Historical Events in 1991

Events 1 - 200 of 1,090

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

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Jan 7th 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 8th "Davis Rules" with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jan 8th Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins & Rod Carew elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 8th Rod Carew is 22nd player elected to Hall of Fame on 1st try
  • Jan 8th Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)
  • Jan 9th Baker & Aziz meet in Geneva; talks fail to defuse gulf crisis

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

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

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Jan 15th 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 16th 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 16th US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US time)
  • Jan 17th Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • Jan 17th Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
  • Jan 17th Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V.
  • Jan 17th Operation Desert Storm begins against Saddam Hussein
  • Jan 18th Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel

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Jan 18th 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 18th WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

  • Jan 19th Eastern Airlines shuts down operation
  • Jan 19th Jumbo Tsuruta beats Stan Hansen to win All Japan Triple Crown title
  • Jan 19th Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
  • Jan 20th "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • Jan 20th "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, LA
  • Jan 20th "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC or 45 performances
  • Jan 20th "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 20th 13th UCP Telethon
  • Jan 20th Buffalo Bills beat LA Raiders 51-3 for AFC title
  • Jan 20th Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
  • Jan 20th US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles
  • Jan 20th Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.
  • Jan 20th AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders 51-3
  • Jan 20th 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 21st CBS News correspondant Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf
  • Jan 22nd Gulf War. Three SCUDs and one Patriot missile hit Ramat Gan in Israel, injuring 96 people. Three elderly people die of heart attacks.
  • Jan 22nd Kuwaiti oil facilities are destroyed by Iraqi forces
  • Jan 23rd World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
  • Jan 24th "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27th 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
  • Jan 27th 7th Sundance Film Festival: "Poison" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 28th "A Closer Look" with Faith Daniels premieres on NBC-TV

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 28th 18th American Music Awards: M C Hammer & Janet Jackson

  • Jan 28th Boon completes ninth Test century, 121 v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 28th Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule
  • Jan 29th "Piano Lesson" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 320 performances

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Jan 29th Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet after 28 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jan 29th Gulf War: The Battle of Kahfji begins (first major ground engagement of the war)
  • Jan 30th Iraqi troops gain control of Al Khafji inside the Saudi Arabian border
  • Jan 31st Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double
  • Jan 31st Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude
  • Feb 1st Afghanistan/Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
  • Feb 1st Craig McDermott takes 8-97 v England at the WACA
  • Feb 1st President F W de Klerk, says he would repeal all apartheid laws
  • Feb 1st US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32
  • Feb 2nd Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
  • Feb 2nd NH snaps its 32-game losing streak at home beating Holy Cross, 72-56
  • Feb 2nd US postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents
  • Feb 2nd Sting scores his second UK No.1 album with 'The Soul Cages'
  • Feb 3rd Meg Mallon wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
  • Feb 3rd NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-21
  • Feb 4th Hall of Fame's board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 4th Batsmen Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand for New Zealand v Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • Feb 4th US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

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Feb 4th Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Feb 5th A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides
  • Feb 5th All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • Feb 5th Big East Football conference forms
  • Feb 5th LA King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points

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Feb 5th Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Superbowl

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Feb 6th Mousey Davis becomes 1st coach of NY-NJ Knights
  • Feb 7th Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as Haiti's 1st elected president

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 7th Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Feb 7th The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.

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Feb 8th Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Feb 9th "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • Feb 9th Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)
  • Feb 9th Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him
  • Feb 9th US Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case
  • Feb 9th Wally Joyner wins record $2.1 million salary arbitration
  • Feb 10th "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Feb 10th 41st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 116-114 at Charlotte
  • Feb 10th Beth Daniel wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
  • Feb 10th Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
  • Feb 10th Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • Feb 11th UNPO, Unrepresented Nations & People Org forms in Hague Neth
  • Feb 12th Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
  • Feb 12th North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • Feb 13th Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
  • Feb 13th US bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
  • Feb 13th US air raid on the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad kills more than 408 civilians
  • Feb 14th "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances
  • Feb 14th NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 14th "The Silence of the Lambs", based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

  • Feb 15th Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • Feb 15th Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117
  • Feb 15th Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax"
  • Feb 15th 41st Berlin International Film Festival: "The House of Smiles" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 16th Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands
  • Feb 16th US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding
  • Feb 17th US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Feb 17th 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan wins (148.148 MPH)

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Feb 18th Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out NJ Devils 4-0

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • Feb 20th "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 78 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 20th 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • Feb 20th A gigantic statue of Albania's long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.

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Feb 21st Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Feb 21st USSR announces Iraq agrees to a proposal to end Persian Gulf War US calls the plan unacceptable
  • Feb 22nd Bush & US Gulf War allies give Iraq 24 hrs to begin Kuwait withdrawal
  • Feb 22nd Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA
  • Feb 22nd Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton
  • Feb 23rd Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • Feb 23rd Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • Feb 23rd NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
  • Feb 23rd Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 23rd US insists Iraq publicly announce it is leaving Kuwait by 12 PM EST
  • Feb 24th "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances
  • Feb 24th End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
  • Feb 24th US & allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops
  • Feb 25th Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)

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Feb 25th Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky & John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • Feb 25th US, barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
  • Feb 26th Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons v NZ (119 & 102)
  • Feb 26th Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 26th Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • Feb 26th NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
  • Feb 26th Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future
  • Feb 27th Ben Elton's "Silly Cow" premieres in London
  • Feb 27th Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreat and Kuwait is re-taken by the US
  • Feb 27th Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16

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Feb 27th Singer James Brown is released from prison

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • Feb 28th "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
  • Feb 28th "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Feb 28th Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain
  • Feb 28th Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m indoor (3:34:16)
  • Feb 28th US & allied forces grant Iraq a cease fire
  • Feb 28th United Nations troops move into Kuwait City and Saddam Hussein orders troops out of Kuwait; Iraqi soldiers ignite Kuwaiti oil fields during their retreat
  • Mar 1st US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens
  • Mar 2nd "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances
  • Mar 2nd "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances