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August 17th, 1991.

August 17th, 1991, was a Saturday. It was day 229 of 1991. The decade was the 1990s.

29 years, 9 months and 26 days have passed since August 17th, 1991.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 17th, 1991?

  • Strathfield Massacre: Taxi driver Wade Frankum shoots and kills seven people in Sydney, Australia.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1991.

  • United States: (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
  • United Kingdom: (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
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Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Terminator 2" was at the top of the box office on August 17th, 1991.

Take me back to August 17th, 1991!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 17th, 1991 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. The song (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams is on top of the singles charts in both the USA and the United Kingdom. George W. Bush Snr. is currently the President of the United States and the movie Terminator 2 is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, John Major is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, many of the trends from the late 80s are still popular. Colored tights, denim overalls, leotards, flannel shirts and shoulder pads are all fashionable at the moment. A civil war is currently taking place in the African country of Rwanda.

It's 1991, so the airwaves are being dominated by artists such as Bryan Adams, Michael Jackson, Roxette, R.E.M., Color Me Badd and Paula Abdul. In Europe, the Soviet Union is continuing to dissolve. A photograph of pregnant actress Demi Moore posing naked on the cover of Vanity Fair is currently receiving a lot of attention from the media.

A rock subgenre called "Grunge" is starting to rise in popularity. A new cartoon series called "Rugrats" has just been aired on Nickelodeon for the first time. Meanwhile, another cartoon called "The Ren & Stimpy Show" has also been broadcast on the network for the first time. Heavy metal band Metallica have just released their self-titled album "Metallica".

A new musical comedy-drama film called "The Commitments" has just hit the big screen. Australia is currently in shock after taxi driver Wade Frankum kills seven people in a shooting spree in Sydney, Australia. In the United States, Hurricane Bob is currently hitting North Carolina and New England.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "The Wonder Years", "Quantum Leap" and "Beverly Hills, 90210". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Golden Axe", "Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse" and "Battletoads". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Wonder Years", "Roseanne", "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Are You Afraid of the Dark?".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Sylvanian Families, the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, Yo-yo and G.I. Joe (figures).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 17th, 1991.

  • Grunge.

    Grunge.

    A rock subgenre called "Grunge" was starting to take off in the later half of 1992. During this period, Nirvana released their album "Nevermind" and Pearl Jam released their album "Ten".

  • 1991 in music.

    1991 in music.

    Popular music artists in 1991 included Bryan Adams, Boyz II Men, Ice T, R.E.M., Mariah Carey, Cher, Paula Abdul, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Jackson and Sting.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1991?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1991?

    In 1991, the best NBA players were Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Dominique Wilkins, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Kevin Johnson, Clyde Drexler, James Worthy, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton and Joe Dumars.

  • 1991 in movies.

    1991 in movies.

    Movies released in 1991 included Terminator 2, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Beauty and the Beast, Hook, The Silence of the Lambs, The Addams Family, Cape Fear, Hot Shots!, Boyz n the Hood, Backdraft and Father of the Bride.

  • The best football players in 1991.

    The best football players in 1991.

    In 1991, the best soccer players would have been Jean-Pierre Papin, Lothar Matthäus, Darko Pančev, Dejan Savićević, Robert Prosinečki, Gary Lineker, Gianluca Vialli, Miodrag Belodedici, Mark Hughes, Chris Waddle and Michael Laudrup.

  • The Silence of the Lambs.

    The Silence of the Lambs.

    "The Silence of the Lambs" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1991.

  • The Soviet Union is crumbling.

    The Soviet Union is crumbling.

    Throughout 1991, the Soviet Union continued to dissolve, as multiple countries declared their independence.

  • Ted Turner.

    Ted Turner.

    CNN founder Ted Turner was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1991. Turner was named as such because of CNN's around-the-clock coverage of Operation Desert Storm.

  • Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole - "Unforgettable"

    Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole - "Unforgettable"

    "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole went on to win a Grammy for 1991's Song of the Year.

  • Slap bracelets are a thing.

    Slap bracelets are a thing.

    During the fall of 1990, slap bracelets became the latest fad. The bracelets, which were originally sold under the brand name "Slap Wrap", came in various different designs and colors.

  • Early 1990s recession.

    Early 1990s recession.

    During the start of the 1990s, most of the Western World was affected by a recession, which had been caused by a loss of consumer confidence and restrictive monetary policies by central banks.

  • Early 1990s Fashion.

    Early 1990s Fashion.

    Early 1990s fashion saw a continuation of the 1980s. Popular outfits included clothes such as coloured tights, denim overalls, black leather jackets with shoulder pads, neon coloured tops, flannel shirts, plaid skirts and ripped jeans.

  • The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis was one of the most popular video games console during this period. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.

  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy.

    During this time, a hand-held games console called the "Game Boy" was all the rage. The console boasted games such as Super Mario Land, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Kirby's Dream Land and a number of Pokémon releases.

  • VCRs have become a common household item.

    VCRs have become a common household item.

    From the mid-80s onward, VCRs started to become a common household item. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 29 years, 9 months and 26 days have passed since August 17th, 1991.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1991.
  • Leap Year: 1991 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 17th, 1991, will be 29 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1991 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 682383600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 17th, 1991.

  • July 19th, 1991: 12-year-old Jared Negrete goes missing while on a Boy Scout expedition on the San Gorgonio Mountain in California.
  • July 22nd, 1991: Boxer Mike Tyson is charged with the rape of Miss Black America contestant Desiree Washington.
  • July 22nd, 1991: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested after remains are found in his apartment.
  • July 25th, 1991: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is charged with murder.
  • July 26th, 1991: Pee-wee Herman actor Paul Reubens is arrested in Florida for masturbating in an adult movie theater.
  • July 30th, 1991: Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti performs a free concert in London's Hyde Park.
  • July 31st, 1991: The United States and the Soviet Union agree to cut their nuclear weapons by nearly 35% over seven years.
  • August 2nd, 1991: Comedy spoof film Hot Shots! (1991) is released in movie theaters.
  • August 5th, 1991: Soccer: Peter Beardsley signs for Everton.
  • August 6th, 1991: Former Iranian Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar is assassinated in Paris, France.
  • August 11th, 1991: The first episode of "The Ren & Stimpy Show" is aired.
  • August 11th, 1991: The first episode of the cartoon TV series "Rugrats" is aired.
  • August 11th, 1991: The animated series "Doug" debuts on Nickelodeon.
  • August 12th, 1991: Metallica release their self-titled album "Metallica".
  • August 14th, 1991: The Commitments (1991) is released in cinemas.
  • This date: August 17th, 1991
  • August 19th, 1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest.
  • August 19th, 1991: The Crown Heights riot begins in Brooklyn.
  • August 20th, 1991: Estonia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • August 21st, 1991: Latvia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • August 22nd, 1991: Soviet interior minister Boris Pugo commits suicide following a failed coup attempt against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • August 23rd, 1991: Defence minister Dmitri Yazov and KGB chief Vladimir Kryuchkov are arrested following a failed coup attempt against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • August 23rd, 1991: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is released in North America.
  • August 24th, 1991: Ukraine declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • August 25th, 1991: Michael Schumacher makes his Formula One debut.
  • September 3rd, 1991: 25 people are killed by a fire at an Imperial Foods chicken processing plant in North Carolina.
  • September 5th, 1991: "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. wins Video of the Year at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • September 6th, 1991: The Russian city of Leningrad is renamed as St. Petersburg.
  • September 10th, 1991: Nirvana release their single "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 17th, 1991, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1991 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 17th, 1991 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of early 1990s fashion.

Photographs of early 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1990s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Rugrats - Animated TV series about a group of toddlers.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show - Animated cartoon series.
  • Dinosaurs - TV series about a family of dinosaurs.
  • Clarissa Explains It All - Nickelodeon TV series.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 - A series that followed the lives of a group of teenagers living in Beverly Hills.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Sitcom about an inner-city teenager who moves to his aunt's house in Bel-Air.
  • Blossom - Starring Mayim Bialik as teenager Blossom Russo.
  • One Foot in the Grave - British sitcom following the life of Victor Meldrew.
  • Family Matters - Sitcom starring Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Otis Winslow.
  • Saved by the Bell - Comedy series about a group of friends in high school.
  • Seinfeld - Comedy sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Quantum Leap - TV show about a scientist that finds himself inside the body of a different person each week.

Kid's TV shows on August 17th, 1991.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1991.

  • Doug
  • Rugrats
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • Dinosaurs
  • Clarissa Explains It All
  • The Adventures of Pete & Pete
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Rosie and Jim
  • Blossom
  • The Simpsons
  • Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Hey Dude
  • Noozles
  • Roseanne
  • Garfield and Friends
  • Count Duckula
  • The Wonder Years
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Fireman Sam
  • Full House
  • Adventures of the Little Koala
  • Married... with Children
  • The Real Ghostbusters
  • Pingu
  • Growing Pains
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The Cosby Show
  • Muppet Babies
  • Danger Mouse
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Popular toys and games in 1991.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1991.

  • G.I. Joe (figures)
  • Yo-yo
  • Polly Pocket
  • The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
  • The Game Boy
  • Jenga
  • Micro Machines
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Transformers
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Streets of Rage - A side-scrolling beat-em-up game that was released on the Sega.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog - A platform video game that was released for the Sega Mega Drive.
  • Battletoads - Platform video game.
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse - A platform game that was originally released on the Sega Mega Drive.
  • Railroad Tycoon - Business simulation game designed by Sid Meier.
  • Wing Commander - A sci-fi space simulation game that was released for PC DOS.
  • Phantasy Star II - RPG game developed by SEGA.
  • Golden Axe - Conan the Barbarian-style beat 'em-up game.
  • SimCity - City-building simulation game developed by Maxis.
  • Duck Hunt - Light gun shooter game.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1991.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out August 17th, 1997 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 17th of August.

Weather on August 17th, 1991.

Historical weather information for August 17th, 1991.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 18.3 degrees Celsius. It rained a bit (mist or a shower or two). It was a windy day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 76.9 degrees Fahrenheit. 24.94 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 18.39 degrees Celsius.

US President.

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on August 17th, 1991.

UK Prime Minister.

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 17th, 1991.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 17th, 1991 was most likely conceived around the 7th of November, 1990.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 17th, 1991 is close to the 26th of May, 1992.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 17th, 1991.

  • A total of 10,892 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,556 weeks have passed.
  • 941,068,800 seconds have passed since the August 17th, 1991.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,097,913,600 times.
  • Since August 17th, 1991, the earth has travelled approximately 485,591,500,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 156,844,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 80,931,917 steps. That's about 35,970 miles!
  • Since this date, 11,292,826 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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