What Happened in August 1990

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 149 performances
  • Aug 1 Indians' Alex Cole sets club record with 5 stolen bases in one game
  • Aug 1 Iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait
  • Aug 1 Soyuz TM-10 launches
  • Aug 1 Stanton Cook becomes CEO of Chicago Cubs
  • Aug 2 Iraq invades & occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia
  • Aug 2 Yankees rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th home run in just 77 at bats

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Aug 2 US President George H. W. Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Aug 2 23rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • Aug 3 98.8°F (37.1°C) in Cheltenham, Glos. (UK record)
  • Aug 3 NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 10th HR in 1st 72 at bats
  • Aug 3 Radio Kuwait resigns air, due to Iraqi invasion
  • Aug 3 US announces commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions
  • Aug 3 For 3rd time in 1990 a no-hitter is broken up with 2 outs in 8th inning. Doug Drabek of Pitts still beats Philadelphia 11-0
  • Aug 4 95.5°F (35.3°C) in De Bilt Neth (highest Aug temp in Neth)
  • Aug 4 European community proposes a boycott of Iraq
  • Aug 5 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Aug 5 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan inducted into hall of fame
  • Aug 6 NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 11th HR in 1st 86 at bats

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Aug 6 President Ghulam Ishaq Kahn dismisses Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • Aug 6 UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba & Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
  • Aug 7 Operation Desert Shield begins - US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
  • Aug 7 NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 12th HR in 1st 92 at bats & becomes 21st to hit a ball into 3rd deck of Seattle's Kingdome
  • Aug 8 Balt Orioles pull their 10th triple play (1-6-3 vs Oakland)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 8 Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Aug 8 Iraq annexes Kuwait as its 19th province

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Aug 8 Pete Rose begins 5-ms prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 9 12 Arab leaders agree to send pan-Arab forces to protect Saudi Arabia
  • Aug 9 Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-10 launches
  • Aug 10 NASA's Magellan spacecraft lands on Venus
  • Aug 10 The Massacre of more than 127 Muslims in North East Sri Lanka by paramilitaries.
  • Aug 11 Egypt & Morocco troops land in Saudi Arabia to prevent Iraqi invasion
  • Aug 11 NY Yankee Kevin Maas is fastest to get 13 HRs (110 at bats)
  • Aug 12 12th annual Macy's Tap-o-mania

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 12 72nd PGA Championship: Wayne Grady shoots a 282 at Shoal Creek Ala

Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady
  • Aug 12 Cathy Gerring wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic

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Aug 12 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Aug 14 Angel's Louis Palonia is 74th to hit an inside park grandslam
  • Aug 14 Denver vote for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise

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Aug 15 51st PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

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Aug 15 Mark McGwire is 1st to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Aug 15 Phils Terry Mulholland no-hits Giants 6-0 (8th no hitter of 1990)
  • Aug 15 At least 150 people die in clashes between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party, South Africa
  • Aug 16 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Aug 16 Iraq orders 4000 Britons & 2500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq

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Aug 16 South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Aug 17 "Exorcist 3" premieres
  • Aug 17 Carlton Fisk hits White Sox record 187th HR

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Aug 17 Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Aug 19 Betsy King wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Golf Classic
  • Aug 19 Dodger Jose Offerman hits HR in his 1st at bat
  • Aug 19 NY Yankee Kevin Mass is quickest to reach 14 HRs (approx 128 at bat)
  • Aug 20 Gene Michael names NY Yankee VP/GM replacing Harding Peterson

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Aug 20 George Steinbrenner steps down as NY Yankee owner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Aug 20 Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations (human shields)
  • Aug 20 NY Yankee Kevin Mass is quickest to reach 15 HRs (approx 132 at bat)
  • Aug 22 US President George H. W. Bush calls up military reserves
  • Aug 23 Armenia declares independence
  • Aug 23 East & West Germany announced that they would unite on Oct 3
  • Aug 23 US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf
  • Aug 24 3,500 peacekeepers arrive in Liberia
  • Aug 24 Iraqi troops surround US & other embassies in Kuwait City
  • Aug 25 Li Hui Rong of China sets triple jump woman's record (47'8½")
  • Aug 25 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq
  • Aug 26 2 murdered college students found in Gainesville, Florida
  • Aug 26 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Northgate Golf Classic
  • Aug 26 Bo Jackson hits 4th of 4 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 27 52 Americans arrive in Turkey from Iraq
  • Aug 27 Brewers-Blue Jays game is delayed 35 minutes due to gnats
  • Aug 27 Rosa Mota wins female marathon (2:31:27)
  • Aug 27 WWF Summer Slam-Ultimate Warrior beats Rick Rude
  • Aug 27 Market prices plunge as OPEC nears informal agreement to increase output to cover shortfall due to invasion; cash market trading experiences abrupt decline.
  • Aug 28 Cub's Ryne Sandberg is 1st 2nd baseman to hit 30 HRs, consecutively
  • Aug 28 Stefan Edberg (#1 seeded player) loses in 1st round to Alex Volkov
  • Aug 29 C-5 transport plane crashes at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, killing 13
  • Aug 29 Saddam Hussein declares America can't beat Iraq
  • Aug 30 Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr become 1st father & son to play on same team (Seattle Mariners), both single in 1st inning
  • Aug 30 Tatarstan declares independence from the RSFSR.
  • Aug 31 Dennis Eckersley saves his 40th game of the season
  • Aug 31 East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems
  • Aug 31 Ken Griffey Sr & Jr are 1st father & son to play on same team each goes 1 for 4 for Seattle Mariners

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Landry Allbright, American actress (Bridget Forrester in Bold & Beautiful), born in San Dimas, California
  • Aug 2 Alice Connor, British actress
  • Aug 6 Jon Benet Ramsey, little beauty queen (murdered in 1996)
  • Aug 9 Adelaide Kane, Australian actress
  • Aug 12 Mario Balotelli, Italian footballer
  • Aug 14 Jaydee Bixby, Canadian singer

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Aug 15 Jennifer Lawrence, American actress (Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook), born in Louisville, Kentucky

  • Aug 17 Colin Bates, American actor
  • Aug 17 Rachel Hurd-Wood, British actress
  • Aug 20 Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Dutch swimmer
  • Aug 26 Lil' Chris, British singer
  • Aug 28 Bojan Krkić, Serbian-Spanish footballer
  • Aug 29 Sam Stern, British chef and author

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 11 "General Hospital" actor Maurice Benard (27) weds Paula Smith

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Norbert Elias, German/English/Neth philosopher/sociologist, dies
  • Aug 2 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Aug 2 Edwin Richfield, British actor (b. 1921)
  • Aug 3 Florida Edwards, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 5 Herman Gooding, Suriname police-inspector, dies
  • Aug 6 Charles Arnt, actor (Double Exposure), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Aug 6 Gordon Metcalfe, actor (Monster in the Closet), dies of AIDS at 43
  • Aug 6 Jacques Soustelle, Fren ethnology/minister of Information, dies at 78
  • Aug 6 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), dies at 62
  • Aug 6 Robert Alex, shot to death by robber at 31
  • Aug 7 Eva Sully Block, actress (Kid Millions), dies of heart failure at 88
  • Aug 9 Dorothy Appleby, actress (Small Town Boy, Paradise Express), dies
  • Aug 9 Joe Mercer, English footballer (b. 1914)
  • Aug 10 Richard Haines, director (Splatter University), dies
  • Aug 12 Dorothy Mackaill, actress (Love Affair), dies of kidney failure at 87
  • Aug 12 Sara Seegar, [Stone], actor (Mystery of Room 13), dies at 76
  • Aug 12 B. Kliban, American cartoonist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 13 Jimmy Starr, actor (Hot Flashes), dies at 86
  • Aug 15 Nina Bara, actress (Missile to the Moon), dies of cancer at 66
  • Aug 15 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (b. 1962)
  • Aug 16 Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • Aug 17 Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72
  • Aug 17 Roderick Cook, actor (Rockabye), dies of apparent heart attack at 58
  • Aug 18 B F Skinner, psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86
  • Aug 18 Raf Reymen, Flemish actor, dies
  • Aug 18 Grethe Ingmann, Danish singer (b. 1938)
  • Aug 19 Ben Rutgers Van de Loeff-Basenau, children's book writer, dies at 80
  • Aug 20 Marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist/writer, dies
  • Aug 21 George Adamson, British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya
  • Aug 22 Merlin Marston, actor (Blue Sky), dies of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at 45
  • Aug 23 David Rose, composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), dies at 80
  • Aug 24 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer (b. 1941)
  • Aug 24 Gailli AbedElrhman, Sudanese writer (b. 1931)
  • Aug 25 Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (b. 1903)
  • Aug 26 Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 27 Raymond St Jacques, actor/dir (Falcon Crest), dies of cancer at 60

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Aug 27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Aug 28 Willy Vandersteen, Flemish cartoonist (Suske & Wiske), dies
  • Aug 29 Sandy, dog in the play Annie, dies at 16
  • Aug 31 Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies
  • Aug 31 Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton, NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attack