On This Day

1991 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 521

  • Jul 15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 15 US troops leave northern Iraq
  • Jul 21 Sharmell Sullivan (Gary Indiana), 20, crowned 23rd Miss Black America

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Jul 22 Jeffrey Dahmer confesses to killing 17 men in 1978

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Jul 23 James Farentino of "Dynasty" arrested in Canada for cocaine possession
  • Jul 24 Ottawa Rough Riders Board of Directors resign
  • Jul 24 Universityof Manchester scientist announce finding a planet outside of solar system
  • Jul 25 Howard Stern adds a 4th radio market (KLSX FM-97.1 Los Angeles)
  • Jul 27 TV Guide publishes its 2000th edition
  • Jul 31 Russia and US sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact
  • Jul 31 Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft
  • Jul 31 The Medininkai Massacre in Lithuania. Soviet OMON attacks Lithuanian customs post in Medininkai, killing 7 officers and severely wounding one other
  • Aug 2 Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA
  • Aug 2 Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched
  • Aug 2 Pan Am games open in Havana
  • Aug 3 Giant Victory driven by Jack Moiseyev wins Hambletonian, 2nd $1m purse in 22 days for Moiseyev after winning Meadowlands Pace

  • Aug 4 The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa

CommunicationHistoric Communication

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

Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer Scientist
Tim Berners-Lee

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Aug 7 Court rules Manuel Noriega, may access some secret US documents

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Aug 7 Manhattan Cable final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes
  • Aug 8 Billy Preston charged with exhibiting pornography to a minor
  • Aug 8 Shi'ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy
  • Aug 8 The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
  • Aug 9 British radio show "On the Hour" debuts on BBC Radio 4 with first appearance of Alan Partridge character
  • Aug 11 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed
  • Aug 11 Shiite Muslims release US hostage Edward Tracy
  • Aug 11 Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) lands
  • Aug 11 Wilson Alvarez hurls a no-hitter in his 1st big league start
  • Aug 12 Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan
  • Aug 13 US Vice-President Dan Quayle makes a speech attacking lawyers
  • Aug 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 16 Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants

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Aug 16 US President George H. W. Bush declares recession is near an end

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

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Aug 16 John Gutfreund announces his resignation as chief executive of Salomon Brothers amid illegal bidding scandal

Investment Banker John Gutfreund
Investment Banker
John Gutfreund
  • Aug 17 ArenaBowl V, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Tampa Bay Storm beats Detroit Drive 48-42, Stevie Thomas MVP
  • Aug 18 Hurricane Bob hits NC with 115 MPH wind

  • Aug 18 Pan American games close in Havana
  • Aug 19 -20] Hurricane Bob hits US

BattleCoup d'état

Aug 19 Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup d'état

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Aug 20 Estonia formally declares its independence from the USSR
  • Aug 20 The United Democratic Front, one of the most prominent anti-apartheid movements, comprising of over 400 workers', church, civic and student organisations, dissolves

BattleCoup d'état

Aug 21 Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Aug 21 Latvia declares its independence from USSR
  • Aug 24 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
  • Aug 24 Silky Stallone, wins the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway
  • Aug 24 Ukraine declares independence from USSR
  • Aug 25 91st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mitch Voges
  • Aug 25 Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
  • Aug 25 White-Russia declares its independence

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Aug 25 Linux was born when Linus Torvalds sent off the email announcing his project to create a new operating system

Software Engineer Linus Torvalds
Software Engineer
Linus Torvalds
  • Aug 27 Moldavia declares independence from USSR

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Aug 27 Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida creates nine states: Abia, Enugu, Delta, Jigawa, Kebbi, Osun, Kogi, Taraba, and Yobe

General and President of Nigeria Ibrahim Babangida
General and President of Nigeria
Ibrahim Babangida
  • Aug 28 Lexington Ave IRT subway train derails at Union Square, 5 die
  • Aug 29 JFK Jr wins his 1st battle as an attorney
  • Aug 29 USSR suspends Communist Party activities
  • Aug 30 Tamil Tigers capture Sri Lanka poet Selvi
  • Aug 31 Richard J Kerr, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Aug 31 Rockies bat out of order against Expos in 1st inning
  • Aug 31 William H. Webster ends term as 14th director of CIA
  • Aug 31 Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union following the failed coup in Moscow
  • Sep 1 Richard J Kerr, serves as acting director of CIA
  • Sep 2 US officially recognizes independence of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
  • Sep 4 Rte 35 Theater in Hazlit, last drive-in in NJ, closes

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Sep 5 Nelson Mandela chosen as president of African National Congress

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Sep 6 Ronald Venetiaan chosen president of Suriname
  • Sep 6 USSR recognizes the independence of the 3 Baltic republics (Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania)
  • Sep 6 The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924.
  • Sep 7 Die Laughing wins Messenger Stakes
  • Sep 8 Buffalo Bill Jim Kelly passes for 6 touchdowns vs Pitts (52-34)
  • Sep 8 Macedonia votes for independence from Yugoslavia

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Sep 10 Senate Committee begins hearings on Clarence Thomas' nomination

108th US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
108th US Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas
  • Sep 11 "La Toya: Growing Up in The Jackson Family" goes on sale
  • Sep 11 14 die in a Continental Express commuter plane crash near Houston
  • Sep 12 Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) launched
  • Sep 13 55 ton concrete beam falls in Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • Sep 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 14 16th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Fisher King" directed by Terry Gilliam wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 "Party Machine with Nia Peeples" final show
  • Sep 16 Atlanta's Otis Nixon suspended for rest of 1991 due to cocaine
  • Sep 16 US trial of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega begins
  • Sep 16 Norm Charlton suspended for 7 days for intentionally hitting Steve Scioscia with a pitch
  • Sep 17 UN admits Estonia, Latvia, Lithuiania, North & South Korea, Marshall Islands & Micronesia
  • Sep 17 The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
  • Sep 18 Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) lands
  • Sep 18 Yugoslavia begins a naval blockade of 7 Adriatic port cities.
  • Sep 19 Colt Precious Bunny wins the 46th Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio
  • Sep 19 Ötzi the Iceman, 3,300 BCE old mummy discovered by German tourists in Italian alps
  • Sep 20 Lion's Terry Taylor reinstated after 1 year drug related suspension
  • Sep 21 Armenia votes on whether to remain in Soviet Union
  • Sep 22 ABN & AMRO Dutch banks merge
  • Sep 22 California University makes Dead Sea Scrolls public
  • Sep 22 Harry Gant wins NSACAR Goody's 500
  • Sep 24 After 3 year reign as AL champs, A's are eliminated from AL West
  • Sep 24 Robin Yount is 37th to hit 2,000 singles
  • Sep 25 Paramount at Madison Square Garden in NYC opens
  • Sep 26 2 year experimental Biosphere 2 in Oracle Arizona begins
  • Sep 27 US President George H. W. Bush decides to end full-time B-52 bombers alert
  • Sep 28 "Shiny Happy People" by REM peaks to #10
  • Sep 28 UN weapons inspectors ends 5-day standoff with Iraq
  • Sep 29 "My Own Private Idaho" premieres

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