1990 Manuel Noriega, ruler of Panama, surrenders to U.S. troops on drug-trafficking charges.
Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrested on crack cocaine charge.
A Van Gogh painting sells for a world-record $82.5 million at auction.
Composer Leonard Bernstein dies at age 72.
Iraq invades Kuwait.
Former USSR ruler Mikail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize.
Nelson Mandela freed from South African prison.
1991 Forces led by the US retake Kuwait from Saddam Hussein in Desert Storm.
Channel Tunnel - The "Chunnel" completed linking England and France by road and rail under the English Channel.
Federal Minimum Wage raised to $4.25 an hour.
1992 Arkansas Democratic Governor Bill Clinton elected President of the United States.
Los Angeles riots claim 58 dead in aftermath of Rodney King beating and verdict.
U.S. Supreme Court ends invocations at public school functions.
Federal budget deficit passes $4 trillion.
World Trade Center in New York City bombed by Middle Eastern terrorists.
The "World Wide Web" started up for home use.
Carol Mosely Braun becomes the first black women elected to the United States Senate.
1993 The standoff between federal agents and Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas, ends the death of leader David Koresh and his followers.
Blizzard of '93 pounds the Eastern United States with rain, wind, and snow from Florida to Canada.
Coup against Russian leader Boris Yeltsin fails in Moscow.
A large flooding of the Mississippi causes the loss of many homes and also lives.
1994 U.S. troops seize the country of Haiti.
A violent earthquake rocks the city of Los Angeles.
Republican Party wins control of U.S. Congress
Major league baseball players go on strike
Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evans
Long-time CIA officer Aldrich Ames and his wife were charged with espionage
1995 O.J Simpson found innocent of two counts of murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Oklahoma City Federal Building bombed in terrorist attack on day of Waco disaster, killing hundreds.
Palestinians granted limited self-rule in accord with Israel at White House.
1996 President Clinton re-elected as first two-term Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt.
Terrorist bomb explodes in city park during Atlanta Summer Olympics.
Ted Kazynski, the so-called Unabomber, is captured after his manifesto is identified by his brother.
TWA Flight 800, bound from New York to Paris, exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after take off, killing all 230 aboard
1997 Western North Carolina resident Eric Rudolph identified as prime suspect in several southern US abortion clinic bombings.
Labour Party takes control of Great Britain for first time in twenty years.
Hong Kong ceded from UK to communist China.
Princess Diana killed in automobile accident in Paris.
Designer Gianni Versace murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who takes own life in Miami.
NASA's �Pathfinder' module lands on Mars.
Timothy McVeigh sentenced to death for Oklahoma City bombing.
O.J Simpson found guilty for 1994 murders in civil court.
Mother Theresa dies.
First announced cloning accomplished with Dolly the sheep.
Comet Hale-Bopp crosses United States; Heaven's Gate Cult found in mass suicide.
1998 Michael Jordan retires from the NBA.
U.S. Embassies bombed by terrorists in Kenya and Tanzania with hundreds killed.
Gerhard Schroder led the Social Democratic Party to victory in the German parliamentary election, bringing an end to 16 years in power by Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his Christian Democratic Party
Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals sets an all-time major-league season home-run record with his 70th home run
John Glenn, first US astronaut to orbit the earth, returns to space aboard the shuttle Discovery. His 1962 solo flight lasted five hours, the 1998 trip lasted nine days.
Dr. Barnett Slepian, an obstetrician who performed abortions, was shot to death in his home in the Buffalo, NY suburb of Amherst
Massimo D'Alema, a former Communist, became Italy's prime minister
Two school boys found guilty of murder and capital battery in the fatal shootings of four students and a teacher in Jonesboro, Ark.
British Petroleum announced a merger with Amoco Corp, the largest takeover of a US company by a foreign company
1999 Peace agreement reached in Northern Ireland, ending over eighty years of terrorism and civil war.
President Clinton fights off impeachment by Senate vote of confidence.
Seattle Police battle demonstrators in the worst civil unrest of the decade during World Trade Organization talks.
John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister die in a plane crash off the coast of Massachusetts.
An EgyptAir flight crashes off the coast of the United States, killing all aboard.
Two students open fire in a Columbine, Colorado high school killing 13 before committing suicide