- January 1 - Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt replaces Javier
Pérez de Cuéllar of Peru as United Nations Secretary-General.
- January 8 - President of the United States George H. W. Bush
becomes ill on a visit in Japan and vomits on Japanese Prime
Minister Miyazawa Kiichi.
- January 8 - Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina declare their own
republic in protest of a decision by Bosnia's Croats and Muslims to
seek European Community recognition.
- January 11 - Paul Simon is the first major artist to tour South
Africa after the end of the cultural boycott.
- January 12 - The second round of Algeria's general elections is
cancelled when the first round is favorable to the Islamic
Salvation Front. This sparks the bloody civil war which will kill
more than 100,000 people, often in unprovoked massacres of
civilians by guerrilla groups.
- January 15 - The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
ceases to exist. Slovenia and Croatia gain independence.
- January 16 - Officials and rebel leaders in El Salvador sign a
pact in Mexico City that ends a 12-year civil war that claimed at
least 75,000 lives.
- January 22 - Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station
in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's
- January 26 - Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia is going to
stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.
- February 1 - Chief Judicial Magistrate of the Bhopal court
declares Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under
Indian law for failing to appear in the Bhopal Disaster case, and
orders the Indian government to press for an extradition from the
- February 7 - The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the
creation of the European Union.
- February 26 - The Supreme Court of Ireland rules that a
14-year-old rape victim may get an abortion.
- March 1 - After a majority of Muslim and Croatian communities
vote for Bosnian independence, Bosnian Serb snipers fire on
- March 6 - The 'Michelangelo' computer virus begins to affect
- March 17 - Twenty-nine people are killed and 242 injured when a
suicide car bomb goes off in the Israeli embassy in Buenos
- March 18 - Microsoft ships Windows 3.1.
- April - Bosnia and Herzegovina secedes from Yugoslavia.
- April 2 - In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of
murder of mob boss Paul Castellano and racketeering and is later
sentenced to life in prison.
- April 9 - A Miami jury convicts former Panamanian ruler Manuel
Noriega of assisting Colombia's cocaine cartel.
- April 9 - In the United Kingdom's general election, John Major
is re-elected in a surprise victory.
- April 10 - An Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb explodes in the
Baltic Exchange in the City of London. Three people are dead, and
91 are injured.
- April 23 - Satyajit Ray, Indian filmmaker, dies. Ray has been
called one of the four greatest director/producers of cinema in the
world, and Kurosawa famously said of Ray: ". . . Not to have seen
the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the
sun or the moon."
- April 29 - In Los Angeles, California, the police officers that
were accused of excessive force in their severe beating of Rodney
King, are found "not guilty." The verdict results in several days
of riots in L.A. and smaller riots around the country.
- May 20 - Amy Fisher, the so-called "Long Island Lolita," is
arrested for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco on the front porch of her
Massapequa, New York home.
- May 23 - A Mafia bomb kills Italian anti-Mafia judge Giovanni
- May 26 - Charles Geschke, President of Adobe Systems, is
kidnapped from his company car park. Kidnappers demand a ransom for
$650,000. They are later apprehended.
- June 17 - A 'Joint Understanding' agreement on arms reduction
is signed by U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russian President
Boris Yeltsin. This will later be later codified in START II.
- June 22 - Two skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg are
identified as Czar Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra.
- June 23 - Mafia boss John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison
after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and
- July 6-29 - Iraq refuses a U.N. inspection team access to the
Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture. The United Nations Special
Commission (UNSCOM) claims that it has reliable information that
the site containes archives related to illegal weapons activities.
U.N. Inspectors stage a 17-day "sit-in" outside of the building,
but leave when their safety is threatened by Iraqi soldiers.
- July 10 - In Miami, Florida, former Panamanian leader Manuel
Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and
- July 20 - Czech writer and dramatist Václav Havel resigns as
president of Czechoslovakia.
- July 22 - Near Medellín, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar
escapes from his luxury prison, fearing extradition to the United
- July 25 - The Summer Olympic Games open in Barcelona,
- Death of John Cage, American composer.
- August 17 - U.S. Marshalls start the Siege of Ruby Ridge, a
confrontation between a family living in a remote mountainous area
in Northern Idaho and forces of the U.S. federal government.
- August 23 - Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida.
- September 16 - The Pound Sterling and the Italian Lira are
forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) by
currency speculators-most notably George Soros, who earned over $1
billion in doing so. The event is estimated to have cost the people
of Britain £4 billion in reserves, spent trying to prop up the
pound. The day is remembered in Britain as "Black Wednesday."
- October 2 - A riot in the Carandiru prison system in Sao Paulo,
Brazil leads up to the events known as the Carandiru
- October 29 - Zee TV, the first Hindi satellite channel, is
- November 3 - Bill Clinton defeats George H. W. Bush and H. Ross
Perot in the U.S. presidential election.
- November 5 - In Detroit, Michigan, black motorist Malice Green
is beaten to death by policemen Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn
during a struggle. The officers will later be convicted and
sentenced to prison.
- November 11 - The Church of England votes to allow women to
- November 24 - In the People's Republic of China, a China
Southern Airlines domestic flight crashes, killing all 141 people
- November 25 - The Czechoslovakia Federal Assembly votes to
split the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, starting on
January 1, 1993.
- December 3 - U.N. Security Council Resolution 794 is
unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations
peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, tasked with
ensuring that humanitarian aid gets distributed and establishing
peace in Somalia.
- December 3 - The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000
tons of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while on approach to La
Coruña, Spain, spilling much of its cargo.
- December 4 - U.S. President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000
American troops to Somalia.
- December 6 - Hardline Hindus destroy the Babri Mosque in
Ayodhya, India. Muslims riot.
- December 29 - Brazil's president Fernando Collor de Mello resigns, following impeachment proceedings charging that he stole more than $32 million from the government.
- Nobel Peace Prize: Author Rigoberta Menchú (Guatemala) "in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples."
- Booker Prize: Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient and Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Derek Walcott
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: James Tate, Selected Poems
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Robert Schenkkan, The Kentucky Cycle
More internet News 1992
- The number of internet hosts breaks 1,000,000
- The World Bank comes online
- The term "surfing the internet" is coined by Jean Armour Polly