Historical Events in January 1991

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

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Jan 29 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 29 Gulf War: The Battle of Kahfji begins (first major ground engagement of the war)
  • Jan 30 Iraqi troops gain control of Al Khafji inside the Saudi Arabian border
  • Jan 31 Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double
  • Jan 31 Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude