- Maine adopt term limits for its state legislatures.
- Andrew Bard Schookler publishes The Illusion of Choice: How the Market Economy Shapes Our Destiny.
- First conveyor belt sushi restaurant built otuside Japan by Genki Sushi.
- Eritrean voters vote overwhelmingly for independence in a UN monitored referendum.
- China's population is 1,185.17 million.
- January 20: Bill Clinton inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States.
- January 25: 2,400 Guatemalan refugees cross the border from Mexico back into Guatemala. 43,000 Guatemalans are registered as refugees in Mexico.
- March 4: Two fleeing Somalis die after being shot in the back by Candadian peacekeepers.
- March 16: Sixteen year old Somali Shidane Abukar Arone is tortured to death by soldiers of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Beley Huen, Somalia. Trophy photos are taken of the victim and his torturers.
- April 19: The FBI's 50-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas ends when internally set fires destroy the building.
- April 23: UFW leader Cesar Chavez dies in San Luis, a small village near Yuma, Arizona.
- April 23: Grigorii Alekseevich Yavlinskii announces that he will run for President of the Russian Federation.
- May: Saudi Islamists disguised as human rights activists. Abdullah al-Masari, Saad al-Faqih and 4 others establish the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (CDLR).
- July 20: Enrico Cagliari, former head of Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI) is founded dead in his prison cell with a plastic bag over his head.
- August 6: Ron Rummel is murdered.
- September 7: CBS News airs a Reality Check that reveals the U.S. government is spending between 2.5 and 3 billion dollars every year on public relations campaigns, with some 10,858 public affairs officers cranking out a blizzard of press releases.
- October 3: A U. S. Special Ops Blackhawk helicopter, part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, is shot down by Somali warlords in Mogadishu, resulting in the deaths of 18 American soldiers. Within months, U. S. peacekeepers withdraw from Somalia entirely. The Blackhawk Down incident is influential in the decision by American president Bill Clinton not in intervene during the genocide in Rwanda the following year.
- October: Russian White House stormed and 150 killed in Boris Yeltsin's seizure of power in the Russian Federation.
- November: Brief strike by American Airlines flight attendants.
- December: New constitution for the Russian Federation from Boris Yeltsin and Company.