1991 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 567

  • 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 2 Colorado wins its 1st AP national title poll
  • Jan 3 Israel reopens consulate in USSR after 23 years
  • Jan 3 8 Iraqi embassy officials are expelled from the UK
  • Jan 4 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
  • 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 Edwin Jongejans of Netherlands wins 1-metre springboard diving title
  • 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 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 9 Baker & Aziz meet in Geneva; talks fail to defuse gulf crisis
  • 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

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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"

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 13 President Mário Soares of Portugal re-elected

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 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 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 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 US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US time)
  • Jan 17 Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • 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 and US Army paid Manuel Noriega $320,000 over his career

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Jan 18 Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems.
  • Jan 19 Eastern Airlines shuts down operations
  • Jan 19 Jumbo Tsuruta beats Stan Hansen to win All Japan Triple Crown title
  • Jan 20 13th UCP Telethon
  • 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 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 25 Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government
  • Jan 26 Alfaro Vive guerrilla group of Ecuador gives arms to Catholic church
  • 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 28 Boon completes ninth Test century, 121 v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 28 Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule

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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 Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude
  • Feb 1 Afghanistan/Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
  • Feb 1 Craig McDermott takes 8-97 v England at the WACA

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Feb 1 South African President F. W. de Klerk says he will repeal all apartheid laws

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Feb 1 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32
  • Feb 2 Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
  • Feb 2 NH snaps its 32-game losing streak at home beating Holy Cross, 72-56
  • Feb 2 US postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents
  • Feb 2 Sting scores his second UK No.1 album with 'The Soul Cages'
  • Feb 4 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

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Feb 4 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 5 A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides
  • Feb 5 All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • Feb 5 Big East Football conference forms
  • Feb 6 Mousey Davis becomes 1st coach of NY-NJ Knights
  • Feb 7 Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as Haiti's 1st elected president
  • Feb 7 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.
  • Feb 9 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • Feb 9 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)
  • Feb 9 Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him
  • Feb 9 US Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case
  • Feb 9 Wally Joyner wins record $2.1 million salary arbitration
  • Feb 10 Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
  • Feb 10 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • Feb 11 UNPO, Unrepresented Nations & People Org forms in Hague Neth
  • Feb 12 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
  • Feb 13 Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
  • Feb 13 US bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
  • Feb 13 US air raid on the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad kills more than 408 civilians
  • Feb 14 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration
  • Feb 15 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • Feb 15 Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax"
  • Feb 15 41st Berlin International Film Festival: "The House of Smiles" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 16 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands
  • Feb 16 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding
  • Feb 17 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Feb 17 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan wins (148.148 MPH)
  • Feb 20 A gigantic statue of Albania's long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.
  • Feb 21 USSR announces Iraq agrees to a proposal to end Persian Gulf War US calls the plan unacceptable
  • Feb 22 Bush & US Gulf War allies give Iraq 24 hrs to begin Kuwait withdrawal
  • Feb 23 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • Feb 23 US insists Iraq publicly announce it is leaving Kuwait by 12 PM EST
  • Feb 24 US & allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 29 Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, Son of the Duke of Westminster
  • Feb 12 Faisal ibn Hamad Al Khalifah, prince of Bahrain (d. 2006)
  • Feb 15 Nicholas Garland, son of Pamela Sue Martin
  • Feb 27 Azeem Rafiq, Yorkshire CCC & English U15 captain
  • Mar 16 Wolfgang Van Halen, son of Eddie Van Halan & Valerie Bertinelli
  • Apr 13 Dylan Francis Penn, daughter of Sean Penn & Robin Wright, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 10 Emily McEnroe, daughter of Tatum O'Neal & John McEnroe
  • Jul 20 Scout Larue Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore
  • Aug 2 Gabriel Anthony Cohen, son of journalists Meredith Viera & Richard Cohen
  • Sep 17 Jordan McCoy, American entertainer
  • Oct 15 Owen Joseph Kline, son of Phoebe Cates & Kevin Kline
  • Oct 23 Princess Mako of Akishino of Japan
  • Nov 23 Anurag Kashyap, 2005 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 18 Apple computer head Steve Jobs weds Laurene Powell

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • May 31 Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia
  • Jun 21 Eleanor Mondale marries Greg "Thunder" Malban (Minn DJ)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 28 Explorer Jacques Cousteau (81) weds Francine Triplet in Paris

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jul 20 Kirk Cameron marries Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble in upstate NY
  • Sep 7 US actor Harry Hamlin weds actress Nicollette Sheridan

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 25 Author Douglas Adams (39) weds Jane Belson


Divorces in History

  • Apr 25 Designer Mary McFadden (52) announces divorce of Kohie Yohannan (23)
  • Jun 1 Roseanne Arnold & Tom Arnold wed again, they divorced later

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 293

  • 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 5 Vasko Popa, Serbian WW II-partisan/poet (Sporedno Nebo), dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Ada Moore, entertainer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 10 Dimitris Myrat, dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 11 Jason Christmas, dies of gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49

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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 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 19 Marcel Chaput, Quebec politician (b. 1918)
  • 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 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • Jan 26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • Jan 28 Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66
  • Jan 29 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies

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Jan 30 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), dies of heart disease at 82

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen
  • Jan 30 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)
  • Feb 1 H J van Ommeren-Averink, Dutch MP (CPN), dies
  • Feb 3 Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit, dies at 83
  • Feb 6 Marten Levendig, Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow, dies
  • Feb 6 Salvador Luria, Italian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Feb 7 Gladys LaVerne, dies of heart problems at 87
  • Feb 7 Amos Yarkoni, legendary Israeli soldier (b. 1920)
  • Feb 7 Jean-Paul Mousseau, Quebec painter, member of Les Automatistes (b. 1927)
  • Feb 7 John Steinbeck IV, American author and journalist
  • Feb 11 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building), dies at 90
  • Feb 11 Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1922)
  • Feb 12 Edward A Blatt, director (Between 2 Worlds), dies at 88
  • Feb 12 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), dies at 80
  • Feb 12 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • Feb 14 Arno Breker, German sculptor (Third Reich), dies at 90
  • Feb 14 John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies
  • Feb 16 Enrique B Varela, commandant Nicaragua contra's, dies
  • Feb 17 Enrique Bermudez, commandant (Contra), dies
  • Feb 21 Margot Fonteyn, ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), dies at 71
  • Feb 24 Marcella Markham, dies of breast cancer at 68
  • Feb 27 H J of Royen, manager Dutch (Concertgebouw Orch), dies at 52
  • Feb 27 Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered
  • Feb 28 Guillermo Ungo, member of El Salvador junta (1979-80), dies
  • Feb 28 Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 1 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, dies at 81

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • Mar 2 Clark Mollenhoff, US journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies
  • Mar 2 Freek Zoetmulder, publisher (Austrian Encyclopedia)/neo-nazi, dies
  • Mar 3 Clara Eggink, [Ebbele], Dutch poet (Life with J C Bloem), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 August de Schryver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP), dies at 92
  • Mar 5 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma, oldest person in Netherland, dies at 109
  • Mar 7 Greta Schoon, German poet, dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Etienne Decroux, French mime (Voyage, Surprise), dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Mar 14 Jef Houthuys, Belgian union leader (ACV, 1968-87), dies at 68
  • Mar 14 Robert Maroff, dies at 57
  • Mar 14 Margery Sharp, children's author (b. 1905)
  • Mar 16 7 members of Reba McIntire's band, killed in a plane crash
  • Mar 16 Jan H van Roijen, Dutch diplomat/Foreign Minister, dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Ron Pagano, dies after lengthy illness at 37
  • Mar 20 Conor Clapton, Eric Clapton's son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 5
  • Mar 21 Leo Fender, American inventor (Fender guitar), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Léon Balcer, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 23 Dominic Bellissimo, created buffalo chicken wings, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 Fons Jansen, Dutch night club performer, dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Parkash Singh, Indian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1913)
  • Mar 24 Sir John Kerr, Australian politician and the Governor General who dismissed the Whitlam Government (b. 1914)
  • Mar 25 Marcel Lefebvre, French Catholic prelate (b. 1905)
  • Mar 26 Frans Dohmen, union leader (Neth Catholic Mine Workers), dies at 81
  • Mar 29 Lee Atwater, political strategists (R), dies of brain tumor at 40
  • Apr 1 Martha Graham, US, choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • Apr 1 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • Apr 1 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (b.1946)

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Apr 3 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • Apr 4 John Heinz, (Sen-R-Pa), dies in a plane crash, dies at 52
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • Apr 5 John Tower, (Sen-R-Tx), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • Apr 5 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, USN/astro (STS 33), dies at 43
  • Apr 11 Tom Rosqui, dies at 62
  • Apr 12 James Schuyler, US poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • Apr 15 Marjorie Warfield, dies at 88
  • Apr 17 Jack Yellen, US poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • Apr 20 Don[ald] Siegel, US director (Coogan's Bluff/Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Jumjaagiyn Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician, dies
  • Apr 20 Sean O'Faolain, [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Yumzhagin Tsendenbal, PM of Mongolia (1952-74), dies
  • Apr 21 Richard Bolling, (Rep-D-Missouri), dies at 74
  • Apr 23 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
  • Apr 24 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • Apr 26 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • Apr 27 Marcus Heeresma, writer/poet (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies
  • Apr 28 Floyd B McKissick, US founder (CORE), dies
  • Apr 28 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive (b. 1905)
  • Apr 29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • Apr 30 George Sperti Sperti, inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91
  • May 1 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • May 2 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • May 2 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • May 2 Ronald McKie, Australian author (b. 1909)