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17 JuneThe Parliament of South Africa repealed the PopulationRegistration Act, which required that each inhabitant of South Africa beclassified and registered by race as part of the system of apartheid.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 NovemberEyþór Arnarson / Skier / Iceland
04 AprilJustin O'Neill / Rugby Player / Australia
08 JulyVirgil van Dijk / Footballer / Netherlands
08 AugustTyrone Peachey / Rugby Player / Australia
09 January Edon Hasani / Footballer / Albania
09 MaySosaia Feki / Rugby Player / New Zealand
09 SeptemberDanilo Pereira / Footballer / Portugal
11 SeptemberJordan Ayew / Footballer / Ghana
12 AprilJazz Richards / Footballer / United Kingdom
18 January Britt McKillip / Singer / Canada
19 NovemberGenki Yamamoto / Cyclist / Japan
21 February Devon Travis / Baseball Player / United States of America
21 March Luke Chapman / Footballer / United Kingdom
23 JulyJarrod Wallace / Footballer / Australia
23 AprilNathan Baker / Footballer / United Kingdom
25 SeptemberAlessandro Crescenzi / Footballer / Italy
25 January Jared Cowen / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
26 AprilLazaros Fotias / Footballer / Greece
30 AprilChris Kreider / Ice Hockey Player / United States of America
31 AugustCédric Soares / Footballer / Portugal

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1991:

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

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