Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century
Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s - 1990s - 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s 2040s
Years: 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 - 1993 - 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003)
- January 1 - Czechoslovakia divides. Establishment of Slovak Republic and Czech Republic
- January 3 - In Moscow, George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty[?] (START).
- January 5 - Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd[?] by hanging (the first legal hanging in America since 1965).
- January 18 - For the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is officially observed in all 50 United States states.
- January 19 - IBM announces a $4.97 billion loss for 1992 which is the largest single-year corporate loss in United States history.
- January 19 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq refuses to allow UNSCOM inspectors to use its own aircraft to fly into Iraq, and begins military operations in the demilitarized zone between Iraq and Kuwait, and the northern No-Fly Zone. US forces fire approximately 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Baghdad factorys linked to Iraq's illegal nuclear weapons program. Iraq then informs UNSCOM that it will be able to resume its flights.
- January 20 - Bill Clinton succeeds George H. W. Bush as President of the United States of America.
- January 25 - A gunman kills two employees outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia[?]
- January 26 - Vaclav Havel elected President of the Czech Republic
- February 8 - General Motors sues NBC after Dateline NBC[?] allegedly rigged two crashes showing that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settled the lawsuit the next day.
- February 11 - Irina Privalova runs a world indoor record over 60 meters.
- February 11 - Janet Reno is selected by President Clinton as US Attorney General.
- February 26 - World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center goes off, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.
- February 23 - Gary Coleman wins a $1,280,000 lawsuit against his parents.
- February 28 - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest cult leader David Koresh[?] on federal firearms violations. Four agents and six Davidians die in the raid and a 51-day standoff begins.
- March 4 - Authorities announce the capture of suspected World Trade Center bombing conspirator Mohammad Salameh[?].
- March 9 -Rodney King testifies at the federal trial of four Los Angeles, California police officers accused of violating King's civil rights when they beat him during an arrest.
- March 11 - Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn-in the next day becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States[?].
- March 12 - Several bombs explode in Bombay, India killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more.
- March 12 - North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to nuclear sites.
- March 16 - A blizzard on the east coast of the United States kills 184.
- March 22 - The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS.
- March 27 - Jiang Zemin becomes President of the People's Republic of China.
- March 28 - Gaullists[?] win legislativeelection in France
- March 28 - Balladur[?] becomes prime minister of France
- March 29 - Catherine Callbeck[?] becomes Premier of Prince Edward Island, becoming the first female Premier in Canada.
- April - Iraqi president Saddam Hussein orders the assassination of George H. W. Bush, while the former US President is visiting Kuwait. Kuwaiti and US forces stop the attempt.
- April 6 - Russian nuclear accident[?] at Tomsk 7[?].
- April 22 - In Washington, DC, the Holocaust Memorial Museum[?] is dedicated.
- May 1 former prime minister of France Pierre Bérégovoy[?] commits suicide
- May 24 - Eritrean independence.
- June 18 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq refuses to allow UNSCOM weapons inspectors to install remote-controlled monitoring cameras at two missile engine test stands.
- June 25 - Kim Campbell becomes Canada's nineteenth Prime Minister.
- June 27 - US President Bill Clinton orders a cruise missile attack on Iraqi intelligence headquarters in the Al-Mansur district, Baghdad, in response to the attempted assassination of former U.S. President George Bush in Kuwait, in May.
- July 5 - Iraq disarmament crisis: UN inspection teams leave Iraq. Iraq then agrees to UNSCOM demands and the inspection teams return
- September 13 - PLO leader Yasir Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin shake hands in Washington D.C., after signing a peace accord.
- October 3 - Large scale battle between US forces and local militia in Mogadishu, Somalia
- November 4 - Jean Chrétien becomes Canada's twentieth Prime Minister.
- The second World Parliament of Religions is held in Chicago
- December 30 - Israel and the Vatican establish diplomatic relations.
- US President Bill Clinton orders air strikes in Iraq when the country refuses to accept the No-Fly Zone.
- US President Bill Clinton sends 6 American warships to Haiti to enforce United Nations trade sanctions against the military-led regime in that country.
- The Mississippi River and Missouri River floods large portions of the American Midwest.
- ATF raids the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. The Branch Davidians refuse to leave the compound for several weeks. The compound eventually catches on fire killing most of the cult members, including leader David Koresh[?].
Art, Culture & Fashion
- January 6 - Rudolf Nureyev[?], Russian ballet dancer
- January 6 - Dizzy Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter
- January 15 - Sammy Cahn[?], songwriter
- January 20 - Audrey Hepburn, actress
- January 22 - Abe Kobo[?], writer
- January 23 - Thomas Dorsey[?], gospel music singer
- January 24 - Thurgood Marshall, United States Supreme Court justice
- January 26 - Jeanne Sauvé, Governor-General of Canada
- January 27 - André the Giant, wrestler, actor
- February 5 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz[?], writer, producer, director
- February 6 - Arthur Ashe[?], tennis star
- February 6 - Joseph Mankiewicz[?], director, producer, writer
- February 7 - Lillian Gish, actress [DELETE]
- February 11 - George A Stephen[?], inventor.
- February 11 - Joy Garrett[?], actress.
- February 20 - Ferrucio Lamborghini[?], automobile manufacturer
- February 24 - Bobby Moore, English footballer
- February 27 - Lillian Gish, actress
- February 28 - Ruby Keeler, actress, singer, dancer
- March 8 - Billy Eckstine, jazz musician
- March 17 - Helen Hayes, actress
- March 24 - John Hersey, author
- April 3 - Pinky Lee[?], children's television host
- May 1 - Pierre Bérégovoy[?],Prime Minister of France
- May 8 - Avram Davidson[?], science fiction writer
- June 7 - Drazen Petrovic[?], basketball star, New Jersey Nets, considered by many Croatia's greatest player ever
- June 26 - William H. Riker, political scientist
- June 30 - George "Spanky" McFarland, actor
- July 28 - Reggie Lewis[?], basketball player, Boston Celtics
- July 31 - Baudouin, king of Belgium
- September 27 - Jimmy Doolittle American World War II General.
- October 31 - Federico Fellini, Italian film director
- November 12 - H. R. Haldeman, central figure in the Watergate scandal
- November 21 - Bill Bixby, television actor
- December 4 - Frank Zappa, American rock musician