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1991 Newspaper Headlines

Historic Newspapers’ collection of 1991 news articles detail some of the most memorable 1991 headlines as they happened at the time. It was during this year that Germany finally regained independence after WWII, a devastating cyclone killed 138,000 in Bangladesh, and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System was released in the U.S. A 1991 newspaper will provide a fascinating insight into what it was like to read this news at the time, in an age where the internet hadn’t yet accelerated the dissemination of news.

16th January 1991Operation Desert Storm begins with air strikes against Iraq in the Gulf War.
7th February 1991The Provisional Irish Republican Army launches a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street during a cabinet meeting.
7th February 1991Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Kuwait, thus starting the ground phase of the Gulf War.
14th March 1991After serving sixteen years in prison for allegedly bombing a pub in a Provisional Irish Republican Army attack, the "Birmingham Six" are freed when a court determines the police fabricated evidence.
15th March 1991Germany formally regains complete independence after the four post-World War II occupying powers (France, United Kingdom, United States and the Soviet Union) relinquish all remaining rights.
29th April 1991 A tropical cyclone hits Bangladesh, killing an estimated 138,000 people.
25th June 1991Croatia and Slovenia declare their independence from Yugoslavia.
11th July 1991A Solar Eclipse of record totality occurs.
8th August 1991The Warsaw radio mast, the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
13th August 1991The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is released in the United States.
6th September 1991The Soviet Union recognizes the independence of the Baltic states.
2nd November 1991Australia beats England 12-6 at Twickenham Stadium to win the 1991 Rugby World Cup.
5th November 1991The body of publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell is found floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
6th November 1991The KGB officially stops operations.
22nd December 1991One month after Freddie Mercury's death, Queen re-release “Bohemian Rhapsody” and it returns to the top of the British singles charts; sixteen years after the original version.
25th December 1991Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as president of the Soviet Union, from which most republics have already disbanded. The 73-year-old state is now expected to dissolve completely.
31st December 1991The Soviet Union officially ceases to exist.
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