Events in History in 1991

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  • 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 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 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
  • 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 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 that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable
  • Feb 23 US President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war
  • Feb 23 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • Feb 24 US-led forces begin Operation Desert Sabre, the ground invasion of southern Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait
  • Feb 25 US, barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
  • Feb 26 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • Feb 26 Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future
  • Feb 27 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow" premieres in London
  • Feb 27 Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16
  • Feb 28 Gulf War ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait
  • Feb 28 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m indoor (3:34:16)
  • Mar 1 US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens
  • Mar 2 Del Ballard Jr throws most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history
  • Mar 2 UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
  • Mar 2 US Army controversially destroys a retreating Iraqi Republican Guard column at Rumaila Oil Field, despite a ceasefire being observed
  • Mar 3 Iraqi generals & Gen "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf meet to discuss cease fire

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Mar 3 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Mar 3 Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR
  • Mar 3 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • Mar 3 Miguel Trovoada installed as president of Sao Tomé e Principal
  • Mar 3 Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18
  • Mar 3 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25
  • Mar 4 Bank of Credit & Commerce Intl divests itself of 1st American Bank
  • Mar 4 Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
  • Mar 5 Iraq repealed its annexation of Kuwait
  • Mar 6 Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, US President George H. W. Bush told Congress that "aggression is defeated. The war is over"
  • Mar 7 Iraq continues to explode oil fields in Kuwait
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8 Planeloads of US troops arrive home from the Persian Gulf, Iraq hands over 40 foreign journalists & 2 American soldiers it captured
  • Mar 9 US 70th manned space mission STS 39 (Discovery 12) launches into orbit
  • Mar 10 Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg clinches his 4th slalom World Cup
  • Mar 10 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200 m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • Mar 10 Rico Lieder/Jens Carlowitz/Karsten Just/Thomas Schonlebe walk 4x400m indoor world record (3:03.05)
  • Mar 12 OPEC announces oil production cut to 22.3 Mbbl/d (3,550,000 m3/d)
  • Mar 13 Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
  • Mar 13 Saudi Arabia and Iran say OPEC oil production cuts will take effect April 1
  • Mar 14 Emir of Kuwait returns to Kuwait City, after the Iraqis leave
  • Mar 14 Ice Pairs Championship at Munich won by N Mishkutenok & A Dmitriev
  • Mar 14 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Munich won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • Mar 14 English Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment
  • Mar 15 4 LA police are charged with beating Rodney King
  • Mar 15 Territories of Amapa & Roraima become states in Brazil
  • Mar 16 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash
  • Mar 16 Members of Irish Gay & Lesbian Organization march in NYC parade
  • Mar 16 NY Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner (#s are 18-21-32-33-35-38)
  • Mar 16 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Munich won by Kristi Yamaguchi
  • Mar 17 9 of 15 Soviet reps officially approve new union treaty
  • Mar 17 Irish Lesbians & Gays march in St. Patrick's Day parade
  • Mar 17 John Robin Baitz' "Substance of Fire" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 17 NJ raises turnpike tolls 70%
  • Mar 19 Gorbachev says the Soviet Union will cut its oil exports by nearly half
  • Mar 20 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney
  • Mar 20 Supreme Court rules unanimously employers can't exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage fetus
  • Mar 20 US forgives $2 billion in loans to Poland
  • Mar 21 27 lost at sea when 2 US Navy anti-submarine planes collide
  • Mar 21 Tatsumi Fujinami beats Ric Flair for NWA wrestling championship
  • Mar 21 UN Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq
  • Mar 22 Law enforcement officers raid fraternities at University of Virginaa, seizing drugs
  • Mar 22 NY Daily News begins using motto "Forward with NY"
  • Mar 22 Pamela Smart (HS teacher) found guilty in NH of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband
  • Mar 23 20 Tornadoes kill 5 in Tennessee
  • Mar 24 Banks reopen in liberated Kuwait

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Mar 24 Wrestlemania VII in LA, Hulk Hogan pins Sgt Slaughter

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Mar 25 Nigerian crude becomes competitive in US Gulf Coast as Nigeria cuts crude prices
  • Mar 26 Fuel pipe explodes under 58th street & Lexington Ave, NYC
  • Mar 26 Marc Camoletti's "Don't Dress for Dinner" premieres in London
  • Mar 27 New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, arrested on arson charges in Kentucky

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 27 Scotty Bowman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a "builder" of the game

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • Mar 30 Last issue of Dutch Newspaper "Vr˜e Folk" (Free People)
  • Mar 30 PBA National Championship Won by Mike Miller
  • Mar 30 William Kennedy Smith allegedly rapes a woman (found not guilty)
  • Mar 31 Albania offers 1st multi-party election in 50 years
  • Mar 31 Danny Bonaduce attacks a transvestite prostitute in Phoenix Az
  • Mar 31 Georgian SSR votes on whether to remain in the Soviet Union
  • Mar 31 Soviet Rep of Georgia endorsed independence; Warsaw Pact dissolves
  • Mar 31 The Establishment of Islamic Constitutional Movement - Hadas in Kuwait.
  • Apr 1 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • Apr 1 US Supreme Court rules jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race
  • Apr 1 US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
  • Apr 1 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • Apr 2 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
  • Apr 3 Thomas Bos skates world record 3 km (3:65.16)
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • Apr 4 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.

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Apr 5 Kitty Kelly publishes a book knocking Nancy Reagan

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • Apr 5 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
  • Apr 5 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched
  • Apr 5 US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq
  • Apr 6 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giants Stadium) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • Apr 6 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher
  • Apr 7 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth
  • Apr 7 George Washington Bridge raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00
  • Apr 7 Wrestlemania VII scheduled in LA, actually performed 03/24
  • Apr 8 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking
  • Apr 9 Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR
  • Apr 10 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138
  • Apr 10 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)
  • Apr 10 A rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.
  • Apr 11 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands
  • Apr 11 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
  • Apr 12 Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
  • Apr 12 US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
  • Apr 13 BPAA US Open by Pete Weber
  • Apr 15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • Apr 15 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against S Afr
  • Apr 15 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $280 per week