Half a million marchers demonstrate in Washington for pro-choice rally.
L. Douglas Wilder elected governor of Virginia; first elected African American governor.Webster v. Reproductive Health Services:
states have the right to limit abortion access.
Oliver North convicted of Iran-Contra role.
Supreme Court, in several 5–4 decisions, restricts civil rights laws.
Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega overthrown.
Supreme Court gives states authority to limit abortions.
The first Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General is Antonia Novello.Exxon Valdez
oil spill in Alaska.
Manuel Luján Jr., named U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the first Hispanic appointed to this position.
President Bush signs a law to pay $20,000 to each surviving Japanese American interned during World War II.
Agreement reached between the U.S. and Vietnam that allows political prisoners to immigrate to the U.S.
Poland holds free elections for the first time since Communists came to power following World War II.
Long-time Communist political leaders are overthrown in Romania, Bulgaria, and Czechoslovakia.
The Soviet Union holds free elections for the first time since 1917.
Berlin Wall is torn down; East and West Germany begin process of unification.
United States invades Panama.Chinese government represses democratic movement with a violent crackdown in Tiananmen Square.
Colin Powell appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; first African American to hold this position.