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January 1st
Establishment of independent Slovakia and Czech Republic, as Czechoslovakia split as vote by the Czechoslovakia Federal Assembly on November 25th 1992.
January 3rd
At the Kremlin in Moscow, President George H. W. Bush Snr., in his last act as President, and Boris Yeltsin signed the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II).
January 18th
The national holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. was officially observed for the first time in all 50 American states.
January 20th
In the U.S. Bill Clinton officially took his post as the new President of the United States of America. He succeeded George H. W. Bush Snr.
January 25th
Mir Aimal Kasi fired a rifle and killed two employees outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, USA.
January 26th
Czech dramatist, politician and human rights activist Václav Havel returned to the political stage and was elected as the President of the new Czech Republic.
February 6th
The American tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe died. Ashe won the Wimbledon Mens Single tournament in 1975, beating Jimmy Connors.
February 11th
Janet Reno was selected by President Clinton as the new US Attorney General.
February 12th
Two 11-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and John Venables, abducted, tormented and killed 2-year-old Jamie Bulger in Liverpool, England. The act shocked and stunned the British general public.
February 17th
A passenger ferry in Haiti sank. It was believed that only 285 people survived out of possible 1,500 passengers.
February 26th
In New York City, a van packed with explosives was detonated by Muslim terrorists parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The bomb killed 6 people and injured nearly a thousand more.
February 28th
US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided the compound of Branch Davidian in Waco, Texas. The warrant was for the arrest of cult leader David Koresh on federal firearms violation. Four agents and five Davidians died in the raid and the 51-day stand off began. The FBI ended the siege with an armed assault on April 19th.
March 4th
In America US authorities announced the capture of the suspected 'World Trade Center' bombing conspirator Mohammad Salameh.
March 9th
Black motorist Rodney King testified at the federal trial of four LAPD police officers accused of violating King's civil rights. King's beating by the four LAPD officers was secretly filmed on March 3rd 1991.
March 11th
Janet Reno became the first female Attorney General of the United States when her appointment was confirmed by the United States Senate. Attorney General Reno was sworn into office March 12th 1993.
March 20th
The Irish nationalist terror group, the IRA, caused public outrage when they exploded a bomb in Warrington Town Centre. The bomb killed two children, Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry.
March 27th
Jiang Zemin became the new President of the People's Republic of China.
The Kuwaiti government claims to uncover an Iraqi assassination plot against former US President George H. W. Bush Snr. shortly after his visit to Kuwait. Two Iraqi nationals, caught with smuggled hashish and alcohol inside Kuwait, confess to driving a car-bomb into Kuwait on behalf of the Iraq Secret Service.
April 10th
ANC activist Chris Hani was assassinated in South Africa.
April 19th
The FBI ended the siege in Waco, Texas. FBI agents launched an armed assault to remove the Davidians from the Mount Carmel compound. The compound was destroyed by fire and 87 people were killed. The cult leader David Koresh was found with a bullet in the head, thought to be shot by his right hand man Steve Schneider.
April 22nd
Black teenager Stephen Lawrence was brutally murdered in a racially motivated attack in south London, England.
April 24th
In England, the Bishopsgate Bomb exploded in the City of London. The blast killed 1 person and injured 50.
April 30th
In the United States, the World Wide Web was born at CERN.
May 1st
A Tamil Tigers suicide bomber assassinated President Ranasinghe Premadasa of Sri Lanka.
June 13th
Retired NASA astronaut Deke Slayton died. Originally selected as part of the Mercury Project, he went into space during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, 15th-24th July 1975.
June 15th
John Connally, ex-Governor of Texas, died. Connally rode in the same car as President Kennedy when he was assassinated on November 22nd 1963. Connally was seriously wounded.
June 23rd
Lorena Bobbitt severed off the penis of her husband John Wayne Bobbitt with a kitchen knife while he slept at their home in Manassas, Virginia, United States.
June 22nd
The 'Unabomber' struct again when a bomb injured Charles Epstein in Tiburon, California.
June 24th
The 'Unabomber' bomb injured another. The victim was a computer scientist at Yale University, David Gelernter.
June 27th
US President Bill Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack on Iraqi intelligence HQ in the Al-Mansur District, Baghdad. It was in response to the attempted plot assassinate the former U.S. President George H. W. Bush Snr. during his visit to Kuwait in April.
July 12th
The small island of Okushiri, Hokkaido, Japan was hit by a tsunami which killed 202 people. The tsunami was triggered off by a 7.8 earthquake.
July 29th
The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted the accused Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of all charges and he was set free.
August 4th
LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell were sentenced to 30 months imprisonment by a federal judge, for the violation of Rodney King's civil rights.
August 21st
NASA lost radio contact with the Mars Observer orbiter three days before the spacecraft was scheduled to enter orbit around Mars.
September 13th
At the White House in Washington D.C. USA, PLO leader Yasir Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands in front of the World's media. They had just signed the Peace Accord agreement.
September 29th
In India an earthquake killed approximately 10,000 people. The epicentre of the quake was Killari, Maharashtra.
October 3rd
During the UN mission to supply and distribute humanitarian aid and establish peace in war torn Somalia, a large scale battle erupted between US forces and the local militia in Mogadishu, Somalia.
October 5th
Second October Revolution in Russia. Tanks surrounded and blasted the Russian parliament building in Moscow.
October 25th
The American actor Vincent Price died. Price was famous for his roles in horror films.
October 31st
The American actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose.
November 1st
The Maastricht Treaty was activated, which established the transition from the European Community (EC) to the European Union (EU). The treaty was signed in Maastricht, Holland on December 10th 1991.
November 9th
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Old Bridge of Mostar was destroyed by Bosnian Croat forces.
November 24th
In Britain, the two 11-year-olds boys Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were convicted of the abduction and brutal murder of 2-year-old Jamie Bulger of Liverpool, England, on February 12th 1993. Both boys were sentenced to "indefinite detention" by the court.
November 28th
The British newspaper 'The Observer' revealed that the British government, regardless of persistent denials, have had an open channel of communications with the Irish nationlist terror group, the IRA (Irish Republican Army).
December 2nd
NASA launched the Space Shuttle 'Endeavour' on mission STS-61 to repair an optical flaw that had developed on the Hubble Space Telescope.
December 2nd
The Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was fatally shot and killed when he was cornered on rooftops while he attempted to escape capture from the Police in Medellin, Columbia.
December 4th
The American guitarist, musician and composer Frank Zappa died.
December 9th
Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer and football manager died. Blanchflower was captain of the famous 'Double' winning Tottenham side of 1960-61.
December 11th
Highland Towers condomunium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia collapsed and killed 48 people.
December 12th
In Indonesia a devastating earthquake hit Flores. The earthquake killed 2,200 people.
December 15th
The British government committed itself with the 'Downing Street Declaration'. To answer the problems facing Northern Ireland.
December 30th
The Jewish state of Israel and the Catholic Vatican established the first diplomatic relations bewteen each other.

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