On This Day

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 Iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait
  • Aug 1 Soyuz TM-10 launches
  • Aug 2 Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia
  • Aug 2 Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas hits his 10th MLB homer in 6-5 loss v Detroit, fastest to reach that mark, 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, Gloucestershire (UK record)
  • Aug 3 NY Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas sets a MLB record for hitting 10 home runs in the fewest at bats (72)
  • Aug 3 Radio Kuwait resigns air, due to Iraqi invasion
  • Aug 3 US announces commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions
  • Aug 4 95.5°F (35.3°C) in De Bilt Netherlands (highest Aug temperature in Netherlands)
  • Aug 4 European community proposes a boycott of Iraq

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 6 Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto

  • Aug 6 UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq

Saudi ArabiaOperation Desert Shield

Aug 7 US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia beginning Operation Desert Shield

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US troops in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield
US troops in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield
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  • Aug 8 Baltimore 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 ArenaBowl IV, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Dallas Texans 51-27, Art Schlichter MVP
  • Aug 12 12th annual Macy's Tap-o-mania

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 12 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Shoal Creek: Wayne Grady of Australia wins his only major title by 3 strokes from American Fred Couples

Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady
Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 17 "Exorcist 3" film written and directed by William Peter Blatty, premieres

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 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 Dodger Jose Offerman hits HR in his 1st 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 Maas 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 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.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 27 "No Fences" 2nd studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 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 28 F5 strength tornado hits Plainfield, Illinois, killing 29 and injuring 353
  • 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 Tatarstan announces its sovereignty with the Declaration on the State Sovereignty of the Tatar Soviet Socialist Republic
  • Aug 31 Dennis Eckersley saves his 40th game of the season
  • Aug 31 East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems

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Aug 31 Baseball outfielders Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the 1st father and son to play on same team (Seattle Mariners), the pair hit back-to-back singles in the first inning and both scored

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Landry Allbright, American actress (Bridget Forrester in Bold & Beautiful), born in San Dimas, California
  • Aug 2 Alice Connor, British actress, born in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • Aug 3 Jourdan Dunn, British model, born in London, England
  • Aug 5 Patrick Reed, American golfer (2018 Masters), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Aug 6 Jon Benet Ramsey, little beauty queen (murdered in 1996)
  • Aug 9 Adelaide Kane, Australian actress
  • Aug 12 Mario Balotelli, Italian soccer striker (36 caps; Nice, Inter, Man City), born in Palermo, Italy
  • Aug 14 Jaydee Bixby, Canadian country singer-songwriter (Cowboys And Cadillacs), born in Drumheller, Alberta

Person of interestJennifer Lawrence

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

  • Aug 17 Colin Bates, British-American actor, dancer, and singer (Billy Elliot - The Musical)
  • Aug 17 Rachel Hurd-Wood, British actress (Clique), born in London, England
  • Aug 20 Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Dutch-Javanese Surinamese swimmer (Olympic gold 2008, 12), born in Sauwerd, Netherlands
  • Aug 26 Lil' Chris [Hardman], British rock singer (Checkin' It Out), born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England (d. 2015)
  • Aug 28 Bojan Krkić, Serbian-Spanish footballer, born in Linyola, Spain
  • Aug 29 Sam Stern, British chef and author, born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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 (Interpol Calling, The Avengers), dies at 68
  • 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, American 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 8 Andrzej Dobrowolski, Polish classical and experimental composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 9 Dorothy Appleby, actress (Small Town Boy, Paradise Express), dies
  • Aug 9 Joe Mercer OBE, English soccer midfielder (5 caps; Everton, Arsenal) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, England 1974), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • Aug 10 Richard Haines, director (Splatter University), dies
  • Aug 10 Cookie Lavagetto, American baseball third baseman, manager and coach (MLB All Star 1938-41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Washington Senators), dies at 77
  • 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 known for his drawings of cats, usually with horrible puns (Love to Eat Them Mousies), dies at 55
  • Aug 12 Piotr Perkowski, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 13 Jimmy Starr, actor (Hot Flashes), dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, dies at 90
  • Aug 15 Nina Bara [Frances Bauer], Argentinian actress (Missile to the Moon, Space Patrol), dies of cancer at 70
  • Aug 15 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (Kino), dies in a car accident at 28
  • Aug 15 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), dies of Crohn's disease complications at 52
  • Aug 16 Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • Aug 17 Pearl Bailey, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress, singer and dancer (Hello, Dolly!), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Aug 17 Roderick Cook, English actor (Rockabye), dies of apparent heart attack at 58
  • Aug 18 B F Skinner, American psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86
  • Aug 18 Raf Reymen, Flemish actor (Huisvuil, Het glas water), dies at 64
  • 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 and writer, dies at 90
  • Aug 22 Merlin Marston, American actor (Blue Sky), dies of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at 46
  • Aug 22 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), dies at 66
  • Aug 23 David Rose, composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), dies at 80
  • Aug 24 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, dies at 48
  • 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, American actor, director and producer, who was the 1st African-American to hold a regular role in a western series (Simon Blake in "Rawhide"), dies of cancer at 60

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

Aug 27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - Let's Dance), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Aug 28 Larry Jackson, American baseball pitcher (5 × MLB All-Star; MLB wins leader 1964; St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 59
  • Aug 28 Willy Vandersteen, Flemish cartoonist (Suske & Wiske), dies
  • Aug 28 Patience Strong [Winifred Emma May], English poet and journalist, dies at 83
  • Aug 28 Pamela Harrison, English pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • 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