Historical Events in January 1991

  • 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 "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 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)

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"
  • 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 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 45 performances
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 15-13
  • 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