1991 in History – What happened in year 1991

In history, year 1991 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1991.

Know what happened in 1991:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 March Motorist Rodney King was beaten by Los Angeles policemen, causing public outrage that increased tensions between the African American community and the police department over the issues of police brutality and social inequalities in the area.
04 AugustAn explosion on the Greek cruise ship MTS Oceanos ruptured itshull and it sank off the east coast of South Africa, but all 571 onboard were saved.
06 AugustBritish computer programmer Tim Berners-Lee first posted filesdescribing his ideas for a system of interlinked, hypertext documentsaccessible via the Internet, to be called a 'World Wide Web'.
08 DecemberLeaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine signed the BelavezhaAccords, agreeing to dissolve the Soviet Union and establish theCommonwealth of Independent States.
12 November In Dili, East Timor, Indonesian forces opened fire on studentdemonstrators protesting the occupation of East Timor, killing at least250 people.
14 March The 'Birmingham Six', wrongly convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings in England, were released after sixteen years in prison.
17 JuneThe Parliament of South Africa repealed the PopulationRegistration Act, which required that each inhabitant of South Africa beclassified and registered by race as part of the system of apartheid.
18 November Croatian War of Independence-Yugoslav People's Army forcescaptured the Croatian city of Vukovar, ending an 87-day siege.
19 MayDespite a boycott by the local Serb population, voters inCroatia passed a referendum supporting independence from the SocialistFederal Republic of Yugoslavia.
19 September Ötzi, a well-preserved natural mummy of a man from about3300 BC, was discovered by two German tourists.
22 July American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested inMilwaukee, Wisconsin, after police discovered human remains in hisapartment.
26 DecemberThe Supreme Soviet officially dissolved itself, completing thedissolution of the Soviet Union.
26 FebruaryBritish computer programmer Tim Berners-Lee introduced WorldWideWeb, the world's first web browser and WYSIWYG HTML editor.
29 AugustItalian businessman Libero Grassi was killed by the SicilianMafia after taking a public stand against their extortion demands.
01 DecemberOver 92% of Ukrainian voters approved their country'sindependence as declared by the Ukrainian parliament on 24 August.
25 DecemberIn a nationally televised speech, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned asPresident of the Soviet Union.
20 NovemberNagorno-Karabakh War-An Azerbaijani military helicoptercarrying a peacekeeping mission team was shot down in Nagorno-Karabakh,Azerbaijan, disrupting the ongoing peace talks.
03 SeptemberA fire killed 25 people locked inside a burning chickenprocessing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina, US.
01 AugustUS President George H. W. Bush delivered a speech in theparliament of the Ukrainian SSR in which he warned against Ukrainianindependence.
27 AugustDissolution of the Soviet Union-Moldova declared itsindependence during the aftermath of the failure of the Soviet coupd'état attempt.
11 JulyShortly after takeoff from King Abdulaziz InternationalAirport, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 caught fire in mid-flight and crashed, killing all 261 occupants on board.
24 JulyThe government of P. V. Narasimha Rao and his finance ministerManmohan Singh introduced reforms that began the ongoing economicliberalisation in India.
31 JulySoviet Special Purpose Police Unit troops killed sevenLithuanian customs officials in Medininkai in the most serious attack oftheir campaign against Lithuanian border posts.
10 JuneEleven-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in South LakeTahoe, California; she would remain a captive until 2009.
19 JuneThe last Red Army soldiers left Hungary, ending the Sovietoccupation.
23 JuneThe video game Sonic the Hedgehog was first released,propelling the Sega Genesis 16-bit console into mass popularity.
21 MayFormer Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated bya suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
24 MayThe Israel Defense Forces began Operation Solomon, a covertoperation to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
26 MayLauda Air Flight 004 experienced an uncommanded thrust reverserdeployment of an engine and broke apart in mid-air, killing all 223people on board.
23 March The Sierra Leone Civil War began when the Revolutionary UnitedFront, with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor's NationalPatriotic Front of Liberia, invaded Sierra Leone in an attempt tooverthrow Joseph Saidu Momoh.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1991:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 MayJeong Jinwoon / Actor / South Korea
07 February Zhou Yimiao / Tennis Player / China
08 March Tom English / Rugby Player / Australia
10 DecemberDion Waiters / Basketball Player / United States of America
10 SeptemberBoadu Maxwell Acosty / Footballer / Ghana
11 February Hwang Chansung / Singer / South Korea
11 February Nikola Mirotic / Basketball Player / Spain
14 NovemberGraham Patrick Martin / Actor / United States of America
15 SeptemberPhil Ofosu-Ayeh / Footballer / Germany
16 SeptemberKyle Smith / Motorcycle Racer / United Kingdom
17 January Alise Post / Bicycler / United States of America
18 February Sebastian Neumann / Footballer / Germany
18 February Henry Surtees / Racing Car Driver / United Kingdom
19 AprilSteve Cook / Footballer / United Kingdom
20 January Polona Hercog / Tennis Player / Slovenia
22 January Stefan Kolb / Footballer / Germany
25 JulyToni Duggan / Footballer / United Kingdom
26 JuneDiego Falcinelli / Footballer / Italy
26 DecemberEden Sher / Actress / United States of America
26 March Matt Davidson / Baseball Player / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1991:

YearName / Profession / Country
12 OctoberAkshara Haas+H1214an / Actress / India
21 JuneNungshi and Tashi / Mountaineer / India
06 AugustHansika Motwani / Actress / India
20 NovemberAparna Dikshit / Actress / India
29 AugustManasi Moghe / Model / India
30 SeptemberBidita Bag / Actress / India

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