Historical Events in August 1984

  • Aug 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 2 Jeff Blatnick becomes first American to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Los Angeles Olympics, Blatnick was in remission for Hodgkin’s disease
  • Aug 3 365.7 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Aug 3 Bomb attack on Madras India airport, 32 killed
  • Aug 3 Mary Lou Retton scores 10 for final vault to win the individual all-round competition in Los Angeles and become first American woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal
  • Aug 3 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)
  • Aug 3 Mexicans Ernesto Canto and Raúl González take the gold and silver medals in the 20k walk at the Los Angeles Olympics

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Aug 4 American athlete Carl Lewis wins the 100m in 9.9 seconds in Los Angeles, first of 9 Olympic gold medals over 3 Games

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis

Music release#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 Prince's "Purple Rain" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks

  • Aug 4 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Burkina Faso (National Day)
  • Aug 4 Americans Al Joyner and Mike Conley take the gold and silver medals in the men's triple jump at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 5 American Joan Benoit wins first Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52) ahead of Grete Waitz of Norway at the Los Angeles Games
  • Aug 5 Toronto designated hitter Cliff Johnson hits MLB record 19th career pinch-hit HR in Blue Jays 4-3 win v Baltimore
  • Aug 5 American super-hurdler Edwin Moses wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, his 105th consecutive race victory
  • Aug 5 Evelyn Ashford runs an Olympic 100m record time of 10.97 to beat American team mate Alice Brown in the LA Games final
  • Aug 5 The rowing competition at the LA Olympics concludes with Romania dominant in the women's section winning 5 of 6 gold medals; US wins the eights from Romania
  • Aug 6 203.05 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Aug 6 American athlete Carl Lewis wins long jump (8.54m), his second of 4 gold medals at Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 6 After Americans Roger Kingdom & Greg Foster both equal the Olympic record in 110m hurdles semi's in Los Angeles, Kingdom beats Foster in the final in a new Games record 13.20 seconds
  • Aug 7 David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 7 Japan beats US, 6-3 in the final of the Los Angeles Olympic baseball demonstration event
  • Aug 7 The US collects its first Olympic gold medal in women's basketball history with a 85-55 win over South Korea in the final at the LA Games
  • Aug 8 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 8 Carl Lewis wins 3rd gold medal of the Los Angelese Olympics joining Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson in an American sweep of the 200m
  • Aug 8 Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 8 Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco becomes the first female Olympic champion of a Muslim nation, and the first of her country in the 400m hurdles at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 8 Future 5-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand wins the Finn Class sailing gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 9 Daley Thompson of Great Britain scores 8,797 points to win the Olympic decathlon in Los Angeles; later recognised as a world record
  • Aug 9 STS 41-D vehicle again moves out to launch pad
  • Aug 9 Valerie Briscoe-Hooks beats fellow American Florence Griffith to win the 200m gold at the LA Olympics; completes the 200-400m double
  • Aug 10 Famous Mary Decker-Zola Budd collision during 3,000m at the LA Olympics; Decker falls, Budd finishes 7th; Maricica Puică of Romania wins
  • Aug 10 The US beats Spain 96-65 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics; future 'dream team' members Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin feature
  • Aug 10 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins 2 canoeing gold medals in the one day taking the K-1 500 and K-2 500 (with Paul MacDonald) at the LA Olympics; wins K-4 1000 the next day
  • Aug 10 Sweden's Agneta Andersson takes out the women's canoeing 500m double at the Los Angeles Olympics with wins in the K-1 and K-2 (with Anna Olsson) events
  • Aug 11 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France
  • Aug 11 Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, winning his 4th Olympic gold medal as part of the US 4 x 100m relay team; world record (37.83)

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Aug 11 Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench's #5 uniform

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

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Aug 11 During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Aug 11 Men's choir Maranatha Netherlands forms
  • Aug 11 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 11 A British 1-2 in the 1,500m at the Los Angeles Olympics with Sebastian Coe edging team mate Steve Cram to become the only man to successfully defend his Olympic 1,500m title
  • Aug 11 Future 4-weight world boxing champion Pernell Whitaker wins the lightweight gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Aug 11 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins his 3rd canoeing gold medal of the LA Olympics taking out the K-4 1000 a day after victories in the K-1 500 & K-2 500
  • Aug 12 Braves beat Padres 5-3, features 2 brawls & 19 ejections
  • Aug 12 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 12 Carlos Lopes of Portugal wins the men's marathon at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2:09:21, an Olympic record that stands for 24 years
  • Aug 13 Morocco & Libya sign "Arabic-African Union" treaty
  • Aug 14 IBM releases PC DOS version 3.0
  • Aug 14 West Indies complete 5-0 series annihilation of England
  • Aug 15 The PKK in Turkey starts a campaign of armed attacks upon the Turkish military
  • Aug 16 Sunken liner Andrea Doria's safe opened

  • Aug 16 LA federal jury acquits auto maker John Z DeLorean on cocaine charges
  • Aug 16 Largest harness racing purse ($2,161,000-Nihilator wins $1,080,500)
  • Aug 16 NASA launches Ampte

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Aug 17 Pete Rose returns to Cincinnati Reds as player-manager (gets 2 hits)

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 18 Triangle Oil Corp, above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville Fla, spills 2.5 m gallons of oil burned after lightning sparked a fire
  • Aug 19 PGA Championship, Shoal Creek: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd PGA C'ship by 4 shots from Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins
  • Aug 19 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf
  • Aug 19 Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for President
  • Aug 19 Sally Quinlan wins LPGA MasterCard Golf International Pro-Am
  • Aug 22 Evelyn Ashford of US ties world women's mark for 100 m, 10.76 sec
  • Aug 22 Last Volkswagen Rabbit produced
  • Aug 22 Met pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200
  • Aug 22 Republican convention in Dallas renominates President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush
  • Aug 22 The United Democratic Front, an internal coalition of anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, organizes a highly successful boycotts of the Colored and Indian elections to parliament

Sports record brokenGolf Record

Aug 24 Pat Bradley set LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 at Denver

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Aug 25 French airship capsizes
  • Aug 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 26 Betsy King wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic
  • Aug 26 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 3k woman record (8:22.62) in Leningrad
  • Aug 26 Zdena Silvaha (Cz) throws discus 74.55 m (women's world record)
  • Aug 27 US President Ronald Reagan announces 'Teacher in Space' project
  • Aug 27 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 27 War Against Indiscipline is launched by the Buhari regime in Nigeria
  • Aug 28 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 30 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D)-Discovery 1-launched (6 days)
  • Aug 30 Red Sox Jim Rice grounds into record 33rd double play en route to 36
  • Aug 30 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • Aug 31 Pinklon Thomas beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title