• 100 people are killed when a blizzard
slams into the eastern coast of the United States.
• France makes it known that they will cease
testing nuclear weapons. The country had
been one of the few nuclear powers to ignore the
test ban treat signed by many other nations in years past.
• Gary Kasparov and IBM supercomputer Deep
Blue face off for a series of chess matches
that pit man against machine. Deep Blue became
the first computer to win a chess game against a reigning world
champion under regular time controls. However, Kasparov went on take
the match, winning 4-2. During a rematch in 1997, an upgraded Deep
Blue defeated Kasparov and won the six-game match.
• 16 children and a teacher are murdered by a
single gunman at an elementary school in
• Wealthy and privileged murderers Erik and Lyle
Menendez are convicted of killing their
parents, ending an American media fascination
with the crime and trial.
• The Unabomber mystery is finally solved after
Theodore Kaczynski, a former university
professor, is arrested by the FBI. This ends a
series of letter bomb attacks that occurred over an almost 20 year
• 35 are killed and 19 injured when a 28 year old
man opens fire in a crowded tourist area
with a machine gun in Port Arthur, Tasmania. The
act would lead to stricter gun control regulations being imposed by
the Australian government.
• Bill Clinton is elected to a second term as
president of the United States, defeating
candidate Bob Dole.
• Close to 1,000 people are drowned in Lake
Victoria, Tanzania when an overloaded ferry
• A storm surge caused by a cyclone off the coast
of India kills 2,000 people when entire
villages are sucked into the ocean.
• Prince Charles and Princess Diana complete
their divorce, ending a scandal-soaked era
in British royalty but opening a new chapter in
the press' vilification of the Princess.