Historical Events in 1991

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  • Jan 1 20th Fiesta Bowl: #18 Louisville beats #25 Alabama, 34-7
  • Jan 1 5% sales tax on consumer goods & services goes into effect in USSR
  • Jan 1 57th Orange Bowl: #1 Colorado beats #5 Notre Dame, 10-9
  • Jan 1 57th Sugar Bowl: #6 Tennessee beats Virginia, 23-22
  • Jan 1 77th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #17 Iowa, 46-34

Historic Event

Jan 1 Iraq rejects peace proposal from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

  • Jan 1 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
  • Jan 2 University of Colorado, Boulder, coached by Bill McCartney wins its first Associated Press National Championship of College Football poll
  • Jan 3 8 Iraqi embassy officials are expelled from the UK
  • 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 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 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
  • 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 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 5 Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
  • Jan 5 Revival of George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, and P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 77 performances
  • 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 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 6 Qian Hong swims female world record 50m butterfly (27.30 sec)
  • 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

Television Premiere

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 Baseball 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

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 9 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games
  • Jan 10 Japan ends routine fingerprinting of all adult ethnic Koreans
  • Jan 10 US Congress begins debate on Persian Gulf crisis
  • Jan 11 Ben Johnson's 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finishes 2nd
  • 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 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)

Iraqi History

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"
  • 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

Election of Interest

Jan 13 President Mário Soares of Portugal re-elected

  • Jan 13 Soviet troops continue attack on Vilnius, capital of Lithuania; 13 people killed and 140 injured as
  • Jan 13 UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar meets with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
  • 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

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 15 UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)

Hall of Fame

Jan 16 6th 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 16 7th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 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 Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles on Israel
  • Jan 17 Mountie Jacques Rougeau beats Hart for WWF intercontinental title
  • Jan 17 Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War
  • Jan 18 Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems.
  • Jan 18 Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel

Sports History

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

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
  • 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 Iraq files SCUD missiles at Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel during the Gulf War
  • Jan 19 Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
  • 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 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 20 13th UCP Telethon
  • 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 20 Revival of Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 45 performances
  • Jan 20 Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.
  • Jan 20 US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles
  • 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 Bagogwe Massacre of Tutsi in and around Ruhengeri, Northern Rwanda
  • Jan 23 World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
  • Jan 24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal
  • 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

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 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

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 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)
  • Jan 27 7th Sundance Film Festival: "Poison" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his 1st Australian title; beats Ivan Lendl 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
  • Jan 27 Dutch Pacifist Socialistic Party disbands
  • Jan 27 Nadine Strossen is 1st female president of the ACLU
  • Jan 27 Super Bowl XXV, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: New York Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19; MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB
  • Jan 28 "A Closer Look" with Faith Daniels premieres on NBC-TV

American Music Awards

Jan 28 18th American Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win

Sports History

Jan 28 David Boon completes ninth Test century, 121 v England at Adelaide

  • Jan 28 Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule
  • Jan 29 "Piano Lesson" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 320 performances

Historic Event

Jan 29 Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet after 28 years

  • 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 "Close-Up", Iranian film directed by Abbas Kiarostami, starring Hossain Sabzian and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, is released
  • Jan 31 Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double
  • Jan 31 Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude
  • Feb 1 Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die

Historic Publication

Feb 1 American writer John Grisham publishes his second novel "The Firm" (bestselling novel of the year)

  • Feb 1 Australian cricket fast bowler Craig McDermott sets up a 9 wicket, 5th Test win over England with a career best 8-97 in Perth

Historic Event

Feb 1 South African President F. W. de Klerk says he will repeal all apartheid laws

  • 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

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

  • Feb 2 US postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents
  • Feb 3 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-21; MVP: Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills, QB

Film & TV History

Feb 4 Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)

  • Feb 4 Baseball's Hall of Fame board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose, due to his betting on games while a player and manager

Cricket Record

Feb 4 NZ cricketers Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand, against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

  • Feb 4 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

Historic Event

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

Sports History

Feb 5 Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Super Bowl

  • Feb 5 LA King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points
  • Feb 6 Mousey Davis becomes 1st coach of NY-NJ Knights

Hall of Fame

Feb 7 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame

  • 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.

Contract of Interest

Feb 8 Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

  • Feb 9 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • Feb 9 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)

Sports History

Feb 9 Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him

  • Feb 9 US Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case
  • Feb 10 "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 24 performances

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 10 41st NBA All-Star Game, Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC: East beats West, 116-114; Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers, F

  • Feb 10 Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
  • Feb 10 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • Feb 11 Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) forms in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
  • Feb 12 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • Feb 13 Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
  • Feb 13 US air raid on the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad kills more than 408 civilians
  • Feb 13 US bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
  • Feb 14 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances

Film Release

Feb 14 "The Silence of the Lambs" film based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

  • Feb 14 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration
  • Feb 15 41st Berlin International Film Festival: "The House of Smiles" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 15 Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax"
  • Feb 15 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • Feb 15 Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117
  • Feb 16 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands

Sports History

Feb 16 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

  • Feb 17 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan, driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports coasts to win after challengers crash on finals laps
  • Feb 17 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge

Sports History

Feb 18 Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out NJ Devils 4-0

Album Release

Feb 19 Geffen Records releases "Night Ride Home", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 14th studio album

Grammy Awards

Feb 20 33rd Grammy Awards: "Another Day in Paradise"; Mariah Carey win

Historic Event

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

Music History

Feb 20 Alan Ayckbourn's stage farce "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 78 performances

Music History

Feb 21 Neil Simon's stage comedy "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 780 performances

  • Feb 21 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable
  • Feb 22 Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA

Cricket Debut

Feb 22 Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton

  • Feb 23 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • Feb 23 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
  • Feb 23 US President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war
  • Feb 24 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
  • Feb 24 English-Yiddish musical revue "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater, NYC, after 126 performances
  • Feb 24 US-led forces begin Operation Desert Sabre, the ground invasion of southern Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait
  • Feb 25 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)
  • Feb 25 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts
  • Feb 25 US, barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
  • Feb 26 Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons v NZ (119 & 102)

Highway of Death

Feb 26 Coalition planes bomb Iraqi forces retreating from Kuwait during the Gulf War, killing hundreds and creating the so-called 'Highway of Death'

  • Feb 26 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • Feb 26 NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
  • 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

Music History

Feb 27 Singer James Brown is paroled from prison after serving 2 years of 6 year sentence for weapon and drug related convictions

  • Feb 28 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam

Sports History

Feb 28 Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain

  • 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)
  • Feb 28 Steve Tesich's stage drama "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances

Sports History

Mar 1 37 year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd-place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas

  • Mar 1 US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens
  • Mar 2 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances