| January 3: Manual Noriega, the deposed leader of
Panama, surrenders to US forces.
January 22: Robert Morris Jr. is convicted for
releasing the Morris worm.
The San Francisco 49rs defeat the Denver Broncos 55 to 10 in Super Bowl
The first McDonalds restaurant opens in the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on political
The governments of West and East Germany agree on a two-stage plan to
18: Nascar racing driver Derricke Cope wins the Daytona 500.
The Soviet Union announces that it will withdrawl all troops from
Czechoslovakia by July of 1991.
The last official flight of the SR-71 Blackbird occurs. It sets a
United States transcontinental speed record of 1 hour, 8 minutes, and
March 11: Lithuania declares its independence from
the Soviet Union.
March 15: Mikail Gorbachev is elected president of
the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union declares that Lithuania's
declaration of independence is invalid.
26: The movie "Driving Miss Daisy" wins the oscar for best picture
at the Academy Awards.
March 29: The Challenger Center
hosts a Gala in Houston, Texas. I attended the gala. For my
account of this event follow the Challenger link.
March 30: I had an opportunity to
meet Dick Covey at the Johson Space Center. This is an example of
an astronaut encounter that did not go well. For my account of
follow the Dick Covey
April 20: NASA launches the Hubble Space Telescope
on board space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-30.
24: West and East Germany
agree to merge economies and currency on July 1, 1990.
May 4: Latvia declares its
independence from the Soviet Union.
The Edmonton Oilers defeat the Boston Bruins 4 games to 1 to win the
May 26: Racing driver Arie Luyendyk
wins the 74th running of the
June 14: The Detroit Pistons defeat
the Portland Trailblazers 4 games to 1 to capture the
July 8: The Second
Baptist Church in Houston, Texas hosts a program featuring moonwalkers
Charlie Duke and Jim Irwin. I attended this program. For my
account of the event follow the 2nd Baptist link.
July 16: The Fifteenth Anniversary
of Apollo-Soyuz was celebrated in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Air and
Space Museum. I attended this event. For my account of the
celebration, follow the Apollo-Soyuz
July 16: The Spaceweek National
Banquet is held in Houston, Texas. For my personal account of
this banquet, follow the Spaceweek
August 2: Iraq invades Kuwait,
setting the stage for the first Gulf War.
August 27: A helicopter crash takes
the life of blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan.
October 3: East and West
Germany are reunited into a
October 15: Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev is awarded the Noble Peace Prize for his efforts to reduce
tensions from the Cold War.
October 20: The Cincinnati Reds
defeat the Oakland Atheletics 4 games to 0 to win the 1991 World Series.
November 12: Akihito becomes
Emporer of Japan.
November 15: NASA launches space
shuttle Altantis on STS-38. This is a classified DOD mission.
December 31: Slobodan
Milošević becomes President of Serbia.
December 31: Russian Garry Kasparov defeats Anatoly
Karpov in the World Chess Championship.