1991 (9 Fire Year / 5 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

February 7 - Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Kuwait, thus starting the ground phase of the war.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]
[expansive / explosive]

February 26- Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait. Iraqi soldiers set fire to Kuwaiti oil fields as they retreat.
[notable observation]

March & April - Iraqi forces suppress rebellions in the southern and northern parts of the country, creating a humanitarian disaster on the borders of Turkey and Iran.
[chaotic]

March 3- An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers.
[illumination / exposure]

March 15- Germany formally regains complete independence after the post-World War II occupying powers relinquish all remaining rights.
[fortunate outcomes]

April 17- The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 3,000 for the first time ever.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]
[expansive]

April 26- 70 tornadoes break out in the central United States, killing 17.
[naturally warm / tropical conditions]
[expansive]

April 29- Tropical cyclone hits Bangladesh, killing an estimated 138,000 people.
[naturally warm / tropical conditions]

June 3- Mount Unzen erupts, killing 43 people as a result of pyroclastic flow.
[naturally warm / tropical conditions]

June 15- In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts. The second largest eruption of the 20th century.
[naturally warm / tropical conditions]

July 11- A solar Eclipse of record totality.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]

July 22- Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested after the remains of 11 men and boys are found in his home.
[illumination / exposure]

July 26- Actor Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) is arrested in a theater for public indecency.
[illumination / exposure]

August 6- Tim Berners-Lee releases an article describing his idea for the "World Wide Web"
[entertainment / communications / advertising]
[expansive]

August 19- Collapse of the Soviet Union begins.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]

September 7- Tailhook military scandal. 83 women and seven men are sexually assaulted.
[illumination / exposure]

September 19- The "Iceman" is found in the Alps.
[illumination / exposure]

September 22- The Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public for the first time.
[illumination / exposure]
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]

October 20- The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments.
[notable observation]

November 7- Magic Johnson announces that he has HIV.
[illumination / exposure]

November 9- The British JET fusion reactor generates 1.5 MW output power.
[kinetic energy]

December 31- The Soviet Union officially ceases to exist.
[famous / newsworthy / record breaking]

January 26 - Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.
[fortunate outcomes]