1994 Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
1996 Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England
1996 US TV industry execs agree to adopt a ratings system
1996 The Oakland, California school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect.
1996 During a press conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Maleki states that Iran supports the free flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, but reserves the option of closing off the shipping route if it is threatened
1997 HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium
1999 NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
2001 Ballon d'Or: Liverpool forward Michael Owen is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Raúl and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
2002 Governor of California Gray Davis announces the state faces a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier
2002 "The Two Towers", 2nd of the Lord of the Rings films is released. Makes US$62 opening weekend and $926 million total worldwide.