On This Day

What Happened in August 1991

Historical Events

Film & TV History

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

Music History

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

  • Aug 2 Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA
  • 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, 2nd $1m purse in 22 days for Moiseyev after winning Meadowlands Pace
  • Aug 4 The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa
  • Aug 5 Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union breaks his own world pole vault record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden
  • Aug 6 American softball pitcher Debbie Doom strikes out 17 in her 2nd consecutive perfect game at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba; beats Nicaragua, 8-0

Historic 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.

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 7 Manhattan Cable final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes

World Record

Aug 7 American team of Carl Lewis, Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell & Dennis Mitchell set 4 x 100m relay world record of 37.67 seconds in Zürich, Switzerland

  • Aug 8 Billy Preston charged with exhibiting pornography to a minor

Music History

Aug 8 Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge

Film & TV History

Aug 8 Actor Gary Oldman is 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 9 British radio show "On the Hour" debuts on BBC Radio 4 with first appearance of Alan Partridge character
  • Aug 10 New York City Opera's limited run production of Stephen Sondhiem's "A Little Night Music" closes at New York State Theater, 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

PGA Championship

Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Crooked Stick GC: John Daly wins by 3 strokes from fellow American Bruce Lietzke

  • Aug 11 Shiite 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

Sports History

Aug 12 Last day in Test Cricket for Viv Richards, Dujon & Marshall

Album Release

Aug 12 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica"; debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

  • Aug 13 American Michael Ray Barrowman swims world record 200m breaststroke (2:10.60) at the World Championships in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 13 US Vice-President Dan Quayle makes a speech attacking lawyers at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association

Sports History

Aug 14 MLB Minnesota Twins Dave Winfield is 23rd to hit 400 HR

  • Aug 15 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park, NYC
  • Aug 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 16 Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Aug 16 John Gutfreund announces his resignation as chief executive of Salomon Brothers amid illegal bidding scandal

  • Aug 17 Royals Warren Cromartie's 1st major league HR since 1983
  • Aug 17 ArenaBowl V, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Tampa Bay Storm beats Detroit Drive 48-42, Stevie Thomas MVP
  • 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

Coup d'état

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

  • 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)

Sports History

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

  • 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

Coup d'état

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

  • Aug 21 Latvia declares its independence from USSR
  • Aug 22 Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 100m backstroke (1:00.31)
  • Aug 23 3rd Athletics World Championships 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
  • Aug 25 Carl Lewis rus 100m in 9.86 seconds
  • 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 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

Historic Invention

Aug 25 Linux is born when Linus Torvalds sends off an email announcing his project to create a new computer operating system

  • Aug 26 Royal Brett Saberegen no-hits White Sox 7-0
  • Aug 27 Moldavia declares independence from USSR

Historic Event

Aug 27 Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida creates nine states: Abia, Enugu, Delta, Jigawa, Kebbi, Osun, Kogi, Taraba, and Yobe

  • Aug 28 Lexington Ave IRT subway train derails at Union Square, 5 die

Baseball Record

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

  • Aug 29 JFK Jr wins his 1st battle as an attorney
  • Aug 29 USSR suspends Communist Party activities
  • Aug 29 Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signs decree to close Semipalatinsk test site (site of 456 Soviet nuclear tests 1949-89) after protests by Nevada-Semipalatinsk anti-nuclear movement [1]
  • Aug 30 Dan O'Brien sets US decathlon 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

Historic Event

Aug 31 William H. Webster ends term as 14th director of CIA

  • Aug 31 Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union following the failed coup in Moscow

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Gabe Cohen, American journalist, son of journalists Meredith Viera & Richard Cohen
  • Aug 9 Hansika Motwani, Indian actress (Desamuduru), born in Bombay, India
  • Aug 9 Alexa Bliss [Alexis Cabrera], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug 12 Lakeith Stanfield, American actor (Straight Outta Compton), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Aug 16 Evanna Lynch, Irish actress, born in Termonfeckin, Republic of Ireland
  • Aug 16 Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Canadian actress, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 16 Young Thug [Jeffery Williams], American rapper and songwriter ("Stoner"; "This Is America"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 17 Austin Butler, American actor (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), born in Anaheim, California
  • Aug 18 Liz Cambage, Australian basketball center (WNBA single game record 53), born in London, England
  • Aug 26 Dylan O'Brien, American actor (Thomas-Maze Runner, Stiles Stilinski-Teen Wolf), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 28 Kyle Massey, American actor and rapper, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 28 Sarah Jane Santos, Filipino singer
  • Aug 31 Shi Tingmao, Chinese diver (4 x Olympic gold 3m springboard, 3m synchro 2016, 2020; 8 x World C'ship gold), born in Chongqing, China

Famous Weddings

Tucker Carlson

Aug 10 Political commentator Tucker Carlson marries Susan Andrews at St. George's School, Rhode Island

Jackie Mason

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 3 Jackie Verdell, American gospel singer (The Davis Sisters, 1955-66), pop singer-songwriter ("Why Not Give Me A Chance") and session vocalist (Wilson Picket; Van Morrison), dies at 53
  • Aug 4 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80
  • Aug 4 Jeri Southern [Genevieve Hering], American jazz singer ("You Better Go Now"; "Joey"), dies of a heart attack at 64

Paul Brown

Aug 5 Paul Brown, American NFL Hall of Fame coach (Cleveland Browns, 1946-62, 1968-69; Cincinnati Bengals, 1970-75), dies of pneumonia at 82

  • Aug 5 Soichiro Hondo, Japanese CEO & founder of Honda, dies of liver cancer at 84

Harry Reasoner

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

  • Aug 6 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • Aug 6 Roland Michener, 20th Governor General of Canada (1967-74), dies at 91
  • Aug 7 Billy James, New Zealand comedian and singer (Billy T. James Show), dies of heart failure at 42
  • Aug 7 Shapur Bahktiar, Iranian politician, Prime Minister of Iran (1979), assassinated at 77
  • Aug 7 Schottzie Schott, Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
  • Aug 8 James Irwin, American air force officer and NASA astronaut (Apollo 15, 8th person to walk on the moon), 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, Dutch dance pioneer, dies at 85
  • Aug 10 Josef Lipski, Polish Senator, anti-Communist dissident, and human rights advocate, dies of heart disease at 65
  • Aug 10 (Henry) "Buster" Smith, American jazz alto saxophonist, arranger, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • Aug 11 Jef Contryn, Flemish pioneer puppet theatre, dies at 89
  • Aug 11 J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
  • Aug 11 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), dies at 83
  • 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, American toy developer at Mattel (Barbie Doll; Hot Wheels), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Douglas Kiker, American newscaster (NBC-TV), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Aug 14 Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • Aug 15 Marietta Tree, American diplomat and ambassador (1st woman to serve as chief U.S. delegate to the UN in 1961), 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 Donald "Don" Dubbins, American actor (From Here to Eternity, The Caine Mutiny), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 17 Leo Geerts [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • Aug 17 Mervyn Nelson, American stage 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 18 Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 83
  • Aug 19 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader ("(Themes from) The Man with the Golden Arm"; Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 77
  • Aug 20 Betty Bowden, British dancer and 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 and philosopher, dies at 101
  • Aug 21 Richard Wilson, producer/writer/actor (Pay or Die), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biographer), dies at 74
  • Aug 22 Boris Pugo, USSR minister of Interior (1990), commits suicide
  • Aug 22 Colleen Dewhurst, Canadian-American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Blue and the Grey - "Maggie"; Anne of Green Gables), dies of cervical 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, American actor, dies of AIDS at 56
  • Aug 25 Niven Busch, American screenwriter (Duel in the Sun), dies at 88
  • 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 rock and roll singer (Brand New Cadillac), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 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 and actor (Terror from Within), dies
  • Aug 29 Daniel Ocko, American actor dies of a respiratory condition at 78
  • Aug 29 Dixie Dunbar [Charlotte King], American singer and actress, dies of heart attack at 72
  • Aug 29 Kathryn Cravens, American early news correspondent, dies at 92
  • Aug 29 Libero Grassi, Italian underwear manufacturer/anti mafia, dies
  • Aug 30 Alan Wheatley, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • Aug 30 Hans Koetsier, Dutch sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), dies at 61
  • Aug 30 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (moving objects), dies at 66
  • Aug 31 Leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93
  • Aug 31 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), dies at 61