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1991 Trivia, Facts & History

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World Series Champions

Minnesota Twins

Superbowl XXV Champions

New York Giants

NBA Champions

Chicago Bulls

Stanley Cup Champs

Pittsburgh Penguins

U.S. Open Golf

Payne Stewart

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Stefan Edberg/Monica Seles

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Michael Stitch/Steffi Graf

NCAA Football Champions

Miami & Washington

NCAA Basketball Champions


Kentucky Derby

Strike The Gold

The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Christina Applegate, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Elvira, Angie Everhart, Jodie Foster, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Ashley Richardson, Tanya Roberts, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Brinke Stevens, Julie Strain, Niki Taylor, Heather Thomas

"The 1991 Quotes"

"Hello Clarice"
"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 'The Terminator 2: Judgement Day'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Ted Turner

Miss America

Marjorie Vincent (Oak Park, IL)

Miss USA

Kelli McCarty (Kansas)

The Scandals

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."

Tailhook Scandal: Marines getting rowdy with the female marines in Las Vegas.

Paul 'Pee Wee Herman' Reubens was caught in adult theater doing an inappropriate public act.

Cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was captured. He had killed, and sometimes eaten, 17 people.

Airplane Celebrity Death: Senator John Heinz

1991 Pop Culture News

A high profile court case forced the British Government to clearly define the difference between a cake a biscuit. In the end the Government published an official ruling that a cake is defined by its propensity to harden over time, whereas a biscuit has a propensity to soften.

It was Super Bowl XXV (1991) with New Kids On The Block that the halftime show switched from marching bands to pop/rock music performances.

20 paintings were stolen from the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum and were then recovered 35 minutes later because the robbers got a flat tire.

A time capsule was buried in Sir Frederick Banting Square, on the scientist's 100th birthday, Nov. 14, 1991. Banting was part of a team that received the 1923 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the isolation of insulin. The time capsule will be opened once a cure for diabetes has been found.

The main villains of Psycho (1960), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) were all loosely based on the same person: Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. 'Silence Of The Lambs' won the big five Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Writing.

UNSUNG HERO - Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea of making 'links' on his own compter, then others, creating "The Information Mine" (TIM) later renamed the "World Wide Web." . He renounced patent rights because it "would have scuppered the whole thing. It never would have taken off."

Liz Taylor married hubby # 7, Larry Fortensky, at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. They met in a rehab center.

It became a lot easier for many to quit smoking when Nicoderm CQ's nicotine patch was approved by the FDA.

The Calloway Golf Company's 'Big Bertha' club was introduced. The club revolutionized how the game of golf would be played.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1991: $800,000

The Habits

The cool kids were listening to Nirvana's Nevermind album.

Reading Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" by Alexandra Ripley

1991's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys and action figures, Rollerblade Barbie, Super Soaker water gun, K'Nex, Myst

1990's Pogs craze was single handedly started by a 5th grade teacher in Hawaii. She showed the game she used to play as a little girl to her class in 1991. Pogs originated from Hawaii as early as 1927.

Popular Movies:

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

The Big Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
2. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
3. Beauty and the Beast
4. Silence of the Lambs
5. City Slickers
6. Hook
7. The Addams family
8. Sleeping With The Enemy
9. Father of the Bride
10. The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

1991's Most Popular TV Shows

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

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.)

The 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

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Popular Music in 1991 ~ # 1 Hits of 1991