On This Day

Historical Events in August 1997

  • Aug 1 6th Athletics World Championships open at Athens, Greece
  • Aug 3 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Glen Abbey GC: Colleen Walker wins by 2 shots from Liselotte Neumann of Sweden
  • Aug 3 Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria; 40-76 villagers killed.
  • Aug 3 Manchester United beats Chelsea 4-2 on penalties to win the Charity Shield, after a bad-tempered 1-all draw at Wembley
  • Aug 3 Sky Tower opens in Auckland, New Zealand, at 328 metres (1,076 ft) the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Aug 4 "The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show" premieres on Fox TV
  • Aug 4 185,000 Teamsters union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
  • Aug 4 In Colombia, international oil company Occidental Petroleum declare force majeure on all oil exports from the Cano Limon field after a series of attacks knocked out a major oil pipeline

Film & TV History

Aug 4 William Ryan Holt and Michael Mischler are arrested for breaking into Elle MacPherson’s Los Angeles home

  • Aug 5 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • Aug 5 Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
  • Aug 5 Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched

World Record

Aug 6 Sri Lanka slams world record 952 for 6 in the 1st cricket Test against India in Colombo; Sanath Jayasuriya 340, Roshan Mahanama 225 - record partnership 576

  • Aug 6 Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc
  • Aug 6 Newly established NHL franchise Nashville Predators name Barry Trotz as inaugural coach; lasts 15 seasons and 1,196 regular season games

Music Concert

Aug 7 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO, later releasing it as Garth: Live from Central Park

  • Aug 7 STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
  • Aug 7 Ung Huot appointed Cambodia's 1st premier
  • Aug 8 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
  • Aug 8 The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • Aug 9 Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
  • Aug 9 Yanks break Minnesota Twins Brad Radke's string of 12 straight wins

Music Single

Aug 9 "Just to See You Smile" single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

  • Aug 10 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
  • Aug 10 Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine

Sports History

Aug 10 Atlanta Braves sign Greg Maddux to then record 5 year, $57.5 million deal

  • Aug 11 Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
  • Aug 13 Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the NY Yankees

Sports History

Aug 13 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

  • Aug 13 South Park's first episode is aired.
  • Aug 14 "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC

Historic Event

Aug 14 Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death by Oklahoma Court of Appeals

  • Aug 14 Soyuz TM-25 lands
  • Aug 15 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR
  • Aug 15 Dow Jones drops 247.37 pts

Sports History

Aug 15 L.A. Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2

  • Aug 16 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • Aug 16 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 16 New Zealand beats Australia, 36-24 in Dunedin to retain the Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer lands 5 penalties and 3 conversions; halftime NZ, 36-0

PGA Championship

Aug 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Davis Love III wins his only major title by 5 strokes from Justin Leonard

  • Aug 19 NY Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim
  • Aug 19 STS 85 (Discovery 23) lands
  • Aug 20 Shelly Moore, 18, of Tenn, crowned 15th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 20 Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people are killed and 15 kidnapped.
  • Aug 21 Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
  • Aug 21 US government forces closure of Hudson Foods due to E Coli break out
  • Aug 24 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • Aug 24 Gordon Spence discovers 2^2976221 - 1 (36th known Mersenne prime)

Album Release

Aug 25 Welsh rock band Stereophonics release their debut studio album "Word Gets Around"

  • Aug 25 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
  • Aug 26 Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed
  • Aug 27 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 28 Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
  • Aug 29 At least 98 villagers are killed by the GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
  • Aug 29 Netflix is founded by Marc Randolph and Reed Hasting in Scotts Valley, California as an online DVD rental business
  • Aug 30 1st WNBA Championship: Houston Comets beat NY Liberty
  • Aug 30 Greg Rudaski is 1st to serve (2) 141 MPH serves in a match (US Open)
  • Aug 31 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances

Sports History

Aug 31 Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees

  • Aug 31 Last episode of Rolanda airs

Historic Event

Aug 31 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris

  • Aug 31 Eddie George runs for 216 yards on 35 carries and scores a touchdown as the Oilers, playing their first NFL game in Tennessee, beat Oakland 24-21 in overtime at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis