What Happened in October 1991

Historical Events

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

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Oct 2 Eric Lindros refuses to sign with Quebec Nordiques

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 3 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
  • Oct 4 Delta Center in Salt Lake City Utah

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

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Oct 4 San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
  • Oct 4 Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
  • Oct 4 The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
  • Oct 5 Military transport plane crashes at Jakarta, 133 dies
  • Oct 5 NJ Devils begin their 10th Anniversary with a 7-2 win over the Blues
  • Oct 5 USSR reduces nuclear weapons arsenal
  • Oct 5 Carlos Huerta's NCAA record streak of successful points after a touchdown ends at 157
  • Oct 5 Fresno State ties NCAA record with 49 points in a quarter, as they route New Mexico 94-17
  • Oct 5 The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released.
  • Oct 6 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Daikyo World Golf Championship
  • Oct 6 NY Met David Cone ties NL record by striking out 19 Phillies
  • Oct 6 Orioles' last game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (vs Det Tigers)
  • Oct 7 Child star Adam Rich arrested for stealing hypodermics
  • Oct 7 Scorecard Harry, Space Appeal & Cafe Lex in 9th race at Belmont, creating 2nd triple dead heat in NY thoroughbred racing history
  • Oct 7 Law Professor Anita Hill accuses Supreme nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments to her
  • Oct 8 The Croatian Parliament cuts all remaining ties with Yugoslavia
  • Oct 9 "On Borrowed Time" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 99 performances
  • Oct 9 Bush declares "total confidence" in nominee Clarence Thomas
  • Oct 9 San Jose Sharks beat Calgary for their 1st NHL win, 4-3
  • Oct 9 Ecuador becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Oct 10 Ex-postal worker Joseph Harris kills 4 postal workers
  • Oct 10 Greyhound Bus ends bankruptcy
  • Oct 10 US cuts all foreign aid to Haiti
  • Oct 11 Anita Hill testifies Clarence Thomas sexually harrased her
  • Oct 11 Chip Beck ties PGA lowest 18 hole score of 59
  • Oct 11 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart seen soliciting a prostitute
  • Oct 12 Boxer Hector Comacho arrested for driving while getting oral sex
  • Oct 12 Mike Lerch of Princeton ties NCAA record with 370 receiving yards
  • Oct 12 Statler Brothers Show premieres on TNN
  • Oct 12 Wrestler Rip Oliver forced to retire after being injured by Crush
  • Oct 12 Doug Flutie of BC Lions sets CFL passing record of 582 yards despite losing to Edmonton 45-38 in overtime
  • Oct 13 Blue Jay Cito Gaston is 1st manager ejected in a playoff game
  • Oct 13 Minnesota Twins win AL pennant beating Toronto in 5 games
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1

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

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • Oct 15 Clarence Thomas is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48)
  • Oct 16 George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
  • Oct 16 US Supreme Court begins to hear Joseph Doherty case
  • Oct 16 Dallas Mavericks Roy Tarpley becomes 7th to be banned from NBA for life under the league's anti-drug agreement
  • Oct 16 Jharkhand Chhatra Yuva Morcha is founded at a conference in Ranchi, India.
  • Oct 17 Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
  • Oct 17 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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Oct 17 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
  • Oct 17 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 17 Blue Man Group's 1st performance in New York City
  • Oct 18 "Most Happy Fella" closes at NY State Theater NYC
  • Oct 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 19 Longest NCAA football game (3:52) as RI beats Maine 52-30 (6 OTs)
  • Oct 19 Lonnie Glieberman purchased Ottawa Rough Riders from CFL
  • Oct 20 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 9 performances
  • Oct 20 6.1-7.1 earthquake in Uttar Kashi, India, about 670 die
  • Oct 20 Formal opening ceremony of Intl One Mind Zen center in Crestone, Colo
  • Oct 21 24 die in a fire in Oakland Calif

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 12 Steven Spielberg weds Kate Capshaw

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 5 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

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

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

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