry
  • Aug 11 Emilee Klein wins LPGA Ping Welch's Golf Championship
  • Aug 12 "Breakfast on Fox" premieres
  • Aug 13 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Aug 17 Soyuz TM-24, launched into orbit
  • Aug 18 Emilee Klein wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
  • 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 "Hughie" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Aug 21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 21 Netscape Browser 3.0 is released
  • 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 22 ANC makes its first submission to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

Actress Jessica Biel
Actress
Jessica Biel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Aug 28 Liam Botham takes 5-67 on 1st-class debut Hants v Middlesex
  • Aug 28 53rd Venice Film Festival: "Michael Collins" directed by Neil Jordan wins Golden Lion
  • 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 17 Ella Cruz, Filipina actress
  • Aug 21 Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • Aug 1 Mohamed Farrah Aidid, President (ANS-CUS)/Somalia, dies
  • Aug 1 Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran, dies at 58
  • Aug 1 Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish/Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 99
  • Aug 1 Frida Boccara, French singer (b. 1940)
  • Aug 1 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian physician and international aid worker (b. 1929)
  • Aug 2 Humphrey Fisher, TV Producer, dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Michel Debre, PM of France in (1959-62), dies
  • Aug 2 U Hia Than, politician, dies at 52
  • 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, politician, dies at 72
  • Aug 5 Bruce Howard Lidington, actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses), dies at 46
  • Aug 5 Frank Ulrich Marcus, playwright/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 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • Aug 8 George Richard Samways, children's writer, dies at 101
  • Aug 8 Herbert Huncke, writer, 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, physicist, dies at 90
  • Aug 9 Sir Frank Whittle, English RAF engineer air officer and inventor of the turbojet engine, dies at 89
  • Aug 9 James Whitman McLamore, businessman, dies at 70
  • Aug 9 Kenneth Fleetwood, fashion Designer, dies at 65
  • Aug 9 Ruth Holland, journalist, dies at 54
  • Aug 10 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, priest, dies at 78
  • Aug 10 Rex Tucker, TV writer/director, dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Mel Taylor, drummer, dies at 63
  • Aug 11 Sigmund Koch, psychologist/philosopher, dies at 79
  • Aug 11 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), dies at 82
  • 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, priest, dies at 42
  • Aug 13 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara, dies at 49
  • Aug 13 David Tudor, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 13 Tom Mees, ESPN sports anchors (NHL), drowns at 46
  • Aug 13 W Gordon Smith, playwright, dies at 67
  • Aug 13 Louise Talma, American composer (Summer Sounds), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Camilla Horn, actress (Rebus, Vertigine, Matinee Idol), dies at 93
  • Aug 14 Sergiu Celibidache, conductor, dies at 84
  • Aug 14 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker, dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Agnes Beatrice Read, medical social worker, dies at 86
  • Aug 15 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • Aug 15 Masao Maruyama, social scientist, dies at 82
  • Aug 16 Eric Cullen, actor (Huntington Tower), dies at 31
  • Aug 16 Robert Lynn, anarchist, dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Edward Digby Baltzell, 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 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 Rosa Joyce Plesters Brommelie, conservation scientist, dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Sidney George Gray, company secretary, dies at 82
  • Aug 22 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 David Donaldson, Painter and Limner to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland, dies at 80
  • Aug 22 Robin Lorimer, Scottish publisher (New Testament from Greek into Scots), dies at 77
  • Aug 22 William James Millar Mackenzie, 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 Alexander Colleridge Vanderpuiye Baka Tetteh, actor/lawyer, dies at 64
  • Aug 25 Dai Houying, writer, dies at 58
  • Aug 25 Erskine Childers, UN official/civil servant, dies at 67
  • Aug 25 Sylvia Fisher, opera Singer, dies at 86
  • Aug 26 Alejandro Agustín Lanusse, President of Argentina (1971-73), dies at 77
  • Aug 26 Baron Baker, 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, graphic artist, 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 28 Lynda Carr, educationist, dies at 50
  • Aug 28 Phyllis Pearsall, painter/writer, dies at 89
  • Aug 28 Al Zarilla, American MLB outfielder (All Star 1948), dies of cancer at 77
  • Aug 30 Christine Pascal, actress/director (Smile, Elsa), dies at 43
  • Aug 30 Jose Toribio Merino, admiral/milt junta of Chile (1973-80), 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
  • Aug 31 David Pollock, Viscount Hanworth, British barrister, dies at 80