Iraq invades its neighbor, Kuwait, setting into motion the beginning of U.S. involvement in the Gulf War.
The USSR declared officially dissolved
In a three way race for the presidency of the United States, Democratic candidate Bill Clinton defeats incumbent President George H.W. Bush and businessman H. Ross Perot of the Reform Party.
The World Trade Center is bombed by Islamic terrorists when a van parked below the North Tower of the structure explodes.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect, creating a free trade zone between Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Begins when Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana is killed when his plane is shot out of the sky.