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1993 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 443

  • Jan 1 12 member European Economic Community set up vast free trade zone
  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements are banned in NYC's MTA
  • Jan 1 Czechoslovakia separates into Czech Republic (Bohemia) & Slovakia
  • Jan 2 Opposing factions in the Bosnian conflict hold meetings with the aim of ending the nine month conflict
  • Jan 3 Michael Milkin, the "junk bond king", is released from jail after 22 months

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jan 3 In Moscow, the Start II arms reduction treaty is signed by George H. W. Bush (USA) and Boris Yeltsin (Russia)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Jan 5 Oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil
  • Jan 5 Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (first legal hanging in America since 1965)
  • Jan 6 Jean Mueller discovers comet Mueller/1993a
  • Jan 6 55 Kashmiri civilians are killed in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir by Indian Border Security Force units
  • Jan 7 The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.
  • Jan 7 Bosnian War: Bosnian Army launches a surprise attack on Kravica, a village in Srebrenica
  • Jan 10 Maiden flight of Ultrair (Houston to LA)
  • Jan 11 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Buffalo NY (WKBW)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot publicly returns to politics

Entrepreneur and Presidential Candidate Ross Perot
Entrepreneur and Presidential Candidate
Ross Perot
  • Jan 11 British Airways ends one of the longest libel actions in its history

  • Jan 13 STS-54 (Endeavour) launches into orbit
  • Jan 13 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq
  • Jan 14 Polish ferry boat capsizes in storm, 50 die
  • Jan 15 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, killing 2 people
  • Jan 15 Top mafia leader Salvatore "Toto" Riina arrested in Palermo
  • Jan 17 Russian Irina Privalova cycles world record 300m indoor (35.45")

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states of the USA for 1st time

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 19 Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal
  • Jan 19 Oakland As unveil new elephant logo
  • Jan 19 Robert M Gates, ends term as 15th director of CIA
  • Jan 19 STS-54 (Endeavour) lands
  • Jan 20 Adm Studeman, serves as acting director of CIA

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

Jan 20 Bill Clinton (D) inaugurated as 42nd US President

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

Jan 20 Maya Angelou is 1st African American and woman to recite a poem at inauguration of a US President - "On the Pulse of Morning" for Bill Clinton

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Jan 22 Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77
  • Jan 23 Indian Airlines B737 crashes at Aurangabad, killing 61

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 NY Newsday reports Oregan Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 23 women

US Senator Bob Packwood
US Senator
Bob Packwood
  • Jan 24 14th annual star-athon $24,000,000
  • Jan 24 Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed
  • Jan 24 Soyuz TM-16 launches

  • Jan 24 US men's Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
  • Jan 24 Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
  • Jan 25 Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language
  • Jan 25 Sears announces it is closing its catalog sales department after 97 years
  • Jan 25 Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.
  • Jan 26 West Indies defeat Australia by one run in 4th Test at Adelaide
  • Jan 27 DC-3 crashes in Kinshasa, killing 12
  • Jan 29 Test debut of Vinod Kambli, prolific Indian batsman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 US postal service issues a stamp commemorating chemist Percy Lavon Julian

  • Jan 30 100,000 Europeans demonstrate against fascism & racism
  • Feb 1 NY Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman
  • Feb 1 Soyuz TM-16 lands
  • Feb 2 Frito Lay pays court ordered $2,500,000 to Tom Wait for using his song
  • Feb 2 Irina Privalova runs world record 50m indoor (6.05 sec)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Václav Havel becomes the first president of an independent Czech Republic, after the split with Slovakia

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • Feb 3 General Hospital's Tristan Rogers convicted of drunk driving

USARodney King Riots

Feb 3 Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in Los Angeles, California

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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  • Feb 4 Admiral William Studeman ends term as acting director of CIA
  • Feb 4 Russian space agency tests a 82-foot wide space mirror
  • Feb 5 Grenade explodes in Sarajevo, killing 63 and injuring 160

  • Feb 5 R James Woolsey, becomes 16th director of CIA
  • Feb 8 Suchoi-24 crashes into Tupolev passenger flight, 134 die
  • Feb 9 Army of opium king Khun Sa kills 60 in NE Burma
  • Feb 10 US officially backs peace plan in Bosnia
  • Feb 11 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY (WRQI)
  • Feb 11 Irina Privalova runs world record 60m indoor (6.92 secs)
  • Feb 11 President Clinton selects Janet Reno to be first female US Attorney General
  • Feb 13 Ljubow Kremljowa runs world record 1000m indoor (2:34:84)
  • Feb 13 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (21.87 sec)
  • Feb 14 Fire in Linxi department store in Tangshan China, kills 79
  • Feb 15 Bombings by mafia drug lords kill 14 in Bogota, Colombia
  • Feb 15 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Rochester NY on WNVE 95.1 FM
  • Feb 16 Western Australia's and Australia's first woman Premier, Carmen Lawrence, is voted out of office.
  • Feb 17 Haitian ferry boat capsize in storm, 800-2,000 die
  • Feb 18 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester, New York
  • Feb 19 "Happy Nation" debut studio album by Ace of Base is released
  • Feb 22 Vinod Kambli scores 224 v England at Bombay, 411 balls, 23 fours
  • Feb 23 Gary Coleman wins $1,280,000 lawsuit against parents for high fees
  • Feb 23 India complete a 3-0 series drubbing of England
  • Feb 25 Pakistan all out 43 v West Indies, world one-day int record low

  • Feb 26 "World Trade Center bombing of 1993": truck bomb explodes in parking garage of NYC World Trade Center at 12:18pm, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000 in what was the deadliest act of terrorism perpetrated on US soil at the time
  • Feb 27 PBA National Championship Won by Ron Palombi Jr
  • Feb 28 Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
  • Mar 1 Authorities near Waco, Texas, negotiate (unsuccessfully) with Branch Davidians
  • Mar 5 Fokker 100 crashes at Skopje Macedonia, 81 die
  • Mar 12 317 killed by bomb attacks in Bombay
  • Mar 12 Inkhata leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi begins 2½ week speech
  • Mar 13 Blizzard of '93 hits north-east USA

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 13 Australian Federal elections: Australian Labor Party headed by Paul Keating re-elected for a fifth term

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
  • Mar 14 3,000th performance of "Nunsense"
  • Mar 14 Johan Koss skates world record 5km (6:36.57)
  • Mar 14 Ricky Ponting hits twin tons for Tasmania aged 18 years 84 days
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Prague won by Oksana Baiul (UKR)
  • Mar 15 Vinod Kambli scores 227 v Zimbabwe, his 2nd consecutive Test 200
  • Mar 17 86 killed by bomb attack in Calcutta
  • Mar 18 Amsterdam stock exchange hits record Ÿ12.2 billion
  • Mar 18 Sri Lanka beat England in Test match by 5 wickets
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship in Prague won by I Brasseur & L Eisler (CAN)
  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court Justice Byron R White announced plans to retire
  • Mar 20 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in Warrington, England


Mar 21 Pope John Paul II beatifies Duns Scotus, a philosopher-theologian of the Middle Ages

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Mar 21 South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl

InventionHistoric Invention

Mar 22 Intel introduces Pentium-processor (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Mar 23 Belgian government of Jean-Luc Dehaene resigns

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 19 Jack Schlossberg, son of Caroline Kennedy & grandson of John F. Kennedy, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 24 Ashley Jade Stern, daughter of radio personality Howard Stern, born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 4 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, born in Livingstone, New Jersey (d.2015)
  • May 25 Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets (United States' first set of surviving sextuplets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jun 4 Christian Alexander Mowatt, grandson of English princess Alexandra

Person of interestBreonna Taylor

Jun 5 Breonna Taylor, African American medical technician who was shot and killed by police officers in her home, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2020)

Victim of Police Brutality Breonna Taylor
Victim of Police Brutality
Breonna Taylor
  • Jun 7 Jordan Fry, American actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jun 16 Alice Ann Newman, daughter of Gretchen & Randy
  • Jun 24 Primera, an Andean condor, hatched at Cleveland Zoo, the 5th born in captivity (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Jun 29 Angela & Amy Lakeberg, American Siamese twins (separated on Aug 20th), born in Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois
  • Jul 13 Nathan Law, Hong Kong activist (Umbrella Movement), born in Shenzhen, China
  • Jul 24 Arissa Seagal, daughter of Kelly LeBrock & Steven Seagal
  • Sep 3 Rina Koike, Japanese junior idol, born in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Sep 7 Joshua Wilkinson, prince of self proclaimed principality sealand
  • Oct 13 Tiffany Trump, daughter of Donald Trump & Marla Maples, born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Dec 6 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, born in Cuba

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 6 US Senator Mitch McConnell (51) weds economist Elaine Chao

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
  • Mar 20 Talk show host Morton Downey Jr (59) weds producer Lori Krebs (29) in Bellmore, New York
  • Apr 18 Beirut-hostage Terry Anderson marries Madeleine Bassil

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 9 Japanese crown prince Naruhito weds Masaka Owada

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
  • Jun 10 Abdullah II of Jordan (31) weds Rania Al-Yassin (22) in Amman, Jordan
  • Jun 19 Mandy Smith (Bill Wyman's ex-wife) weds Pat van den Hauwe
  • Jul 3 Prince Alois of Liechtenstein weds Duchess Sophie of Bavaria
  • Aug 14 Dr William Masters (78) weds college sweetheart Geraldine Oliver (76)
  • Aug 14 Shari Beadley weds Christopher Martin (Kid 'n Play)
  • Oct 3 Evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (52) weds Roe Messner (58)
  • Oct 8 Queen Elizabeth's nephew Viscount Linley (32) weds Serena Stanhope (24) at St. Margaret’s Church in London
  • Oct 10 Ted Kennedy Jr (32) weds psychiatrist Katherine Gershman (34)
  • Nov 26 Political strategist for President Clinton's campaign and political commentator James Carville (49) weds Republican political pundit Mary Matalin (40) in New Orleans, Louisiana

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 11 Canada's PM Stephen Harper (34) weds Laureen Teskey (30)

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Dec 18 General Hospital co-stars Kristina Malandro & Jack Wagner wed

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 2 Novelist Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses) divorces Marianne Wiggins

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
  • Mar 5 Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry divorces his wife Effi
  • Apr 23 Motley Crue's Mike Mars files for divorce from Emi-Canyn
  • Jun 23 Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman) files for divorce from Lawrence Mortorff
  • Jul 20 Joe Petruzzi files for divorce from Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever)
  • Aug 11 Director Oliver Stone files for divorce from Elizabeth
  • Oct 15 Guardian Angel Lisa Evers Sliwa files for divorce from Curtis Sliwa
  • Nov 4 Nia Peeples files for divorce from Howard Hewett

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 403

  • Jan 3 Peter Brocco, blacklisted in the 1950's, dies of heart attack at 89
  • Jan 3 Johnny Most, American sports announcer (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Charles Bridgford, Australian politician
  • Jan 5 Henk Knol, Suriname MP (PvdA), dies at 61
  • Jan 5 Juan Benet Goitia, Spanish writer (Herrumbrosas Lanzas), dies at 65
  • Jan 5 Klaas Wiersma, Dutch sec of Justice (VVD), dies
  • Jan 5 Nyamuisi Muvingi, Zaire minister of Culture, murdered
  • Jan 5 Westley A Dodd, US murderer, 1st hanging in US since 1965
  • Jan 5 Anthony Wakefield Cox, English architect, dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Elisabeth, arch duch of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein, dies at 70
  • Jan 7 Robert Cowan, CEO (Highlands & Islands Enterprises), dies at 60
  • Jan 8 Asif Nawaz, Pakistani general, dies
  • Jan 8 Hakija Turajlic, Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
  • Jan 9 Felix Grucci, fireworks expert, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • Jan 9 Sir Paul Hasluck, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Noorjahan Begum, "adulterous" wife in Bangladesh, stoned to death
  • Jan 11 Lacey Fosburgh, author (Closing Time), dies of breast cancer at 50
  • Jan 12 Carles Mira, Spanish director (Que Nos Quiten Lo Bailao), dies at 45
  • Jan 13 Rene Pleven, Prime Minister of France (1950-51, 51-52), dies at 91
  • Jan 14 Elisabeth Antoinette de Vreugd, chambermaid for Dutch Queen, dies at 98
  • Jan 14 Manfred Lachs, Polish lawyer (Intl Court of Justice), dies
  • Jan 15 Huub Jacobse [Hendrik Hubert Jacobse], Dutch politician (VVD), dies at 68
  • Jan 15 Ken Cory, dies of AIDS at 51
  • Jan 16 Sathasivam Krishnakumar, Sri Lanka commander, commits suicide
  • Jan 17 Albert Hourani, English historian (b. 1915)
  • Jan 18 M Eleonore Lippits, 1st Dutch female missionary doctor, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Mike Templeton, 2nd person to receive a heart pump, dies at 34
  • Jan 18 Eleanor Hibbert, British author (b. 1906)
  • Jan 19 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo), dies at 72
  • Jan 19 Reginald Lewis, CEO (Beatrice), dies of brain cancer at 50
  • Jan 20 Mercer McCleod, entertainer, dies of heart failure at 86
  • Jan 22 Alexander Bodon, Hungarian-Dutch architect (RAI, Dollywood), dies at 86
  • Jan 22 Kobo Abe, Japanese writer (Wife in the Sand), dies at 68
  • Jan 22 Maria Vlamynck, Flemish author, dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Dudley Stevens, English entertainer, dies of AIDS at 57
  • Jan 23 Keith Laumer [Anthony LeBaron], American sci-fi author (Retief's War), dies at 67

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

Jan 24 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • Jan 24 Ugur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (Cumhuriyet Murder), dies at 50
  • Jan 25 Henry Louis Miller, American Rear Admiral (WW II-Pacific), dies at 80
  • Jan 26 Axel Von Dem Bussche, German aristocrat, dies
  • Jan 26 Jan Gies, Dutch resistance fighter (helped Anne Frank), dies at 87
  • Jan 26 Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (large iron sculptures), dies at 80
  • Jan 26 Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor-General of Canada (1984-90), dies at 70
  • Jan 29 Hank Werba [Herman Werblowski], American journalist (Variety), dies at 79
  • Jan 30 Taikichiro Mori, Japanese real estate developer, dies at 88
  • Feb 5 Joseph L Mankiewicz, American writer/director (All about Eve), dies at 83
  • Feb 5 Tip Tipping [Tim], stuntman, dies in sky-diving accident at 34
  • Feb 5 Marcel Léger, Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • Feb 7 W Sybout A Colenbrander, Dutch historian/journalist, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Casper van den Berg, Dutch poet (Fashionable inconvenience), dies
  • Feb 8 Eliot Janeway, financial columnist (Eliot Doomsday), dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Franz Schnyder, Swiss director (10th of May), dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Paul Brickhill, Dutch/US WW II pilot/physician, dies
  • Feb 8 N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lankan communist leader
  • Feb 9 Nasrullah Mansoor, Afghan guerilla leader/governor of Paktia, dies
  • Feb 10 John Grossman, Czech director (Process, Revisor), dies
  • Feb 10 Maurice Bourges-Maunoury, Prime Minister of France (1957), dies
  • Feb 10 Fred Hollows, New Zealand ophthalmologist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 11 George A Stephen, inventor (Weber Kettle Grill), dies at 71
  • Feb 12 James Bulger, English child abducted, tortured and beaten to death at 2, by 10 year old boys
  • Feb 13 Agatha Hagtingius-Seger, Dutch author (Sparkles Chain), dies at 91
  • Feb 17 Alfredo de Leon, leader (Philippines Red Scorpio Gang), killed
  • Feb 18 Edward S "Ted" Haworth, US set designer (Sayonara, Marty), dies at 76
  • Feb 18 Jacqueline Hill, dies of cancer at 63
  • Feb 19 Gerhard Gesell, judge (Pentagon Papers), dies of liver cancer at 82
  • Feb 20 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), dies at 76
  • Feb 21 Inge Lehmann, Danish geophysicist and seismologist, dies at 104
  • Feb 22 Jean Lecanuet, French UDF-presidential candidate, dies at 72
  • Feb 22 Pieter A H Bos, Dutch lawyer/procureur-general (Aruba), dies at 63
  • Feb 25 Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch PM (social dem, 1965-69), dies
  • Feb 26 Fletcher Knebel, American author (Seven Days in May), commits suicide following long bout with cancer at 81
  • Feb 26 Mark Kolthoff, Dutch painter and photographer, dies at 92
  • Feb 28 Fer A Olthoff, Dutch WW II resistance fighter (Het Parool), dies
  • Feb 28 Franco Brusati, Italian dir/writer (Bread & Chocolate), dies at 70
  • Mar 1 Luis Kutner, American co-founder (Amnesty International), dies at 84
  • Mar 2 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15

Person of interestAlbert Sabin

Mar 3 Albert Sabin [Abram Saperstein], Polish American physician who invented the oral polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 86

Physician and Scientist Albert Sabin
Physician and Scientist
Albert Sabin
  • Mar 3 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Richard Sale, writer/director (Oscar, Torpedo Run), dies at 80
  • Mar 4 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Diana Ochoa, dies after long illness at 80
  • Mar 5 Peter Bierdrager, Dutch Fokker's-test pilot, dies in air crash
  • Mar 6 Cyril Collard, French director (Lesson nuits fauves), dies at 35
  • Mar 6 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), dies at 82
  • Mar 8 Johan Bodegraven, radio host (Purses Open, Dikes Closed), dies at 78
  • Mar 9 Max August Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 C. Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress) and author (Parkinson's Law), dies at 83
  • Mar 10 David Gunn, abortion doctor, killed by Michael Griffin at 47
  • Mar 11 Manuel da Fonseca, Portuguese writer (Cerro Maior), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Andreas J A I Bruggeman, Dutch mayor (Leiderdorp), dies at 62
  • Mar 12 Wang Zhen, marxist/vice-premier of China (1988), dies
  • Mar 13 Ralph Smith Fults, American gangster (Bonnie & Clyde gang), dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Ricardo M Arias Espinosa, president of Panama (1955-56), dies
  • Mar 16 Djilalli Lyabes, Algerian minister of Higher Education, murdered
  • Mar 16 Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Arialda), dies at 69
  • Mar 16 Mohammed Hussein Nagdi, Iran diplomat/resistance fighter, murdered
  • Mar 17 Laadi Flici, Algerian MP, murdered
  • Mar 17 Charlotte Hughes, British supercentenarian (lived under the rule of 6 monarchs and 24 British Prime Ministers), dies at 115
  • Mar 18 Robert A. Rushworth, American test pilot (X-15), dies at 68
  • Mar 19 Barend P Tammeling, journalist (Trouw, Peek on the North), dies at 58