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1991 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1991 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XXV Champions
|New York Giants|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Stefan Edberg/Monica Seles|
|Michael Stitch/Steffi Graf|
NCAA Football Champions
|Miami & Washington|
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1991 - Colorado over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1991 - Washington over Iowa
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1991 - Tennessee over Virginia
|Strike The Gold|
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Whisperwind On a Carousel|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Marjorie Vincent (Oak Park, IL)|
|Kelli McCarty (Kansas)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Cindy Crawford, Rebecca DeMornay, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Elvira, Linda Evangelista, , Angie Everhart, Jodie Foster, Robin Givens, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Tawny Kitaen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Paulina Porizkova, Markie Post, Priscilla Presley, Princess Diana, Ashley Richardson, Tanya Roberts, Katey Sagal, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Brinke Stevens, Sharon Stone, Julie Strain, Niki Taylor, Heather Thomas, Christy Turlington, Vanessa Williams|
"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."
- Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs
"I crap bigger than you"
- Jack Palance in City Slickers
"The few, the proud, the Marines"
- United States Marines ad
"The quicker picker-upper"
-Bounty paper towels
"Hasta La Vista Baby"
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Diff'rent Strokes star Dana Plato was arrested for robbing a video store in 1991. The store clerk recognized her and told the 911 operator "I've just been robbed by the girl who played Kimberly on Diff'rent Strokes."
The saying in the stained glass at the beginning of the Beauty and the Beast, "vincit qui se vincit" translates to "he conquers who conquers himself".
1991 Pop Culture History
In 1991, Bill Gates borrowed a business book, Business Adventures by John Brooks, from Warren Buffett. He never returned it.
In 1990, the high school dropout rate in Sevierville, Dolly Partons
hometown in Sevier County, TN, was over 30%. In 1991, she launched
The Buddy Program, offering 7th and 8th graders $500 if they graduated.
The dropout rate for those classes dropped to 6%, and has generally
retained that average to this day.
In 1991 a supermarket gave away 10,000 tickets to a Texas Rangers
game. It tuned out to be the night Nolan Ryan threw his 7th and
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|On January 8th, 1991 a 16 year old high school student
named Jeremy Wade Delle shot himself in front of his english class.
The event became the inspiration for the Pearl Jam song Jeremy.
The New York Appellate Court ruled that a person can break their real estate purchase contract if they discover that they have unwittingly bought a haunted house.
Kentucky Fried Chicken officially changed its name to KFC. Conspiracists claimed that it was because they weren't selling actual chickens, but some kind of cloned, headless chicken bodies. The original name was shortened so it would no longer be "false advertising."
Cameron Todd Willingham was charged and executed in 2004 for allegedly setting his house on fire to murder his 3 children in 1991. All the evidence against him was debunked by experts in fire investigations 5 years later.
Comedian Red Foxx suffered a fatal heart attack on the set. No one came to his aid because they all thought he was doing his classic "I'm coming, Elizabeth!" fake heart attack routine from Sanford and Son.
Maurice Krafft, a french Volcanologist, was filmed saying "I am never afraid because I have seen so many eruptions in 23 years that even if I die tomorrow, I don't care". He was killed during an eruption the very next day, June 3 1991, alongside his wife on Mt. Unzen in Japan.
Cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was captured. He had killed, and sometimes eaten, 17 people.
In Soviet Union , voting "none of above" led to new elections with new candidates in 200 races. Boris Yeltsin later said the "none of the above" option "helped convince the people they had real power even in a rigged election, and [it] played a role in building true democracy."
Airplane Politician Death: Senator John Heinz
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Sega Game Gear, Sega CD add-on, Super Ninto Entertainment System,
Philips' CD-i, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys and action figures,
Rollerblade Barbie, Super Soaker water gun, K'Nex, Myst
Wizard Magazine (1991-2011)
|The cool kids were listening to Nirvana's Nevermind
Reading Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" by Alexandra Ripley
1991/92 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. 60 Minutes (CBS)
2. Roseanne (ABC)
3. Murphy Brown (CBS)
4. Cheers (NBC)
5. Home Improvemnt (ABC)
6. Designing Women (CBS)
7. Full House (ABC)
8. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
9. Major Dad (CBS)
10. Coach (ABC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1991 include
Amy Grant, Bryan Adams, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Boyz II Men, Bryan Adams, C&C Music Factory, Cathy Dennis, Color Me Badd, D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, En Vogue, Extreme, Freddie Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Hi-Five, Janet Jackson, Jesus Jones, Jodeci, Karyn White, Keith Sweat, Keith Washington, LL Cool J, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, Michael Bolton, Nelson, Paula Abdul, Peabo Bryson, Phil Perry, Ralph Tresvant, Riff, Roxette, Snoop Dogg, Surface, Tevin Campbell, Tracie Spencer, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1991
|December 8, 1990 - January 4, 1991: Stevie B - Because
I Love You (The Postman Song)
January 5, 1991 - January 18, 1991: Madonna - Justify My Love
January 19, 1991 - January 25, 1991: Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
January 26, 1991 - February 8, 1991: Surface - The First Time
February 9, 1991 - February 22, 1991: C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
February 23, 1991 - March 8, 1991: Whitney Houston - All The Man That I Need
March 9, 1991 - March 22, 1991: Mariah Carey - Someday
March 23, 1991 - March 29, 1991: Timmy T - One More Try
March 30, 1991 - April 12, 1991: Gloria Estefan - Coming Out Of The Dark
April 13, 1991 - April 19, 1991: Londonbeat - I've Been Thinking About You
April 20, 1991 - April 26, 1991: Wilson Phillips - You're In Love
April 27, 1991 - May 10, 1991: Amy Grant - Baby Baby
May 11, 1991 - May 17, 1991: Roxette - Joyride
May 18, 1991 - May 24, 1991: Hi-Five - I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)
May 25, 1991 - June 7, 1991: Mariah Carey - I Don't Wanna Cry
June 8, 1991 - June 14, 1991: Extreme - More Than Words
June 15, 1991 - July 19, 1991: Paula Abdul - Rush Rush
July 20, 1991 - July 26, 1991: EMF - Unbelievable
July 27, 1991 - September 13, 1991: Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
September 14, 1991 - September 20, 1991: Paula Abdul - The Promise of a New Day
September 21, 1991 - October 4, 1991: Color Me Badd - I Adore Mi Amor
October 5, 1991 - October 11, 1991: Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway - Good Vibrations
October 12, 1991 - November 1, 1991: Mariah Carey - Emotions
November 2, 1991 - November 8, 1991: Karyn White - Romantic
November 9, 1991 - November 22, 1991: Prince & The New Power Generation - Cream
November 23, 1991 - November 29, 1991: Michael Bolton - When A Man Loves A Woman
November 30, 1991 - December 6, 1991: P.M. Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
December 7, 1991 - January 24, 1992: Michael Jackson - Black Or White
(according to boxofficemojo)
The Addams Family, Backdraft, Beauty and the Beast, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Cape Fear, City Slickers, Father of the Bride, Fried Green Tomatoes, Highlander 2: The Quickening, Hook, Hot Shots!, JFK, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, The Prince of Tides, The Rocketeer, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Silence of the Lambs, Sleeping with the Enemy, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Teenage Mutant Turtles II, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Thelma and Louise
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