What Happened on August 1, 1996

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • Frida Boccara, French singer (b. 1940)
  • John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian physician and international aid worker (b. 1929)
  • Mohamed Farrah Aidid, President (ANS-CUS)/Somalia, dies
  • Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran, dies at 58
  • Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish/Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 99