It Is 1991

The Year is 1991

The Year is 1991

Top Films of 1991

RankTitleDistributorWorldwide gross
1Terminator 2: Judgment DaySony / Carolco$519,843,345
2Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesWarner Bros.$390,493,908
3Beauty and the BeastDisney$346,317,207
5The Silence of the LambsOrion$272,742,922
6JFKWarner Bros.$205,405,498
7The Addams FamilyParamount / MGM$191,502,426
8Cape FearUniversal$182,291,969
9Hot Shots!Fox$181,096,164
10City SlickersSony / Castle Rock$179,033,791

Top Singles of 1991

1(Everything I Do) I Do It for YouBryan Adams
2Bohemian Rhapsody“/”These Are the Days of Our LivesQueen
3The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)Cher
4I’m Too SexyRight Said Fred
5Do the BartmanThe Simpsons

Top Albums of 1991

1StarsSimply Red
2Greatest HitsEurythmics
3Greatest Hits IIQueen
4Simply the BestTina Turner
5DangerousMichael Jackson

The Year is 1991







The Year is 1991 (no links)… July 

  • 17 July – The Ultimate steel roller coaster, Europe’s longest, opens at Lightwater Valley theme park in North Yorkshire.
  • July 22 – U.S. boxer Mike Tyson is arrested and charged with the rape of Miss Black America contestant Desiree Washington three days earlier, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • August 4 – The cruise liner MTS Oceanos sinks off the coast of South Africa, leading to the rescue of all 571 passengers on board by SAAF helicopters.
  • 12 August – The Times reports that every job vacancy is being chased by 22 applicants. Unemployment has hit 2,400,000 – the highest level since the spring of 1988 – completing a 50% rise in just over a year. However, the rate of rising unemployment is slowing down and retail sales are improving.
  • Michael Schumacher, regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in history, makes his Formula One debut at the Belgian Grand Prix.


  • September 19 – Ötzi the Iceman is found in the Alps. Ötzi, also called the Iceman, is the natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BCE. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps (hence the nickname “Ötzi”) on the border between Austria and Italy.
    • Ötzi is believed to have been murdered; an arrowhead has been found in his left shoulder, which would have caused a fatal wound. The nature of his life and the circumstances of his death are the subject of much investigation and speculation.
  • Gordon Roddick and A. John Bird launch The Big Issue, a then-monthly magazine to be sold by homeless people in response to growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London
  • September 24th – The so-called “best day in music history” occurs when Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden release their breakout albums Nevermind, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and Badmotorfinger respectively


  • 19 October – Canadian singer Bryan Adams makes history when his hit single (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, which features in the film Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves (released on 14 June this year, and starring Kevin Costner) enters its fifteenth successive week at #1 in the UK singles charts. It was eventually beaten after 16 weeks by U2 – The Fly 
  • October 31 – November 3 – The Halloween blizzard hits the U.S. Upper Midwest, killing 22 people and causing US$100 million in damage.


  • 23 November – Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of rock band Queen, announces that he is suffering from AIDS, following lengthy media speculation about his health.
  • 24 November – Freddie Mercury dies at his home in London, just 24 hours after going public with the news that he was suffering from AIDS.


  • December 1 – Thousands of British shops, including retail giants Asda and Tesco, defy trading laws, and open their doors on a Sunday in a bid to boost trade that has been badly hit by the ongoing recession.