Events in History in 1991

Events 1 - 200 of 510

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Publication

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

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 1 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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 Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) 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 air raid on the Amiriyah shelter in Baghdad kills more than 408 civilians
  • Feb 13 US bombs Iraqi air raid shelter, killing 334
  • Feb 14 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration
  • Feb 15 Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax"
  • Feb 15 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • Feb 16 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 21 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable
  • Feb 23 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • Feb 23 US President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war
  • 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

Highway 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'

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Mar 1 US Embassy in Kuwait officially reopens
  • Mar 2 Del Ballard Jr throws most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history
  • Mar 2 UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
  • Mar 2 US Army controversially destroys a retreating Iraqi Republican Guard column at Rumaila Oil Field, despite a ceasefire being observed

Historic Event

Mar 3 Iraqi generals and US general "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf meet to discuss Gulf War cease fire

  • Mar 3 Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR

Rodney King Riots

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

  • Mar 3 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • Mar 3 Miguel Trovoada installed as president of Sao Tomé e Principal
  • Mar 3 Switzerland votes on lowering voting age from 20 to 18
  • Mar 3 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25
  • Mar 4 Bank of Credit & Commerce Intl divests itself of 1st American Bank
  • Mar 4 Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
  • Mar 5 Iraq repealed its annexation of Kuwait
  • Mar 6 Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, US President George H. W. Bush told Congress that "aggression is defeated. The war is over"
  • Mar 7 Iraq continues to explode oil fields in Kuwait
  • Mar 8 Planeloads of US troops arrive home from the Persian Gulf, Iraq hands over 40 foreign journalists & 2 American soldiers it captured
  • Mar 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 9 US 70th manned space mission STS 39 (Discovery 12) launches into orbit
  • Mar 10 Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg clinches his 4th slalom World Cup
  • Mar 10 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200 m indoor (22.24 sec)
  • Mar 10 Rico Lieder, Jens Carlowitz, Karsten Just and Thomas Schonlebe walk 4x400m indoor world record (3:03.05)
  • Mar 12 OPEC announces oil production cut to 22.3 Mbbl/d (3,550,000 m3/d)
  • Mar 13 Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
  • Mar 13 Saudi Arabia and Iran say OPEC oil production cuts will take effect April 1
  • Mar 14 Emir of Kuwait returns to Kuwait City, after the Iraqis leave
  • Mar 14 English Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment
  • Mar 14 Ice Pairs Championship at Munich won by N Mishkutenok & A Dmitriev

Historic Event

Mar 15 4 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are charged with excessive force over the beating of Rodney King

  • Mar 15 Territories of Amapa & Roraima become states in Brazil
  • Mar 16 Members of Irish Gay & Lesbian Organization march in NYC parade
  • Mar 16 NY Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner (#s are 18-21-32-33-35-38)
  • Mar 17 9 of 15 Soviet reps officially approve new union treaty
  • Mar 17 Irish Lesbians & Gays march in St. Patrick's Day parade
  • Mar 17 John Robin Baitz' "Substance of Fire" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 17 New Jersey raises turnpike tolls 70%

Historic Event

Mar 19 Gorbachev says the Soviet Union will cut its oil exports by nearly half

  • Mar 20 Supreme Court rules unanimously employers can't exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage fetus
  • Mar 20 US forgives $2 billion in loans to Poland
  • Mar 21 27 lost at sea when 2 US Navy anti-submarine planes collide
  • Mar 21 UN Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq
  • Mar 22 Law enforcement officers raid fraternities at University of Virginaa, seizing drugs
  • Mar 22 NY Daily News begins using motto "Forward with NY"
  • Mar 22 Pamela Smart (HS teacher) found guilty in NH of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband
  • Mar 23 20 Tornadoes kill 5 in Tennessee
  • Mar 24 Banks reopen in liberated Kuwait
  • Mar 25 Nigerian crude becomes competitive in US Gulf Coast as Nigeria cuts crude prices
  • Mar 26 Fuel pipe explodes under 58th street & Lexington Ave, NYC
  • Mar 26 Marc Camoletti's "Don't Dress for Dinner" premieres in London
  • Mar 27 New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, arrested on arson charges in Kentucky

Hall of Fame

Mar 27 Scotty Bowman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a "builder" of the game

  • Mar 30 Last issue of Dutch Newspaper "Vr˜e Folk" (Free People)
  • Mar 30 PBA National Championship Won by Mike Miller
  • Mar 30 William Kennedy Smith allegedly rapes a woman (found not guilty)
  • Mar 31 Albania offers 1st multi-party election in 50 years
  • Mar 31 Danny Bonaduce attacks a transvestite prostitute in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mar 31 Georgian SSR votes on whether to remain in the Soviet Union
  • Mar 31 Soviet Rep of Georgia endorsed independence; Warsaw Pact dissolves
  • Mar 31 The Establishment of Islamic Constitutional Movement - Hadas in Kuwait.
  • Apr 1 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • Apr 1 US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
  • Apr 1 US Supreme Court rules jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race
  • Apr 1 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
  • Apr 2 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
  • Apr 3 Thomas Bos skates world record 3 km (3:65.16)
  • Apr 3 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • Apr 4 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.

Historic Publication

Apr 5 Kitty Kelley publishes an unauthorized biography of former US First Lady Nancy Reagan

  • Apr 5 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
  • Apr 5 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • Apr 5 US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq
  • Apr 6 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giants Stadium) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • Apr 6 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher
  • Apr 7 Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth
  • Apr 7 George Washington Bridge (connecting New York City with Fort Lee, New Jersey, over the Hudson River) raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00
  • Apr 9 Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR
  • Apr 10 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138
  • Apr 10 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)
  • Apr 10 Rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; first to be documented by satellites
  • Apr 11 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California
  • Apr 11 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
  • Apr 12 Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
  • Apr 12 US announces closing of 31 major US military bases
  • Apr 13 BPAA US Open by Pete Weber
  • Apr 15 Dutch checker Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
  • Apr 15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • Apr 15 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa
  • Apr 15 New York State raises maximum unemployment benefits to $280 per week
  • Apr 17 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
  • Apr 17 Railroad workers go on strike in US
  • Apr 18 Congress ends railroad worker 1 day strike
  • Apr 18 US Census Bureau said it failed to count up to 63 million in 1990 census
  • Apr 19 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
  • Apr 20 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
  • Apr 20 Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
  • Apr 21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • Apr 21 Greatest extra-inning comeback, Pitts scores 6 in bottom of 11th erasing 5 run Cub lead, Pirates also trailed 7-2 in bottom of 9th
  • Apr 22 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
  • Apr 23 USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
  • Apr 24 Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • Apr 25 Iraq announces it expects to resume crude oil and product exports by July
  • Apr 26 23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes
  • 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