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What Happened in August 2000

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 First patient to receive the Jarvik 2000, the first total artificial heart that can maintain blood flow in addition to generating a pulse
  • Aug 3 England cricket wicket-keeper Alec Stewart becomes only the 4th batsman to score a century (105) in his 100th Test, during the 3rd Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford
  • Aug 5 Moni Maker wins the $500,00 Nat Ray at the Meadowlands in world record 1:52.1 to become harness racing's first $5m stakes earner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Los Angeles Lakers announce retirement of former star player and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Jerry West; name Mitch Kupchak to succeed him

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Aug 8 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
  • Aug 9 South African President Thabo Mbeki unveils the Women's Monument commemorating the role of women in the anti-apartheid struggle
  • Aug 12 The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 13 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Royal Ottawa GC: Meg Mallon wins by 1 from Rosie Jones

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Aug 16 "Hanging by a Moment" single released by Lifehouse (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)
  • Aug 18 A Federal jury finds the US Environmental Protection Agency guilty of discrimination against Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, later inspiring passage of the No FEAR Act.

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Valhalla GC: Tiger Woods becomes first since Ben Hogan (1953) to win 3 majors in a calendar year; wins back-to-back PGA titles in 3-hole playoff with Bob May

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Aug 23 A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
  • Aug 23 Nicaragua becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. This essentially deprecated the Buenos Aires Convention treaty, because as of this date, all members of the BA Convention were also signatories to Berne.
  • Aug 24 Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.
  • Aug 26 Australia clinches first Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 19-18 win over South Africa in Durban; Wallabies centre Stirling Mortlock lands 4 penalties and a conversion

RussiaOstankino Tower

Aug 27 540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
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Ostankino Tower, Moscow
Ostankino Tower, Moscow
  • Aug 30 57th Venice Film Festival: "Dayereh" directed by Jafar Panahi wins Golden Lion

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Maya Bond, American singer and musician

Person of interestLil Pump

Aug 17 Lil Pump [Gazzy Garcia], American rapper (Gucci Gang), born in Miami, Florida

Rapper Lil Pump
Rapper
Lil Pump

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 3 British PM Gordon Brown (49) weds Sarah Jane Macaulay (36) in North Queensferry, Fife

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Lead vocalist Dave Matthews (33) weds Jennifer Ashley Harper

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews
  • Aug 12 "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Will Ferrell (33) weds Swedish actress Viveca Paulin (31)

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 18 Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (57) weds former congressional aide Calista Bisek (34) in Alexandria, Virginia

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich
  • Aug 23 "7th Heaven" actor Ed Begley Jr. (51) weds actress Rachelle Carson (40) in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 25 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor Patrick Stewart (60) weds film producer Wendy Neuss (39) in Los Angeles


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, dies at 79

Person of interestAlec Guinness

Aug 5 Alec Guinness, British actor (The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai), dies of liver cancer at 86

  • Aug 5 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist, dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Dudley Randall, African-American poet who founded the pioneering publishing house "Broadside Press", dies at 84
  • Aug 9 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician and leader of Egypt's Wafd Party, dies at 88
  • Aug 9 John Harsanyi, Hungarian-born economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1920)
  • Aug 9 Nicholas Markowitz-kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood (b. 1984)
  • Aug 10 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), dies at 74
  • Aug 11 Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer (b. 1916)

Person of interestLoretta Young

Aug 12 Loretta Young, American actress (Farmer's Daughter, Stranger), dies of ovarian cancer at 87

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • Aug 12 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 13 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, dies of lung cancer at 35
  • Aug 13 Antony Duff, British diplomat, Head of MI5, advocate for the homeless, dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • Aug 14 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 14 John Milford, American actor (Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Homefront), dies at 72
  • Aug 16 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • Aug 19 Antonio Pugliese, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1941)
  • Aug 19 Bineshwar Brahma, Bodo littérateur and religious figure (birth date unknown)
  • Aug 20 Henry Austin, British tennis player (3-time Grand Slam runner-up), dies of complications from a fall at 94
  • Aug 21 Daniel Lisulo, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1930)
  • Aug 23 John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
  • Aug 25 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (creator of Scrooge McDuck), dies at 99
  • Aug 25 Jack Nitzsche, American composer and songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman), dies at 63
  • Aug 25 Nils Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (b. 1939)
  • Aug 26 [Douglas] Allen Woody, American bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), dies at 44
  • Aug 29 Willie Maddren, English footballer (b. 1951)
  • Aug 31 Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (b. 1925)