January 1991 in History

Events in History

  • 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, California
  • 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 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, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War
  • 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 19 Iraq files SCUD missiles at Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel during the Gulf War
  • 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 Kuwaiti oil facilities are destroyed by Iraqi forces
  • Jan 23 World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
  • Jan 23 Bagogwe Massacre of Tutsi in and around Ruhengeri, Northern Rwanda
  • 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 winners (#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 The Battle of Khafji begins, the first major ground engagement of the Gulf 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 29 Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, Son of the Duke of Westminster

Deaths in History

  • 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, Italian 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 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)