August 20, 1991

August 20, 1991, was a Tuesday. It was 32 years, 10 months, and 23 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on August 20, 1991:

  • 100,000 people gather in Moscow to protest against the attempted coup against President Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino becomes the highest paid player in the NFL.
  • Estonia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on August 20, 1991:

  • United States: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams
  • United Kingdom: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 20, 1991

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
  • Every Heartbeat - Amy Grant
  • It Ain't Over 'til It's Over - Lenny Kravitz
  • Summertime - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  • Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave) - Roxette
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Terminator 2

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Terminator 2".


This date was 12,015 days ago. Approximately 401 months have passed. It was the 232nd day of 1991, in week 34. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 32 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 134 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to August 20, 1991

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Tuesday, August 20, 1991. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Leo. The summer of 1991 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

The song "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams is at the top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom. George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Terminator 2 is at the top of the box office. John Major is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Texting is not a thing yet. Instead, people are using landline phones and pagers. Furthermore, most people have never heard of the Internet. 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 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. A photograph of pregnant actress Demi Moore posing naked on the cover of Vanity Fair is 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 in mourning after a taxi driver called Wade Frankum killed seven people in a shooting spree in Sydney, Australia. Hurricane Bob is hitting North Carolina and New England. In Europe, the Soviet Union is continuing to dissolve. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has been put under house arrest in Crimea in what seems to be a coup attempt. Meanwhile, Estonia has declared its independence from the USSR.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Miles Davis, Freddie Mercury, Benny Hill, and Robert Reed would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Night Court", "Murder, She Wrote", "Family Matters", and "One Foot in the Grave". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "SimCity", "Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse", "Battletoads", and "Sonic the Hedgehog".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Saved by the Bell", "Mr. Bean", "In Living Color", and "Rugrats". Popular toys at the moment include the Easy-Bake Oven, Koosh Ball, Polly Pocket, and G.I. Joe (figures).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 20, 1991.

  • Grunge.


    A rock subgenre called "Grunge" was starting to take off in the latter 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 Time Person of the Year in 1991 due to his network'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

    Slap bracelets became the latest fad in the fall of 1990. The bracelets, which were originally sold under the brand name "Slap Wrap", came in various 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.
  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate

    Pagers achieved mainstream popularity during the 1990s. These small devices allowed the owner to receive messages. More often than not, the message was a short memo or a phone number that they were supposed to call back.
  • Early 1990s fashion.

    Early 1990s fashion

    Early 1990s fashion was largely a continuation of the 1980s. Popular outfits included colored tights, denim overalls, black leather jackets with shoulder pads, neon-colored tops, flannel shirts, plaid skirts, and ripped jeans.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, sales of wallpaper started to decline. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, people were beginning to opt for minimalist, painted walls.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".
  • The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis

    The Sega Genesis was one of the most popular video game consoles. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.
  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy

    A hand-held game 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

    VCRs became a common household item in the mid-1980s. By that stage, prices had started to drop. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to August 20, 1991.

  • July 22, 1991:
    • Boxer Mike Tyson is charged with the rape of Miss Black America contestant Desiree Washington.
    • Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested after remains are found in his apartment.
  • July 25, 1991: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is charged with murder.
  • July 26, 1991: Pee-wee Herman actor Paul Reubens is arrested in Florida for masturbating in an adult movie theater.
  • July 30, 1991: Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti performs a free concert in London's Hyde Park.
  • July 31, 1991: The United States and the Soviet Union agree to cut their nuclear weapons by nearly 35% over seven years.
  • August 2, 1991:
    • The comedy spoof film "Hot Shots!" is released in movie theaters.
    • American singer Rick James and his girlfriend Tanya Hijazi are arrested on charges of holding a woman hostage, torturing her and committing sexual acts.
  • August 5, 1991: Soccer: Peter Beardsley signs for Everton.
  • August 6, 1991: Former Iranian Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar is assassinated in Paris, France.
  • August 11, 1991:
    • The first episode of "The Ren & Stimpy Show" is aired.
    • The first episode of the cartoon TV series "Rugrats" is aired.
    • The animated series "Doug" debuts on Nickelodeon.
  • August 12, 1991: Metallica release their self-titled album "Metallica".
  • August 14, 1991: The Commitments (1991) is released in cinemas.
  • August 17, 1991: Strathfield Massacre: Taxi driver Wade Frankum shoots and kills seven people in Sydney, Australia.
  • August 19, 1991:
    • August Coup: Hardline communist leaders put Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev under house arrest.
    • A race riot breaks out in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York.
  • This date: August 20, 1991
  • August 21, 1991:
    • Latvia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
    • A coup by hardline communists against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
  • August 22, 1991: Soviet Interior Minister Boris Pugo commits suicide following a failed coup attempt against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • August 23, 1991:
    • Defence minister Dmitri Yazov and KGB chief Vladimir Kryuchkov are arrested following a failed coup attempt against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
    • The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is released in North America.
    • The World Wide Web is made available to the public.
  • August 24, 1991:
    • Ukraine declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
    • Mikhail Gorbachev steps down as the head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • August 25, 1991:
    • Michael Schumacher makes his Formula One debut.
    • Croatian War of Independence: The Yugoslav People's Army and Serb paramilitary forces lay siege to the Croatian city of Vukovar.
    • Belarus leaves the Soviet Union and becomes an independent nation.
  • August 27, 1991: Moldova declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • August 29, 1991:
    • Italian businessman Libero Grassi is shot dead by the Sicilian Mafia after he publicly refuses their extortion demands.
    • All activities of the Soviet Communist Party are suspended following a failed coup attempt.
  • September 3, 1991: 25 people are killed by a fire at an Imperial Foods chicken processing plant in North Carolina.
  • September 5, 1991: "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. wins Video of the Year at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • September 6, 1991: The Russian city of Leningrad is renamed as St. Petersburg.
  • September 9, 1991: The first episode of The Maury Povich Show is aired on television.
  • September 10, 1991: Nirvana releases their single "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
  • September 17, 1991:
    • The first episode of "Home Improvement" is aired.
    • The first version of Linux is released to the Internet.
  • September 18, 1991: The game "Streets of Rage" is released on the Sega Genesis in North America.
  • September 19, 1991: Otzi the Iceman is discovered in the Alps.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 20, 1991, will have the star sign Leo.
  • 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 20, 1991 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Early 1990s fashion

Photographs of early 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV series on August 20, 1991

People in August 1991 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from August 1991.

One Foot in the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
Family Matters
Family Matters
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night
The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Full House
Full House
Married... with Children
Married... with Children

Cars in 1991

1991 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Taurus (second generation), the Honda Civic (fifth generation), the Peugeot 106, the Toyota Paseo, the Volkswagen Golf Mk3, and the Audi S4.

Cars in 1991.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on August 20, 1991

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1991:

The Ren & Stimpy Show
The Ren & Stimpy Show

Clarissa Explains It All
Clarissa Explains It All
The Adventures of Pete & Pete
The Adventures of Pete & Pete
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Rosie and Jim
Rosie and Jim

Popular toys and games in 1991

Toys and games that were popular in 1991:

The SEGA Game Gear
The SEGA Game Gear
G.I. Joe (figures)
G.I. Joe (figures)
Fear Street books
Fear Street books
Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates
Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket
The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Game Boy
The Game Boy
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in August 1991.

Streets of Rage 1991
Streets of Rage
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991
Sonic the Hedgehog
Battletoads 1991
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 1991
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse 1990
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Railroad Tycoon 1990
Railroad Tycoon
Wing Commander 1990
Wing Commander
Phantasy Star II 1990
Phantasy Star II
Golden Axe 1989
Golden Axe
DuckTales 1989
SimCity 1989
Paperboy 1986

Were you born on August 20, 1991?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out August 20, 1997, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 20.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul

US politician
Born on August 20, 1935
He turned 56 on this day in 1991.

Slobodan Milošević

Slobodan Milošević

Yugoslav and Serbian politician Deceased
Born on August 20, 1941
He turned 50 on this day in 1991.

Robert Plant

Robert Plant

Born on August 20, 1948
He turned 43 on this day in 1991.

Phil Lynott

Phil Lynott

Irish musician Deceased
Born on August 20, 1949
He was not alive on this date.

Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell

Musician Deceased
Born on August 20, 1966
He turned 25 on this day in 1991.

Fred Durst

Fred Durst

Born on August 20, 1970
He turned 21 on this day in 1991.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

Born on August 20, 1992
She was born exactly one year after this date.


US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on August 20, 1991.


UK Prime Minister

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 20, 1991 was most likely conceived around November 27, 1990.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 20, 1991 is close to May 12, 1992.

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Stats for August 20, 1991


Here are some interesting statistics about August 20, 1991:

  • 12,015 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,716 weeks have passed.
  • 1,038,096,000 seconds have passed since August 20, 1991.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,211,112,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 535,657,536,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 173,016,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 89,276,256 steps. That's roughly 39,678 miles.
  • 12,457,152 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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