On This Day

August 1984 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 3 365.7 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Aug 3 Bomb attack on Madras India airport, 32 killed
  • Aug 4 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Burkina Faso (National Day)
  • Aug 6 203.05 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Aug 7 David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 8 Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends
  • Aug 9 STS 41-D vehicle again moves out to launch pad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 NASA launches Ampte
  • 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 Republican convention in Dallas, Texas nominates incumbent Ronald Reagan for President
  • 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 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
  • Aug 25 French airship capsizes
  • Aug 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 26 Tatyana Kazankina of USSR sets 3k woman record (8:22.62) in Leningrad
  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 8 Devon McTavish, American footballer
  • Aug 9 Saori Horii, Japanese gravure idol
  • Aug 15 Opal Tometi, Nigerian American civil rights activist (co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter)
  • Aug 17 Garrett Wolfe, American professional footbal player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 31 Matti Breschel, Danish road cyclist
  • Aug 31 Ted Ligety, American alpine skier

Deaths in History

  • Aug 3 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), dies at 60
  • Aug 5 R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • Aug 8 Ellen Raskin, American author (b.1928)
  • Aug 11 Alfred A Knopf, American publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal), dies at 91
  • Aug 14 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • Aug 17 Hollie Roffey, British youngest ever heart transplant, dies at 28 days

Person of interestTruman Capote

Aug 25 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), dies of liver cancer at 59

  • Aug 25 Andy Varipapa, American ten-pin bowler (BPAA All-Star champion 1947-48), dies at 93
  • Aug 29 Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian statesman (b. 1901)