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The recession of 1990, after the boom of the 1980s, provided a rather inauspicious beginning to the new decade. By the end of the...

1999

January 01 - 11 European countries replace their national currencies with the newly created 'Euro', a single European currency. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium,...

1998

January 01 - A new law comes into effect in California, prohibiting people from smoking in bars. 05 - Sonny Bono (of Sonny & Cher fame)...

1997

January 09 - Yachtsman Tony Bullimore is found alive five days after his boat capsized in the freezing Southern Ocean, 2200 km off the coast...

1996

January 05 - Yahya Ayyash - thought to be behind a wave of Islamic suicide bombings against Israel - is killed in Gaza by a...

1995

January 01 - Fred West, the Gloucestershire builder charged with 12 murders, commits suicide in his prison cell. Prison officers discover the 53-year-old's body hanging...

1994

January 01 - The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. 06 - Champion figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by a 'mystery assailant'...

1993

January 01 - Czechoslovakia is peacefully divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 03 - George Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction...

1992

January 13 - Japan apologises for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. 21...

1991

January 08 - Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark dies from a cocktail of drugs and alcohol at his home in Chelsea, London, UK. 15 - The...

1990

January 01 - David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City's first black mayor. 02 - World population passes five billion. In 1960 it was...

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Apollo 13 (1970)

America’s third moon mission, Apollo 13, was launched on 11 April 1970. The crew of astronauts James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise had ignored...

Hungarian Uprising (1956)

In October 1956, Hungary rose in revolt against Soviet domination. For three days the ordinary people fought Soviet tanks and the hated security police,...

Y2K Bug

In addition to debating whether 2000 or 2001 would mark the "real" beginning of the new millennium, the Western World pondered the effect the...

Arab – Israeli Wars

Series of wars and territorial conflicts between Israel and various Arab states in the Middle East since the founding of the state of Israel...

1980

January 01 - In Northern Quebec (Canada), a fire kills 45 people at the Opemiska Club after a young man sets fire to party decorations...