What Happened in August 1991

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st Actress Hedy Lamarr, 77, arrested for shoplifting in Florida

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st Italian/Argentine Soccer star Diego Maradona retires

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona

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2nd Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

Musician Rick James
Rick James
  • 2nd Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA
  • 2nd Mike Jeffcoat is 1st AL pitcher to get an RBI since 1972
  • 2nd Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched
  • 2nd Pan Am games open in Havana
  • 3rd Giant Victory, driven by Jack Moiseyev, wins Hambletonian
  • 4th 1st time Seattle Mariners are 9 games over .500
  • 4th Deb Richard wins LPGA Phar-Mor in Youngstown Golf Tournament
  • 4th The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa.
  • 5th Sergei Bubka of USSR sets pole vault world record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden
  • 6th Debbie Doom (US) pitches 2nd consecutive perfect game in women's softball at the Pan American Games, beats Nicaragua, 8-0

CommunicationHistoric Communication

6th Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • 7th Charles Austin breaks US high jump record at 7'10½"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

7th Court rules Manuel Noriega, may access some secret US documents

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 7th Darrin Lewis hits his 1st major league HR
  • 7th Manhattan Cable final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes
  • 7th US sets 400m relay record at 37.67 seconds
  • 8th Billy Preston charged with exhibiting pornography to a minor
  • 8th Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge
  • 8th Gary Oldman, actor (State of Grace), arrested for drunk driving
  • 8th Shi'ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy
  • 8th With two months left, White Sox set new home attendance (2,150,951)
  • 8th The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
  • 10th "A Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 7 performances
  • 10th NFL sportscaster Paul Maquire suffers a heart attack at 53
  • 11th 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed

Sport awardGolf Major

11th 73rd PGA Championship: John Daly shoots a 276 at Crooked Stick Ind

Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion John Daly
Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion
John Daly
  • 11th Melissa Mcnamara wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic
  • 11th Shite Muslims release US hostage Edward Tracy
  • 11th Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) lands
  • 11th Wilson Alvarez hurls a no-hitter in his 1st big league start
  • 12th Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan
  • 12th Last day in Test Cricket for Viv Richards, Dujon & Marshall
  • 13th Michael Ray Barrowman swims world record 200m breaststroke (2:10.60)
  • 13th Test Cricket debut of Mike Whitney for Australia versus England at Old Trafford
  • 13th US Vice-President Dan Quayle makes a speech attacking lawyers
  • 14th Twins Dave Winfield is 23rd to hit 400 HR
  • 15th 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park
  • 15th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 16th Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants

Event of interestEvent of Interest

16th US President George H. W. Bush declares recession is near an end

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 17th Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league HR since 1983
  • 18th Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Northgate Computer Golf Classic
  • 18th Hurricane Bob hits NC with 115 MPH wind
  • 18th Pan American games close in Havana
  • 19th -20] Hurricane Bob hits US

BattleCoup d'état

19th Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup d'état

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 19th Janel Bishop, 17, of New Hampshire, crowned 9th Miss Teen USA
  • 20th Norbert Rosza swims world record 100m breast stroke (1:01.29)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

20th Dolphin Dan Marino surpasses Joe Montana as the highest paid NFL player with a 5-year extension for $25 million

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 20th Estonia formally declares its independence from the USSR
  • 20th The United Democratic Front, one of the most prominent anti-apartheid movements, comprising of over 400 workers', church, civic and student organisations, dissolves

BattleCoup d'état

21st Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 21st Latvia declares its independence from USSR
  • 22nd Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 100 m backstroke (1:00.31)
  • 23rd 3rd World Championships in Athletics open at Tokyo, Japan
  • 24th Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
  • 24th Silky Stallone, wins the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway
  • 24th Taiwan captures its 15th Little League World Series, 11-0
  • 24th Ukraine declares independence from USSR
  • 25th "Getting Married" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 70 performances
  • 25th 43rd Emmy Awards: "LA Law", "Cheers", Kirstie Alley & Patricia Wettig win
  • 25th 91st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mitch Voges

Event of interestEvent of Interest

25th Carl Lewis rus 100m in 9.86 seconds

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 25th Cubs Doug Dascenzo commits his 1st career error after 242 games
  • 25th Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 200m backstroke (2:06.62)
  • 25th Martha Nause wins LPGA Chicago Sun-Times Shoot-Out Golf Tournament
  • 25th Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
  • 25th Wanda Panfil wins 3rd female world champion marathon (2:29:53)
  • 25th White-Russia declares its independence
  • 25th Linux was born when Linus Torvalds sent off the email announcing his project to create a new operating system.
  • 26th Royal Brett Saberegen no-hits White Sox 7-0
  • 27th Moldavia declares independence from USSR
  • 28th Lexington Ave IRT subway train derails at Union Square, 5 die

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

28th Red Tom Browning vs Expo Dennis Martínez both perfect game pitcher

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 29th JFK Jr wins his 1st battle as an attorney
  • 29th USSR suspends Communist Party activities
  • 30th Dan O'Brien sets US decathalon record with 8,812 points
  • 30th Mike Powell of US sets then long jump record at 29' 4½" (8.95m)
  • 30th Tamil Tigers capture Sri Lanka poet Selvi
  • 31st Houston QB David Klingler sets NCAA record with 6 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter as the Cougars clobbered Louisiana Tech 73-3
  • 31st Richard J Kerr, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 31st Rockies bat out of order against Expos in 1st inning
  • 31st William H Webster, ends term as 14th director of CIA

Famous Birthdays

  • 2nd Gabriel Anthony Cohen, son of journalists Meredith Viera & Richard Cohen
  • 9th Hansika Motwani, Indian actress
  • 16th Evanna Lynch, Irish actress
  • 16th Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Canadian actress
  • 20th Marko Đoković, Serbian tennis player
  • 28th Kyle Massey, American actor
  • 28th Sarah Jane Santos, Filipino singer

Famous Weddings

  • 14th Comedian Jackie Mason marries his manager Jyll Rosenfeld (37)
  • 31st Musician Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) weds Gertie Filip

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Stuart Wilson, actor (The Girl Who Had Everything), dies at 87
  • 2nd Helen Page Camp, American actress, dies at 60
  • 4th Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80

Person of interestPerson of Interest

5th Paul Brown, NFL founder (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 5th Soichiro Hondo, CEO & founder (Honda), dies of liver cancer at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

6th Harry Reasoner, newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 68

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner
  • 6th Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • 6th Roland Michener, Canadian politician and governor general (b. 1900)
  • 7th Billy James, comedian/singer (Women at Play, Lusty Business), dies
  • 7th Shapur Bahktiar, PM of Iran (1979), assassinated
  • 7th Shotzie, Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
  • 8th James B Irwin, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15), dies at 61
  • 8th John Brasser, Zaans resistance fighter (White Ko), dies
  • 8th Magdalena G Schenk, historical (Vorstenhuizen of our time), dies
  • 8th Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • 9th Corrie Hartong, dance pioneer, dies
  • 10th Josef Lipski, Polish politician, dies
  • 11th Jef Contryn, Flemish pioneer puppet theatre, dies at 89
  • 11th J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
  • 12th Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • 12th William Gordon, screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies
  • 13th Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65
  • 14th Douglas Kiker, newscaster (NBC-TV), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 14th Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • 15th Marietta Tree, ambassador (UN Comm of Human Rights), dies at 74
  • 16th Robert DiMatte Jr, stage director/actor, dies at 43
  • 16th Shamu the Whale, dies of respiratory failure at 16
  • 16th Stuart Karl, CEO (Karl Home Video), dies at 38 of skin cancer
  • 17th Don Dubbins, actor (Enchanted Island, DI), dies at 63
  • 17th Leo Geerts, [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • 17th Mervyn Nelson, director (Some of My Best Friends Are...), dies at 76
  • 18th Vaughn Shoemaker, US cartoonist (John Q Public, Pulitzer), dies
  • 18th Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47
  • 20th Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • 20th Lenore Strunsky Gershwin, widow of Ira Gershwin, dies at 90
  • 21st Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist/philosopher, dies at 101
  • 21st Richard Wilson, producer/writer/actor (Pay or Die), dies at 75
  • 21st Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect, dies
  • 22nd Boris Pugo, USSR minister of Interior (1990), commits suicide
  • 22nd Colleen Dewhurst, actress (Murphy Brown), dies of cancer at 67
  • 23rd Florence B Seibert, bio-chemist (TB), dies at 93
  • 24th Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic-silver-1912), dies at 99
  • 24th Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • 24th Bernard Castro, patented convertible couch, dies at 87
  • 24th Mike Sokoll, cowboy actor, dies at 97
  • 25th Don Nute, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 25th Niven Busch, US writer (Duel in the Sun), dies
  • 25th Sergei Ajromeiev, soviet general, commits suicide
  • 27th Gordon Heath, actor (Sapphire, Staircase, Animal Farm), dies
  • 27th Vince Taylor, [Brian Holden], British singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • 28th Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • 28th Eleanor Berry, actress (Death Valley Days), dies
  • 29th Dallas Adams, British painter/writer/actor (Terror from Within), dies
  • 29th Daniel Ocko, dies of respiratory condition at 78
  • 29th Dixie Dunbar, [Charlotte King], dies of heart attack at 72
  • 29th Kathryn Cravens, news correspondent, dies at 92
  • 29th Libero Grassi, Italian underwear manufacturer/anti mafia, dies
  • 30th Alan Wheatley, English actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 84
  • 30th Hans Koetsier, sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), dies
  • 30th Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (moving objects), dies
  • 31st Leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93
  • 31st Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), dies at 61