On This Day

What Happened on August 22, 2004

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Person of InterestThe Scream

"The Scream" (1910 painted version) and "Madonna", two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
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"The Scream", pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
  • After winning the doubles tennis gold medal at the Athens Olympics, Chile's Nicolás Massú wins the men's singles gold 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4 over American Mardy Fish
  • American sprinter Justin Gatlin wins the coveted Olympic 100m gold medal in Athens in 9.85 ahead of Francis Obikwelu of Portugal & American Maurice Greene
  • Athens Olympic marathon is run on same route as 1896 Games, start at site of the Battle of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens: Mizuki Noguchi of Japan wins women's gold in 2:26:20
  • Justine Henin of Belgium wins the women's singles tennis gold medal at the Athens Olympics 6-3, 6-3 over Amélie Mauresmo of France
  • The rowing program at the Athens Olympics ends with the United States winning the men's eights, and Romania taking the gold in the women's eights

Famous Deaths

  • Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer (b. 1922)
  • Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director, dies at 83
  • Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)