On This Day

January 1993 in History

Events in History

  • 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)

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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")

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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

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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

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

Deaths in History

  • 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