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01
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1990

Nelson Mandela
African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela in London, visiting British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (July 1990). Georges De Keerle / Getty Images

02
of 11
1991

Operation Desert Storm
A Tomahawk land-attack missile is launched toward a target in Iraq on the Red Sea during Operation Desert Storm. © CORBIS / Corbis via Getty Images
  • Arsonist John Leonard Orr Is Finally Discovered
  • Basketball Player Magic Johnson Announces He Has HIV
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • Copper Age Man Found Frozen in Glacier
  • Israel Airlifts 14,000 Jews From Ethiopia
  • Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines Erupts, Killing 800
  • Operation Desert Storm
  • Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Is Arrested
  • South Africa Repeals Apartheid Laws
  • The Tallest Structure in the World, the Warsaw Radio Mast, Collapses

03
of 11
1992

Rodney King Riots
A car burns in the street during the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles. Steve Grayson / WireImage
  • Bosnian Genocide Begins
  • Official End of the Cold War
  • Riots in Los Angeles After the Rodney King Verdict

04
of 11
1993

World Trade Center bombing 1993
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05
of 11
1994

Channel Tunnel opening
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06
of 11
1995

OJ Simpson
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07
of 11
1996

Dolly the Sheep
Colin McPherson / Corbis via Getty Images)
  • Centennial Olympic Park Bombing During the Olympic Games
  • Dolly the Sheep, the First Cloned Mammal, Is Born
  • Mad Cow Disease Hits Britain
  • Mount Everest Disaster
  • Six-Year-Old JonBenet Ramsey Murdered
  • Two Royal Divorces
  • Unabomber Arrested

08
of 11
1997

Hale-Bopp
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  • British Au Pair on Trial for Murder
  • First Harry Potter Book Is Released
  • Hale-Bopp Comet Visible
  • Hong Kong Returned to China
  • Pathfinder Sends Back Images of Mars
  • Princess Diana Dies in Car Crash
  • Scientists Clone Sheep
  • Tallest Buildings in the World Built in Kuala Lumpur
  • Tiger Woods Wins Masters

09
of 11
1998

Bill Clinton
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  • India and Pakistan Test Nuclear Weapons
  • Titanic Most Successful Movie Ever
  • U.S. President Clinton Impeached
  • Viagra on the Market

10
of 11
1999

Euro
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