On This Day

1991 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

Events 201 - 300 of 521

  • Apr 27 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by David Ozio
  • Apr 28 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched
  • 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 Angolan civil war ends
  • May 1 Skin-Spit-Skin featuring lesbian, homosexual & hetrosexual nude couples caressing, is seen by 5,000 in NYC

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 3 The Declaration of Windhoek (on press freedom) signed by African journalists
  • May 4 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
  • May 4 US politician Mo Udall, Representative for Arizona (1961-91), resigns due to Parkinson disease

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • May 5 A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after Salvadoran man is shot by police
  • May 6 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • May 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 8 CIA director William H. Webster resigns
  • May 9 Michael Landon appears on The Tonight Show to talk about his cancer

  • May 12 A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest
  • May 13 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0
  • May 14 42 die in a train collision in Japan
  • May 14 Robert M Gates becomes head of CIA
  • May 14 World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs

Event of interestEvent 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

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • May 15 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
  • May 15 Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
  • May 16 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (fictional Superman character)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • May 18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 18 USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station
  • May 20 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
  • May 21 Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
  • May 22 Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
  • May 23 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
  • May 23 US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion
  • May 25 Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews
  • May 27 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die

  • May 28 Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa
  • 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" & "Will Rogers Follies" win
  • Jun 2 4th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • Jun 2 Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin
  • Jun 3 Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history
  • 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 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 prizeNobel Prize

Jun 5 Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 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
  • Jun 7 Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) erupts for 1st time
  • Jun 8 College World Series: Louisiana State defeats Wichita State 6-3
  • 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 Jack La Lanne, 76, arrested for suspicion of DWI
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Jun 12 Boris Yelstin elected President of Russian Federation
  • Jun 14 Leroy Burrell of USA sets 100m record (9.90) in NYC
  • Jun 14 Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) lands
  • Jun 15 Carolyn Tanny & Bob Trischel wed
  • Jun 15 Climactic eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines, the second-largest volcanic eruption on Earth of the 20th century
  • Jun 15 Birth of the first federal political party in Canada that supports Quebec nationalism, le Bloc Québécois
  • Jun 16 -23] NYC Mayor Dinkins declares "Joseph Doherty Week"
  • Jun 16 Otis Nixon steals NL record 6 bases in 1 day
  • Jun 16 With 3 runs in 9th, Balt ends Twins 15 game winning streak 6-5
  • Jun 17 Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78

Event of interestEvent 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

12th US President and General Zachary Taylor
12th US President and General
Zachary Taylor
  • Jun 17 South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws
  • Jun 18 Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia, arrives in US
  • Jun 18 Mud storm in Antofagasta Chile, kills 80
  • Jun 19 2 of Mia Farrow's daughters arrested for shoplifting lingerie

Person of InterestPablo Escobar Jailed

Jun 19 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police

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A mugshot of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar taken in 1977
A mugshot of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar taken in 1977
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  • 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
  • Jun 21 P. V. Narasimha Rao becomes Prime Minister of India as head of a Congress Party minority government
  • Jun 22 Underwater volcano, Mount Didicas, erupts in the Philippines
  • Jun 23 "Odd Couple" opens & closes at Belasco Theater NYC
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 Slovenia and Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia

President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman
President of Croatia
Franjo Tuđman
  • Jun 25 Japan lifts its call for voluntary restraint on expanding trade with South Africa
  • Jun 25 Six persons are killed and eighteen injured when gunmen open fire on a crowded commuter train in Soweto, South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses congress

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jun 26 Amy Elizabeth Goodman, of California, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 28 South Africa signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • Jun 29 6.0 earthquake hits southern Calif
  • 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)
  • Jul 5 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 10 Boris Yeltsin sworn in as 1st elected President of the Russian Federation
  • Jul 10 L'Express Airlines Beechcraft C-99 crashes in Alabama, killing 13
  • Jul 10 Foreign Minister R.F. Botha of South Africa signs accession to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty on behalf of South Africa
  • Jul 11 Total solar eclipse is seen in Hawaii
  • Jul 11 Nigeria Airways DC-8 crashes at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing all 261 passengers and crew on board
  • Jul 14 Failed military coup in Mali

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Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 201 - 287 of 287

  • Sep 11 Ernst Herbeck, German Poet (b. 1920)
  • Sep 12 Jacques Benoit [JJM Bayer], poet, dies
  • Sep 14 Russell Lynes, American art historian and magazine editor (b. 1910)
  • Sep 21 JA Mommersteeg, Dutch state sect of Defense (KVP), dies
  • Sep 22 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname religious leader, dies
  • Sep 22 Reynold Abel Dorris, (Broken Cord), dies at 23 in car crash

Person of interestDr. Seuss

Sep 24 Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], American children's author (The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham), dies of cancer at 87

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

Person of interestKlaus Barbie

Sep 25 Klaus Barbie, Gestapo chief (Butcher of Lyon), dies of cancer at 77

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie
  • Sep 25 Max Koot, royal photographer, dies
  • Sep 25 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, dies at 91
  • Sep 27 Jan Hart, director (Friends of Curacao), dies
  • Sep 27 Oona Chaplin, daughter of Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies at 66
  • Sep 29 Gijsbert Perlee, Amsterdam's organ builder/grinder (Arabian), dies
  • Sep 29 Sam Ntuli, South African ANC-writer, murdered
  • Sep 30 Nancy Welford, entertainer, dies at 87
  • Oct 1 Jan van Tongeren, painter, dies
  • Oct 2 Dimitrios I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (1973-91), dies at 77
  • Oct 2 Jan H Christianse, political chairman (CDA), dies
  • Oct 3 Max Cantor, journalist, dies
  • Oct 4 Leonard C Odell, wrote 7,000 Burma Shave poems, dies at 83
  • Oct 6 Lincoln Demyan, dies at 66
  • Oct 6 Wendell Phillips, dies at 83 [or 10/13]
  • Oct 8 Natalia Ginzburg, Italian writer (Sounds of the Night), dies at 75
  • Oct 10 Stephen J Falat, dies after long illness at 34
  • Oct 11 Steven Jesse Bernstein, American underground poet (suicide) (b. 1950)
  • Oct 12 Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian sci-fi author (Tale of the Troika), dies at 66
  • Oct 13 Daniel Oduber Quiros, president of Costa Rica (1974-1978), dies
  • Oct 15 Hotze de Roos, carpenter/kid book writer (Chameleon series), dies
  • Oct 23 Lance Baker, dies at 31
  • Oct 24 Leon Clements, journalist (Interlijnen), dies at 43
  • Oct 26 Lori Rae Matthews, crushed to death by an artist's 485 lb umbrella
  • Oct 27 Pyke F C Koch, realistic painter, dies
  • Oct 27 George Barker, English poet, dies at 78
  • Oct 28 Dudley McConnell, headed NASA's Earth Science Division, dies
  • Oct 28 G L Vitto entertainer, dies at 69
  • Oct 28 Lydia Hodson Copeland, America's Jr Miss (1972), dies at 37
  • Oct 29 Donald Churchill, playwright, dies of heart attack at 60
  • Oct 29 Harry Thomas, founder (Flower Festival, Dutch Homofielen Party), dies
  • Oct 29 Mario Scelba, Prime Minister of Italia (1954-55), dies
  • Oct 30 Johan Mekkink, painter, dies
  • Oct 30 Ken Hardin, producer, dies at 62
  • Oct 31 Joseph Papp, Broadway producer (A Chorus Line), dies of cancer at 70
  • Nov 1 Joseph Papp, US theater producer (A Chorus Line, Hair), dies at 70
  • Nov 2 Irwin Allen, American director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), dies at 75
  • Nov 5 Robert Maxwell, British billionaire publisher (NY Daily News), dies at 68
  • Nov 7 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, dies at 71
  • Nov 8 Christine Felsmann, dies
  • Nov 8 Patrick Hamilton, author (Gaslight, Rope, Angel Street), dies at 45
  • Nov 10 Alessandro Lessona, Minister of Italian Colonies (1931-38), dies
  • Nov 10 Franco Malfatti, president of Commission of Europe (1970-1972), dies
  • Nov 12 Christopher Hayes, dies of heart attack
  • Nov 12 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), dies at 87
  • Nov 13 Hanson Baldwin, US military historian, dies at 88
  • Nov 14 Tony Richardson, British director (Tom Jones), dies of AIDs at 63
  • Nov 17 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minn, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • Nov 18 Gustav Husak, president of Czechoslovakia (1975-89), dies at 78
  • Nov 21 Daniel Mann [Chugerman], American stage and screen director (The Rose Tattoo; The Teahouse Of The August Moon; Butterfield 8), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Nov 22 Jac de Jong [Jacobus Hendrik de Jong], Dutch entrepreneur and politician (Nedac-Sorbo), dies
  • Nov 25 Eleanor Audley, voice (Wicked Stepmother-Cinderella), dies at 86
  • Nov 26 François Billetdoux, French author (Word Awake), dies at 64
  • Nov 26 Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraft; b. 1908)
  • Nov 29 Frank Yerby, American novelist (The Foxes of Harrow), dies at 75
  • Nov 29 Louis Finkelstein, American historian and theologist (Pharizees), dies at 96
  • Dec 1 George Joseph Stigler, US economist (Nobel 1982), dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Jill Browne, dies at 54
  • Dec 5 Richard Speck, American mass murderer (raped and killed 8 student nurses in 1966), dies a day before his 50th birthday
  • Dec 8 Kimberly Bergalis, got AIDS from health care worker, dies at 23
  • Dec 10 Berenice Abbott, US photographer, dies at 93
  • Dec 10 Greta Kempton, American artist (b. 1901)
  • Dec 11 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Prof (Swedish Academy), dies
  • Dec 11 Daniel Simon Scott, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • Dec 13 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (La marge), dies at 82
  • Dec 17 John Blatnik, (Rep-Minnesota, 1947-75), dies at 80
  • Dec 17 Armand Frappier, French-Canadian physician and microbiologist, dies at 87
  • Dec 19 Ernest K Gann, US adventure novelist, dies at 81
  • Dec 19 Joe Cole, American roadie (Black Flag, Rollins Band), shot and killed at 30
  • Dec 20 Andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies
  • Dec 20 Fop[pe] I Brouwer, biologist (Everything That Lives & Grows), dies
  • Dec 20 Sam Rabin, speaker of house, dies at 88
  • Dec 20 Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54
  • Dec 20 Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)
  • Dec 23 Rosa Jackson Lumpkin, among the oldest people in the world, dies at 115
  • Dec 24 Walter Hudson, 1,025 lb man, dies at 46
  • Dec 25 Sal Provenza, entertainer, dies of lymphoma at 45
  • Dec 26 Sam Cresson, dies at 73
  • Dec 27 W Hudson, US "strongest man to the world" (540 kg), dies
  • Dec 29 Julia McCarthy, dies of cancer at 64