Events in Sport in 1984

Events 1 - 200 of 293

  • Jan 2 Darryl Cullinan, 16, scores his 1st first-class cricket century
  • Jan 2 70th Rose Bowl: UCLA beats #4 Illinois, 45-9
  • Jan 2 50th Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #8 Michigan, 9-7
  • Jan 2 13th Fiesta Bowl: #14 Ohio State beats #15 Pittsburgh, 28-23
  • Jan 2 50th Orange Bowl: #5 Miami (FL) beats #1 Nebraska, 31-30
  • Jan 4 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game
  • Jan 4 Adrian Dantley ties Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record for most free throws made in a game by converting 28 of 29 free throws in Utah's 116-111 win over Houston at Las Vegas
  • Jan 6 Last day of Test cricket for Chappell, Marsh & Lillee
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • Jan 8 AFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks, 30-14
  • Jan 8 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers, 24-21
  • Jan 9 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez is arrested for cocaine possession
  • Jan 11 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
  • Jan 14 Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini scores a 3rd-round TKO of Bobby Chacon to retain his WBA lightweight title in Reno, Nevada; Chacon so severely battered he thanks referee Richard Steele for stopping the fight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Martina Navratilova’s 54-match winning streak ends when beaten by Hana Mandlíková 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 in the final of the Virginia Slims of California tennis event in Oakland; after loss Navratilova wins next 74 matches for new record

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 John McEnroe reverses previous year's result with a 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim his second season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

  • Jan 19 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
  • Jan 22 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
  • Jan 22 Super Bowl XVIII, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: LA Raiders beat Washington Redskins, 38-9; MVP: Marcus Allen, Los Angeles, RB
  • Jan 23 Buffalo Sabres become the first team in NHL history to win 10 straight road games with a 5-3 victory at Boston
  • Jan 23 Greatest unpaced 1-hr bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km
  • Jan 26 Nordiques' Michel Goulet scored on 9th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 28 Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky's NHL record point scoring streak ends at 51 games when Oilers beaten 4-2 by LA Kings; Gretzky totals 61-92-153 during the period
  • Jan 28 LA Kings stop Wayne Gretzky 51 game scoring streak

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 29 34th NBA All-Star Game, Denver: East beats West, 154-145 (OT); MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G; first All-Star Saturday; Legends Classic, West wins, 64-63; first Slam-Dunk winner, Larry Nance

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 45-3; MVP: Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins, QB
  • Jan 31 36th NHL All-Star Game, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-6; MVP: Don Maloney, NY Rangers, LW
  • Feb 1 David Stern becomes NBA Commissioner, succeeding Larry O'Brien; stays in position until 2014
  • Feb 8 XIV Winter Olympic Games open in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 8 A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
  • Feb 9 East German speed skater Karin Enke wins the 1,500m in world record 2:03.42 at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,000m gold
  • Feb 9 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 10k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; first of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 5k and 20k events
  • Feb 9 East German ski jumper Jens Weißflog wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals in the Normal Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 10 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins a career 4th Olympic gold medal when he takes out the 30k event in Sarajevo; 3 gold in Lake Placid 1980
  • Feb 11 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • Feb 12 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
  • Feb 12 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 5k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 10k and 20k events
  • Feb 12 12 years after winning the doubles in Sapporo (1972), Italian Paul Hildgarten wins the men's luge singles at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics
  • Feb 12 East German luger Steffi Martin wins the first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins in Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 13 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan wins 15k event, the first of 2 gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 4 x 10k relay gold

  • Feb 13 Karin Enke of East Germany wins her 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Games, winning the women's 1,000m in Olympic record 1:21.61; also wins 1,500m gold
  • Feb 14 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Ravel’s Bolero in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression
  • Feb 14 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,000m gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,500m; narrowly beats Soviet skater Sergey Khlebnikov in both events
  • Feb 15 An East German sweep of the medals in the women's 3,000m speed skating at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; Andrea Schöne takes gold ahead of team mates Karin Enke and Gabi Zange
  • Feb 16 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • Feb 16 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan takes his 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay; also wins 15k gold
  • Feb 16 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 2nd career gold medal in 4 x 10k relay at Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 4 career gold; 15k Lake Placid (1980), 50k Sarajevo, relay Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 16 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,500m at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, his second gold medal of the Games; also wins the 1,000m
  • Feb 16 3-time men's figure skating world champion Scott Hamilton of the US wins the gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics from Brian Orser of Canada and Jozef Sabovčík of Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 17 Biathletes Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway and West German Peter Angerer finish 2nd & 3rd respectively in the relay at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; both have complete sets of medals from biathlon events at the Games
  • Feb 18 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 20k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; sweeps all 3 individual events, also winning 5k and 10k events
  • Feb 18 East German figure skater Katarina Witt wins first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins gold in Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 18 Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen wins first of 4 career Olympic gold medals in the Large Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 19 XIV Winter Olympic Games close in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 19 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • Feb 19 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins for 2nd consecutive year and 4th time in career; last-lap pass to beat Darrell Waltrip
  • Feb 19 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 50k event at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; his second gold of the Games (4 x 10k relay) and 3rd of his career (15k Lake Placid 1980)
  • Feb 19 Soviet Union wins its 6th Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 2-0 win over silver medallists Czechoslovakia at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 22 Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Quebec
  • Mar 3 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 3 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • Mar 4 Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 Tennis legend Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 7–5, 6–1 for her 5th overall Championship title

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Mar 9 Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Mar 9 Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page
  • Mar 10 25th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Auburn, 51-49
  • Mar 10 5th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 82-71 (OT)
  • Mar 11 31st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats Duke, 74-62
  • Mar 13 Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • Mar 13 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 17 Scotland beats France, 21-12 at Murrayfield to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright and Triple Crown for first time since 1938; Grand Slam first time since 1925
  • Mar 19 MLB Pitcher Denny McLain indicted on charges of racketeering
  • Mar 21 Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
  • Mar 21 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 22 Islander Bryan Trottier ties NHL record scores 5 seconds into game

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 23 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada
  • Mar 23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 24 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • Mar 29 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis
  • Mar 31 138th Grand National: Neale Doughty wins aboard 13/1 Hallo Dandy; 23 complete the course, breaking record for most finishers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 Mike Bossy becomes first player in NHL history to record 7 straight 50 goal seasons; scores 50th and 51st of the year in a 3-1 New York Islanders' win at Washington

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Apr 1 3rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC goes back-to-back; beats Tennessee, 72-61; Cheryl Miller 2nd consecutive MOP award

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Apr 1 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 24-year old Fred Couples finishes at 277 (-11), 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Lee Trevino

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston, 84-75; Hoyas center Patrick Ewing tournament MOP; John Thompson first African-American head coach to lead his team to any NCAA Division I title

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

  • Apr 7 Detroit Tiger Jack Morris no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 8 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster wins the first of her 7 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Pat Bradley, with a par on the 1st extra hole

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Apr 13 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get 4,000 hits in a career

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 15 48th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of 1977 & 1981 champion Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Apr 16 88th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith wins men's event in 2:10:34; Lorraine Moller of New Zealand women's champion in 2:29:28
  • Apr 16 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam
  • Apr 17 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage
  • Apr 18 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • Apr 27 Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings
  • Apr 30 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game
  • May 1 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • May 5 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 8 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics
  • May 9 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • May 11 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • May 13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match
  • May 16 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel
  • May 16 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer

  • May 16 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game
  • May 17 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • May 19 109th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Wayne Gretzky scores twice as Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 5-2 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers first SC title

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 23 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game
  • May 24 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • May 25 Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • May 25 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner
  • May 27 Manuela Manleeva wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:03:21.638 (263.308 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • May 30 NL suspends Mario Soto 5 days for Reds-Cubs fight on May 27th
  • May 30 28th European Cup: Liverpool beats Roma (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 31 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) v England, ODI cricket record
  • Jun 1 Douglas H Mitchell, QC of Calgary becomes 6th CFL Commissioner
  • Jun 1 Weightlifter Alexander Gunyashev of USSR snatches a record 211 kg

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 3 LPGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus GC: Defending champion Patty Sheehan finishes 10 strokes ahead of runners-up Pat Bradley and Beth Daniel

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 4 1960 champion Arnold Palmer fails to qualify for the US Open Golf Championship for the first time in 32 years

  • Jun 4 NY Mets draft Shawn Abner, 17, #1
  • Jun 9 116th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:27.2
  • Jun 9 Jurgen Hingsen of West Germany sets record for decathlon, 8,798 pts
  • Jun 9 French Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-1; 2nd women in Open Era to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles at once
  • Jun 10 38th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 10 Zhu Jian Hua of China high jumps a record 7'10" (2.39m)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 10 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 1st career Grand Slam title; beats John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Jun 15 American boxer Thomas Hearns retains WBC light middleweight title with 2 round KO of Roberto Durán of Panama at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas; marks first time in his illustrious career Durán knocked out
  • Jun 15 Vitesse soccer team forms in Arnhem
  • Jun 16 Edwin Moses wins his 100th consecutive 400-meter hurdles race

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Fuzzy Zoeller beats Greg Norman of Australia by 8 strokes in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his first Open title

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Jun 20 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits his 3rd grand slam & 14th lifetime
  • Jun 22 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins
  • Jun 27 UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Michel Platini & Bruno Bellone score as France beats Spain, 2-0
  • Jun 27 Supreme Court ends NCAA monopoly on college football telecasts
  • Jun 29 Pete Rose plays in record 3,309th game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jul 1 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Miller Barber wins by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer for his second Senior Open title
  • Jul 3 After 22 years, England Test cricket spinner Derek Underwood hits a maiden 1st class century (111) for Kent v Sussex at Hastings
  • Jul 3 West Indies cricket opener Gordon Greenidge scores brilliant 214 off 242 balls in 9-wicket Lord's Test win v England
  • Jul 4 New York Yankees pitcher Phil Niekro strikes out Larry Parish (Texas Rangers) to become the 9th player to reach the 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone

  • Jul 6 New Zealand sisters Liz and Rose Signal become the first twins to play in the same cricket Test match, v England at Headingley
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 7-6, 6-2 for her 26th Grand Slam title
  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe defends his crown, thrashing fellow American Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2
  • Jul 11 55th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos) awarded for 2nd time
  • Jul 13 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m
  • Jul 15 US Open Women's Golf, Salem CC: Hollis Stacy wins her 3rd US title by 1 stroke from Rosie Jones
  • Jul 20 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 22 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Seve Ballesteros of Spain wins his 2nd of 3 Open titles by 2 shots from Bernhard Langer & Tom Watson

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 22 22nd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats Australia in Sao Paulo Brazil (2-1)
  • Jul 22 71st Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon of France
  • Jul 23 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save
  • Jul 26 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,052nd single
  • Jul 26 Kuhn announces pitcher Vida Blue is suspended for the rest of 1984 due to cocaine conviction
  • Jul 27 Reds' Pete Rose collects record 3,053rd career single (vs Philadelphia)
  • Jul 28 23rd modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles
  • Jul 29 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. George's CC: Juli Inkster wins by 1 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • Jul 29 American cyclists Alexi Grewal and Connie Carpenter take out the road race double around the streets of Mission Viejo at the LA Olympics
  • Jul 31 US men's gymnastics team win team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics
  • 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 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

OlympicsOlympic Gold

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
  • 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 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 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 Carl Lewis wins 3rd gold medal of the Los Angeles Olympics joining Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson in an American sweep of the 200m
  • 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 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • 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