1991 in history

1991 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1991, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1991.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1991 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1991 in Britain too.

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1991

  • Freddie Mercury died and Bohemian Rhapsody was reissued to raise money for charity. He went public with his illness just hours before his death.

  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast was the first animated movie to be nominated in the best picture category at the Oscars.

  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is released and saw Bryan Adams's (Everything I Do) I Do It for You go to #1 in the charts for 16 weeks.
  • Comedy series Bottom, starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, debuted.

  • Noel's House Party (with Mr Blobby) and Home Improvement started.

  • Children's TV series Brum debuts, about an artificially intelligent, self-driving car.

  • The internet was made available to unrestricted commercial use and number of computers on the 'net reached one million. The first website went online this year (until then the computers just communicated with each other).

  • Nirvana's Never Mind Album (with the baby in the swimming pool) was released.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog and Lemmings were the must-have video games.

  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day was released in the cinemas, and Arnold Schwarzenegger gave us "hasta la vista" - good for audio

  • Silence of the Lambs and The Commitments were released.

  • Dublin was officially inaugurated as the year's European Capital of Culture.

  • A study into commuting habits of Dubliners concluded there should be a railway to Tallaght and a tunnel to the port.


While these facts about 1991 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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Tedious about the author bit

Radio producer and travel historian. I write about travel patterns, urban development, heavy machinery and lists.

I love the places people pass through along their journey, and societies that have been shaped by our need to get around.

Producer experienced with entertainment and talk shows with an attitude described as "amusingly surly".

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