Historical Events in August 1999

Golf Major

Aug 1 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Priddis Greens GC: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 2 from Laura Davies of England

Historic Event

Aug 1 Petronas Towers officially opened in Kuala Lumpur as the world's tallest building by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at 451.9 m (1483 ft)

Film Premiere

Aug 2 "The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres

  • Aug 3 Arsenal FC completes a huge signing coup snapping up ace French striker Thierry Henry for a bargain £10 million from Italian club Juventus.

Baseball Record

Aug 5 St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire becomes only the 16th MLB player to reach the 500 home run milestone as the Cardinals lose 10-2 v San Diego at Busch Stadium

  • Aug 6 Tony Gwynn goes 4 for 5 and collects his 3,000th MLB hit as San Diego beats Expos, 12-10 at Montreal Olympic Stadium

Baseball Record

Aug 7 Tampa Bay 3rd baseman Wade Boggs becomes the first MLB player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in Devil Rays' 15-10 loss to Cleveland Indians

  • Aug 9 Charles Kennedy wins the race to succeed Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK

Historic Event

Aug 9 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

  • Aug 9 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru as the official national flag, and "Kimi Ga Yo" as national anthem.
  • Aug 11 The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
  • Aug 11 Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)

Music Recording

Aug 12 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

  • Aug 13 32nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Aug 14 New Zealand win their 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series as South Africa edges Australia, 10-9 in Cape Town; All Blacks' only defeat comes in final round dead rubber, 28-7 against Wallabies in Sydney
  • Aug 15 Beni Ounif massacre in Algeria; some 29 people are killed at a false roadblock near the Moroccan border, leading to temporary tensions with Morocco.

PGA Championship

Aug 15 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd major by 1 stroke from Spaniard Sergio Garcia

  • Aug 17 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

Historic Event

Aug 19 In Belgrade tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Slobodan Milošević as president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

  • Aug 20 7th Athletics World Championships open at Seville, Spain
  • Aug 26 Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds.
  • Aug 30 East Timorese vote for independence in a referendum.

Album Release

Aug 31 "Fly" 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000, Billboard Album of the Year 2000)

  • Aug 31 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.

Sports History

Aug 31 Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

  • Aug 31 The first of a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.