On This Day

What Happened in January 1991

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 5% sales tax on consumer goods & services goes into effect in USSR

Historic Event

Jan 1 Iraq rejects peace proposal from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

  • Jan 1 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
  • Jan 1 77th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #17 Iowa, 46-34
  • Jan 1 57th Sugar Bowl: #6 Tennessee beats Virginia, 23-22
  • Jan 1 20th Fiesta Bowl: #18 Louisville beats #25 Alabama, 34-7
  • Jan 1 57th Orange Bowl: #1 Colorado beats #5 Notre Dame, 10-9
  • Jan 2 University of Colorado, Boulder, coached by Bill McCartney wins its first Associated Press National Championship of College Football poll
  • Jan 3 Israel reopens consulate in USSR after 23 years

Sports History

Jan 3 Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest and youngest player in NHL history to score 700 goals (886 games at age 29 years, 342 days) in LA Kings’ 6-3 win over the NY Islanders at the Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum

  • Jan 3 8 Iraqi embassy officials are expelled from the UK
  • Jan 4 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
  • Jan 4 12 year old Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal at World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia; youngest world champion in the history of any aquatic event
  • 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 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Prpić beats American David Wheaton 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1) and Yugoslavia's first title
  • Jan 5 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jan 5 Edwin Jongejans of Netherlands wins 1-metre springboard diving title
  • Jan 5 Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
  • Jan 6 "Gypsy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 477 performances
  • Jan 6 "Real Life With Jane Pauley" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jan 6 Jorge Serrano Elias elected President of Guatemala
  • Jan 6 Qian Hong swims female world record 50m butterfly (27.30 sec)
  • Jan 6 Portland Trail Blazers beat the Seattle SuperSonics, 114-111 before a sellout crowd at the Portland Memorial Coliseum; marks the Blazers' 600th consecutive sellout at home
  • Jan 7 "Nia Peeples Party Machine" premieres on TV

Historic Event

Jan 7 Saddam Hussein prepares his troops for what he says will be a long violent war against the US

  • Jan 8 "Davis Rules" with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV

Hall of Fame

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 8 Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)
  • Jan 9 Baker & Aziz meet in Geneva; talks fail to defuse gulf crisis

Hall of Fame

Jan 9 Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame for betting on baseball

  • Jan 9 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games

Sports History

Jan 9 Chicago's Michael Jordan scores a game-high 40 points to lead the Bulls to a 107-99 win over Philadelphia at the Spectrum; reaches the 15,000 point mark of his career

  • 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

Pro Wrestling

Jan 11 Ric Flair wins NWA/WCW wrestling title

  • Jan 11 Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence
  • Jan 11 Ben Johnson's 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finishes 2nd
  • Jan 12 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Women's Basketball game (11,520)
  • Jan 12 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)

Historic Event

Jan 12 US Congress gives George H. W. Bush authority to wage war against Iraq

  • Jan 13 12th ACE Cable Awards: Weather Channel wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the hurricane "Hugo"

Election of Interest

Jan 13 President Mário Soares of Portugal re-elected

  • Jan 13 Football fans of the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates clash in Orkney, South Africa leading to a riot and 42 deaths in the Oppenheimer Stadium disaster
  • 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 "Barbara DeAngelis Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 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 Dean Jones (76) and Mark Taylor (71) lead Australia to 7 wicket win over New Zealand in cricket's World Series Cup 2nd Final in Melbourne; win series, 2-0
  • Jan 15 UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)

Historic Event

Jan 15 Elizabeth II signs letters patent that allows Australia to institute its own Victoria Cross, the first Commonwealth realm to do so

  • Jan 16 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

Hall of Fame

Jan 16 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: LaVern Baker; The Byrds; John Lee Hooker; The Impressions; Wilson Pickett; Jimmy Reed; Ike and Tina Turner; Howlin' Wolf; Dave Bartholomew; and Ralph Bass

  • Jan 17 Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • Jan 17 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
  • Jan 17 Andy Van Hellemond sets NHL record for most games worked by a referee when he appears in his 1,173rd regular season encounter as the St. Louis Blues host the Montreal Canadiens
  • 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

Historic Event

Jan 18 US acknowledges CIA and US Army paid Manuel Noriega $320,000 over his career

  • Jan 18 WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

Sports History

Jan 18 Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

  • Jan 18 Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems.
  • Jan 19 42nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Campbell beats Wales, 11-5; Vincent Damphousse, Toronto Maple Leafs, C
  • Jan 19 Eastern Airlines shuts down operations
  • Jan 19 Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
  • Jan 19 Iraq files SCUD missiles at Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel during the Gulf War
  • Jan 20 "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • Jan 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 20 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 45 performances
  • Jan 20 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 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 20 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders, 51-3
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 15-13
  • Jan 21 CBS News correspondant Bob Simon and four TV crew captured and held for 40 days by Iraqis in the Persian Gulf
  • Jan 21 Sacramento's Dick Motta coaches in his 1,648th regular season game, a 97-94 Kings' victory over Houston; at the time an NBA record for the most regular-season coaching appearances
  • Jan 22 Cholera epidemic begins in Peru with first known sufferer, 300,000 people infected over the next 12 months
  • 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 24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal

Sports History

Jan 25 St. Louis right wing Brett Hull scores twice in Blues' 9-4 win at Detroit, to give him 50 goals in 49 games; becomes 3rd player in NHL history with 50 goals in less than 50 games

  • Jan 25 Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government
  • Jan 25 Mark Waugh scores ton in 1st Test Cricket innings, v England Adelaide
  • Jan 25 Soap opera "Generation's" last episode after a 2½ year run
  • Jan 26 "A Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances
  • Jan 26 Alfaro Vive guerrilla group of Ecuador gives arms to Catholic church
  • Jan 26 Houston guard Vernon Maxwell is 4th NBAer to score 30 pts in a quarter
  • Jan 26 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame
  • Jan 26 NY Lotto pays $90 million to nine winners (#s are 5-15-30-35-46-50)

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles becomes the only Yugoslav player – male or female – to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Jana Novotná 5-7, 6-3, 6-1

  • Jan 26 Houston guard Vernon Maxwell becomes 5th player in NBA history to score 30 points in a quarter in Rockets' 103-97 home win over Cleveland; joins Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson, George Gervin & Michael Jordan
  • Jan 27 Dutch Pacifist Socialistic Party disbands

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 49er class 2016; helmsman America's Cup 2017; ISAF World Sailor of the Year 2015, 17), born in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Jan 2 Josh Taylor, Scottish boxer (undisputed world light-welterweight title 2021), born in Prestonpans, Scotland
  • Jan 4 Olivia Tennet, New Zealand actress, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 Nikola Saric, Danish footballer, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jan 7 Max Morrow, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 7 Eden Hazard, Belgian football player (Chelsea, Belgian national team), born in La Louvière, Belgium
  • Jan 7 Caster Semenya, South African runner (Olympic Gold 2016), born near Polokwane, South Africa
  • Jan 7 (Michaela) "Mj" Rodriguez, American actress and singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jan 8 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jan 19 Erin Sanders, American actress, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 19 Tommy Fleetwood, British golfer (US Open runner-up 2018; Ryder Cup 2018), born in Southport, England
  • Jan 25 Ariana DeBose, American actress and singer (West Side Story), born in North Carolina
  • Jan 29 Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, Son of the Duke of Westminster, born in Westminster, London
  • Jan 30 Matthew Werkmeister, Australian actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 30 Rebecca Lovell, American singer & guitarist (Larkin Poe), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Famous Deaths

  • 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 2 Renato Rascel, Italian actor (7 Hills of Rome, Secrets of Santa Vittoria), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Jan 2 Irving Johnson, American sail training pioneer & adventurer, dies at 85
  • Jan 3 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7-time MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83
  • Jan 4 Berry Kroeger, actor (Demon Seed), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • Jan 4 Harry Krimer, French actor (Napoleon, Les vagabonds magnifiques, La course du flambeau), committed suicide at 94
  • Jan 4 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie; "Blues Shout"; "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Jan 4 Poon Lim, Chinese sailor who survived 133 days adrift at sea, dies at 72
  • Jan 4 Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 John Eckhardt, actor born without legs (Freaks), dies at 82
  • Jan 5 Marie Madeline Sullivan, actress (Elvira Mistress of Dark), dies at 80
  • Jan 5 Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia-Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue), dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Ada Moore, entertainer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 6 Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 7 Joe Hicks, American baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 8 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), dies at 30
  • Jan 9 Chris Baay, Dutch actor (Tomorrow It Will Be Better, Klatergoud, Surprise Raid), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Dimitris Myrat, dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 11 Jason Christmas, dies of a gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49
  • Jan 12 Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan's No 1 Son), dies after a stroke at 86
  • 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 16 Cladys "Jabbo" Smith, American jazz trumpet pioneer, dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Olav V, King of Norway (1957-91), dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Hamilton Fish III, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 102
  • Jan 19 Don Beddoe, actor (Bullwhip, Loophole, Texas), dies at 87
  • Jan 19 Glenn Langan, American actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie, Jungle Heat, Rapture), dies of lymphoma at 73
  • Jan 19 John Russell, American actor (Apache Uprising, Yellow Sky), dies at 70
  • Jan 19 Marcel Chaput, French Canadian politician, dies at 72
  • Jan 20 Bill Riordon, American tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies
  • Jan 20 Louis Seigner, actor (Eclipse, Special Section), dies in a fire at 87
  • Jan 21 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • Jan 22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24 George Gobel, comedian, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 24 Lawrence Lott, American actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • Jan 24 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • Jan 24 Jack Schaefer, American author (Shane), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Harold "Shot" Jackson, American country dobro player, and pedal steel guitarist (Roy Acuff), and guitar designer and builder (Sho-Bud), dies after his second stroke at 70
  • Jan 25 Hoot Evers, American MLB player, dies at 69
  • Jan 25 Lillian Bond, English-American actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), dies at 83
  • Jan 25 Stanley Brock, American actor (UHF, Hard to Kill, Ivan-He's the Mayor), dies of heart attack at 59
  • Jan 26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • Jan 26 Karen Young, American disco singer ("Hot Shot"), dies at 39

Red Grange

Jan 28 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of Parkinson's disease at 87

  • Jan 28 Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66
  • Jan 29 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies
  • Jan 30 John McIntire, American actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian), dies of emphysema at 83

John Bardeen

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

  • Jan 30 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)