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January 1992 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Bush is 1st US President to address Australian Parliament
  • Jan 1 Curacao becomes 1st in Dutch Antilles to have compulsory education
  • Jan 1 Europe breaks down trade barriers
  • Jan 1 International Space Year begins
  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare increases from $1.15 to $1.25
  • Jan 1 The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is renamed the Russian Federation, becoming the successor state to the Soviet Union.
  • Jan 3 32 Cubans defect to the US via helicopter
  • Jan 6 Robert Schenkkan's "Kentucky Cycle" premieres in LA
  • Jan 6 The US Government urges doctors to stop using silicone breast implants, outlining the health effects
  • Jan 6 Zviad Gamskahurdia, the President of Georgia, flees the country because of the military coup
  • Jan 7 AT&T releases video-telephone ($1,499)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 George H. W. Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Jan 9 Alison Halford, Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (Britain's most senior policewoman) is suspended after allegations of misconduct
  • Jan 11 Algeria's President Chadli announces his resignation
  • Jan 11 Paul Simon opens a tour in South Africa
  • Jan 11 US female Figure Skating championship won by Kristi Yamaguchi

  • Jan 12 Last building in Gateway area in Cleveland is demolished
  • Jan 12 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
  • Jan 12 Algeria's general elections canceled after strong gains by Islamic Salvation Front in the 1st round
  • Jan 12 A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali.
  • Jan 13 Excavation of new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleads guilty but insane

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Jan 13 Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II
  • Jan 15 Bulgaria recognizes Macedonia
  • Jan 15 Cleaning woman finds intimate photos of Sarah Ferguson with US man
  • Jan 15 Supreme Court rules 5-3 that Joseph Doherty isn't entitled to asylum
  • Jan 16 Chapultepec Peace Accords are signed in Mexico City which ends the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War
  • Jan 17 Sarah Ferguson attends dinner of Everglades club (club excludes Jews)
  • Jan 19 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $23.5 million
  • Jan 19 IBM announces a nearly $5B loss for 1992
  • Jan 21 UN serves Libya a resolution to hand over intelligence agents accused of two airliner bombings
  • Jan 22 Sarah, Duchess of York (aka Fergie) wears paper bag over her head on airline ride
  • Jan 22 Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) launches into space
  • Jan 22 Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.
  • Jan 25 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m in 36.41"
  • Jan 25 Hubble space telescope optics finds NGC3862/3C264

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton (D) & Genifer Flowers accuse each other of lying over her assertion they had a 12-year affair

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Jan 28 David Boon completes twelfth Test century, 135 v India at Adelaide
  • Jan 30 Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) lands

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jan 30 Inventor Ray Kurzweil publishes his first book "The Age of Intelligent Machines" on artificial intelligence, predicting the popularity of the internet

Inventor and Author Ray Kurzweil
Inventor and Author
Ray Kurzweil
  • Jan 31 MTA raised tolls on most NYC bridges from $2.50 to $3.00

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 12 Mao Kobayashi, Japanese gravure idol, born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan (d. 2017)

Deaths in History


Person of interestGrace Hopper

Jan 1 Grace Hopper, American computer scientist & US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase 'debugging’, dies at 85

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
  • Jan 1 Called Abma [Hetter Gerrit Abma], Dutch politician (SGP), dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Radomiro Tomic, Chilean president (1970), dies
  • Jan 4 Earl Colbert, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 6 Avon Jaeger Hill, entertainer, dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 7 Jhean Burton, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 8 Abderrahim Bouabid, Moroccan politician (Socialist Union of Popular Forces) and an opponent of French Imperialism and King Hassan II, dies at 69
  • Jan 9 Bill Naughton [William John Francis Naughton], English playwright (Alfie), dies at 81
  • Jan 12 Harry van Doorn, Dutch politician (KVP/KRO-chairman/PPR/CRM), dies at 76
  • Jan 12 Walt Morey, US children's book writer (Gentle Ben), dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master, dies at 73
  • Jan 18 John Remme, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 56
  • Jan 18 Tom Elios, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 20 Muhammad Abd al-Khaliq Hassuna, Secretary-General of Arab League (1952-72), dies
  • Jan 22 A J Antoon, director (That Championship Season), dies at 47
  • Jan 22 Ali Amini, Prime Minister of Iran (1961-62), dies
  • Jan 23 Simon Brand, South African banker and adviser to President F. W. de Klerk, dies
  • Jan 24 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (b. 1950)
  • Jan 25 Mahmoud Riad, Secretary-General of Arab League (1972-79), dies
  • Jan 26 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Francesca Primus, columnist (Back Stage), dies at 45
  • Jan 27 Gene Harris, entertainer, dies after long illness
  • Jan 28 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86