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1999

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1993

1993 History Facts:
  • Bill Clinton President of the United States
  • Islamic Fundamentalists bomb the World Trade Center.
  • Federal Agents raid religious cult in Waco, Texas (28th February).
  • Fighting starts between Muslims and Croats in Bosnia.
  • The United Nations makes a safe haven for Muslim Refugees in Srebrenica in Bosnia.
  • The Maastricht Treaty (signed on February 7th) takes effect, establishing the European Union.
  • EU Farmers protest reductions in agricultural subsidies secondary to the Maastricht Treaty.
  • 11-year-olds Robert Thompson & Jon Venables are convicted of the murder of Liverpool toddler James Bulger (age 2 years).
  • Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public for the first time.
  • IRA bomb exploed in a parked Van in Bishopsgate, City of London.
  • Russian Nuclear Accident at Tomask 7
  • Ben Johnson, is banned from athletics for life after being caught using banned anabolic steroids.
  • The US and Soviet Union sign Start II - reducing nuclear warheads by 3,500 each.
  • The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed into law by US President Bill Clinton.
  • Yitzhak Rabin ( Israel ) and Yasser Arafat ( PLO ) sign peace agreement on the White House lawn in Washington D.C.
  • The first Beanie Babies launched by Ty Warner (USA).
  • Slovakia Gains Independence when Czechoslovakia divides into the Czech Republic & Slovakia.
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1992

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  • Yugoslavia breaks up and becomes embroiled in a bloody civil war.
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1991

1991 History Facts:
  • Break-up of the Soviet Union.
  • Resignation of Gorbachev from power.
  • Boris Yeltsin takes power in Russia.
  • Migaloo (White Humpback Whale) first spotted & photographed on 28th June, 1991, near Byron Bay (Australia).
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1990

1990 History Facts:
  • Unification of East and West Germany.
  • Lech Walesa is elected president of Poland.
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1989

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  • Berlin Wall is dismantled.
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1987

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1986

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  • Nuclear power disaster occurs at Chernobyl in Ukraine.
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1985

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  • Mikhail Gorbachev elected Soviet Communist party leader and begins introducing reforms.
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1982

1982 History Facts:
  • Falklands War between Great Britain and Argentinia.
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1979

1979 History Facts:
  • Britain elects first ever female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.
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1980

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  • Independent trade union, Solidarity, is formed in Poland.
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1978

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1977

1977 History Facts:
  • Apple Computers are incorporated.
  • EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols from label.
  • President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose).
  • George Bush, ends term as the 11th director of CIA.
  • President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft dodgers.
  • Radio Shack officially begins making the TRS-80 computer.
  • Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • Space Shuttle Enterprise launches atop a Boeing 747 on it's maiden flight.
  • The Bank of America adopts the name VISA for their credit cards.
  • First CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, New Mexico.
  • Woody Allen's film "Annie Hall" premieres.
  • Simon Peres becomes the premier of Israel.
  • Czechoslovakian chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously and only loses 10.
  • British Aerospace forms in UK.
  • Trans Alaska oil pipeline is completed.
  • Apple II, the first personal computer goes on sale in USA.
  • Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.
  • Leonid Brezhnev becomes president of U.S.S.R.
  • France performs nuclear test at Muruora Atoll.
  • NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
  • Concorde jet makes first landing in New York City.
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1976

1976 History Facts:
  • Politics - Helsinki convention on human rights adopted.
  • Space Exploration - Viking I lands on Mars.
  • Gymnastics - 14-year old Romanian Nadia Comaneci scores 5 perfect 10's at Montreal Olympics.
  • Photography - Konica introduces automatic focus camera.
  • Computing - Apple computers founded by Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak.
  • Music - The Eagles become the first group to go platinum, with a million sales of their Greatest Hits LP.
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1974

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  • Lt Hiroo Onoda surrenders on the island of Lubang, having finally convinced himself that WWII is over (29 years after it ended).
  • The Post-It is invented by Art Fry.
  • General Motors (GM) introduces the catalytic converter.
  • Gillette introduces the first disposable razor.
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