According to the movie, Terminator 2, today is THE DAY that doomed all of humanity. Terminator fans will remember that according to "Terminator 2," April 19, 2011 ... at 8:11 PM ... Skynet became self-aware, beginning a chain of events that led to a war between man and machine. The movie was released July 3, 1991 – almost twenty years ago and has raked in over $500 million at the box office.
Here are some of the top news stories of 1991 that seem all to relevant in 2011:
· The Word Wide Web Is Available
On August 6th, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the "World Wide Web"
· Iraq is attacked by UN forces
January 16, 1991 signaled the start of an air campaign against Iraq. February 27, after 100 hours of ground fighting, Kuwait was liberated, and a ceasefire was declared. 200,000 Iraqis were dead, including hundreds of civilians, 148 UN allies were killed.
· Yugoslavia falls apart
June 1991, Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic blocked Croatian leader Stipe Mesic from assuming the presidency, Croatia and Slovenia seceded. The Yugoslav army moved into both republics. In July they left Slovenia, but began "ethnic cleansing" in Croatia until January 1992 when a UN supervised ceasefire took place. 25,000 were dead. Macedonia declared independence in September 1991, though Greece requested they find a different name since they also had an area named Macedonia.
· The Soviet Union Ends
Yeltsin, president of the Russian republic, lead a revolution against Gorbachev in order to preserve the crumbling Soviet Union power structure. Yeltsin however didn't lose much, after the failed revolt, the 15 separate republics were granted their independence and Yeltsin remained the president of the newly independent republic.
· Biosphere II is launched
Later the subject of a bad Pauly Shore film, the Biosphere II is sealed with four men and four women in the Arizona desert. The experiment was being conducted in order to determine whether or not a self-sustained ecosystem could be maintained without outside influences. It was a failure, several food crops died, and fresh air needed to be pumped in at one point.
· Bank of Credit and Commerce International closed
Banking regulators from 69 countries shut down the BCCI claiming it laundered money, dealt in illegal arms, and was responsible for smuggling, fraud, extortion and bribery. billion was claimed to have disappeared within its walls. BCCI was responsible for Iran-Contra transfers, providing nuclear weapons technology to Iraq, and secretly buying three American banks.