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December 16th, 1991.

December 16th, 1991, was a Monday. It was day 350 of 1991. The decade was the Nineties.

30 years, 6 months and 17 days have passed since December 16th, 1991.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on December 16th, 1991.

  • Kazakhstan declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1991.

  • United States: Black Or White - Michael Jackson
  • United Kingdom: Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives - Queen

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 16th, 1991.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Black Or White - Michael Jackson
  • It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday - Boyz II Men
  • Set Adrift On Memory Bliss - P.M. Dawn
  • When A Man Loves A Woman - Michael Bolton
  • All 4 Love - Color Me Badd
Play the top hits 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!
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Top movie.

The movie "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

Take me back to December 16th, 1991!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is December 16th, 1991, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1991 is in full swing. People are putting up their decorations and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song Black Or White by Michael Jackson is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives by Queen is the number one hit song. George W. Bush Snr. is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, John Major is the current Prime Minister. Texting is not a thing yet. Instead, people are using landline phones and pagers. Furthermore, the vast majority of people still have no idea what "the Internet" is. 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 currently 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. A rock subgenre called "Grunge" is starting to rise in popularity.

In Europe, the Soviet Union is coming to an end as the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine agree to dissolve the union. The film Hook, starring Robin Williams, is currently showing in movie theaters. In celebrity news, actor Richard Gere has married supermodel Cindy Crawford at a ceremony in Las Vegas.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Robert Reed and Anthony Perkins would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Cosby Show", "Who's the Boss?", "The Golden Girls" and "Home Improvement". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Sonic the Hedgehog", "Streets of Rage", "F-Zero" and "Super Castlevania IV".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fireman Sam", "Mr. Bean", "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and "Doug". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of My Little Pony (figures), Micro Machines, the SEGA Game Gear and Super Soaker (water gun).

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 16th, 1991.

  • The Soviet Union is dissolving.

    The Soviet Union is dissolving.

    At this time, the Soviet Union was in its final stages of dissolving, as multiple countries in Eastern Europe had already declared their independence. On December 8th, 1991, the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus agreed to dissolve the Soviet Union and replace it with the Commonwealth of Independent States. On December 21st, 1991, representatives from most of the Soviet republics also agreed to dissolve the union. Finally, on Christmas day, USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev stepped down and declared his office extinct.

  • The Super Nintendo.

    The Super Nintendo.

    In August of 1991, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System hit the shelves. In the first half of the 1990s, the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis were the dominant video game consoles.

  • Grunge.

    Grunge.

    A rock subgenre called "Grunge" was starting to take off in the later half of 1992. During this period, Nirvana released their album "Nevermind" and Pearl Jam released their album "Ten".

  • 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.

  • Ted Turner.

    Ted Turner.

    CNN founder Ted Turner was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1991. Turner was named as such because of CNN'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.

    During the fall of 1990, slap bracelets became the latest fad. The bracelets, which were originally sold under the brand name "Slap Wrap", came in various different 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.

    During the 1990s, pagers achieved mainstream popularity. 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 saw a continuation of the 1980s. Popular outfits included clothes such as coloured tights, denim overalls, black leather jackets with shoulder pads, neon coloured tops, flannel shirts, plaid skirts and ripped jeans.

  • Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, wallpaper started to decline in popularity. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, many people opted for minimalist plain-colored walls.

  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie.

    During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.

  • The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis was one of the most popular video games consoles during this period. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.

  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy.

    During this time, 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.

    From the mid-80s onward, VCRs started to become a common household item. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 30 years, 6 months and 17 days have passed since December 16th, 1991.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1991.
  • Leap Year: 1991 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on December 16th, 1991 will be 30 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1991 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 692841600.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to December 16th, 1991.

  • November 22nd, 1991: The animated movie Beauty and the Beast (1991) is released.
  • November 22nd, 1991: The Addams Family (1991) is released in movie theaters.
  • November 23rd, 1991: A public statement from Queen frontman Freddie Mercury confirms that he has AIDS.
  • November 23rd, 1991: The Homecoming: Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield defeats challenger Bert Cooper via a 7th round TKO.
  • November 24th, 1991: Queen front man Freddie Mercury dies from AIDS at the age of 45.
  • November 24th, 1991: KISS drummer Eric Carr dies from complications of heart cancer.
  • November 26th, 1991: Michael Jackson releases the album Dangerous, which contains songs such as "Black or White" and "Remember the Time".
  • December 1st, 1991: Ukraine votes for independence from the Soviet Union.
  • December 4th, 1991: Airline company Pan Am collapses.
  • December 4th, 1991: American journalist Terry A. Anderson is released as a hostage in Beirut after seven years of captivity.
  • December 5th, 1991: Mass murderer Richard Speck dies from a heart attack.
  • December 6th, 1991: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) is released.
  • December 6th, 1991: After a seven-month-long siege, the Yugoslav People's Army begins to bombard the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
  • December 8th, 1991: Russia, Ukraine and Belarus sign an agreement to dissolve the Soviet Union.
  • December 11th, 1991: The fantasy film "Hook", starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, is released in movie theaters.
  • December 12th, 1991: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford are married in Las Vegas.
  • December 14th, 1991: Soviet Union collapse: Russian President Boris Yeltsin warns that it may take another year before Russia's "devastated" economy has stabilized.
  • This date: December 16th, 1991
  • December 17th, 1991: White House Marlin Fitzwater admits that the United States is still "mired" in a recession.
  • December 18th, 1991: General Motors announces that it will be closing 21 plants and laying off 74,000 people in North America.
  • December 18th, 1991: It is reported that the Soviet Union will be ending after more than 74 years.
  • December 20th, 1991: The movie Father of the Bride (1991) is released.
  • December 20th, 1991: Labor leader Paul Keating becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
  • December 24th, 1991: French footballer Jean-Pierre Papin is awarded the 1991 Ballon d'Or.
  • December 25th, 1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as president of the Soviet Union.
  • December 26th, 1991: The Soviet Union is dissolved.
  • December 26th, 1991: The Cold War ends.
  • January 8th, 1992: Eric Clapton releases the song "Tears in Heaven".
  • January 8th, 1992: George H. W. Bush falls violently ill at a televised state dinner in Japan.
  • January 10th, 1992: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) is released.
  • January 11th, 1992: Shanda Sharer is tortured and burned to death in Madison, Indiana by 4 teenage girls.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16th, 1991, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1991 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 16th, 1991 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on December 16th, 1991.

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Photos of early 1990s fashion.

Photographs of early 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1990s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in December, 1991.

TV shows from December, 1991.

Baywatch
Baywatch
Drama series about lifeguards. Starring David Hasselhoff.

Step by Step
Step by Step
American television sitcom.

Home Improvement
Home Improvement
Starring Tim Allen as Tim "The Toolman" Taylor.

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
TV series about a family of dinosaurs.

One Foot in the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
British sitcom following the life of Victor Meldrew.

Family Matters
Family Matters
Sitcom starring Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Otis Winslow.

Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Comedy sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.

Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
TV show about a scientist that finds himself inside the body of a different person each week.

Roseanne
Roseanne
Comedy TV show about a working class family called the Conners.

In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night
Drama series starring Carroll O'Connor as police chief Bill Gillespie and Howard Rollins as detective Virgil Tibbs.

The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
A TV show that was set in the late sixties.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.

Full House
Full House
Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.

Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.

Matlock
Matlock
Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.

MacGyver
MacGyver
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.

The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.

Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Starring Jeremy Brett.

Night Court
Night Court
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.

'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.

Cheers
Cheers
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

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

Kids' TV shows on December 16th, 1991.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1991.

The Adventures of Tintin
The Adventures of Tintin

Home Improvement
Home Improvement

Darkwing Duck
Darkwing Duck

Taz-Mania
Taz-Mania

Doug
Doug

Rugrats
Rugrats

The Ren & Stimpy Show
The Ren & Stimpy Show

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs

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

TaleSpin
TaleSpin

Rosie and Jim
Rosie and Jim

Blossom
Blossom

Art Attack
Art Attack

In Living Color
In Living Color

Round the Twist
Round the Twist

Mr. Bean
Mr. Bean

The Simpsons
The Simpsons

Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser, M.D.

Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Dink, the Little Dinosaur

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice

Saved by the Bell
Saved by the Bell

Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers
Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers

Noozles
Noozles

Roseanne
Roseanne

Garfield and Friends
Garfield and Friends

Count Duckula
Count Duckula

The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Full House
Full House

Adventures of the Little Koala
Adventures of the Little Koala

Married... with Children
Married... with Children

The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters

Pingu
Pingu

Growing Pains
Growing Pains

The Care Bears
The Care Bears

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show

Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

The Smurfs
The Smurfs

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1991.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1991.

Super Soaker (water gun)
Super Soaker (water gun)

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

The SEGA Game Gear
The SEGA Game Gear

G.I. Joe (figures)
G.I. Joe (figures)

Yo-yo
Yo-yo

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

Jenga
Jenga

Micro Machines
Micro Machines

Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families

Mr Frosty
Mr Frosty

Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Pogo ball / Lolo ball

Transformers
Transformers

My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in December of 1991.

Civilization 1991
Civilization
A strategy game that was created by Sid Meier and Bruce Shelley.

Super Castlevania IV 1991
Super Castlevania IV
Platform game released for the SNES.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The third installment in the series. Released on the SNES.

F-16 Combat Pilot 1991
F-16 Combat Pilot
F-16 fighter flight simulator.

F-Zero 1991
F-Zero
Futuristic racing game was that was released for the SNES.

Streets of Rage 1991
Streets of Rage
A side-scrolling beat-em-up game that was released on the Sega.

Sonic the Hedgehog 1991
Sonic the Hedgehog
A platform video game that was released for the Sega Mega Drive.

Battletoads 1991
Battletoads
Platform video game.

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 1991
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
Platform video game that was released on multiple consoles.

Railroad Tycoon 1990
Railroad Tycoon
Business simulation game designed by Sid Meier.

Phantasy Star II 1990
Phantasy Star II
RPG game developed by SEGA.

SimCity 1989
SimCity
A city-building simulation game developed by Maxis.

Paperboy 1986
Paperboy
Action game where the player takes control of a paperboy.

Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Light gun shooter game.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out December 16th, 1997 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 16th.

Xander Berkeley

Actor.
Born on December 16th, 1955
He turned 36 on this day in 1991.

Bill Hicks

Stand-up comedian. Deceased
Born on December 16th, 1961
He turned 30 on this day in 1991.

Mats Hummels

German soccer player.
Born on December 16th, 1988
He turned 3 on this day in 1991.

Weather details

Weather on December 16th, 1991.

Historical weather information for December 16th, 1991.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 9.8 degrees Celsius. It rained a bit (mist or a shower or two). It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 17.8 degrees Fahrenheit. -7.89 degrees Celsius. Snow was reported. Precipitation: 11.68cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 7.83 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 2.03cm.
USA

US President.

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on December 16th, 1991.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1991.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 16th, 1991 was most likely conceived around March 25th, 1991.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16th, 1991 is close to September 7th, 1992.

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Stats for December 16th, 1991

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 16th, 1991.

  • A total of 11,157 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,593 weeks have passed.
  • 963,961,200 seconds have passed since the December 16th, 1991.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,124,621,400 times.
  • Since December 16th, 1991, the Earth has travelled approximately 497,403,979,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 160,660,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 82,900,663 steps. That's about 36,845 miles!
  • Since this date, 11,567,534 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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