- July, 1994 - The planet Jupiter is pelted by 21 large fragments
of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 over the course of 6 days.
- July 7 - Aden is occupied by troops from North Yemen.
- July 18 - In Buenos Aires, an explosion destroys a building
housing several Jewish organizations, killing 96 and injuring many
- July 25 - Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration,
which formally ends the state of war that has existed between the
nations since 1948.
- September 3 - Russia and the People's Republic of China agree
to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.
- September 8 - USAir Flight 427, with 132 people on board,
crashes on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport. There are
- September 13 - President Bill Clinton signs the Assault Weapons
Ban, which bans the use of these weapons for a period of 10
- September 28 - The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea,
killing 852 people.
- September-October - Iraq threatens to stop cooperating with
UNSCOM inspectors and begins once again to deploy troops near its
border with Kuwait. In response, the U.S. begins to deploy troops
- October 8 - The president of the U.N. Security Council says
that Iraq must withdraw its troops from the Kuwait border and
immediately cooperate with weapons inspectors.
- October 12 - NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan
spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of
Venus. It is believed that the spacecraft burned up in the
- October 15 - After three years of exile in the U.S., Haiti's
president Aristide returned to his country.
- October 26 - Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty.
- October 31 - An American Eagle ATR-72 crashes in Roselawn,
Indiana, after circling in icy weather, killing 64
- October 31 - HRH The Duke of Edinburgh attends a ceremony in
Israel where his late mother, HSH Princess Alice of Battenberg, is
honored as "Righteous among the Nations" for sheltering Jewish
families from the Nazis in Athens during World War II.
- November 3 - Red Hat Linux 1.0 is released.
- November 5 - A letter by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is
released that announces he has Alzheimer's disease.
- November 8 - Georgia Representative Newt Gingrich leads the
United States Republican Party in taking control of both the House
of Representatives and the Senate in midterm congressional
elections, the first time in 40 years that the Republicans have
secured control of both houses of Congress.
- November 13 - The first passengers travel through the Channel
Tunnel between England and France.
- November 16 - A federal judge issues a temporary restraining
order that prohibits the State of California from implementing
Proposition 187, which would have denied most public services to
- November 20 - The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the
Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war. (In 1995,
localized fighting will resume.)
- November 28 - Voters in Norway reject European Union
- November 29 - The two-year murder trial of 14 south Vietnamese
accused of murdering 24 north Vietnamese ends in Hong Kong-all
defendants are acquitted.
- November 30 - The famous hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur survives
five bullets in an apparent robbery attempt outside a New York
- December 2 - The Australian government agrees to pay
reparations to the aboriginal people who were displaced during the
nuclear tests in 1950s and 1960s.
- December 11 - Boris Yeltsin orders troops into Chechnya.
- December 11 - A small bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines
Flight 434, killing a Japanese businessman. The bombing is a field
test done by Ramzi Yousef to test explosives planned for use in
Project Bojinka, a terrorist attack plan that will be exposed after
an apartment fire.
- December 19 - A planned exchange rate correction of the Mexican
Peso to the U.S. Dollar becomes a massive financial meltdown in
Mexico, unleashing the 'Tequila' effect on global financial
markets. This will prompt a $50 billion 'bailout' by the U.S.
- December 19 - The Whitewater Scandal investigation
- December 26 - French anti-terrorist police storm a hijacked jet
in Marseille and kill 4 Islamist terrorists.
- December 31 - The total number of computers hooked to the
internet is estimated at 2,864,000.
- December 31 - The total number of internet users by the end of
the year tops 14 million.
- December 31, 1994 - The number of countries reachable by email
is now 140.
- 1994 - Commercialisation of the internet begins: Shopping malls
arrive on the internet; First Virtual, the first cyberbank, opens
for business; First flower shop (Grant's Florist) begins taking
orders via the internet; the first banner ads appear on
- 1994 - Communities begin to be wired up directly to the
internet (Lexington and Cambridge, Mass., USA). The U.S. Senate and
House bring information servers online.
- January 1, 1995 - Austria, Finland and Sweden enter the
- January 1 - The World Trade Organization is established to
- January 6-7 - A chemical fire occurs in an apartment complex in
Manila, Philippines. Policemen and investigators find a bomb
factory, a laptop computer and disks that contain plans for Project
Bojinka, a mass terrorist attack. The mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, is
arrested one month later.
- January 17 - A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurs near Kobe,
Japan, causing great property damage and killing over 5,000
- January 31 - United States President Bill Clinton invokes
emergency powers to extend a $20 billion loan to help Mexico avert
- February 9 - Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. makes history as the first African American astronaut to walk in space.
- February 13 - The United Nations tribunal on human rights
violations in the Balkans charges 21 Bosnian Serb commanders with
genocide and crimes against humanity.
- February 15 - Hacker Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and
charged with breaking into some of the United States' most "secure"
- February 26 - The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking
firm, Barings PLC, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson
loses $1.4 billion in speculation on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He
is arrested a week later for his role in the collapse.
- March 3 - In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission
March 14 - Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American to ride to space onboard a Russian launch vehicle.
- March 20 - In Tokyo, members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult release
sarin gas in five separate subway trains, killing 12 people and
injuring over 5,000.
- March 24 - For the first time in twenty years, no British
soldiers patrol the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- April 19 - The Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is
bombed, in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil to date. The
attack kills 168 people.
- May 6,1995 - An appeal from Zaire reaches the World Health
Organization (WHO) about an epidemic outbreak of haemorrhagic fever
in the city of Kikwit. The epidemic is found to be Ebola. The
disease kills 244 Africans before being contained.
- May 7 - Jacques Chirac elected president of France.
- May 11 - In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to
extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without
- May 14 - The Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi
Nyima the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
- May 16 - Japanese police besiege the headquarters of Aum
Shinrikyo near Mount Fuji and arrest cult leader Shoko
- May 23 - The Java programming language is announced to the
- May 27 - In Charlottesville, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve
is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a
- June 1 - The busiest hurricane season in 62 years begins.
- June 2 - United States Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady's F-16
is shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.
O'Grady survives on bugs and grass until he is rescued six days
- June 5 - The Bose-Einstein condensate is created.
- June 13, 1995 - French president Jacques Chirac announces the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Edward Albee, Three Tall Women
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Yusef Komunyakaa, Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Kenzaburo Oe