August 1990 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Historic Event

Aug 2 US President George H. W. Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia

  • Aug 3 98.8°F (37.1°C) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (UK record)
  • 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

Historic Event

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

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

Operation Desert Shield

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

  • Aug 8 Iraq annexes Kuwait as its 19th province
  • 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 ArenaBowl IV, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Dallas Texans 51-27, Art Schlichter MVP
  • Aug 11 Egypt & Morocco troops land in Saudi Arabia to prevent Iraqi invasion
  • Aug 12 12th annual Macy's Tap-o-mania

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 14 Angel's Louis Palonia is 74th to hit an inside park grandslam
  • Aug 15 At least 150 people die in clashes between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party, South Africa
  • Aug 15 Phils Terry Mulholland no-hits Giants 6-0 (8th no hitter of 1990)
  • Aug 16 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Aug 16 Iraq orders 4000 Britons & 2500 Americans in Kuwait to Iraq

Historic Event

Aug 16 South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto

  • Aug 20 Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations (human shields)
  • 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 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq
  • Aug 26 2 murdered college students found in Gainesville, Florida
  • Aug 27 52 Americans arrive in Turkey from Iraq
  • 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.
  • 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 East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 29 Sam Stern, British chef and author, born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Norbert Elias, German/English/Neth philosopher/sociologist, dies
  • Aug 2 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Aug 3 Florida Edwards, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 5 Herman Gooding, Suriname police-inspector, dies
  • 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 10 Richard Haines, director (Splatter University), dies
  • 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 18 B F Skinner, American psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86
  • Aug 19 Anna Rutgers Van de Loeff-Basenau, Dutch children's book writer, dies at 80
  • Aug 20 Marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist and writer, dies at 90
  • Aug 24 Gailli AbedElrhman, Sudanese writer (b. 1931)
  • Aug 24 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, dies at 48
  • Aug 25 Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (b. 1903)
  • Aug 26 Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (discovered 12 comets), dies at 77
  • Aug 28 Patience Strong [Winifred Emma May], English poet and journalist, dies at 83
  • Aug 28 Willy Vandersteen, Flemish cartoonist (Suske & Wiske), dies
  • Aug 29 Sandy, dog in the play Annie, dies at 16
  • Aug 30 Edmund G. Love, American historian and author (A Small Bequest, Subways Are for Sleeping), dies at 78