The Gulf War

Historical Events

  • 1980-11-20 United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad
  • 1990-10-11 UK Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd says force would be used if Iraq does not withdraw from Kuwait
  • 1991-01-15 UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)
  • 1991-01-17 Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War
  • 1991-01-19 Iraq files SCUD missiles at Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel during the Gulf War
  • 1991-01-29 The Battle of Khafji begins, the first major ground engagement of the Gulf War
  • 1991-02-21 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-02-23 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

KuwaitHighway of Death

1991-02-26 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
  • 1991-02-28 Gulf War ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait
  • 1991-03-02 US Army controversially destroys a retreating Iraqi Republican Guard column at Rumaila Oil Field, despite a ceasefire being observed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-03-03 Iraqi generals and US general "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf meet to discuss Gulf War cease fire

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf
  • 1991-04-03 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • 1991-06-08 Victory parade following success in the Gulf War is held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1992-01-12 13th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the Persian Gulf War

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestNorman Schwarzkopf

1934-08-22 Norman Schwarzkopf, US Army General and commander of coalition forces in the Gulf War, born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2012)

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf
  • 1953-12-27 Arthur Kent [The Scud Stud], American newscaster (prominent Gulf War coverage for NBC), born in Alberta, Canada

Famous Deaths


Person of interestNorman Schwarzkopf

2012-12-27 Norman Schwarzkopf, US Army General and commander of coalition forces in the Gulf War, dies of complications from pneumonia at 78

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf