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1990:
  • Iraq invades Kuwait

Saddam Hussein accuses Kuwait of undercutting Iraq's petroleum revenues and of stealing from a border oil field. Kuwait's offers concessions considered inadequate to Hussein, so he sends in 100,000 troops. Kuwait's army flees along with the king. Iraq is then condemmed by the Arab League, the Soviets and especially the US who sends in 500,000 troops to defend Saudi Arabia and prepare for an invasion.

  • The Hubble space telescope is launched into orbit

At a cost of $1.5 million, the telescope was launched with a lot of expectations of success. Once in orbit however, one of the mirrors was discovered to be incorrectly ground, resulting in blurred pictures. In 1993 it was repaired by a Space Shuttle mission.

  • Africanized Honey Bees first enter U. S.

The Africanized Honey Bees, the agressive honey bees which escaped from Brazil in 1957, were first discovered in the United States at the border town of Hidalgo, Texas in October of 1990. They later would spread throughout all of the Southwest U. S.

  • Other Events:

Nelson Mandella freed from prison

Smoking on Domestic Flights Banned

Romania's First Democratic Elections

1991:

  • Iraq is attacked by UN forces

January 16, 1991 signalled the start of an air campaign against Iraq. February 27, after 100 hours of ground fighting, Kuwait was liberated, and a ceasefire was declared. 200,000 Iraqis were dead, including hundreds of civilians, 148 UN allies were killed.}

  • Yugoslavia falls apart

June 1991, Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic blocked croatian leader Stipe Mesic from assuming the presidency, Croatia and Slovenia seceded. The Yugoslav army moved into both republics. In July they left Slovenia, but began "ethnic cleansing" in Croatia until January 1992 when a UN supervised ceasefire took place. 25,000 were dead.

  • The Soviet Union Ends

Boris Yeltsin, president of the Russian republic, lead a revolution against Gorbachev inorder to preserve the crumbling Soviet Union power structure. Yeltsin however didn't lose much, after the failed revolt, the 15 seperate republics were granted their independence and Yeltsin remained the president of the newly independent republic.

  • Other Events

Cholera Breaks out in Peru

Prince Charles & Princess Diana Split up

Mt. Pinatubo in Philliphines Erupts.

1992:

  • Hurricane Andrew hits Florida

Killing 14, it left 250,000 people homeless, and was one of the costliest hurricanes in history. A Catagory 5 Storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, Hits North Key Largo, Miami, Miami-Dade, and Key Biscane with winds in excess of over 155MPH Sustained, and gust of up uto 175MPH.

  • Peace in El Salvador

In February, El Salvador signed peace agreements between the leftist rebels and the rightist government. Open elections followed two years later.

  • LA Riots

Rodney King was beaten badly by police officers in L.A when resisting arrest. Unknown to the police, there was somebody filming it in the bushes. The police officers were handed a verdict of not guilty by the first review board. This caused racial riots to break out in south central L.A. and led to several days of rioting.

  • President Clinton elected

In November, Democrat Bill Clinton becomes 42nd president of the United States, defeating Republican incumbant George Bush.

  • Other Events

Windsor Castle Catches Fire

Bosnia Pulls out of Yugoslavia

1993:

  • Waco Tragedy

The ATF raids the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas and a seige results. The seige lasts for several weeks until a fire breaks out (I have heard some reports that the Davidians themselves started it and some reports that the Federal agents started it) killing most of the cult members including leader David Koresh and several children.

  • Israel and PLO Sign Peace Accord

PLO leader Yasir Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin shoke hands in Washington D.C., September 13, 1993 adter 45 years of fighting.

  • NAFTA ratified

North American Free Trade Agreement, it eliminated trade tariffs between Mexico, the US, and Canada. The biggest fears were that jobs would go south to Mexico, and that the environment would suffer.

  • Explosion at the World Trade Center in New York

February 26, Muslim funamentalists tried to destroy the World Trade Center, killing five people and trapping tens of thousands of office workers in the tower. In March, four men connected with Egyptian sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman were convicted and sentanced to 240 years.

  • Other Events

Iraq is bombed again

Warships sent to Haiti

1993 Giant Midwest Flood

1994:

  • Civil war in Rwanda

The spark that ignited a bloody civil war (500,000 people killed) was started by Hutu troops, which shot down a plan carrying the president of Rwanda and Burundi in revenge for allowing the Tutsi to share power.

  • Chunnel opens, May 1994

Bridging England and France, it took 15,000 workers over seven years to create the tunnel which now allows passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.

  • Run OJ, RUN

On June 13, 1994 Nicole Brown Simpsons and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside Nicole's house in Brentwood, CA. On June 17th, OJ and his friend Al Cowlings took flight from the police in his white Ford Bronco, in a low speed chase which ended up at his mansion where he surrendered.

  • Other Events

Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the back of the knee

Haiti's president returns from exile