What Happened in 1991

Significant Events

  • Feb 7 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.
  • Feb 27 Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreat and Kuwait is re-taken by the US
  • Mar 3 LA Police severely beat motorist Rodney King, captured on amateur video
  • Jun 19 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police
  • Jul 10 Boris Yeltsin sworn in as 1st elected President of the Russian Federation
  • 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.
  • Aug 19 Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup d'état
  • Aug 21 Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days
  • Dec 12 Maastricht Treaty signed to create a European Community
  • Dec 21 Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
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Ötzi the Iceman, 3,300 BCE old mummy discovered by German tourists in Italian alps

On September 19, 1991


World Leaders in 1991

Famous People in 1991

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 25 Designer Mary McFadden (52) announces divorce of Kohie Yohannan (23)
  • Jun 1 Roseanne Arnold & Tom Arnold wed again, they divorced later
  • Oct 5 Director Martin Scorsese (48) divorces producer Barbara De Fina (41) after 6 years of marriage
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