• American and Russian nuclear missiles are
for the first time no longer pointed at each
other's countries, thanks to the signing of the
Kremlin Accords. This marks the most significant thawing of Cold War
relations in decades.
• A massive earthquake measuring 6.7 on the
Richter scale shakes up southern California
and kills 61 people just before dawn.
• The biggest spying trial of the decade begins
with CIA employee Aldrich Ames being
arrested and charged with espionage on behalf of
the former Soviet Union.
• The Rwandan genocide begins in Africa. Close to
1 million people would be slaughtered
in a 100 day period in one of the worst incidents
of ethnic cleansing in the 20th century.
• The Channel Tunnel, an undersea rail link
between England and France, opens for
passengers for the first time. It is the longest
sub-oceanic tunnel in the entire world.
• OJ Simpson is arrested for the murder of his
wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her male
companion Ronald Goldman, sparking a media frenzy
over the most controversial trial since the Rodney King beating.
• Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese doomsday cult,
released sarin nerve gas in the city of
Matsumoto at night, killing seven people and
hospitalizing hundreds more.
• The Provisional Irish Republican Army, a
terrorist organization focused on Irish
independence, announces a ceasefire that will
last almost 2 years.
• Close to 50 members of the Order of the Solar
Temple, a religious cult, are found dead
by their own hand in Switzerland and Quebec,
• Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan goes public
with the fact that he has been
diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
• Kansai International Airport, located on an
artificial island constructed in Osaka Bay,
Japan, goes into operation. The airport took 7
years to construct.