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1991 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

58th Annual Bach Festival.  Dr. Thomas Somerville conducting
Italian tenor, Lucian Pavarotti, celebrates 30 years in opera by singing a free concert in London's Hyde Park.  A huge crowd of hundreds of fans gather to listen.

POLITICS

Microprinting and security threads are introduced into all paper currencies.
Major war in the Gulf area is pending
US votes for war on Iraq
Gulf War Allies begin operation Desert Storm in an effort to force rebels out of Kuwait.  Cease fire is called in February.
Yeltsin wins the first Russian elections
Yugoslavia attacks Slovenia
Britain pulls out of Iraq, ending peace keeping mission to protect the Kurds
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is overthrown.  The Soviet Union begins to break apart

POINTS OF INTEREST

Helen Sharman, British astronaut, becomes the first Britain launched into space.
The Bank of England closes branches of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International after allegations of fraud after freezing millions in assets.  The bank was later closed.
Robert Maxwell, publisher of Britain's popular newspaper, The Daily Mirror, dies at sea while on a cruise

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