George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"
- Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people
- NASA announces that life may have existed on Mars after examining meteorite ALH84001, thought to be from Mars
US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya