What Happened in August 1991

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Italian/Argentine Soccer star Diego Maradona retires

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Aug 6 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
  • Aug 7 Charles Austin breaks US high jump record at 7'10½"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 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
  • Aug 17 Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league HR since 1983
  • Aug 18 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Northgate Computer Golf Classic
  • Aug 18 Hurricane Bob hits NC with 115 MPH wind
  • Aug 18 Pan American games close in Havana
  • Aug 19 -20] Hurricane Bob hits US

BattleCoup d'état

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 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
  • Aug 20 Estonia formally declares its independence from the USSR
  • Aug 20 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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Carl Lewis rus 100m in 9.86 seconds

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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