Historical Events in 1991 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 1,072

  • Apr 23 Outstanding West Indian cricket opening batsman Gordon Greenidge scores 226 in his final Test innings at home in Bridgetown, Barbados; WI win 4th Test v Australia by 343 runs
  • Apr 23 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
  • Apr 24 Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • Apr 25 "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater, NYC, after 1018 performances
  • Apr 25 Boston Herald journalist Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL New England Patriots for sexual harassment while covering team; an out-of-court settlement was reached, the league fines the team, and she transfers to a position in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 25 Iraq announces it expects to resume crude oil and product exports by July
  • Apr 25 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical "The Secret Garden", based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, starring Daisy Eagan and Mandy Patinkin, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 706 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards
  • Apr 26 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Apr 26 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes

Sports History

Apr 26 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics

  • Apr 27 "Lucifer's Child" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 27 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio
  • Apr 28 "Gypsy" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Apr 28 "Taking Steps" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
  • Apr 28 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched

Music Single

Apr 29 "Don't Rock the Jukebox" single released by Alan Jackson (ASCAP Award Country Song of the Year, 1992; Billboard Song of the Year, 1991)

  • Apr 29 "Our Country's Good" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Apr 29 Cyclone strikes the Chittagong district in Bangladesh, killing 139,000 people and leaving 10 million homeless
  • Apr 29 Earthquake in Georgia, kills 100
  • May 1 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances

Baseball Record

May 1 A's outfielder Rickey Henderson steals all time MLB record 939th base in 7-4 win vs New York Yankees in Oakland

  • May 1 Angolan civil war ends
  • May 1 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green' s musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres at The Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 981 performances
  • May 1 Skin-Spit-Skin featuring lesbian, homosexual & hetrosexual nude couples caressing, is seen by 5,000 in NYC

Baseball Record

May 1 Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches MLB record 7th no hitter; beats Toronto, 3-0; at 44, Ryan is oldest to throw no-hitter

  • May 1 West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test cricket innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua; 7,558 runs @ 44.72; 19 x 100s

Catholic Encyclical

May 2 Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

Television Finale

May 3 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series TV show "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke")

Sports History

May 3 Future Hockey HOF right wing Cam Neely injures knee on a cheap shot by Ulf Samuelsson in Wales Conference Finals; injury limits him to only 162 games for remainder of NHL career; retires at 31

  • May 3 The Declaration of Windhoek (on press freedom) signed by African journalists
  • May 4 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Strike the Gold, the first of 2 Derby victories
  • May 4 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • May 4 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent
  • May 4 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
  • May 4 NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 4 US politician Mo Udall, Representative for Arizona (1961-91), resigns due to Parkinson disease

Event of Interest

May 4 US President George H. W. Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat

  • May 5 A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after Salvadoran man is shot by police
  • May 6 Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
  • May 6 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • May 6 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • May 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 7 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs
  • May 9 Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession (conviction overturned 2006)

TV Show Appearance

May 9 Michael Landon appears on The Tonight Show to talk about his cancer prognosis

  • May 10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Minnesota North Stars beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 1

Sports History

May 10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

  • May 11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest

Music History

May 13 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

  • May 13 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0
  • May 13 Yankee Stadium fans sing "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco
  • May 14 42 die in a train collision in Japan
  • May 14 Robert M Gates becomes head of CIA

Event of Interest

May 14 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 6 years for complicity in kidnapping & beating of four youths, one of whom died, She is freed pending appeal

  • May 14 World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs

Event of Interest

May 15 Defense releases docs claiming Noriega is "CIA's man in Panama"

  • May 15 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
  • May 15 Manchester United of England win 31th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam
  • May 15 Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
  • May 15 Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)
  • May 15 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game
  • May 16 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (fictional Superman character)

Event of Interest

May 16 Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

  • May 17 Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe
  • May 18 116th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54
  • May 18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 18 Republic of Somaliland declares independence from Somalia
  • May 18 USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station
  • May 19 Alan Janes' jukebox musical "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story", starring Paul Hipp, closes at Shubert Theatre, NYC, after 225 performances
  • May 19 Willy T. Ribbs overcomes numerous mechanical problems in qualifying to become first African-American driver to make Indianapolis 500 starting grid
  • May 20 44th Cannes Film Festival: "Barton Fink" directed by Ethan and Joel Coen wins the Palme d'Or

Sports History

May 20 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP

  • May 20 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
  • May 20 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
  • May 21 Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
  • May 22 NFL Owners agree to add 2 teams in 1994
  • May 22 Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
  • May 23 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
  • May 23 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene no-hits Montreal Expos, 2-0
  • May 23 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • May 23 US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion
  • May 25 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35
  • May 25 Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews
  • May 25 Stanley Cup Final, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 for a 4-2 series win; Penguins' first Final series appearance

Sports History

May 26 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins from pole, becoming the third 4-time winner (joins A. J. Foyt and Al Unser); record 6th career pole position for Mears

  • May 27 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • May 28 "Forever My Lady" debut studio album by Jodeci is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1992)
  • May 28 Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa
  • May 29 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari
  • May 29 Musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 30 64th National Spelling Bee: Joanne Lagatta wins spelling antipyretic
  • May 30 Arturo Barrios runs world record one-hour distance (21,096 km)
  • May 30 Supreme Court rules prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police & can be held accountable
  • May 31 Sides in Angola sign a treaty ending 16 year civil war
  • Jun 2 45th Tony Awards: "Lost in Yonkers" (play) & "The Will Rogers Follies" (musical) win
  • Jun 2 4th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • Jun 2 Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318' 1"
  • Jun 2 Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin
  • Jun 3 Kuwait asks Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members to produce 800,000 bbl/d (130,000 m3/d) of oil on its behalf
  • Jun 3 MLB Draft: East Carteret HS pitcher Brien Taylor first pick by New York Yankees
  • Jun 3 Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 3 Thomas Hearns captures WBA light heavyweight title

  • Jun 4 1st post WW II non-communist government in Albania
  • Jun 4 Pope John Paul II compares abortion with Nazi murders
  • Jun 4 Robert S Strauss becomes US ambassador to Soviet Union
  • Jun 5 Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl ordained in Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Nobel Prize

Jun 5 Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

  • Jun 5 Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) launched
  • Jun 6 Albert Belle is shipped to minors for not running out a ground ball
  • Jun 6 Dana Plato receives 6 yr suspended sentence for robbing a video store

Film & TV History

Jun 6 NBC announces Jay Leno will succeed Johnny Carson as host on "The Tonight Show" on May 25, 1992

  • Jun 6 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Hick, v West Indies at Headingley
  • Jun 7 Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) erupts for 1st time
  • Jun 8 "Our Country's Good" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jun 8 123rd Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 2:28
  • Jun 8 College World Series: Louisiana State defeats Wichita State 6-3
  • Jun 8 Former NY Jet Mark Gastineau wins 1st pro boxing fight in 12 seconds
  • Jun 8 Victory parade following success in the Gulf War is held in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 8 Warren Schutte is 1st non American to win NCAA Division 1 golf title
  • Jun 9 1st WLAF World Bowl, Wembley Stadium, London: London Monarchs beat Barcelona Dragons, 21-0

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: Jim Courier wins first career Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

  • Jun 9 Jack La Lanne, 76, arrested for suspicion of DWI
  • Jun 9 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Jim Albus wins his only career major title by 3 strokes from New Zealander Bob Charles, Charles Coody and Dave Hill
  • Jun 10 25th Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton wins

Television Finale

Jun 10 David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" final episode airs on ABC-TV

  • Jun 10 Mother of All Parades - NYC welcomes desert storm troops
  • Jun 10 South Florida and Denver picked for 1993 NL franchises
  • Jun 11 Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0

Album Release

Jun 11 Natalie Cole releases "Unforgettable...with Love", covering her father's standards including a "virtual duet" of title track; wins 6 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, 1992

  • Jun 12 Boris Yelstin elected President of Russian Federation

Election of Interest

Jun 12 Boris Yeltsin wins Russia's first presidential election with 57% of the vote

  • Jun 12 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 108-101 in Game 5 for first of 3 straight titles; MVP: Michael Jordan in his first NBA Finals appearance
  • Jun 13 A spectator is killed by lightning at US Open Golf tournament
  • Jun 13 NHL owners present contract to players (leads to Apr 1, 1992 strike)
  • Jun 13 The National, 1st all-sports daily newspaper, ceases publication

Film Release

Jun 14 "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" opens directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman

  • Jun 14 Leroy Burrell of USA sets 100m record (9.90) in NYC
  • Jun 14 Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) lands
  • Jun 15 Birth of the first federal political party in Canada that supports Quebec nationalism, le Bloc Québécois
  • Jun 15 Climactic eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines, the second-largest volcanic eruption on Earth of the 20th century
  • Jun 16 -23] NYC Mayor Dinkins declares "Joseph Doherty Week"
  • Jun 16 Minnesota Twins win a team record 15 games in a row
  • Jun 16 Otis Nixon steals NL record 6 bases in 1 day
  • Jun 16 Revival of musical "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 241 performances
  • Jun 16 With 3 runs in 9th, Baltimore Orioles end Minnesota Twins 15 game winning streak, with 6-5 win
  • Jun 17 Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78
  • Jun 17 South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws

Event of Interest

Jun 17 The body of the 12th US President, Zachary Taylor, is exhumed to test how he died; rumors had persisted since his death in 1850 of arsenic poisoning - no evidence of this was found

US Golf Open

Jun 17 US Open Golf, Hazeline National GC: Payne Stewart wins a Monday playoff with 1987 champion Scott Simpson

Music Single

Jun 18 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" single released by Bryan Adams (Billboard Song of the Year, 1991)

  • Jun 18 Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia, arrives in US
  • Jun 18 Mud storm in Antofagasta Chile, kills 80
  • Jun 18 SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated
  • Jun 18 Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jun 19 2 of Mia Farrow's daughters arrested for shoplifting lingerie
  • Jun 19 NY Yankee Steve Howe records his 1st major league save since 1987
  • Jun 20 The Bundestag (German parliament) decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin
  • Jun 21 Jirg Haider resigns as premier of Austrian province of Karinthia

Hall of Fame

Jun 21 NY Islanders Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy are elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

  • Jun 21 P. V. Narasimha Rao becomes Prime Minister of India as head of a Congress Party minority government
  • Jun 22 "I Hate Hamlet" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 88 performances

Sports History

Jun 22 NHL Draft: Oshawa Generals center Eric Lindros first pick by Quebec Nordiques

  • Jun 22 Underwater volcano, Mount Didicas, erupts in the Philippines
  • Jun 23 "Odd Couple" opens & closes at Belasco Theater NYC

Music Recording

Jun 23 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"

  • Jun 23 A peace summit, brokered by the clergy and business and attended by all major political parties, but boycotted by the Conservative Party, is held to end the violence in South Africa
  • Jun 23 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race
  • Jun 24 NHL adopts instant-replay and tenth of second clock in final minute
  • Jun 25 Japan lifts its call for voluntary restraint on expanding trade with South Africa

Sports History

Jun 25 Martina Navratilova wins record 100th singles match at Wimbledon, beating Elna Reinach of South Africa 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the 1st round

  • Jun 25 Six persons are killed and eighteen injured when gunmen open fire on a crowded commuter train in Soweto, South Africa

Event of Interest

Jun 25 Slovenia and Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia

  • Jun 26 "Getting Married" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 70 performances
  • Jun 26 Amy Elizabeth Goodman, of California, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 26 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Larry Johnson first pick by Charlotte Hornets

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 27 Emmy 18th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 12th time

  • Jun 28 South Africa signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Theatrical Finale

Jun 29 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" closes at Neil Simon Theater, NYC, after 216 performances

  • Jun 29 6.0 earthquake hits southern Calif

Sports History

Jun 29 With a world ranking of 591, Englishman Nick Brown upsets 10th-seeded (and 2001 champion) Goran Ivanišević 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Wimbledon

LPGA Championship

Jun 30 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Meg Mallon wins her first major title by 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Pat Bradley and Ayako Okamoto

  • Jun 30 South Africa's Government repeals the 1913 Native Land Act, an important part of the system of Apartheid (Racially Based Land Measures Act)

Film Premiere

Jul 1 "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong premieres at Century City, California

Film Release

Jul 2 Film "Boyz n the Hood" directed by John Singleton, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube is released

  • Jul 3 Gateway Board of Trustees approve a 20-year lease for the Cleveland Indians to play MLB at Jacobs Field
  • Jul 4 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Jul 5 American jockey Ray Sibille wins his 3,000th career race, aboard Sporting Surf at Pleasanton, California
  • Jul 5 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 5 MLB owners approve Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins as new NL franchises to start play in 1993

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon crown

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first ever all-German final Michael Stich beats Boris Becker 6-4, 7-6, 6-4

  • Jul 8 Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • Jul 8 Pitts Pirate President Carl Barger becomes 1st President of Florida Marlins