Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century
Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s - 1990s - 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s 2040s
Years: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 - 1992 - 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
- January 1 - George H. W. Bush is first President of the United States to address Australian Parliament[?]
- January 8 - President of the United States George H. W. Bush becomes ill on a visit in Japan and vomits on the Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi.
- January 11 - Paul Simon is the first major artist to tour South Africa after the end of the cultural boycott[?].
- January 13 - Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
- January 15 - The Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia ceases to exist. Slovenia and Croatia gain independence
- January 16 - El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign a pact in Mexico City that ends a 12 year civil war that claimed at least 75,000.
- January 22 - Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.
- January 22 - Dr. Roberta Bondar becomes the first Canadian woman in space.
- January 26 - Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia is going to stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.
- January 27 - Mike Tyson goes on trial charged with raping a 1991 Miss Black America Contest[?] contestant.
- January - the Internet Society is formed.
- February 7 - signing of the Maastricht treaty
- February 10 - In Indianapolis, Indiana boxer Mike Tyson is convicted of raping a Miss Black American[?] contestant named Desiree Washington.
- February 11 - F-16 jet crashes into a residential district of Hengelo, the Netherlands. No casualties are reported.
- February 17 - A court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin sentences Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to life in prison.
- February 18 - Iraq disarmament crisis: The Executive Chairman of UNSCOM details Iraq's refusal to abide by UN Security Council disarmament resolutions.
- March 1 - After a majority of Muslim and Croatian communities vote for Bosnian independence, Bosnian Serb snipers fire on civilians.
- March 6 - The 'Michelangelo' computer virus[?] begins to affect computers.
- March 12 - Mauritius becomes a republic while remaining a member of the British Commonwealth.
- March 13 - In eastern Turkey, an earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500.
- March 17 - 29 are killed and 242 injured when a suicide car-bomb goes off in the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.
- March 18 - Microsoft ships Windows 3.1
- March 25 - Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev[?] returns to Earth a 10-month stay aboard the Mir space station.
- April - Bosnia and Hercegovina[?] secede from Yugoslavia.
- April 2 - In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering[?] and is later sentenced to life in prison.
- April 29 - In Los Angeles, California, the police officers that were accused of excessive force in there severe beating of Rodney King, were found "not guilty". The verdict resulted in several days of riots in L.A. and smaller riots around the country.
- May 7 - Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the United States Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise.
- May 15 - The Genoa Expo '92[?] World's Fair opens in Genoa, Italy
- May 16 - STS-49[?]: Space Shuttle Endeavour lands safely after a successful maiden voyage.
- May 20 - Amy Fisher, the so-called "Long Island Lolita," is arrested for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco on the front porch of her Massapequa, New York home.
- July - Boxer Mike Tyson is given a 6 year sentence for raping an 18 year old Miss Black America[?] contestant, Desiree Washington
- July 6-29 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq refuses a U.N. inspection team access to the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture. UNSCOM claimed that it had reliable information that the site contained archives related to illegal weapons activities. U.N. Inspectors stage a 17-day "sit-in" outside of the building, but leave when their safety is threatened by Iraqi soldiers.
- October 4 - Plane crash in Amsterdam, Netherlands, known as the Bijlmerramp.
- Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
- September - Pound and Lira forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism[?]
- November - Bill Clinton defeats George H. W. Bush and H. Ross Perot in the U.S. presidential election
- December 8 - Last blast fired in Falu Copper Mine in Sweden. The end of a millennium of continuous operation.
- Pope John Paul II issued an apology and lifted the edict of Inquisition against Galileo Galilei
- Hurricane "Andrew" hits Florida, killing 14 and leaving 250,000 people homeless.
- Brazil's president resigns, following charges that he stole more than $32 million from the government and impeachment precedings.
- The largest shopping mall in the US, Minnesota's Mall of America is constructed spanning 78 acres.
- Crime boss John Gotti is found guilty on 13 counts, including racketeering[?] and murder
Art, Culture & Fashion
- January 3 - Dame Judith Anderson[?], actress
- January 23 - Freddie Bartholomew[?], actor
- January 26 - Josť Ferrer, actor
- January 29 - Willie Dixon, composer, musician
- January 31 - Willie Dixon, blues musician
- February 2 - Bert Parks[?], game show host, Miss America host
- February 10 - Alex Haley, author
- February 11 - Ray Danton[?], US actor/director.
- February 20 - Dick York[?], actor
- March 2 - Sandy Dennis[?], actress
- March 8 - Red Callender[?], composer
- March 9 - Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel
- March 29 - Paul Henreid[?], actor
- April 6 - Isaac Asimov, author
- April 6 - Molly Picon[?], actress
- April 18 - Benny Hill, comedian, actor
- April 23 - Satyajit Ray, Indian filmmaker
- April 27 - Olivier Messiaen, composer
- May 6 - Marlene Dietrich, actress
- May 12 - Robert Reed, actor
- May 17 - Lawrence Welk, musician
- May 23 - Giovanni Falcone, judge
- August 5 - Jeff Porcaro[?], American Drummer extrordinaire[?]
- August 12 - John Cage, American composer
- August - Mark Heard, American singer
- December - Pierre Culliford, a.k.a. "Peyo". Belgian Creator of Smurfs