Year 1991 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 17 Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War
  • Feb 7 The IRA launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.
  • Feb 28 Gulf War ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait
  • Mar 3 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted
  • Apr 29 Cyclone strikes the Chittagong district in Bangladesh, killing 139,000 people and leaving 10 million homeless
  • Jun 15 Climactic eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines, the second-largest volcanic eruption on Earth of the 20th century
  • Jun 19 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police
  • Jul 10 Boris Yeltsin sworn in as 1st elected President of the Russian Federation
  • Aug 6 Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.
  • Aug 19 Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup d'état
  • Aug 21 Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days
  • Aug 25 Linux is born when Linus Torvalds sends off an email announcing his project to create a new computer operating system
  • Dec 21 Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Dec 25 Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigns as President of USSR in a televised speech
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Historical Marriages

  • Mar 18 Apple computer head Steve Jobs (36) weds American businesswoman Laurene Powell (27) in a Buddhist ceremony at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, California
  • May 31 Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia
  • Jun 21 Eleanor Mondale marries Greg "Thunder" Malban (Minn DJ)

Historical Divorces

  • Apr 25 American fashion designer Mary McFadden (52) announces divorce from Kohie Yohannan (23)

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