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1991 1992 1993


  • Linux announced by Linus Torvalds on comp.os.minix.
  • Rioting in Los Angeles following verdict announced in the Rodney King case.
  • Arkansas, Michigan, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Montana, Arizona and Wyoming adopt term limits for their state legislatures.
  • Iranian Baha'i Bahman Samandari is executed for apostasy.
  • Natural Law Party is founded.
  • China's population is 1,171.71 million.
  • UNCTAD VIII in Cartagena.


  • January 1: Russian Federation becomes an independent sovereign nation-state.
  • January 2: Price liberalization announced in the Russian Federation. Inflation wipes out savings in roubles.
  • January: Combat ends in Croatia.
  • February 5: President George H. W. Bush is reported to be mesmerized by a grocery scanner.
  • February 18: Following a month of allegations of infidelity and draft-dodging, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton finishes a surprisingly strong second in the New Hampshire Primary. The showing earns him the moniker "Comeback Kid" and paves his way to the Democratic Presidential nomination.
  • January 19: Russian scientists and technicians stage in Zvezdnyi Gorod or Star City, stage a symbolic strike to protest their low wages: 500 roubles per month.
  • February 12: Darwin Day
  • February 29: Ethnic Croats and Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina pass a referendum of independence from Yugoslavia. The Serb ethnic minority responds violently, supported by the Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, and campaigns of ethnic cleansing sweep the republic.
  • April 5-6: Italian General Elections reduce the number of parliamentary seats held by the Christian Democratic Party, which then undermines the 4 party coalition that had ruled Italy.
  • April 6: United Nations recognizes Bosnian independence and war erupts between the Bosnian government and better armed Serb Bosnian nationalists. Three year seige of Sarjevo begins. The United Nations sits on its hands.
  • May 3: Marie Ségolène Royal becomes French Minister of the Environment.
  • May 19: At a speech in San Francisco, Vice President Quayle criticizes fictional television character Murphy Brown for choosing to raise a child alone.
  • June 15: A New Jersey sixth grader corrects Vice President Dan Quayle's misspelling of the word "potato."
  • August 17: Pat Buchanan gives his infamous "cultural war" speech at the Republican National Convention.
  • October 17-30: In its most intensive inspections, UNSCOM 45 determines that Iraq has been disarmed of ballistic missiles: includes 75 inspection sites.
  • October 25: Lithuania adopts a new democratic constitution.
  • November 3: Bill Clinton easily defeats incumbent President George H. W. Bush and independent candidate Ross Perot in the U.S. Presidential election.
  • December: Majority in the Sixth Congress of People's Deputies refuse to confirm Yegor Gaidar as Prime Minister of Russia and Viktor Chernomyrdin is selected as a compromise candidate.
  • December 6-12: Anti-Muslim rioting by Hindu fundamentalists in Ayodya, India. 1,200 die, most of the Muslim and the Babru Masjid is destroyed.
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