May 21, 1991

May 21, 1991, was a Tuesday. It was 32 years, 10 months, and 26 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on May 21, 1991:

  • Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated.

Born on May 21, 1991

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 21, 1991:

  • United States: "I Dont Want To Cry" by Mariah Carey
  • United Kingdom: "It's In His Kiss" by Cher

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 21, 1991

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • I Like The Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
  • Touch Me (All Night Long) - Cathy Dennis
  • Here We Go - C+C Music Factory/F. Williams
  • I Touch Myself - Divinyls
  • Rhythm Of My Heart - Rod Stewart
Play the top singles from 1991
A Spotify playlist of songs from 1991. Take a trip back to the days of Bryan Adams, R.E.M., Salt-N-Pepa, Nirvana and 2 Unlimited!
What About Bob?

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "What About Bob?".


This date occurred 12,019 days ago. Approximately 401 months have passed. It was the 141st day of 1991, in week 21. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on May 21, 1991, are now 32 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 134 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to May 21, 1991

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is May 21, 1991, and it's a Tuesday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Gemini. The summer of 1991 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished.

Memorial Day weekend is only a few days away, which means that many Americans are planning picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor events to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. In America, the song "I Dont Want To Cry" by Mariah Carey is at the top of the singles charts, while "It's In His Kiss" by Cher is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie What About Bob? is at the top of the box office.

John Major is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Cheers", "The Golden Girls", "Family Matters", and "One Foot in the Grave". Texting is not a thing yet. Instead, people are using landline phones and pagers. Furthermore, most people have never heard of the Internet.

In fashion, many of the trends from the late 80s are still popular. Colored tights, denim overalls, leotards, flannel shirts and shoulder pads are all fashionable at the moment. A civil war is taking place in the African country of Rwanda. It's 1991, so the airwaves are being dominated by artists such as Bryan Adams, Michael Jackson, Roxette, R.E.M., Color Me Badd and Paula Abdul.

In Europe, the Soviet Union is continuing to dissolve. Queen Elizabeth II is visiting the United States on a 13-day visit. In France, Édith Cresson has just become the country's first ever female prime minister.

In soccer, Tottenham Hotspur have just won the FA Cup final after beating Nottingham Forest 2-1 in Extra Time. Voters in the Socialist Republic of Croatia have voted to leave Yugoslavia, with over 93 percent of people voting in favor of independence. In India, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has been assassinated by a female suicide bomber.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Miles Davis, Freddie Mercury, Benny Hill, and Robert Reed would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Phantasy Star II", "Wing Commander", "Railroad Tycoon", and "The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Care Bears", "Pingu", "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh", and "The Wonder Years".

Children are playing with toys such as Mr Frosty, Sylvanian Families, the Ghostbusters Proton Pack, and the Game Boy.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 21, 1991.

  • Eurovision 1991.

    Eurovision 1991

    The 1991 Eurovision song contest was held in Rome, Italy. Sweden won the contest with the song "Fångad av en stormvind" by Carola.
  • 1991 in music.

    1991 in music

    Popular music artists in 1991 included Bryan Adams, Boyz II Men, Ice T, R.E.M., Mariah Carey, Cher, Paula Abdul, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Jackson and Sting.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1991?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1991?

    In 1991, the best NBA players were Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Dominique Wilkins, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Kevin Johnson, Clyde Drexler, James Worthy, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton and Joe Dumars.
  • 1991 in movies.

    1991 in movies

    Movies released in 1991 included Terminator 2, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Beauty and the Beast, Hook, The Silence of the Lambs, The Addams Family, Cape Fear, Hot Shots!, Boyz n the Hood, Backdraft and Father of the Bride.
  • The best football players in 1991.

    The best football players in 1991

    In 1991, the best soccer players would have been Jean-Pierre Papin, Lothar Matthäus, Darko Pančev, Dejan Savićević, Robert Prosinečki, Gary Lineker, Gianluca Vialli, Miodrag Belodedici, Mark Hughes, Chris Waddle and Michael Laudrup.
  • The Silence of the Lambs.

    The Silence of the Lambs

    "The Silence of the Lambs" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1991.
  • The Soviet Union is crumbling.

    The Soviet Union is crumbling

    Throughout 1991, the Soviet Union continued to dissolve as multiple countries declared their independence.
  • Ted Turner.

    Ted Turner

    CNN founder Ted Turner was named Time Person of the Year in 1991 due to his network's around-the-clock coverage of Operation Desert Storm.
  • Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole - "Unforgettable"

    Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole - "Unforgettable"

    "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole went on to win a Grammy for 1991's Song of the Year.
  • Slap bracelets are a thing.

    Slap bracelets are a thing

    Slap bracelets became the latest fad in the fall of 1990. The bracelets, which were originally sold under the brand name "Slap Wrap", came in various designs and colors.
  • Early 1990s recession.

    Early 1990s recession

    During the start of the 1990s, most of the Western World was affected by a recession, which had been caused by a loss of consumer confidence and restrictive monetary policies by central banks.
  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate

    Pagers achieved mainstream popularity during the 1990s. These small devices allowed the owner to receive messages. More often than not, the message was a short memo or a phone number that they were supposed to call back.
  • Early 1990s fashion.

    Early 1990s fashion

    Early 1990s fashion was largely a continuation of the 1980s. Popular outfits included colored tights, denim overalls, black leather jackets with shoulder pads, neon-colored tops, flannel shirts, plaid skirts, and ripped jeans.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, sales of wallpaper started to decline. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, people were beginning to opt for minimalist, painted walls.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".
  • The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis

    The Sega Genesis was one of the most popular video game consoles. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.
  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy

    A hand-held game console called the "Game Boy" was all the rage. The console boasted games such as Super Mario Land, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Kirby's Dream Land, and a number of Pokémon releases.
  • VCRs have become a common household item.

    VCRs have become a common household item

    VCRs became a common household item in the mid-1980s. By that stage, prices had started to drop. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 21, 1991.

  • April 26, 1991: The first episode of the TV show "Dinosaurs" is aired.
  • May 2, 1991: Paula Abdul releases the song "Rush Rush".
  • May 3, 1991: The final episode of Dallas is aired.
  • May 4, 1991: Sweden win the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Fångad av en stormvind" by Carola.
  • May 6, 1991:
    • Football: Arsenal win the Football League First Division after beating Manchester United 3-1.
    • R.E.M. release the song "Shiny Happy People".
  • May 14, 1991:
    • Nelson Mandela's wife Winnie Mandela is given a six year prison sentence for her part in the kidnap of four youths.
    • 42 people lose their lives after two trains collide in Shigaraki, Japan.
  • May 18, 1991: Tottenham Hotspur win the FA Cup final after they defeat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in Extra Time.
  • May 19, 1991: Croatia votes to leave Yugoslavia.
  • This date: May 21, 1991
  • May 24, 1991:
    • Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murders 31-year-old Anthony Hughes.
    • Operation Solomon: The Israeli military begins a covert operation to airlift 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
  • May 26, 1991: 223 people die after Lauda Air Flight 004 breaks up midair over Suphan Buri province, Thailand.
  • May 28, 1991: The Smashing Pumpkins release their debut album.
  • May 29, 1991: Football: Serbian side Red Star Belgrade win the European Cup after defeating Marseille on penalties.
  • June 1, 1991:
    • The video game "Battletoads" is released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
    • The channel "Comedy Central" is launched.
  • June 3, 1991: 46 people are killed after Mount Unzen erupts in Kyushu, Japan.
  • June 12, 1991:
    • The Chicago Bulls win their first NBA Championship after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the 1991 NBA Finals.
    • Boris Yeltsin is elected President of Russia.
  • June 14, 1991: The adventure film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" is released in movie theaters.
  • June 17, 1991:
    • South Africa officially ends its policy of apartheid.
    • U.S. President Zachary Taylor is exhumed to discover whether or not his death was caused by arsenic poisoning.
  • June 18, 1991: Bryan Adams releases his single: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You.
  • June 19, 1991:
    • American actress Jean Arthur passes away at the age of 90.
    • The Soviet military finishes its withdrawal from Hungary.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 21, 1991, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1991 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 21, 1991 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Early 1990s fashion

Photographs of early 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1990s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in May 1991

People in May 1991 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from May 1991.

Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
One Foot in the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
Family Matters
Family Matters
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night
The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Full House
Full House
Married... with Children
Married... with Children

Cars in 1991

1991 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Taurus (second generation), the Honda Civic (fifth generation), the Peugeot 106, the Toyota Paseo, the Volkswagen Golf Mk3, and the Audi S4.

Cars in 1991.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in May 1991

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Clarissa Explains It All
Clarissa Explains It All
The Adventures of Pete & Pete
The Adventures of Pete & Pete

Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Rosie and Jim
Rosie and Jim
Art Attack
Art Attack
In Living Color
In Living Color

Toys in 1991

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

The SEGA Game Gear
The SEGA Game Gear
G.I. Joe (figures)
G.I. Joe (figures)
Fear Street books
Fear Street books
Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates
Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket
The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Game Boy
The Game Boy
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1991.

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 1991
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse 1990
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Railroad Tycoon 1990
Railroad Tycoon
Wing Commander 1990
Wing Commander
Phantasy Star II 1990
Phantasy Star II
Golden Axe 1989
Golden Axe
DuckTales 1989
SimCity 1989
Paperboy 1986
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt

Were you born on May 21, 1991?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1991.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 21, 1997, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 21.

Mr. T

Mr. T

Born on May 21, 1952
He turned 39 on this day in 1991.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer

Serial killer Deceased
Born on May 21, 1960
He turned 31 on this day in 1991.

Chris Benoit

Chris Benoit

Wrestler Deceased
Born on May 21, 1967
He turned 24 on this day in 1991.

The Notorious B.I.G

The Notorious B.I.G

Rapper Deceased
Born on May 21, 1972
He turned 19 on this day in 1991.

Noel Fielding

Noel Fielding

English comedian
Born on May 21, 1973
He turned 18 on this day in 1991.

Tom Daley

Tom Daley

English diver
Born on May 21, 1994
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.


US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on May 21, 1991.


UK Prime Minister

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 21, 1991 was most likely conceived around August 28, 1990.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 21, 1991 is close to February 11, 1992.

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Stats for May 21, 1991


Here are some interesting statistics about May 21, 1991:

  • 12,019 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,717 weeks have passed.
  • 1,038,441,600 seconds have passed since May 21, 1991.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,211,515,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 535,835,865,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 173,073,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 89,305,978 steps. That's roughly 39,692 miles.
  • 12,461,299 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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