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January 1st
Austria, Finland and Sweden entered the European Union.
January 1st
Mass murderer Fred West arrested with his wife Rose West, accused of mass murder after bodies were discovered at their house, hanged himself in Winson Green Prison, Birmingham, England.
6th - 7th
A chemical fire occured in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines. Policemen found a bomb factory and a laptop computer with discs that contained plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. The mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, was arrested one month later.
January 9th
Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov completed 366 days in space while on board the Mir space station breaking a duration record. Although the record would be broken by cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov, 437.7 days, which he began on January 8th 1994, and ended March 22nd 1995.
January 17th
"The Great Hanshin earthquake" occured near Kobe, in Japan. The 7.2 earthquake killed 5,370 people and injured 27,000 others. The quake caused extensive property damage destroying 45,000 homes.
January 22nd
American philanthropist Rose Elizabeth Kennedy died. She became the matriarch to the Kennedy family that would shape American and world politics of the 20th century. She was married to Joseph P. Kennedy and had nine children, that included President John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.
January 24th
In California, USA, the prosecution delivered its opening statement in the O. J. Simpson murder trial.
January 25th
A rocket launched from Andøya, Norway was mistaken by the Russian defence system as an in-coming nuclear attack. The Russian missile command was went into launch mode prior to the mistake being realised, and a major nuclear disaster was avoided.
February 2nd
English tennis player Fred Perry died. Perry was a three-time Wimbledon champion (1934, 1935, 1936), and the last Englishman to win the Wimbledon Mens Singles Championship in 1936.
February 9th
NASA's Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. made history as the first African American astronaut to walk in space. The EVA was on the Space Shuttle 'Discovery' mission STS-63 which launched on February 3rd to rendezvous with Mir space station.
February 13th
United Nations tribunal on human rights violation in the Balkans charged 21 Bosnian Serb commanders with genocide and crimes against humanity.
February 21st
Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada and became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
February 26th
Britain's oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank collapsed after a securities broker Nick Leeson lost $1.4 billion by speculating on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
March 2nd
Nick Leeson was arrested for his role in the collapse of Barings Bank.
March 3rd
In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission ended.
March 14th
Astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to ride to space on board a Russian launch vehicle.
March 20th
Members of the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo religious cult released sarin gas on five separate trains in Tokyo. The terrorist gas attack Killed 12 people and injured hundreds more.
March 22nd
Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth from the orbiting Mir space station, after setting a record for 437.7 days in space.
March 24th
In Northern Ireland, British soldiers ended the patrol of the streets of Belfast. It was the first time since the beginning of the 'troubles' in 1969 that the streets of Belfast were empty of British soldiers.
April 19th
A bomb destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, O.K., USA, causing death and mass destruction. 168 people were killed, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children. Timothy McVeigh and one of his accomplices, Terry Nichols detonated the bomb.
April 24th
In the United States, the 'Unabomber' unleashed another bomb and killed lobbyist Gilbert Murray in Sacramento, California.
May 7th
In France, Jacques Chirac was elected the new President of France.
May 14th
The Dalai Lama proclaimed a 6-year-old boy, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, as the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
May 16th
Japanese police besieged the headquarters of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo near Mount Fuji and arrest the cult leader Shoko Asahara.
May 16th
Jacques Chirac assumed the presidency of France.
May 23rd

In Oklahoma City, the ruins of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, bombed on April 19th, were made safe with controlled explosions.

May 27th
In Charlottesville, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition. The accident ended his career. Reeve was well known as 'Superman'.
May 28th
A 7.6 earthquake devastated Neftegorsk in Russia. The disaster killed 2000 people of the towns 6000 population.
June 2nd
The hearing for the former Nazi SS captain Erich Priebke's extradition from Argentina to Italy. Priebke had been living in Argentina for the last 50 years after escaping from a British p.o.w. camp in Italy in 1946.
June 6th
U.S. astronaut Norman Thagard broke NASA's space endurance record of 14 days, one hour and 16 minutes, on board the Russian space station Mir.
June 13th
French president Jacques Chirac announced the resumption of French nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
June 15th
In the United States, during the O.J. Simpson trial, TV audiences watched as Simpson put on a pair of gloves that were found at the murder scene soaked with blood. The gloves appeared not to fit.
June 20th
Oil multinational Shell reversed their decision to international pressure and abandoned plans to sink the Brent Spar oil rig at sea.
June 22nd
Japanese police rescued 365 hostages from a hijacked Nippon Airlines 747 at Hakodae airport. The hijacker was armed with a knife and demanded release of religious cult leader Shoko Asahara.
June 29th
NASA's Space Shuttle 'Atlantis' mission STS-71completed the first docking between a NASA Space Shuttle and the Russian Mir space station. 'Atlantis' STS-71 launched on June 27th.
June 30th
Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy died aged 74. Beregovoy served as the pilot on the Soyuz 3 mission on the 26th - 30th October 1968.
July 4th
The British Prime Minister, John Major, won his leadership battle to remain leader of the Conservative Party.
July 4th
NASA's Space Shuttle 'Atlantis' mission STS-71 undocked with the Russian Mir space station. The time 'Atlantis' was docked with Mir was 4 days, 22 hours, 9 minutes, 26 seconds.
July 7th
NASA's Space Shuttle 'Atlantis' mission STS-71 returned to Earth after recovering of US astronaut Norman E. Thagard and the delivery of two cosmonauts Anatoly Solovyev and Nikolai Budarin to Mir.
July 11th
Bosnian Serbs marched into Srebrenica while UN Dutch peacekeepers leave. Large numbers of Bosniak men and boys were killed in the Srebrenica massacre.
July 23rd
The comet Hale-Bopp was discovered by two independent observers, Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp of the United States.
August 4th
Croatians launched 'Operation Storm' against the Serbian forces in Krajina and forced them to withdraw to Bosnia.
August 5th
In the Balkans, Croatian forces took Knin and continued to advance.
August 6th
Hundreds in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Washington, and Tokyo marked the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
August 7th
The Croatian 'Operation Storm' ended, UN-brokered ceasefire, remaining Serbian forces started to surrender.
August 28th
Markale Market Massacre 2 : A 120 mm mortar shell exploded in the Markale market in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia. The attack killed 37 people and wounded many others. Like the first attack on February 5th 1994, both sides accused each other for the attack.
August 30th -
September 14th
NATO bombing campaign against Serb artillery positions began. NATO launched air strikes against Bosnian Serb forces in former Yugoslavia.
September 6th
In the United States, in the murder trial of O. J. Simpson, in California, with the jury absent, LA police detective Mark Fuhrman invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
September 6th
NATO air strikes continued after repeated attempts at finding a solution with the Bosnian Serbs fail.
September 26th
The trial against former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti began. Andreotti was accused of Mafia dealings and connections.
October 1st
With regard to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, 10 people were found guilty for the killing and destruction.
October 3rd
O. J. Simpson was found not guilty of the double murder for the deaths of former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Later he would be found liable in a second civil trial in 1997.
October 12th
Black motorist Johnny Gammage died of asphxyation after being stopped by police in the nearly all-white Pittsburgh suburb of Brentwood, USA.
October 16th
Civil Rights demonstration in Washington D.C., USA. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakan spoke at the 'Million Man March', where 400,000 black males were in attendance.
October 30th
In Canada, Quebec separatists narrowly lost a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada.
November 1st
Participants of the Balkans War (Yugoslav Civil war) began negotiations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio, USA. It was the first stage of what will be known as the Dayton Peace Accord, which will be signed in Paris on December 14th to end the war.
November 2nd
The Supreme Court of Argentina finally ordered the extradition of Erich Priebke, ex-SS captain, after delays and several hearings.
November 3rd
At Arlington National Cemetery, US President Bill Clinton dedicated a memorial to the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. The plane was destroyed by a terrorist bomb over Scotland and showered the town of Lockerbie in Decemeber 1988. 207 innocent people were killed on the plane and on the ground in Lockerbie.
November 4th
Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was mortally wounded after he attended a peace rally in Tel Aviv's Kings of Israel Square. Rabin was attacked by a right-wing Israeli gunman. Rabin died on the operating table at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.
November 10th
UN inspector Ritter with help from Israel and Jordan, intercepted 240 Russian gyroscopes and accelerometers on their way to Iraq from Russia. The equipment considered to be for Iraq missile development.
November 16th
UN tribunal charged Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic with genocide during the Bosnian War.
November 21st
The peace conference chaired by American negotiator Richard Holbrooke at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio, USA, ended an agreement reached for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the end of the Balkans War. Negotiations had started on November 1st.
November 22nd
In England Rosemary West was sentenced for life for the killing of 10 women and girls, including her daughter and stepdaughter. She stood alone for the horrors of Cromwell Street due to her husband Fred West hanging himself on New Years Day 1995 in Winson Green Prison awaiting trial.
December 14th
The Dayton Peace Accord was signed in Paris, France. The event signalled the end of the Balkans War that had had raged for three years. The peace conference was held between 1st-21st November at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio, USA.
December 15th
The European Court of Justice ruled that all EU football players have the right to a free transfer (Bosman ruling) between European Union member states at the end of their contracts.
December 16th
Under the direction of UNSCOM, Iraqi scuba divers dredge the Tigris River near Baghdad. The divers found over 200 prohibited Russian made missile instruments and components.
CNN (Cable News Network) was bought by Times Warner Inc. The 24 hour news channel, based in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded by Ted Turner in 1980.

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