January 1991 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 5% sales tax on consumer goods & services goes into effect in USSR

Event of Interest

Jan 1 Iraq rejects peace proposal from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

  • 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
  • Jan 4 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
  • 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 6 Jorge Serrano Elias elected President of Guatemala
  • Jan 6 Qian Hong swims female world record 50m butterfly (27.30 sec)
  • Jan 7 "Nia Peeples Party Machine" premieres on TV

Event of Interest

Jan 7 Saddam Hussein prepares his troops for what he says will be a long violent war against the US

  • Jan 9 Baker & Aziz meet in Geneva; talks fail to defuse gulf crisis
  • Jan 10 Japan ends routine fingerprinting of all adult ethnic Koreans
  • Jan 10 US Congress begins debate on Persian Gulf crisis
  • Jan 11 Congress empowers Bush to order attack on Iraq
  • Jan 11 Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence

Iraq War

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"

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 Jorge Serrano Elias sworn in as President of Guatemala
  • Jan 14 Valentin Pavlov become new premier of USSR

Event of Interest

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)
  • 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 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

Event of Interest

Jan 18 US acknowledges CIA and US Army paid Manuel Noriega $320,000 over his career

  • 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 20 13th UCP Telethon
  • 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 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 25 Manuel Noriega is given access to assets frozen by US government
  • Jan 26 Alfaro Vive guerrilla group of Ecuador gives arms to Catholic church
  • Jan 26 NY Lotto pays $90 million to nine winners (#s are 5-15-30-35-46-50)
  • Jan 27 Dutch Pacifist Socialistic Party disbands
  • Jan 27 Nadine Strossen is 1st female president of the ACLU
  • Jan 28 Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule

Event of Interest

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 Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 29 Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, Son of the Duke of Westminster, born in Westminster, London

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Charles B. Timmer, Dutch writer (Russia Black on White), dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish author (Gnome Patjoepelke), dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Irving Johnson, American sail training pioneer & adventurer, dies at 85
  • Jan 4 Poon Lim, Chinese sailor who survived 133 days adrift at sea, dies at 72
  • Jan 5 Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia-Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue), dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Ada Moore, entertainer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 10 Dimitris Myrat, dies of cancer at 62

Carl David Anderson (1905-1991)

Jan 11 American physicist (1936 Nobel Prize for physics), dies at 85

  • Jan 12 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Le Ragazze di San Frediano), dies at 77
  • Jan 14 Gordon Bryant, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 14 Sallah Kharaf [Abu Iyad], co-founder (Al-Fatah), assassinated
  • Jan 17 Olav V, King of Norway (1957-91), dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Hamilton Fish III, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 102
  • Jan 19 Marcel Chaput, French Canadian politician, dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24 Jack Schaefer, American author (Shane), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • Jan 26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • Jan 29 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese writer (The Bullfight), dies at 83
  • Jan 30 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)

John Bardeen (1908-1991)

Jan 30 American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), dies of heart disease at 82