On This Day

Historical Events in August 1992

  • Aug 1 "Salome" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Aug 1 NBC's "Saturday Today" premieres
  • Aug 1 USA/USSR Around World Air Race begins at Santa Monica
  • Aug 1 British athlete Linford Christie (32) becomes the oldest man to win an Olympic 100m gold medal edging Frankie Fredericks in Barcelona
  • Aug 1 American sprinter Gail Devers wins an incredibly close blanket finish in the women's 100m at the Barcelona Olympics, with 5 athletes within 0.06 seconds of Devers (10.82)
  • Aug 2 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances
  • Aug 2 Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers, Hal Newhouser & Bill McGowan are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Aug 2 American Jacki Joyner-Kersee becomes first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the gruelling heptathlon with a 199 point win over Irina Belova (Soviet Union) at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 2 Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus becomes the first gymnast to win 6 gold medals at one Olympics in Barcelona, also first to win 4 gold in one day's competition (pommel, vault, rings & parallel bars)
  • Aug 3 Paramount inaugurates New York Street on TV/movie lot

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 3 "Unforgiven" directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1993)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Morgan Freeman
Actor
Morgan Freeman
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
Gene Hackman
  • Aug 4 The diving competition at the Barcelona Olympics concludes with Chinese athletes dominant, winning 3 of 4 gold medals contested - American Mark Lenzi wins 3m springbaord
  • Aug 4 In its debut at the Barcelona Olympics the badminton singles gold medals are both won by Indonesian athletes, whilst both men's & women's doubles go to South Korea
  • Aug 4 Italian fencer Giovanna Trillini wraps up gold medals in both women's foil events at the Barcelona Olympics as part of the winning team

USARodney King Riots

Aug 5 4 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, acquttied on charges of beating Rodney King, are indicted on civil rights charges
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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
  • Aug 5 Cuba wins baseball's inaugural gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, beating Chinese Taipei 11-1

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 6 The US track team sweeps the medals in the long jump at the Barcelona Olympics as Carl Lewis wins gold (28 feet, 5 1/2 inches), Mike Powell silver and Joe Greene bronze

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 6 Wrestler Bruce Baumgartner becomes the first American to win in three straight Olympics, capturing the gold in the 286-pound freestyle division in Barcelona
  • Aug 7 San Francisco Giants announce sale of MLB franchise to group of Tampa Bay investors; move blocked by other investors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 The Orlando Magic signs NBA No. 1 draft pick Shaquille O'Neal

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • Aug 7 Taking advantage of 6 months training on home town Terrassa pitch, Spain wins their first hockey gold medal beating Germany 2-1 in the women's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 8 Lou Whitaker hits his 200th career HR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Metallica band member James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Aug 8 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Aug 8 Bulgarian canoeist Nikolay Bukhalov completes the C-1 500 / 1,000 double winning the latter at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 8 Germany goes through the field hockey competition undefeated to win gold with a 2-1 win over Australia in the men's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 8 Spanish centre forward Kiko scores twice as the home team takes the football Olympic gold medal with a 3-2 win over Poland in front of 95,000 at Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Aug 8 Fermín Cacho wins Spain's first ever Olympic gold medal in a running event when he takes out the 1,500m at the Barcelona Games
  • Aug 9 "Streetcar Named Desire" closes at Ethel Barrymore NYC after 137 performances
  • Aug 9 Last day of Test Cricket for David Gower
  • Aug 9 Record temperature in Berlin-Dahlem 99.3°F (37.4°C)
  • Aug 9 Future 6-weight boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya of the US beats German Marco Rudolph on points to win the lightweight gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics
  • Aug 9 Cuban boxer Félix Savón wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when he dominates Nigerian David Izonritei on points at the Barcelona Games
  • Aug 10 Satellite TOPEX/Poseidon launched
  • Aug 10 Soyuz TM-15 lands
  • Aug 11 Oakland A's rip Jose Canseco for leaving stadium before end of game

  • Aug 12 Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • Aug 13 25th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Double Tree Hotel
  • Aug 15 Colombo '92 closes in Genoa Italy
  • Aug 15 Striker Brian Deane scores both goals for Sheffield United in a season-opening 2-1 home win over Manchester United at Bramall Lane; first of Deane's goals is the first in EPL's inaugural season
  • Aug 16 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. Charles CC: American Sherri Steinhauer wins first of 2 majors (British Open 2006) by 3 from Judy Dickinson

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Nick Price of Zimbabwe wins by 3 from John Cook, Nick Faldo, Jim Gallagher & Gene Sauers

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Aug 16 Moses Kiptanui of Kenya runs world 3,000m record 7:28.96 in Cologne, Germany
  • Aug 16 British Williams driver Nigel Mansell finishes second in Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Andrew forms south-east of Barbados in the Caribbean
  • Aug 17 Kevin Gross of Dodgers tosses only 9-inning no-hitter of season, a 2-0
  • Aug 18 "Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion NYC for 61 performances
  • Aug 19 Romesh Kaluwitharana scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (SL v Australia)
  • Aug 19 Sri Lanka make their highest cricket score ever 8-547 v Australia
  • Aug 20 England get 7-363 in 55 overs vs Pakistan, then world ODI record
  • Aug 22 Matthews & Warne spin Australia to a famous win v Sri Lanka
  • Aug 22 FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
  • Aug 23 Dennis Eckersley, who previously set record for most consecutive saves (40), is 1st pitcher to record 40 saves in 4 different seasons
  • Aug 23 Wilhelm Verwoerd, grandson of former South African Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, main architect of apartheid, joins the African National Congress
  • Aug 24 1st structural steel beams are erected at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • Aug 24 Cleveland Browns suffer their worst preseason loss, 56-3, to Vikings
  • Aug 24 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida, making landfall at Elliott Key and later Homestead; 44 die and $25 billion in damage is recorded
  • Aug 24 Screw magazine superimposed a gunsight over a picture of Larry Flint
  • Aug 24 Diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and South Korea.
  • Aug 25 Jamie Solinger, of Iowa, crowned 10th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 26 "Anna Karenina" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Aug 26 Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Louisiana as Category 3 storm after causing deaths and severe damage in Florida
  • Aug 27 CFL revokes BC Lions franchise
  • Aug 27 Mets trade David Cone to Toronto for Jeff Kent & Ryan Thompson
  • Aug 28 Brewers beat Blue Jays 22-2 with AL record 31 hits in 9 innings
  • Aug 28 Test cricket debut of Muttiah Muralitharan, vs Australia at Colombo
  • Aug 29 Largest wrestling crowd outside US (75,000) at Wembley Stadium, London
  • Aug 29 Randy Myers blows his 6th save of the season & it marks the 5th time he's blown a potential win for Greg Harris
  • Aug 29 Brave's Charlie Leibrandt 1,000th strikeout. He decides to keep the ball by rolling it to the dugout, allowing Ricky Jordan to take second base on error.
  • Aug 30 "2 Trains Running" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 160 performances
  • Aug 30 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 229 performances
  • Aug 30 92nd US Golf Amateur Championship won by Justin Leonard
  • Aug 30 David Lewett & Jane Luu discovers comet: "1992 QB1" 64 mil km from Sun
  • Aug 31 44th Emmy Awards: Northern Exposure, Christopher Lloyd & Dana Delane win
  • Aug 31 Dynamite explosion in Philipines mine; 500 die
  • Aug 31 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Cleveland, Ohio on WNCX 98.5 FM