August 1991 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA
  • Aug 2 Pan Am games open in Havana
  • Aug 2 Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched
  • 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

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
  • Aug 8 Shi'ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy
  • 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 11 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed
  • 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
  • Aug 13 US Vice-President Dan Quayle makes a speech attacking lawyers at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association
  • Aug 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 16 Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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 24 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
  • Aug 24 Silky Stallone, wins the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway
  • Aug 24 Ukraine declares independence from USSR
  • Aug 25 91st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mitch Voges

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 25 Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
  • Aug 25 White-Russia declares its independence
  • 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
  • Aug 29 JFK Jr wins his 1st battle as an attorney

Historic Event

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 29 USSR suspends Communist Party activities
  • Aug 30 Tamil Tigers capture Sri Lanka poet Selvi
  • 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 Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union following the failed coup in Moscow

Historic Event

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


Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Gabe Cohen, American journalist, son of journalists Meredith Viera & Richard Cohen

Deaths in History

  • Aug 4 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Soichiro Hondo, Japanese CEO & founder of Honda, dies of liver cancer at 84
  • Aug 6 Roland Michener, 20th Governor General of Canada (1967-74), dies at 91
  • Aug 6 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • Aug 7 Shapur Bahktiar, Iranian politician, Prime Minister of Iran (1979), assassinated at 77
  • 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 10 Josef Lipski, Polish Senator, anti-Communist dissident, and human rights advocate, dies of heart disease at 65
  • Aug 11 Jef Contryn, Flemish pioneer puppet theatre, dies at 89
  • Aug 13 Jack Ryan, American toy developer at Mattel (Barbie Doll; Hot Wheels), dies at 65
  • 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 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 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 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 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biographer), dies at 74
  • Aug 22 Boris Pugo, USSR minister of Interior (1990), commits suicide
  • Aug 23 Florence B Seibert, bio-chemist (TB), dies at 93
  • Aug 24 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • Aug 24 Bernard Castro, patented convertible couch, dies at 87
  • Aug 25 Sergei Ajromeiev, soviet general, commits suicide
  • Aug 29 Kathryn Cravens, American early news correspondent, dies at 92
  • Aug 29 Libero Grassi, Italian underwear manufacturer/anti mafia, dies
  • 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