What Happened in October 1991

Historical Events

  • 1st Howard Stern adds Baltimore to his radio network (WJFK-AM)
  • 1st New Zealand's Resource Management Act 1991 commences.
  • 1st Soviet Union suspends petroleum product exports as its fuel shortages grow

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2nd Eric Lindros refuses to sign with Quebec Nordiques

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros

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2nd Steffi Graf becomes the youngest woman to win 500 professional tennis matches

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 2nd Toronto Blue Jays clinches AL East title & becomes 1st team to draw 4 million fans

Music awardsMusic Awards

3rd 25th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker & Vince Gill wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 4th Delta Center in Salt Lake City Utah

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4th NHL NY Rangers trade Bernie Nichols to Edmonton for Mark Messier

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 4th San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
  • 4th Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
  • 4th The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
  • 5th Military transport plane crashes at Jakarta, 133 dies
  • 5th NJ Devils begin their 10th Anniversary with a 7-2 win over the Blues
  • 5th USSR reduces nuclear weapons arsenal
  • 5th Carlos Huerta's NCAA record streak of successful points after a touchdown ends at 157
  • 5th Fresno State ties NCAA record with 49 points in a quarter, as they route New Mexico 94-17
  • 5th The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released.

Sport awardGolf Tournament

6th Meg Mallon wins LPGA Daikyo World Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • 6th NY Met David Cone ties NL record by striking out 19 Phillies
  • 6th Orioles' last game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (vs Det Tigers)
  • 7th Child star Adam Rich arrested for stealing hypodermics
  • 7th Scorecard Harry, Space Appeal & Cafe Lex in 9th race at Belmont, creating 2nd triple dead heat in NY thoroughbred racing history
  • 7th Law Professor Anita Hill accuses Supreme nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments to her
  • 8th The Croatian Parliament cuts all remaining ties with Yugoslavia
  • 9th "On Borrowed Time" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 99 performances
  • 9th Bush declares "total confidence" in nominee Clarence Thomas
  • 9th San Jose Sharks beat Calgary for their 1st NHL win, 4-3
  • 9th Ecuador becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 10th Ex-postal worker Joseph Harris kills 4 postal workers
  • 10th Greyhound Bus ends bankruptcy
  • 10th US cuts all foreign aid to Haiti
  • 11th Anita Hill testifies Clarence Thomas sexually harrased her
  • 11th Chip Beck ties PGA lowest 18 hole score of 59
  • 11th Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart seen soliciting a prostitute
  • 12th Boxer Hector Comacho arrested for driving while getting oral sex
  • 12th Mike Lerch of Princeton ties NCAA record with 370 receiving yards
  • 12th Statler Brothers Show premieres on TNN
  • 12th Wrestler Rip Oliver forced to retire after being injured by Crush
  • 12th Doug Flutie of BC Lions sets CFL passing record of 582 yards despite losing to Edmonton 45-38 in overtime
  • 13th Blue Jay Cito Gaston is 1st manager ejected in a playoff game
  • 13th Minnesota Twins win AL pennant beating Toronto in 5 games
  • 13th MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1

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14th Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wins Nobel Peace Prize

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi

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14th NY Rangers right wing Mike Gartner scores his 500th NHL goal

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • 15th Clarence Thomas is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48)
  • 16th George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
  • 16th US Supreme Court begins to hear Joseph Doherty case
  • 16th Dallas Mavericks Roy Tarpley becomes 7th to be banned from NBA for life under the league's anti-drug agreement
  • 16th Jharkhand Chhatra Yuva Morcha is founded at a conference in Ranchi, India.
  • 17th Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
  • 17th News anchor Bree Walker Lampley files an FCC complaint that LA radio KFI-AM personally attacked her by discuss her having a disformed baby

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17th Pitts Penguin Paul Coffey sets NHL defenseman scoring record with 1,053 career points (309 goals & 744 assists)

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • 17th MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • 18th "Most Happy Fella" closes at NY State Theater NYC
  • 18th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 19th Longest NCAA football game (3:52) as RI beats Maine 52-30 (6 OTs)
  • 19th Lonnie Glieberman purchased Ottawa Rough Riders from CFL
  • 20th "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 9 performances
  • 20th 6.1-7.1 earthquake in Uttar Kashi, India, about 670 die
  • 20th Formal opening ceremony of Intl One Mind Zen center in Crestone, Colo
  • 21st 24 die in a fire in Oakland Calif

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21st Former California Governor Jerry Brown announces his run for the US Presidency

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • 21st US hostage Jesse Turner released from 5 years in captivity in Beirut
  • 22nd General Motors announces 9 month loss of $US2.2 billion
  • 23rd "Les Miserables" opens at Mogador Theatre, Paris
  • 23rd Clarence Thomas sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 23rd Dr Jack Kevorkian's suicide machine kills 2 women
  • 24th "Dancing at Lughnasa" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 421 performances
  • 24th Larry Ryckman purchases CFL Calgary Stampeders
  • 25th Aaqib Javed takes 7-37 in 10 overs v India in cric 1-dayer at Sharjah
  • 27th "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 9 performances
  • 27th "Homecoming" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 27th John Brodie wins Security Pacific Senior Golf Classic
  • 27th Minnesota Twins beat Altanta Braves 1-0 in 10 to win World Series in 7
  • 29th Buck Showalter replaces Stump Merrill as NY Yankee manager
  • 30th Colombian government negotiate with M-19-guerrilla
  • 30th Mark Sauer becomes CEO of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 30th Mid East peace conference begins in Madrid Spain
  • 31st Palestinians attend US mideast peace talks in Madrid

Famous Birthdays

  • 2nd Beau Grayson, son of country singer Tanya Tucker
  • 10th Gabriella Cilmi, Australian singer
  • 10th Mariana EspĆ³sito, Argentine actress, singer and model
  • 11th Chauncey Matthews, American Juniors singer
  • 15th Owen Joseph Kline, son of Phoebe Cates & Kevin Kline
  • 18th Tyler Posey, American actor
  • 23rd Princess Mako of Akishino of Japan
  • 31st Jordan-Claire Green, American actress

Famous Weddings

  • 5th Actor Ted Shackelford (Knots Landing) weds Annett Wolf

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6th Actress Elizabeth Taylor (59) weds for 8th time to construction worker Larry Fortensky (39)

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12th Steven Spielberg weds Kate Capshaw

HeartWedding of Interest

19th Filmmaker Michael Moore (37) weds movie producer Kathleen Glynn (32)

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • 20th Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black
  • 27th "Thompson Twins" singer Tom Bailey weds Alannah Currie at Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 30th Singer Clint Black (34) weds actress Lisa Hartman (29)

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

5th Director Martin Scorsese (48) divorces producer Barbara De Fina (41) after 6 years of marriage

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Jan van Tongeren, painter, dies
  • 2nd Dimitrios I, patriarch/primus interparis orthodox Christians, dies
  • 2nd Jan H Christianse, political chairman (CDA), dies
  • 3rd Max Cantor, journalist, dies
  • 4th Leonard C Odell, wrote 7,000 Burma Shave poems, dies at 83
  • 6th Lincoln Demyan, dies at 66
  • 6th Wendell Phillips, dies at 83 [or 10/13]

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7th Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 8th Natalia Ginzburg, Italian writer (Sounds of the Night), dies at 75
  • 9th Roy Black, German singer/actor (Kinderarzt Dr Froehlich), dies
  • 9th Thalmus Rasulala, actor (Blacula), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 10th Redd Foxx, comedian (Sanford & Sons), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 10th Stephen J Falat, dies after long illness at 34
  • 11th Steven Jesse Bernstein, American underground poet (suicide) (b. 1950)
  • 12th Aline MacMahon, US actress (Backdoor to Heaven), dies at 92
  • 12th Regis Toomey, actor (Dive Bomber, Cry Danger, Magic Town), dies at 89
  • 12th Sheila Florance, Australian actress (Cactus), dies of cancer at 75
  • 12th Arkady Strugatsky, Russian novelist (b. 1925)
  • 13th Daniel Oduber Quiros, president of Costa Rica (1974-1978), dies
  • 13th Donald Houston, actor (Battle Hell, Study in Terror), dies at 67
  • 15th Hotze de Roos, carpenter/kid book writer (Chameleon series), dies
  • 16th Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer (16 Tons), dies at 72
  • 16th Tonny Huurdeman, singer/actress (Frills), dies
  • 17th J[ames] G Devlin, actor (No Surrender), dies at 84
  • 17th Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • 17th Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer, dies of liver disease at 72
  • 22nd Peter Willes, British actor/producer (Way We Live), dies
  • 23rd Lance Baker, dies at 31
  • 24th Gene Roddenberry, creator (Star Trek), dies of cardiac arrest at 70
  • 24th Leon Clements, journalist (Interlijnen), dies at 43
  • 25th Bill Graham, rock concert promoter (Filmore, Dylan), dies at 60
  • 25th Khigh Dhiegh, actor (Forbidden Nights), dies of heat failure at 75
  • 26th Lori Rae Matthews, crushed to death by an artist's 485 lb umbrella
  • 27th Andrzei Panufkin, Pol/Brit conductor/composer (Sinfonia Sacra), dies
  • 27th Pyke F C Koch, realistic painter, dies
  • 27th George Barker, English poet (b. 1913)
  • 28th Dudley McConnell, headed NASA's Earth Science Division, dies
  • 28th G L Vitto entertainer, dies at 69
  • 28th John Korbal, film historian (Marlene Dietrich), dies at 51
  • 28th Lydia Hodson Copeland, America's Jr Miss (1972), dies at 37
  • 28th Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78
  • 29th Donald Churchill, playwright, dies of heart attack at 60
  • 29th Harry Thomas, founder (Flower Festival, Dutch Homofielen Party), dies
  • 29th Maria Monica, silent film actress, dies
  • 29th Mario Scelba, PM of Italia (1954-55), dies
  • 30th Johan Mekkink, painter, dies
  • 30th Ken Hardin, producer, dies at 62
  • 30th William Shea, (Shea Stadium namesake), dies at 84
  • 31st Bert Bertram, actor (How to Steal a Million), dies of cancer at 97
  • 31st James Marshall, US children's book writer/illustrator, dies at 50
  • 31st Johan Schmitz, actor (Gysbregt van Aemstel/Soldat van Orange), dies
  • 31st Joseph Papp, Broadway producer (Chorus Line), dies of cancer at 70
  • 31st Gene Anderson, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)