• An ice storm strikes the northeastern
United States and eastern Canada, causing 30
deaths and severely damaging the power
infrastructure of the region, with some towns going without
electricity for months.
• American president Bill Clinton is embroiled in
a sex scandal that will eventually see him
take the stand to testify about his relationship
with a White House intern.
• 5,000 people are killed when an earthquake
strikes northeastern Afghanistan. The
tremor was measured at 6.1 on the Richter scale.
• A series of bombs are set off in Kenya and
Tanzania in a concerted attack against U.S.
Embassies that would eventually be linked back to
Osama bin Laden.
• India and Pakistan detonate nuclear devices,
announcing to the world that have joined
the ranks of the atomic superpowers. Reaction
from countries already in the nuclear club is swift and negative,
with economic sanctions imposed almost immediately on both
• The Yangtze River in China escapes its banks
and drowns 12,000 victims before flooding
• Google, a company which would come to dominate
the internet search engine wars
thanks to their unique sorting algorithms, is
founded in California.
• Chrysler and Daimler-Benz merge to form
Daimler-Chrysler, becoming one of the
largest automakers in the world.
• Iraq declines to allow United Nations weapons
inspectors to continue their mission in the
country, creating significant diplomatic tension.
• Hurricane Mitch is responsible for 18,000
deaths in Central America, with the greatest toll
seen in Nicaragua and Honduras.
• Microsoft begins a long antitrust battle
against the United States Department of Justice
over claims that the company attempted to gain an
unfair advantage over third party software companies through the
bundling of different types of software together with their
ubiquitous operating system.