December 1991 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Colorado party wins Paraguay parliamentary election
  • Dec 1 Nursultan Nazarbayev sworn in as president of Kazakhstan
  • Dec 1 US 75th manned space mission "STS 44" Atlantis 10 lands
  • Dec 1 Ukrainian people vote for independence
  • Dec 2 Muslim Shi'ites release American hostage Joseph Cicippio held in Lebanon
  • Dec 3 Muslim Shi'ites release US hostage Alan Steen
  • Dec 3 White House Chief of Staff John Sununu resigns
  • Dec 4 Judds final concert (Nashville)
  • Dec 4 Muslim Shi'ites release last US hostage Terry Anderson (held 6½ years)
  • Dec 4 Pan American World Airways ceased operations
  • Dec 4 Patricia Bowman testifies that William Kennedy Smith raped her
  • Dec 5 Charles Keating Jr (Lincoln Savings & Loan fraud), found guilty
  • Dec 5 NY Daily News files for protection under chapter 11
  • Dec 7 A J Kitt, US, wins World Skiing Cup
  • Dec 8 Russia, Belorussia & Ukraine form Commonwealth of Ind States
  • Dec 8 The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.
  • Dec 10 Jackie Martling walks off of Howard Stern show for 1 day

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Dec 10 Howard Spira sentenced to 2½ years in prison for trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Dec 11 William Kennedy Smith found not guilty of rape
  • Dec 12 Maastricht Treaty signed to create a European Community
  • Dec 12 Orion Pictures filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection
  • Dec 12 Tampa Bay Bucaneer Dexter Manley, retires after failing drug test
  • Dec 13 Both Koreas sign an accord calling for reconcilliation
  • Dec 13 NY assembly speaker Mel Miller is convicted of federal mail fraud
  • Dec 14 Ferry boat Salem Express sinks in Red Sea, 476 killed
  • Dec 16 UN reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote
  • Dec 16 Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Dec 17 NBA's most lopsided game Cleveland beats Miami 148-80
  • Dec 17 Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Dec 18 General Motors announces closing of 21 plants
  • Dec 19 6,000th episode of One Life To Live

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Dec 19 Boris Yeltsin takes control of the Kremlin

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Dec 20 Paul Keating installed as premier of Australia
  • Dec 20 A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.
  • Dec 21 95 share in Madrid Spain $1.3 billion lottery (#47996)
  • Dec 21 El Sayid Nosair acquitted of killing Meir Kahane
  • Dec 21 Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Dec 23 NY Daily News publisher Kevin Maxwell resigns
  • Dec 25 Last day of a washout Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala

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Dec 25 Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigns as President of USSR in a televised speech

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev

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Dec 26 Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • Dec 26 Militant Sikhs kill 55 & wound 70 in India
  • Dec 28 Irene the Icon of Greek Orthodox church returns after being stolen

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Dec 28 Ted Turner is named Time Magazine Man of Year

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Dec 29 12th United Negro College Fund
  • Dec 29 Boeing 747-200F of China Airlines crash into mountain at Taipei
  • Dec 31 CPN, Communist Party of Netherland, last day of existance
  • Dec 31 Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.83

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 George Joseph Stigler, US economist (Nobel 1982), dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Jill Browne, dies at 54
  • Dec 5 Richard Speck, mass murderer, dies a day before his 50th birthday
  • Dec 8 Kimberly Bergalis, got AIDS from health care worker, dies at 23
  • Dec 10 Berenice Abbott, US photographer, dies at 93
  • Dec 10 Greta Kempton, American artist (b. 1901)
  • Dec 11 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Prof (Swedish Academy), dies
  • Dec 11 Daniel Simon Scott, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • Dec 11 Robert Q Lewis, US comic/TV panel member (RQL Show), dies at 70
  • Dec 13 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (La marge), dies at 82
  • Dec 17 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minnesota, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • Dec 19 Ernest K Gann, US adventure novelist, dies at 81
  • Dec 20 Andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies
  • Dec 20 Fop[pe] I Brouwer, biologist (Everything That Lives & Grows), dies
  • Dec 20 Sam Rabin, speaker of house, dies at 88
  • Dec 20 Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54
  • Dec 20 Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)
  • Dec 23 Rosa Jackson Lumpkin, among the oldest people in the world, dies at 115
  • Dec 24 Walter Hudson, 1,025 lb man, dies at 46
  • Dec 25 Sal Provenza, entertainer, dies of lymphoma at 45
  • Dec 26 Sam Cresson, dies at 73
  • Dec 27 W Hudson, US "strongest man to the world" (540 kg), dies
  • Dec 29 Julia McCarthy, dies of cancer at 64