On This Day

What Happened in August 1997

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 6th Athletics World Championships open at Athens, Greece
  • Aug 3 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Glen Abbey GC: Colleen Walker wins by 2 shots from Liselotte Neumann of Sweden
  • Aug 3 Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria; 40-76 villagers killed.
  • Aug 3 Manchester United beats Chelsea 4-2 on penalties to win the Charity Shield, after a bad-tempered 1-all draw at Wembley
  • Aug 3 Sky Tower opens in Auckland, New Zealand, at 328 metres (1,076 ft) the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Aug 4 "The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show" premieres on Fox TV
  • Aug 4 185,000 Teamsters union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
  • Aug 4 In Colombia, international oil company Occidental Petroleum declare force majeure on all oil exports from the Cano Limon field after a series of attacks knocked out a major oil pipeline

Film & TV History

Aug 4 William Ryan Holt and Michael Mischler are arrested for breaking into Elle MacPherson’s Los Angeles home

  • Aug 5 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • Aug 5 Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
  • Aug 5 Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched

World Record

Aug 6 Sri Lanka slams world record 952 for 6 in the 1st cricket Test against India in Colombo; Sanath Jayasuriya 340, Roshan Mahanama 225 - record partnership 576

  • Aug 6 Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc
  • Aug 6 Newly established NHL franchise Nashville Predators name Barry Trotz as inaugural coach; lasts 15 seasons and 1,196 regular season games

Music Concert

Aug 7 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO, later releasing it as Garth: Live from Central Park

  • Aug 7 STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
  • Aug 7 Ung Huot appointed Cambodia's 1st premier
  • Aug 8 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
  • Aug 8 The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • Aug 9 Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
  • Aug 9 Yanks break Minnesota Twins Brad Radke's string of 12 straight wins

Music Single

Aug 9 "Just to See You Smile" single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

  • Aug 10 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
  • Aug 10 Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine

Sports History

Aug 10 Atlanta Braves sign Greg Maddux to then record 5 year, $57.5 million deal

  • Aug 11 Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
  • Aug 13 Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the NY Yankees

Sports History

Aug 13 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

  • Aug 13 South Park's first episode is aired.
  • Aug 14 Revival of Sherman Edwards historical musical "1776", featuring Brent Spiner, opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 333 performances

Historic Event

Aug 14 Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death by Oklahoma Court of Appeals

  • Aug 14 Soyuz TM-25 lands
  • Aug 15 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • Aug 15 Dow Jones drops 247.37 pts

Sports History

Aug 15 L.A. Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2

  • Aug 16 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • Aug 16 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 16 New Zealand beats Australia, 36-24 in Dunedin to retain the Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer lands 5 penalties and 3 conversions; halftime NZ, 36-0

PGA Championship

Aug 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Davis Love III wins his only major title by 5 strokes from Justin Leonard

  • Aug 19 NY Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim
  • Aug 19 STS 85 (Discovery 23) lands
  • Aug 20 Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 20 Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people are killed and 15 kidnapped.
  • Aug 21 Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
  • Aug 21 US government forces closure of Hudson Foods due to E Coli break out
  • Aug 24 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • Aug 24 Gordon Spence discovers 2^2976221 - 1 (36th known Mersenne prime)

Album Release

Aug 25 Welsh rock band Stereophonics release their debut studio album "Word Gets Around"

  • Aug 25 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
  • Aug 26 Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed
  • Aug 27 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 28 Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
  • Aug 29 At least 98 villagers are killed by the GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
  • Aug 29 Netflix is founded by Marc Randolph and Reed Hasting in Scotts Valley, California as an online DVD rental business
  • Aug 30 1st WNBA Championship: Houston Comets beat NY Liberty
  • Aug 30 Greg Rudaski is 1st to serve (2) 141 MPH serves in a match (US Open)
  • Aug 31 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances

Sports History

Aug 31 Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees

  • Aug 31 Last episode of Rolanda airs

Historic Event

Aug 31 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris

  • Aug 31 Eddie George runs for 216 yards on 35 carries and scores a touchdown as the Oilers, playing their first NFL game in Tennessee, beat Oakland 24-21 in overtime at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Olivia Holt, American actress (Cloak and Dagger) and singer, born in Germantown, Tennessee
  • Aug 7 Kyler Murray, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2018, U of Oklahoma; 2019 NFL Draft #1 pick Arizona Cardinals), born in Bedford, Texas

Kylie Jenner

Aug 10 Kylie Jenner, American model, TV and social media personality (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Aug 22 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California
  • Aug 25 Holly Gibbs, English actress

Famous Weddings

Kelsey Grammer

Aug 2 "Frasier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (43) weds Playboy model Camille Donatacci (29) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu

James Hetfield

Aug 17 Metallica lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Salman Rushdie

Aug 28 British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Ngiratkel Etpison, president of Palau (1989-92), dies
  • Aug 1 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82

William S. Burroughs

Aug 2 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, dies of a heart attack at 83

  • Aug 2 <a href="/people/fela-kuti">Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, dies of an illness, disputedly AIDS related, at 58
  • Aug 3 Pietro Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian politician (Senator for Repentigny, Quebec, 1976-97), dies at 83
  • Aug 4 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (born Feb 21, 1875), dies at 122 years, 164 days
  • Aug 5 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 5 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), dies at 85
  • Aug 7 Douglas Gray, Scottish record and film producer, dies at 74
  • Aug 7 Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • Aug 8 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, dies at 79
  • Aug 10 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • Aug 10 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), dies at 84
  • Aug 12 Luther Allison, American blues and session guitarist (Howlin' Wolf; James Cotton), dies of lung and brain cancer at 57
  • Aug 12 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83
  • Aug 13 Emil 'Bus' Mosbacher, American yachtsman (America's Cup 1962 [Weatherly], 1967 [Intrepid]), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), dies at 82
  • Aug 16 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani qawwal (Sufi devotional music) vocalist, and composer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • Aug 16 Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing, dies of Leukemia at 24
  • Aug 19 Petr Novák, Czech rock singer-songwriter (George and Beatovens; Flamengo), dies of apparent poisoning at 51
  • Aug 20 Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 21 Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • Aug 21 Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • Aug 22 Mary Louise Smith, American political organizer, 1st female chair of the Republican party, dies at 82
  • Aug 23 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • Aug 24 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • Aug 24 (Vincente) "Tete" Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, dies at 64
  • Aug 24 Louis Essen, British physicist (time measurement, speed of light determination), dies at 88
  • Aug 25 Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • Aug 25 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker, dies at 70
  • Aug 25 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, dies at 78
  • Aug 27 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • Aug 27 Jeep Swenson, American actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40

Diana Spencer

Aug 31 Diana Spencer, English Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

  • Aug 31 Dodi Fayed, Egyptian businessman, died in a car crash in Paris with Diana, Princess of Wales,at 42