On This Day

February 1991 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die

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

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Feb 1 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32

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

Writer John Grisham
Writer
John Grisham
  • 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
  • Feb 2 US postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents
  • Feb 4 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

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Feb 5 A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian
  • Feb 5 All American Bowl ends after 14 years
  • Feb 5 Big East Football conference forms
  • Feb 6 Mousey Davis becomes 1st coach of NY-NJ Knights
  • 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.
  • Feb 9 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)
  • Feb 9 US Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case

  • Feb 9 Wally Joyner wins record $2.1 million salary arbitration
  • Feb 10 Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
  • Feb 10 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • Feb 11 UNPO, Unrepresented Nations & People Org 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 bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
  • Feb 13 US air raid on the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad kills more than 408 civilians
  • Feb 14 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration
  • Feb 15 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • Feb 15 Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax"
  • Feb 16 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands

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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

Dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha
Dictator of Albania
Enver Hoxha
  • Feb 21 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable

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Feb 23 US President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Feb 23 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • Feb 24 US-led forces begin Operation Desert Sabre, the ground invasion of southern Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait
  • Feb 25 US, barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
  • Feb 26 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
  • Feb 26 Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future

KuwaitHighway 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'

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The so-called Highway of Death in Iraq after coalition planes repeatedly bombed it during Operation Desert Storm
The so-called Highway of Death in Iraq after coalition planes repeatedly bombed it during Operation Desert Storm
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  • Feb 27 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow" premieres in London
  • Feb 27 Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16
  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 12 Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa, prince of Bahrain, born in Riffa, Bahrain (d. 2006)
  • Feb 15 Nicholas Garland, son of Pamela Sue Martin, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 Azeem Rafiq, Yorkshire CCC & English U15 captain, born in Karachi, Pakistan

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Annie van Ommeren-Averink [Hanna Jacoba of Ommeren-Averink], Dutch politician (CPN), dies at 77
  • Feb 3 Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit, dies at 83
  • Feb 6 Marten Levendig, Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow, dies
  • Feb 6 Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist (Nobel Prize 1969), dies at 78
  • Feb 7 Gladys LaVerne, dies of heart problems at 87
  • Feb 7 Amos Yarkoni, legendary Israeli soldier (b. 1920)
  • Feb 7 Jean-Paul Mousseau, Quebec painter, member of Les Automatistes (b. 1927)
  • Feb 7 John Steinbeck IV, American author and journalist
  • Feb 11 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building, Centre Pompidou), dies at 90
  • Feb 11 Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1922)
  • Feb 11 Ajla Rachmanova, Russian-Austrian author (Students), dies at 92
  • Feb 12 Edward A Blatt, director (Between 2 Worlds), dies at 88
  • Feb 12 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Arno Breker, German architect and sculptor (Third Reich), dies at 90
  • Feb 14 John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies
  • Feb 14 Carlo L. Golino, Italian-American scholar, dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Enrique B Varela, commandant Nicaragua contra's, dies
  • Feb 17 Enrique Bermudez, commandant (Contra), dies
  • Feb 24 Marcella Markham, dies of breast cancer at 68
  • Feb 25 Mhlabunzima Maphumulo, South African Kwazulu politician (first President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA)), dies at 41
  • Feb 27 Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered
  • Feb 28 Guillermo Ungo, member of El Salvador junta (1979-80), dies
  • Feb 28 Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)