The United States population is estimated at 264.6
American film legend Gene Kelly and infamous pool player Minnesota Fats
After a seventeen-year FBI search, Theodore Kaczynski is turned in by
his brother as the Unabomber who killed 3 people and injured 23 in sustained
acts of mail terrorism.
The line-item veto is passed through Congress and signed into law by United
States President Clinton.
In Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu defeats Shimon Peres in an election to become
prime minister, casting the Middle East peace process into uncertainty.
Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald passes away.
Nineteen U.S. servicemen are killed and hundreds wounded in Saudi Arabia
when a bomb planted in a fuel truck explodes in front of an apartment
complex housing military personnel.
Protease inhibitors, a new kind of anti-viral drug, is found to dramatically
reduce the levels of HIV in the blood of infected individuals.
During the 100th anniversary of the Olympics, a bomb explodes in Atlanta's
Centennial Park, killing one and injuring 111 others.
Though unpopular, Russian President Boris Yeltsin is re-elected, beating
Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party.
Just minutes after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport,
Paris-bound TWA flight 800 explodes off the coast of Long Island, killing
230 on board.
At age 20, Tiger Woods wins the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament for the third
year in a row and turns to a professional career.
After fifteen years of marriage, Prince Charles and Princess Diana of
Great Britain are divorced.
A shooting in Las Vegas results in the death of rapper Tupac Shakur.
Continued fighting in central Africa between Tutsi and Hutu creates a
refugee crisis after fearful Hutu responsible for the murders of more
than 500,000 Tutsi flee to Zaire, Tanzania, and Burundi.
Pursuant to the Dayton peace accords, armies in Bosnia retreat and national
elections are held. Bosnian Muslim President Alija Izetbegovic is elected
to lead a presidency that will include a Serb and a Croat.
Democrat Bill Clinton is re-elected president of the U.S., though Republicans
retain control of Congress.
Tupac Amaru rebels take about 600 people hostage during a reception at
the Japanese ambassador's house in Lima, Peru. President Alberto Fujimoro
refuses to negotiate with the rebels, who were are killed during a rescue
operation four months later.
In a mysterious case that will lead the tabloids and the police on a goosechase,
6-year-old child beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey is found dead in
her parents' cellar in Boulder, Colorado.
Madeline Albright becomes the first female secretary of state.