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The Gulf War puts Iraq back within its borders, but Saddam Hussein stays in power. Jeffrey Dahmer horrifies a nation when his grisly crimes are revealed. Basketball star Magic Johnson retires, saying he has HIV, and journalist Terry Anderson is freed after seven years as a hostage in Lebanon.

  • Gulf War begins
  • Iraq defeated
  • Rajiv Gandhi assassinated
  • Flooding in China
  • Dahmer arrested
  • KGB coup attempt
  • Magic Johnson
  • Terry Anderson freed


  • U.S.-led forces retake Kuwait -- January 16, 1991

    With the collapse of diplomatic efforts, the U.S.-led Persian Gulf coalition launches a fierce aerial campaign against Iraq. Allied warplanes begin weeks of non-stop pounding of Iraqi defenses.

    Marlin Fitzwater announces "the liberation of Kuwait":
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    Bernard Shaw and Peter Arnett report from Baghdad:
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    John Holliman reports over gunfire:
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    Ground offensive defeats Iraq -- February 24, 1991

    U.S.-led Allied forces launch a swift ground attack to retake Kuwait. Over the next four days, the troops overwhelm and defeat the Iraqi army, liberating Kuwait and calling off the massive offensive. Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein remains in power in Baghdad and calls the final terms of the cease fire, signed April 6, "vindictive." Days later U.S. troops begin to withdraw.

    Iraqi troops surrender:
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    Rajiv Gandhi assassinated -- May 21, 1991

    Indian Congress Party leader and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, 46, was assassinated by a bomb blast May 21, 1991, during an election campaign near Madras. Following the death of his brother Sanjay in 1980, Rajiv had been persuaded to leave his career as a commercial airlines pilot and enter politics. He had been swept into office in a landslide sympathy vote after his mother had been assassinated in 1984. Initially popular for ethnic tolerance and liberal economic policies, his tenure as Prime Minister was later marked by charges of corruption and incompetence. He was turned out of office in 1989. He was assassinated while trying to make a political comeback.


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    Severe flooding devastates Southeast China -- July 1991

    Some 1,700 are killed in Southeast China during severe flooding that threatens to leave Shanghai under water. The flooding is so severe that Chinese authorities break with precedent and appeal for international aid. Millions are left homeless by the rising waters.

    Flooding scenes:
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