What Happened in January 1991

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 111

  • Jan 1 5% sales tax on consumer goods & services goes into effect in USSR

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Jan 1 Iraq rejects peace proposal from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Jan 1 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide
  • Jan 1 77th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #17 Iowa, 46-34
  • Jan 1 57th Sugar Bowl: #6 Tennessee beats Virginia, 23-22
  • Jan 1 20th Fiesta Bowl: #18 Louisville beats #25 Alabama, 34-7
  • Jan 1 57th Orange Bowl: #1 Colorado beats #5 Notre Dame, 10-9
  • Jan 2 Colorado wins its 1st AP national title poll
  • Jan 3 Israel reopens consulate in USSR after 23 years
  • Jan 3 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal against NY Islanders
  • Jan 3 8 Iraqi embassy officials are expelled from the UK
  • Jan 4 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
  • Jan 4 Fu Mingxia, 12, of China wins World Swimming Championships gold medal
  • Jan 4 Iraq agrees to send Aziz to Geneva to meet Baker on Jan 9th
  • Jan 4 Jan Krzystof Bielecki becomes premier of Poland
  • Jan 5 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jan 5 Edwin Jongejans of Netherlands wins 1-metre springboard diving title
  • Jan 5 Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
  • Jan 6 "Gypsy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 477 performances
  • Jan 6 "Real Life With Jane Pauley" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jan 6 Jorge Serrano Elias elected president of Guatemala
  • Jan 6 Qian Hong swims female world record 50m butterfly (27.30 sec)
  • Jan 7 "Nia Peeples Party Machine" premieres on TV

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Jan 7 Saddam Hussein prepares his troops for what he says will be a long violent war against the US

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Jan 8 "Davis Rules" with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jan 8 Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins & Rod Carew elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 8 Rod Carew is 22nd player elected to Hall of Fame on 1st try
  • Jan 8 Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)
  • Jan 9 Baker & Aziz meet in Geneva; talks fail to defuse gulf crisis

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 9 Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jan 9 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games
  • Jan 10 Japan ends routine fingerprinting of all adult ethnic Koreans
  • Jan 10 US Congress begins debate on Persian Gulf crisis
  • Jan 11 Congress empowers Bush to order attack on Iraq
  • Jan 11 Ric Flair wins NWA/WCW wrestling title
  • Jan 11 Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence
  • Jan 11 Ben Johnson 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finished 2nd
  • Jan 12 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520)
  • Jan 12 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)

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Jan 12 US Congress gives George H. W. Bush authority to wage war against Iraq

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Jan 13 12th ACE Cable Awards: Weather Channel wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the hurricane "Hugo"
  • Jan 13 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jan 13 Phil Mickelson wins PGA Northern Telecom Golf Open
  • Jan 13 Pres Mario Soares of Portugal re-elected
  • Jan 13 Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die
  • Jan 13 UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar meets with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
  • Jan 13 Soviet troops continue attack on Vilnius, capital of Lithuania; 13 people killed and 140 injured as
  • Jan 14 "Barbara DeAngelis Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Jan 14 Jorge Serrano Elias sworn in as president of Guatemala
  • Jan 14 Tyne Daly arrested for drunk driving in Van Nuys, Calif
  • Jan 14 Valentin Pavlov become new premier of USSR
  • Jan 15 Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 15 UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)

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Jan 15 Elizabeth II signs letters patent that allows Australia to institute its own Victoria Cross, the first Commonwealth realm to do so

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 16 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 16 US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US time)
  • Jan 17 Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • Jan 17 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
  • Jan 17 Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.
  • Jan 17 Operation Desert Storm begins against Saddam Hussein
  • Jan 18 Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel

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Jan 18 US acknowledges CIA & US Army paid Noriega $320,000 over his career

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Jan 18 WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

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Jan 18 Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • Jan 18 Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems.
  • Jan 19 42nd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 11-5 at Chicago

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 19 48th Golden Globes: Dances with Wolves, Jeremy Irons, & Kathy Bates wins

  • Jan 19 Eastern Airlines shuts down operation
  • Jan 19 Jumbo Tsuruta beats Stan Hansen to win All Japan Triple Crown title
  • Jan 19 Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
  • Jan 20 "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • Jan 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, LA
  • Jan 20 "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC or 45 performances
  • Jan 20 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 20 13th UCP Telethon
  • Jan 20 Buffalo Bills beat LA Raiders 51-3 for AFC title
  • Jan 20 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
  • Jan 20 US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles
  • Jan 20 Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders 51-3
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants with a field goal by Matt Barr's with no time left beat San Francisco 49ers 15-13
  • Jan 21 CBS News correspondant Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf
  • Jan 22 Gulf War. Three SCUDs and one Patriot missile hit Ramat Gan in Israel, injuring 96 people. Three elderly people die of heart attacks.
  • Jan 22 Kuwaiti oil facilities are destroyed by Iraqi forces
  • Jan 23 World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
  • Jan 24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal

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Jan 25 Brett Hull is 3rd NHLer to score 50 goals in less than 50 games (49)

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Jan 25 Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government
  • Jan 25 Mark Waugh scores ton in 1st Test Cricket innings, v England Adelaide
  • Jan 25 Soap opera "Generation's" last episode after a 2½ year run
  • Jan 26 "Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances
  • Jan 26 Alfaro Vive guerrilla group of Ecuador gives arms to Catholic church
  • Jan 26 Houston guard Vernon Maxwell is 4th NBAer to score 30 pts in a quarter
  • Jan 26 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame
  • Jan 26 NY Lotto pays $90 million to nine winner (#s are 5-15-30-35-46-50)
  • Jan 27 Dutch Pacifist Socialistic Party disbands
  • Jan 27 Nadine Strossen is 1st female president of the ACLU
  • Jan 27 Super Bowl XXV: NY Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB ("Wide Right"
  • Jan 27 79th Men's Australian Open: Boris Becker beats Ivan Lendl (1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 79th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Jana Novotna (5-7, 6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Kathleen Herles, American voice actor
  • Jan 4 Olivia Tennet, New Zealand actress
  • Jan 6 Nikola Saric, Danish footballer
  • Jan 7 Max Morrow, Canadian actor
  • Jan 8 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer
  • Jan 19 Erin Sanders, American child actress
  • Jan 29 Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, Son of the Duke of Westminster
  • Jan 30 Matthew Werkmeister, Australian actor

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Charles B Timmer, Dutch writer (Russia Black on White), dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish author (Gnome Patjoepelke), dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Renato Rascel, actor (7 Hills of Rome), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Jan 4 Berry Kroeger, actor (Demon Seed), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • Jan 4 Harry Krimer, actor (Napoleon), committed suicide at 94
  • Jan 4 Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I Left My Heart in SF), dies at 57
  • Jan 5 John Eckhardt, actor born without legs (Freaks), dies at 82
  • Jan 5 Marie Madeline Sullivan, actress (Elvira Mistress of Dark), dies at 80
  • Jan 5 Vasko Popa, Serbian WW II-partisan/poet (Sporedno Nebo), dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Ada Moore, entertainer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 7 Joe Hicks, baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 8 Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
  • Jan 10 Dimitris Myrat, dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 11 Jason Christmas, dies of gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 11 Carl David Anderson, American physicist, Nobel laureate, dies at 85

Nobel Laureat Physicist Carl David Anderson
Nobel Laureat Physicist
Carl David Anderson
  • Jan 12 Keye Luke, actor (Charlie Chan's No 1 Son), dies after a stroke at 86
  • Jan 12 Vasco Pratolini, Italy, writer (Ragazze di San Frediano), dies at 77
  • Jan 14 Sallah Kharaf, [Abu Iyad], co-founder (Al-Fatah), assassinated
  • Jan 14 Gordon Bryant, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 17 Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway (1957), dies
  • Jan 18 Hamilton Fish, congressman (NY), dies at 102
  • Jan 18 Lillian Bond, actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), dies at 83
  • Jan 18 Nita Krebs, actor (Munchkin-Wizard of Oz), dies of heart attack at 85
  • Jan 19 Don Beddoe, actor (Bullwhip, Loophole, Texas), dies at 87
  • Jan 19 Glenn Langan, actor (Big Chase, Jungle Heat, Rapture), dies at 73
  • Jan 19 John Russell, actor/writer (Apache Uprising, Yellow Sky), dies at 70
  • Jan 19 Marcel Chaput, Quebec politician (b. 1918)
  • Jan 20 Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies
  • Jan 20 Louis Seigner, actor (Eclipse, Special Section), dies in a fire at 87
  • Jan 21 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • Jan 21 Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Mo)/US civil-rights leader, dies at 74
  • Jan 22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • Jan 23 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24 George Gobel, comedian, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 24 Lawrence Lott, actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • Jan 24 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • Jan 25 Stanley Brock, actor (Tin Men), dies of heart attack at 59
  • Jan 26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46

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Jan 28 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of Parkinson's disease at 87

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • Jan 28 Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66
  • Jan 29 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies
  • Jan 30 John McIntire, actor (Virginian, Psycho), dies of emphysema at 83

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Jan 30 John Bardeen, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1908)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen
  • Jan 30 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)