On This Day

What Happened in December 1991

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" closes at Gershwin NYC after 32 performances
  • Dec 1 "Once on this Island" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 469 performances

Sport awardDavis Cup

Dec 1 Davis Cup Tennis, Lyon: Frenchman Guy Forget upsets Pete Sampras 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to clinch a 3-1 final win over the US

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 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

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Dec 1 Miami quarterback Dan Marino sets an NFL record when he reaches 3,000 yards passing for the 8th time in his career during Dolphin's 33-14 win over Tampa Bay at Joe Robbie Stadium

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Reigning US Open champion Payne Stewart wins only 1 hole, but claims the Skins Game at La Quinta and sets record in the process; 3-foot birdie putt at 14th hole earns 8 skins worth $260,000; record for most money won on 1 hole

  • Dec 2 Former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bobby Bonilla becomes highest paid player in MLB when he agrees to record $29 million-5 year deal with New York Mets
  • Dec 2 Muslim Shi'ites release American hostage Joseph Cicippio held in Lebanon
  • Dec 2 Australia routs India by 10 wickets in the 1st cricket Test in Brisbane; first Test to be officiated by a match referee; former England captain MJK Smith does the honours

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Hulk Hogan defeats the Undertaker at 'This Tuesday in Texas' at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio to become 4-time WWF champion

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 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 "Catskills on Broadway" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances
  • Dec 5 Charles Keating Jr (Lincoln Savings & Loan fraud), found guilty
  • Dec 5 NY Daily News files for protection under chapter 11
  • Dec 6 "Les Miserables" opens at Circustheater, Scheveningen
  • Dec 6 "Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country" premieres
  • Dec 7 A J Kitt, US, wins World Skiing Cup
  • Dec 8 "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Dec 8 "Nick & Nora" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Dec 8 Russia, Belorussia & Ukraine form Commonwealth of Ind States
  • Dec 8 The Romanian Constitution is adopted in a referendum.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Dec 9 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston win

Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Dec 10 "Crucible" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Dec 10 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Dec 10 Jackie Martling walks off of Howard Stern show for 1 day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 NJ Nets set NBA record of 22 blocks beating Nuggets 121-81

  • Dec 12 Orion Pictures filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection
  • Dec 12 Tampa Bay Bucaneer Dexter Manley, retires after failing drug test
  • Dec 12 Abuja replaces Lagos as the capital city of Nigeria
  • Dec 13 Both Koreas sign an accord calling for reconcilliation
  • Dec 13 NY assembly speaker Mel Miller is convicted of federal mail fraud
  • Dec 13 Ricky Pierce (Seattle) ends NBA free throw streak of 75 games
  • Dec 14 57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR)
  • Dec 14 Ferry boat Salem Express sinks in Red Sea, 476 killed
  • Dec 15 "Nick & Nora" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Dec 16 Florida Marlins sign their 1st player, 16 year old pitcher Clemente Nunez
  • 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 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts
  • Dec 17 NBA's most lopsided game Cleveland beats Miami 148-80
  • Dec 17 Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Dec 17 Soap opera "One Life To Live" airs its 6,000th episode
  • Dec 17 Pittsburgh Penguins score team record 8 goals in one period in 2nd session of 10-2 win over NHL expansion San Jose Sharks
  • Dec 18 DeForest Kelly (Dr McCoy on Star Trek) gets a star in Hollywood
  • Dec 18 General Motors announces closing of 21 plants
  • Dec 19 "Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 19 6,000th episode of One Life To Live

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Boris Yeltsin takes control of the Kremlin

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Dec 19 NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe arrested for cocaine possession
  • Dec 20 NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning & Ottawa Senators

ReplacementLeadership Contest

Dec 20 Paul Keating becomes Prime Minister of Australia after rolling Bob Hawke for leadership of the Labor party

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke
  • 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.

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 20 "Father of the Bride" film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short, is released

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
Actor Martin Short
Actor
Martin Short
Actress Diane Keaton
Actress
Diane Keaton
  • 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 24 Ballon d'Or: Marseille forward Jean-Pierre Papin is named Europe's best football player; first from the French League to win the trophy
  • Dec 25 Last day of a washout Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Dec 26 Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 26 NY Islander Derek King ties NJ Devils 5-5 with ½ second left

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Joe Mullen scores 4 goals for the second straight NHL game as the Pittsburgh Penguins rout Toronto, 12-1; Mario Lemieux adds 2 goals & 5 assists and Kevin Stevens has 2 goals & 4 assists

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Dec 27 Bengals hire Dave Shula as youngest NFL coach (32)
  • Dec 27 Chuck Knox retires as Seattle Seahawk coach
  • Dec 28 8 are crushed to death at a RAP basketball game at City College, NYC
  • Dec 28 Blockbuster Bowl 2: Alabama beats Colorado, 30-25
  • Dec 28 Irene the Icon of Greek Orthodox church returns after being stolen
  • Dec 28 Ninibeth Beatriz Leal Jiminez, 20, of Venez, crowned 41st Miss World

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Ted Turner is named Time Magazine Man of Year

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Dec 29 "Christmas Carol" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 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 existence
  • Dec 31 Daniel R McCarthy elected NY Yankee managing general partner
  • Dec 31 Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.83
  • Dec 31 J Donald Crump resigned as CFL Commissioner

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Sun Yang, Chinese swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 1,500m 2012, 200m freestyle 2016), born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Dec 2 Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, Canadian alpine freestyle skier (World C'ship gold dual moguls 2013), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 6 CoCo Vandeweghe, American tennis player (US Open doubles 2018; US Federation Cup 2017), born in Rancho Santa Fe, California
  • Dec 12 Daniel Magder, Canadian actor (The Famous Jett Jackson), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 13 Jay Greenberg, American composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dec 14 Offset [Kiari Cephus], American rapper (Migos), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Dec 15 Eunice Cho, American actress
  • Dec 19 Declan Galbraith, English singer
  • Dec 24 Louis Tomlinson, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Doncaster, England

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 12 Actor Richard Gere (42) weds supermodel Cindy Crawford (25) in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 16 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Actress Jane Fonda (55) weds CNN founder Ted Turner at the groom's home in north Florida

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Byron Webster, actor (That Man Bolt), dies of AIDS at 58
  • Dec 1 George Joseph Stigler, US economist (Nobel 1982), dies at 80
  • Dec 2 George Lott, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 85
  • Dec 3 Casey Walters, American actor (True Story of Lynn Stuart), after a stroke at 75
  • Dec 4 Alex Graham, Scottish cartoonist who created the comic strip "Fred Basset", dies at 78
  • Dec 5 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • Dec 5 Jill Browne, dies at 54
  • Dec 5 Richard Speck, American mass murderer (raped and killed 8 student nurses in 1966), dies a day before his 50th birthday
  • Dec 5 Robert Karvelas, American actor (Get Smart), dies at 70
  • Dec 6 Ann Sorg Coston, actress (Anna-Aldrich Family), dies at 62
  • Dec 7 Michael Taylor, Male Model (b. 1913)
  • Dec 8 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, dies at 80
  • Dec 8 Kimberly Bergalis, got AIDS from health care worker, dies at 23
  • Dec 10 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • 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, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), dies at 71
  • Dec 12 Eleanor Boardman, actor (Crowd), dies in at 93
  • Dec 12 Ken Keltner, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 75
  • Dec 12 Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • Dec 13 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (La marge), dies at 82
  • Dec 14 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), dies of emphysema at 77
  • Dec 14 Robert Eddison, British actor (Uncle Silas), dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (Decidedly, Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • Dec 15 Ray Smith, British actor (And Then You Die), dies at 55
  • Dec 16 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), dies at 89
  • Dec 17 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minnesota, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • Dec 17 Armand Frappier, French-Canadian physician and microbiologist, dies at 87
  • Dec 18 June Storey, Canadian-born American actress (South of the Border), dies of cancer at 73
  • Dec 18 George Abecassis, English Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)
  • Dec 19 Ernest K Gann, US adventure novelist, dies at 81
  • Dec 19 Paul Maxwell, Canadian actor (Aliens, City of Fear, Freedom to Die), dies at 70
  • Dec 19 Joe Cole, American roadie (Black Flag, Rollins Band), shot and killed at 30
  • 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 Helene Heigh, actress (Undercover Woman, Teen Age Thunder), dies at 86
  • Dec 20 Sam Rabin, speaker of house, dies at 88
  • Dec 20 Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54
  • Dec 20 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 20 Walter Chiari, actor (Girl Under Sheet), dies of heart attack at 67
  • Dec 20 Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)
  • Dec 20 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)
  • Dec 22 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
  • Dec 23 Byron Q Griffith, producer/actor, dies at 73
  • 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 Curt Bois, actor (Great Waltz, Boat is Full), dies at 90
  • Dec 25 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (27 Tests, 68 wickets), dies at 59
  • Dec 25 Orane Demazis, French actress (Marius, Fanny et Caesar), dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Sal Provenza, entertainer, dies of lymphoma at 45
  • Dec 26 Sam Cresson, dies at 73
  • Dec 27 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • Dec 27 John Morgan Evans, actor, dies after lengthy illness at 49
  • Dec 27 W Hudson, US "strongest man to the world" (540 kg), dies
  • Dec 28 Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (For Your Eyes Only), dies of cancer at 39
  • Dec 28 Jacques Aubuchon, actor (Hoax, Thunder Road), dies of heart failure
  • Dec 29 Julia McCarthy, dies of cancer at 64