1992 Timeline

             

Before diving into all the great happenings of 1992 (links above), let’s take a comic break to enjoy Saturday Night Live’s take on this great year by watching the very funny Andy Samberg as the Out of Breathe Jogger from 1992.  The bicycle shorts are a nice touch.

 

HISTORY & POLITICS

• In January 1992, President George Bush suffers from nausea and throws up on the

Prime Minister of Japan, Kiichi Miyazawa

• Boutros Boutros-Ghali begins his term as Secretary-General of the United Nations, a

position he would hold for 5 years.

• The European Union comes into being with the signing of the Maastricht Treat in the

Netherlands, creating the Euro currency and triggering a major shift in internal border policies on the continent and in Great Britain.

• Peacekeeping forces from the United Nations enter the former nation of Yugoslavia,

where civil war rages unchecked.

• A major earthquake in Turkey, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, takes 500 lives.

• The first widely-distributed version of the Windows operating system for PC, Windows

3.1, is released.

• Ross Perot declares his candidacy as an independent for the United States presidency.

• The EuroDisney theme park opens in Paris, France.

• Extensive rioting occurs in Los Angeles as a result of a non-guilty verdict in the cases of

the police officers videotaped beating Rodney King the year before. More than 50 people are killed and $1 billion in damage is done to businesses, homes and public property.

• The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota opens for business, covering 4.2 million

square feet and offering 20,000 parking spaces.

• The coast of Florida is battered by Hurricane Andrew which would cause millions in

damages and cost 23 residents their lives.

• Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd president of the United States.

• United Nations peacekeeping forces enter Somalia. A large number of American troops

are included in the operation.

• Citizens of Czechoslovakia vote to split the country into the nations of Slovakia and the

Czech Republic. The actual split will take place the following year.

• Super serial killer Andrei Chikatilo is convicted of murdering 52 people throughout the

former Soviet Union over a 22 year period.

 

European Union is established

European Union is established

Windows 3.1 is released

Windows 3.1 is released

Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd president of the US

Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd president of the US

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MUSIC

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
End Of The Road – Boyz II Men
Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap!
To Be With You – Mr. Big
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg – TLC
Come As Your Are – Nirvana
Drive – R.E.M.
Erotica – Madonna
Even Flow – Pearl Jam
Free Your Mind – En Vogue
I Can’t Dance – Genesis
Jump – Kris Kross
Remember The Time – Michael Jackson
One – U2
Supermodel (You Better Work) – RuPaul
Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
Walking On Broken Glass – Annie Lennox
So What’cha Want – Beastie Boys
Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
Passionate Kisses – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Jump Around – House of Pain
No Rain – Blind Melon
Bed Of Roses – Bon Jovi

I Will Aways Love You - Whitney Houston

Even Flow - Pearl Jam

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TELEVISION

Dateline NBC 

Dateline NBC
NBC’s answer to 60 Minutes finally found some success for the network in the realm of in-depth television news.

   
Barney & Friends 

Barney and Friends
The big purple dinosaur makes his debut. The show would go on to define the decade in terms of children’s programming.

   
The Real World 

The Real World
MTV placed cameras in a house populated by a wide variety of young, beautiful people so the world could see their personalities tear each other apart in the first ultra-popular reality TV show.

   
Mad About You 

Mad About You
Comedian Paul Reiser and soon-to-be movie star Helen Hunt star in this long-running comedy about the trials and tribulations about married life.

   
Absolutely Fabulous 

Absolutely Fabulous
This British comedy about a group of hilariously flawed women became a cult sensation in America.

   
Rescue 911 

Rescue: 911
Narrated by William Shatner, the program’s unique format consisted of emergency scene dramatizations interlaced with actual 911 calls.

   
Seinfeld 

Seinfeld
Called the show about nothing, Jerry Seinfeld and his cast of zany friends continued to rule the sitcom universe throughout the 90’s.

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MOVIES

A Few Good Men 

A Few Good Men
Starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore
When a Marine is murdered while stationed at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Tom Cruise’s character must attempt to unravel the conspiracy that resulted in his client being charged with the crime.

   
Unforgiven 

Unforgiven
Starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman
Eastwood would win an Oscar for Best Director for his turn at the helm of this western depicting frontier justice and a man’s quest for revenge.

   
Sister Act

Sister Act
Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel and Maggie Smith
A lounge singer witnesses a murder and is placed into the witness protection program, where she must disappear into a nunnery – with predictably comedic results.

   
Wayne's World 

Wayne’s World
Starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey and Tia Carrera
The most successful film to have been based upon Saturday Night Live characters, the story follows two lovable losers named Wayne and Garth as they achieve national stardom through their cable access television program.

   
Aladdin 

Aladdin
Starring Scott Weinger, Jonathan Freeman and Robin Williams
This animated Disney tale brings the legend of Aladdin and his lamp to life on the big screen.

   
The Bodyguard 

The Bodyguard
Starring Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner and Gary Kemp
Costner adds another blockbuster to his list in this film about a pop star in danger. The soundtrack became a monster success.

   
Basic Instinct 

Basic Instinct
Starring Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone and Jeanne Tripplehorn
Notorious for its torrid sexuality, this detective film put Sharon Stone on the map and launched hordes of parodies, imitations and late night standup routines.

   
A League of Their Own 

A League Of Their Own
Starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty and Madonna
The sentimental story of the origins of women’s professional baseball during the Second World War.

   
Batman Returns 

Batman Returns
Starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito
Batman is back, this time battling not only the Penguin but also the mysterious Catwoman.

   
The Last of the Mohicans 

The Last of the Mohicans
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe and Russell Means
This beautifully shot period piece captures the early history of America and the men and women struggling to find their place in a society in upheaval.

   
The Crying Game 

The Crying Game
Starring Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson and Miranda Richardson
Controversial and thought-provoking, the film centers around an IRA plot and features a twist ending that shocked audiences.

   
Scent of a Woman 

Scent of a Woman
Starring Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell and Gabrielle Anwar
A confused student befriends a blind Army colonel and both gain a new perspective on the troubles in their lives.

   
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland and Luke Perry
Surprisingly intelligent horror comedy that spawned the ultra-popular television program of the same name.

   
White Men Can't Jump 

White Men Can’t Jump
Starring Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson and Rosie Perez

Two basketball hustlers meet on the streets of Los Angeles and become entwined in each other’s lives.

   
Hardboiled 

Hardboiled
Starring Chow-Yun Fat, Tony Leung and Teresa Mo
John Woo’s masterpiece of gangster violence that would attract the attention of Hollywood and begin his career in the United States.

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SPORTS

• Alan Kulwicki wins the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship, but would be killed the

following year in a plane crash.

• The Toronto Blue Jays become the first Canadian team to win the World Series of

baseball.

• The Pittsburgh Penguins sweep the Chicago Blackhawks to repeat as Stanley Cup

champions.

• Al Unser, Jr. wins first Indy 500.

• The Chicago Bulls continue their domination of the NBA with another championship win

over the Los Angeles Lakers.

• Evander Holyfield loses his heavyweight boxing championship to Riddick Bowe.

• The Summer Olympics are held in Barcelona, Spain.

• The Buffalo Bills once again lose the NFL championship, dropping Super Bowl XXVI to the

Washington Redskins.

• British driving sensation Nigel Mansell wins the Formula 1 Championship.

• Fred Couples wins the Masters Tournament and leads all golfers on the PGA Tour money

list.

• Steffi Graf wins another Women’s title at Wimbledon, while Andre Agassi picks up the

Men’s honors.

 

Toronto Blue Jays become the 1st Canadian team to win the World Series

Toronto Blue Jays become the 1st Canadian team to win the
World Series

The XXV Summer Olympics are held in Barcelona, Spain

The XXV Summer Olympics are held in Barcelona, Spain

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