On This Day

Historical Events in August 1993

  • Aug 1 "In the Summer House" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Aug 1 "She Loves Me" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances

Hall of Fame

Aug 1 14-time MLB All Star Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • Aug 1 Walter Koenig, Chekov of Star Trek, suffers a heart attack
  • Aug 1 England wins the women's cricket World Cup for the first time since the inaugural event in 1973 with a 67 run victory over New Zealand at Lord's
  • Aug 2 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapses
  • Aug 2 Maryland investors led by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos buy the Baltimore Orioles at auction in New York for $173m, nearly $50m more than ever paid for a baseball team
  • Aug 2 Train crash in tunnel at Vega de Anzo Spain, 12 killed
  • Aug 2 Shamrock Broadcasting, a Disney company, officially takes ownership of Cleveland's WMMS-FM/100.7 & WHK-AM/1420
  • Aug 4 Angolan air force bombs Huambo
  • Aug 4 Rwandian Hutus and Tutsis sign peace treaty in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Aug 4 Tony Gwynn gets 6 hits in 11-10 win v Giants, 4th time this season the Padre has 5 or more hits; ties MLB record
  • Aug 5 Republican Guard kills 64 civilians at Gninguilimin marketplace, in Chad
  • Aug 6 Japan Hosokawa government begins

Catholic Encyclical

Aug 6 Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical Veritatis splendor

  • Aug 7 "Camelot" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Aug 7 Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed
  • Aug 8 Tropical storm Bret ravages Venezuela, about 100 killed
  • Aug 9 King Albert II of Belgium, crowned

Historic Event

Aug 10 Ruth Bader Ginsburg sworn in as a US Supreme Court Justice

  • Aug 10 Charlotte Anne Lopez, 16, of Vermont, crowned 11th Miss Teen USA
  • Aug 10 Earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand

Music History

Aug 10 Columbia Records releases "River of Dreams", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's twelfth and final (unless he just changes his mind) studio album

Sports History

Aug 11 Red Sox Roger Clemens pitches 2,000th strike out (Danny Tartabul-NY)

  • Aug 12 Pope John Paul II begins visit of US

Sports History

Aug 13 Blue Jay Rickey Henderson pays Turner Ward $25,000 for his #24

  • Aug 13 Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand, collapses, 114 killed
  • Aug 13 US Court of Appeals rules congress must save all E-Mail
  • Aug 13 4th Athletics World Championships open at Stuttgart, Germany
  • Aug 14 Nigerian presidential election
  • Aug 14 Reggie Jackson Day - NY Yanks retire 13th # (#44)
  • Aug 14 St Louis reliever Lee Smith is fastest to get 40 saves
  • Aug 15 "Goodbye Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 188 performances

PGA Championship

Aug 15 75th PGA Championship Men's Golf, Inverness GC: Paul Azinger wins his first major title in a playoff with Greg Norman of Australia

  • Aug 15 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapses for 2nd time

Sports History

Aug 15 Nolan Ryan, 324th & final victory, Rangers 4, Indians 1

  • Aug 15 Televangelist Robert Tilton announces he is divorcing Marte
  • Aug 16 The Debian distribution first announced by Ian Murdock, a student at Purdue University (Murdock initially called his system the "Debian Linux Release")
  • Aug 16 South Africa relinquishes sovereignty over Walvis Bay
  • Aug 18 Historical Kapelbrug in Luzern Switzerland, destroyed by fire
  • Aug 19 34th Walker Cup: US, 19-5
  • Aug 19 Dow Jones hits record high of 3612.13
  • Aug 19 George Tiller, abortion doctor, shot in his arms by Rachelle Shannon
  • Aug 19 Mattel & Fisher Price toy companies merge
  • Aug 19 Sally Gunnell runs women's world record 400m hurdles (52.74")
  • Aug 19 26th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Doubletree Hotel
  • Aug 20 Colin Jackson runs world record 110m hurdles (12.91)
  • Aug 20 Howard Stern is fired from WLUP-AM, Chicago

Historic Event

Aug 20 Mother Teresa hospitalized with malaria

  • Aug 20 Oslo Peace Accords signed, after secret negotiations in Norway, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month
  • Aug 21 NASA loses contact with Mars Observer
  • Aug 22 "In the Summer House" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • Aug 23 NY Dow Jones index reaches record high of 3,638.96 points

Baseball Record

Aug 23 Fred McGriff & David Justice are 6th to hit back-to-back HRs twice in same game

  • Aug 24 Mars Observer comes closest to Mars
  • Aug 24 Padres scores 14 in 1st vs Cardinals

Appointment of Interest

Aug 26 Ernest Shonekan is appointed interim president of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida

  • Aug 27 Yak-40 crashes in Tadzjikistan, 79 killed/1 lives
  • Aug 27 The Rainbow Bridge connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba is completed.
  • Aug 28 Dam breaks in Qinghai West China, 223 killed
  • Aug 28 Jakovlev-42 crashes in Tadzjikistan, 76 killed
  • Aug 28 Long Beach California beats Panama for little league world championship
  • Aug 28 Singapore vice-premier Teng Cheong elected president

Golf Major

Aug 29 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), London Hunt GC: Brandie Burton wins in a playoff from Betsy King

  • Aug 29 93rd US Golf Amateur Championship won by John Harris

Historic Event

Aug 30 150,000,000th visitor to Eiffel Tower

  • Aug 30 Hassan II mosque opens in Casablanca, second largest mosque in the world

Television Debut

Aug 30 "Late Show with David Letterman" debuts on CBS, from the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC; Bill Murray is his first guest, Billy Joel performs

  • Aug 31 Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland Indians 5-4 in 22 innings
  • Aug 31 Venezuela president Carlos Perez flees
  • Aug 31 HMS Mercury, the Royal Navy's communications training establishment, closes after 52 years in commission.

Venice Film Festival

Aug 31 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion