On This Day

What Happened in August 2006

Historical Events

Baseball Record

Aug 3 Barry Bonds' 715th MLB home run ball (moved him past Babe Ruth for 2nd all-time) fetches $220,100 at auction

  • Aug 3 Brazilian Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta crashes into a deer during testing at Road America, Wisconsin; seriously injured but returns to racing in 2008
  • Aug 4 Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in 23 August

Hall of Fame

Aug 5 Warren Moon becomes the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; joined by Troy Aikman, John Madden, Rayfield Wright, Harry Carson and Reggie White

Golf Tournament

Aug 6 Tiger Woods (30) becomes the youngest player to compile 50 PGA Tour wins with a 3 stroke victory over Jim Furyk in the Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Michigan

  • Aug 6 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Sherri Steinhauer wins second of 2 majors (du Maurier Classic 1992) by 3 from Cristie Kerr & Sophie Gustafson
  • Aug 6 For a MLB record 11th time in his career, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman records 30 or more saves in a season; beats mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader
  • Aug 6 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: 43 year old American Sherri Steinhauer wins her second major title, 3 strokes ahead of Sophie Gustafson and Cristie Kerr

Film & TV History

Aug 8 Actor Sylvester Stallone and former heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner settle lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed sum; Wepner claims he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" movies

  • Aug 10 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.
  • Aug 13 Cleveland Indians first baseman Travis Hafner ties Don Mattingley's MLB mark of 6 grand slams in a season when he homers off Kansas City's Luke Hudson
  • Aug 13 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Christie Kerr wins by 1 shot from Angela Stanford

Historic Publication

Aug 15 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass' membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II

  • Aug 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins his 3rd PGA C'ship by 5 strokes from Shaun Micheel
  • Aug 23 Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • Aug 24 The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.

Contract of Interest

Aug 24 After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

Historic Event

Aug 25 Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko is sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion

  • Aug 25 Hyperion, the world's tallest living tree, a Redwood standing 115.55 m (379.1 ft), discovered by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in Redwood National and State Parks, California
  • Aug 26 New Zealand retain Tri Nations Rugby Series with 45-26 win over South Africa in Pretoria; All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 4 conversions

Music History

Aug 26 David Gilmour performs with his band and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra before a crowd of 50,000 at Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland

  • Aug 27 Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia killing 49 of 50 on board

Emmy Awards

Aug 27 58th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win

Sports History

Aug 27 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Eduardo Romero of Argentina wins first of 2 Champions Tour majors with birdie on 1st playoff hole against Lonnie Nielsen

Baseball Record

Aug 30 Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

  • Aug 30 63rd Venice Film Festival: "Still Life" directed by Jia Zhangke wins Golden Lion

The Scream

Aug 31 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.

Video Music Awards

Aug 31 23rd MTV Video Music Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt win


Famous Weddings

  • Aug 4 Former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche (30) weds PJ Mansfield at Church of The Nativity of the Blessed Mary in Saggart Village, Dublin
  • Aug 12 "Syfy" actor Sam Huntington (24) weds actress Rachel Klein in Hancock, New Hampshire
  • Aug 12 Phil McGraw's son and "Renovate My Family" host Jay McGraw (27) weds former Playboy playmate Erica Dahm (28) in Beverly Hills, California
  • Aug 19 Brazilian model Luciana Morad (36) weds Brazilian TV producer Marcelo de Carvalho at Ponta das Canas near the coast of Sao Paulo
  • Aug 26 "Days of our Lives" actor Billy Warlock (45) weds actress Julie Pinson in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Aug 26 2004 X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein (37) weds jazz musician Eileen Hunter at King's College Chapel in Aberdeen, Scotland

Warren Buffett

Aug 30 Billionaire Warren Buffett (76) weds longtime companion Astrid Menks (60) in Omaha


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)
  • Aug 1 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (Frank and Ernest), dies at 81
  • Aug 1 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • Aug 3 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (Love; National Recording Company), dies of leukemia at 61
  • Aug 3 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), dies at 90
  • Aug 4 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit -"I Got A Line On You"), dies of cancer at 62
  • Aug 5 Susan Butcher, American sled dog champion (b. 1954)
  • Aug 5 Hugo Schiltz, Flemish lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • Aug 5 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), dies of cancer at 74
  • Aug 7 Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (b. 1911)
  • Aug 8 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), dies at 77
  • Aug 8 Irving "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), dies at 84
  • Aug 9 James van Allen, American physicist (discovered Van Allen radiation belts), dies at 91
  • Aug 9 Philip E. High, English sci-fi author, dies at 92
  • Aug 11 Mike Douglas [Dowd], American big band singer (Kay Kyser), and TV talk show host (The Mike Douglas Show, 1961-81), , dies on his 86th birthday
  • Aug 13 Tony Jay, British-American stage, screen, and voice actor (Twins; The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "Frollo"), dies at 73
  • Aug 13 Payao Poontarat, Thai Olympic boxer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 14 Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • Aug 15 Te Atairangikaahu, New Zealand Māori Queen for 40 years, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player (Cronulla ), dies of cancer at 52
  • Aug 15 Doug White, American news anchor, dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 15 Faas Wilkes, Dutch soccer star (Xerxes, Fortuna, Inter Milan), dies at 82
  • Aug 16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • Aug 16 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (Dissection), dies at 31

Alfredo Stroessner

Aug 16 Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan army officer, Dictator and 42nd President of Paraguay (1954-89), dies of a stroke at 93

  • Aug 18 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 18 Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)
  • Aug 20 Claude Blanchard, French Canadian singer, comedian and actor, dies at 74
  • Aug 20 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (Pulitzer Prize-Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima), dies at 94
  • Aug 20 Bryan Budd, British soldier (Afghanistan), dies at 29
  • Aug 20 Richard Arthur de Yarburgh-Bateson, 6th Lord Deramore, British architect, dies at 95
  • Aug 21 Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (b. 1941)
  • Aug 21 Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian classical shehnai (reeded woodwind instrument) player, dies at 90
  • Aug 22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack - "My Sharona"') dies of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 55
  • Aug 23 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), dies at 84
  • Aug 23 Wasim Raja, Pakistani cricket all-rounder (57 Tests, 4 x 100, HS 125, 51 wickets; Lahore, Durham CCC), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Aug 23 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78

Ed Warren

Aug 23 Ed Warren, American paranormal investigator, dies at 79

  • Aug 24 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor, dies at 90
  • Aug 24 Cristian Nemescu, Romanian film director (b.1979)
  • Aug 24 James Carl Tenney, American composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 26 Rainer Barzel, German politician CDU-CSU) and minister, dies at 82
  • Aug 26 Sir Clyde Walcott, West Indian cricket batsman (44 Tests @ 56.68; 15 x 100s) and administrator (ICC chairman 1997-2000), dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Josef Hadar, Israeli violinist and composer (Evening of Roses), dies at 79
  • Aug 27 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • Aug 27 Maria Capovilla, oldest woman alive from 2004-2006 (b. 1889)
  • Aug 27 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death), dies of liver failure at 37
  • Aug 28 Benoît Sauvageau, French Canadian politician (b. 1963)
  • Aug 28 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), dies at 73
  • Aug 30 Glenn Ford, Canadian-American actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway), dies at 90
  • Aug 30 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • Aug 30 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (b. 1977)
  • Aug 31 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (b. 1983)