April 19, 1995: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals, were killed in the bombing of a federal building in Oaklahoma City. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were charged and convicted in this case. For their roles in the bombing Terry Nichols received a life sentence and Timothy McVey was sentenced to death.
Captain Scott O'Grady of the Air Force was shotdown on June 2,1995 while flying a routine sortie over war-torn Bosnia.He was rescued 5 1/2 days later on June 8,1995.
Ebola Virus Hits Africa Killing 244 People
Large earthquake in Japan strikes
Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 800, a Boeing B747-200 crashed in the Atlantic Ocean just after take off from JFK International Airport killing all aboard, July 18th.
After killing one person, a security guard named Richard Jewell came under suspicion initially but was cleared in the incident. No one has been convicted of setting the bomb.
The Port Arthur Massacre in Hobart, Australia, when lone gunman Martin Bryant randomly shoots 34 people dead during an 18-hour spree at the historic site in Tasmania. Three of the dead include a mother and her two children, both less than 8. After a seige which lasted well into the night, Bryant is eventually arrested. At his trial, he laughs and giggles before being sentenced to prison forever.
OJ Simpson Trail Begins
Prince Charles & Princess Diana Divorce Becomes Final
A mass suicide in which 39 members of a "Heaven's Gate Cult" in California killed themselves by drinkling Comet Multi Purpose Cleaner, thinking they would be sent up to a spaceship behind the passing Hale Bopp comet. Strange and sad story
It was considered to be the greatest comet in the 20th century. About 80% of Americans saw it without a telescope.
4 New York City police officers assault Haitian immigrant Abner Louima while in custody. Louima was beaten severely while handcuffed and had a toilet plunger shoved into his rectum, puncturing his intestine and bladder.
Princess Diana dies in a horrific car accident after being chased by the Paparazzi from an elegant hotel in downtown Paris. They were speeding along in the Black 1996 Mercedes SMG550 when they entered the Llovure Tunnel below the Effiel Towel. The car lost control and smashed into the tunnel wall at 115MPH killing everyone insode the car except for the body guard. Diana was rushed to thew hospital but attempts to save her fail and she died that same night. Nobody except for the body guard were wearing their seatbelts.
Millions of mourners gathered outside a London cathedral for the funeral of Princess Diana. Princess Sara and her children showed up in the crowd of mourners. Camilla Parker Bowles, refered to by Diana as a Rottweiler, was the only one who wasn't invited to the funeral. Diana was later laid to rest at the Spencer family plot.
John Benney Ramsey is Murdered in Denver, Colorado
Hong Kong Gains Independence from Great Brittan
Dolly the Sheep is Cloned
In late October, veteran astronaut Senator John Glenn, now 77, returned to space onboard the space shuttle Discovery. He became the oldest person to ever be in space.
An American military jet accidentially severed a ski tram in Italy, which killed 10 people. President Clinton apologized and later agreed to pay compensation for the victims' families.
Swissair flight 111, An Airbus A330-325 took off from New York bound to Geneva. All 229 people on board were killed when the plane crashed off the coast of Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. The mystery still remains of what caused the plane to crash, or who caused the plane to crash.
1998 was a severe weather season. In the year, Hurricane Mitch devestated the Caribbean Coast, and Hurricane Georges did severe damage to the Florida coastline, the worst since Andrew in 1992. Tornadoes also do a lot of severe damage in the Southeast. A severe heatwave lasted all summer long, killing almost 90 people. Over a billion dollar of damage was due to the weather. It all had to do with El Nino.
Following a weapons inspector agreement by the UN, on December 17, in the middle of Clinton's impeachment trial, President Clinton orders American and British airstrikes on Iraq.
In 1998 two embassy bombings happened in Tanzania and Kenya. The bombers loaded supply truck with C4 and other explosives and drove into the embassies. These embassies were American Embassies and in the capital of the countries. The bombs killed many people.
Peace in Noprthern Ireland
Clinton admits to Lewinsky affair
The Unabomber pleads guilty
In February, the Senate acquits the president of perjury and obstruction of justice, after the House or Representatives had convicted him.
In March a 78 day offensive by NATO forces in response to Serb attacks on Croatians.
April 20, 1999, two students go on a shooting rampage in Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They kill 12 students, 1 teacher and themselves.
In August, one of the most powerful and deadly earthquakes of the century strikes Turkey in the city of Izmut.
The first in October, the Climate Orbiter is lost when a team of scientists fails to covert between English units and the Metric system. The second in December is the Polar Lander, a $165 millon probe.
In October a plane carrying 217 people crashes in the ocean off of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Suspicion lies with a co-pilot who may have deliberately crashed the plane.The final conclusion was that the flaps and elevators malfunctioned and casued the plane to lose control and dive straight down into the Atlantic Ocean.
Over 10,000 people protest the WTO in Seattle, Washington, shutting down the city and leading to hundreds of arrests.
November 1999: a raft carrying Elian Gonzales his mother Elizabeth, step-father and 10 others capsized off the coast of Miami. For 4 months this boy has been at the Center of an international custody battle between Juan Migel Gonzales, Elian's father, Marsiales Gonzales, Elian's cousin, and Lasaro Gonzales, Elian's Great-Uncle. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the boy returned to his father but the order was over-turned by a higher court!
12 students at A&M University were killed after logs that were being used to fuel a huge celebratory bon-fire colapsed under the weight of several students. 3 other students were injured and were taken to a hospital.
Panama Canal is handed back to Panama
Creation of the Euro