On This Day

What Happened in August 1999

Historical Events

Golf Major

Aug 1 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Priddis Greens GC: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 2 from Laura Davies of England

Historic Event

Aug 1 Petronas Towers officially opened in Kuala Lumpur as the world's tallest building by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at 451.9 m (1483 ft)

Film Premiere

Aug 2 "The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres

  • Aug 3 Arsenal FC completes a huge signing coup snapping up ace French striker Thierry Henry for a bargain £10 million from Italian club Juventus.

Baseball Record

Aug 5 St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire becomes only the 16th MLB player to reach the 500 home run milestone as the Cardinals lose 10-2 v San Diego at Busch Stadium

  • Aug 6 Tony Gwynn goes 4 for 5 and collects his 3,000th MLB hit as San Diego beats Expos, 12-10 at Montreal Olympic Stadium
  • Aug 7 Tampa Bay 3rd baseman Wade Boggs becomes the first MLB player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in Devil Rays' 15-10 loss v Cleveland

Historic Event

Aug 9 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

  • Aug 9 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru as the official national flag, and "Kimi Ga Yo" as national anthem.
  • Aug 9 Charles Kennedy wins the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK
  • Aug 11 Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
  • Aug 11 The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.

Music Recording

Aug 12 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

  • Aug 13 32nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 14 New Zealand win their 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series as South Africa edges Australia, 10-9 in Cape Town; All Blacks' only defeat comes in final round dead rubber, 28-7 against Wallabies in Sydney
  • Aug 15 Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.

PGA Championship

Aug 15 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd major by 1 stroke from Spaniard Sergio Garcia

  • Aug 17 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

Historic Event

Aug 19 In Belgrade tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Slobodan Milošević as president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

  • Aug 20 7th Athletics World Championships open at Seville, Spain
  • Aug 26 Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds.
  • Aug 30 East Timorese vote for independence in a referendum.
  • Aug 31 The first of a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.
  • Aug 31 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.

Sports History

Aug 31 Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

Album Release

Aug 31 "Fly" 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000, Billboard Album of the Year 2000)


Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Mark Lee, Canadian rapper (SuperM), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 7 Sydney McLaughlin, American hurdler and sprinter, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Aug 28 Prince Nikolai of Denmark, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Famous Weddings

Cathy Moriarty

Aug 28 Actress Cathy Moriarty (38) weds financier Joseph Gentile

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • Aug 3 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", dies following a shootout with police officers at 44
  • Aug 3 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz and session bassist (Shelly Manne; Teddy Edwards; Les McCann), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Aug 4 Victor Mature, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, Samson and Delilah), dies from leukaemia at 86
  • Aug 4 Liselott Linsenhoff, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold 1968, 72), dies at 71
  • Aug 4 Carl Toms, British stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two), dies at 72
  • Aug 5 D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman, dies at 97
  • Aug 7 Brion James, American actor (b. 1945)
  • Aug 7 Brian Connell, British writer and broadcaster, dies at 83
  • Aug 10 Padma Bhushan Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya, Eminent Sanskrit Scholar in India (b. 1899)
  • Aug 12 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • Aug 12 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75
  • Aug 13 Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian, murdered at 38
  • Aug 14 Harold "Pee Wee" Reese, American MLB baseball shortstop, 10x All-Star (Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, 1940-58), dies at of cancer 81
  • Aug 14 Pat Mullin, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1947-48; Detroit Tigers), dies at 81
  • Aug 15 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 17 Reiner Klimke, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1984), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 20 Bobby Sheehan, American bassist (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Aug 21 Leo Castelli, Italian-American art dealer, dies at 91
  • Aug 21 Juan Carlos Zorzi, Argentinian composer, and conductor, dies of esophageal cancer at 63
  • Aug 23 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (b.1926)
  • Aug 23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • Aug 24 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian-French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Mary Jane Croft, American actress (Our Miss Brooks; The Lucy Show), dies of natural causes at 83
  • Aug 25 Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes), dies at 42
  • Aug 26 Lilo Hardel, German writer, dies at 85
  • Aug 27 Hélder Câmara, Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1909)
  • Aug 29 Jaime Fields, American NFL and WLAF linebacker (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), dies in a hit-and-run automobile accident at 29
  • Aug 30 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 31 Marguerite Chapman, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Spy Smasher, Flight to Mars), dies at 81