The Internet Society is chartered, and 1,000,000
host computers are connected in a network. The term "surfing the
net" is coined by Jean Polly as an increasing number of people begin
exploring the online world.
About one-third of all American businesses are owned by women, 4% by African
Americans, and 5% by Hispanics.
A French court convicts three officials of allowing HIV-infected blood
to be used in transfusions.
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, created in 1918, collapses as Europe
officially recognizes the republics of Croatia and Slovenia.
Government officials and rebel leaders sign a pact in Mexico City that
ends El Salvador's civil war.
New York City mob king John Gotti is convicted of five murders after years
of eluding arrest.
A Miami court convicts Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, on drug
and racketeering charges.
Euro Disney opens in Marne-La-Vallee, France, to the dismay of French
intellectuals lamenting the spread of American popular culture.
Beijing, China opens its first McDonald's.
Riots erupt in Los Angeles after local policemen are acquitted of beating
Rodney King the previous year in a videotaped incident.
The International UFO Museum opens in Roswell, New Mexico.
After a reign of terrorism in Peru, Shining Path is checked by the arrest
of leader Abimael Guzman.
The man from Hope, Bill Clinton, Governor of Arkansas, is elected president
of the United States.
The Church of England allows women to be ordained priests.
U.S. forces leave the Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines.
Signed by Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., the North American Free Trade
Agreement establishes the world's largest trading bloc.
American forces enter Somalia to ensure proper food distribution to those
starving from the civil war.
In book publishing, Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses and Jane Smiley's
A Thousand Acres both debut.
In India, thousands of Hindu extremists destroy a mosque, igniting two
months of Hindu-Muslim rioting that claims thousands of lives.
In music, Eric Clapton's Unplugged is released. The album will win the
Grammy for Best Album of 1992.