On This Day

August 1993 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapses
  • Aug 2 Train crash in tunnel at Vega de Anzo Spain, 12 killed
  • Aug 4 Angolan air force bombs Huambo
  • Aug 4 Rwandian Hutus and Tutsis sign peace treaty in Arusha, Tanzania
  • 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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Aug 10 Earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand
  • Aug 11 Pope John Paul II visits Mexico
  • Aug 12 Pope John Paul II begins visit of US
  • Aug 13 Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand, collapses, 114 killed
  • Aug 13 US Court of Appeals rules congress must save all E-Mail
  • Aug 14 Nigerian presidential election
  • Aug 14 St Louis reliever Lee Smith is fastest to get 40 saves
  • Aug 15 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapses for 2nd time
  • 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 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 20 Howard Stern is fired from WLUP-AM, Chicago

Historic Event

Aug 20 Mother Teresa hospitalized with malaria

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 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 23 NY Dow Jones index reaches record high of 3,638.96 points
  • Aug 24 Mars Observer comes closest to Mars

Appointment of Interest

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

General and President of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida
General and President of Nigeria
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

Historic Event

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

Engineer and Architect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Architect
Gustave Eiffel
  • Aug 30 Hassan II mosque opens in Casablanca, second largest mosque in the world
  • Aug 31 Venezuela president Carlos Perez flees
  • Aug 31 HMS Mercury, the Royal Navy's communications training establishment, closes after 52 years in commission.

Weddings in History

  • Aug 14 Dr William Masters (78) weds college sweetheart Geraldine Oliver (76)
  • Aug 14 Shari Beadley weds Christopher Martin (Kid 'n Play)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Alfred Manessier, French painter (glass-in-lead), dies in car crash at 81
  • Aug 1 Anatoli Koretski, Russian major general, murdered
  • Aug 1 Lea Verschuuren-Smulders, Dut author (Kleutertje Luister), dies at 72
  • Aug 1 Viktor Polyanitshko, governor of Kaukasus, murdered
  • Aug 6 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, dies at 67
  • Aug 7 Kelly Ahrendt, 1st NYer to die of rabies in 40 years, dies at 14
  • Aug 8 Lou van Raised, impresario, dies at 77
  • Aug 8 Lou van Rees, Dutch impresario, dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Robert W Kempner, German officer of justice in Prussia, dies at 93
  • Aug 16 Irene Sharaff, US costume designer (Cleopatra, Can-can), dies at 83
  • Aug 16 Joseph Towers, US pilot, dies
  • Aug 17 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher and translator, dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Robert C Maynard, American journalist (Oakland Tribune), dies at 56
  • Aug 17 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (b. 1920)
  • Aug 18 Alf Bold, German festival programmer, dies of AIDS at 47
  • Aug 19 Lucinda Ballard, US costume designer, wife of Howard Dietz, dies at 90
  • Aug 20 Bernard Delfgaauw, philosopher (Johnson murderer!), dies at 80
  • Aug 22 Kasdi Merbah, Prime Minister of Algeria (1988-89), assassinated
  • Aug 23 Victorine Hefting, historian/wife of Bert Baker, dies at 88
  • Aug 25 Amy Biehl, US activist in South-Africa, murdered at 26
  • Aug 28 William Stafford, American poet (b. 1914)
  • Aug 29 Henry J "Harry" Smeets, dealer of Volkskrant, dies at 56