African American motorist Rodney King is severely beaten by four white police officers in Los Angeles; the beating is captured on videotape and broadcast on national television.Clarence Thomas hearings.
Clarence Thomas appointed to Supreme Court.
Upheavals in Soviet Union as economy nears collapse, Communist party is disbanded, and Soviet republics declare independence.
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall retires.
Thirteen women are killed and two taken prisoner during the Persian Gulf War.
Communist political and military leaders in the Soviet Union attempt a coup; Boris Yeltsin, President of the Russian Republic, calls upon the people to resist.The Persian Gulf War: U.S. and Allied troops force Iraq to leave Kuwait.
U.S. and the Soviet Union sign treaty reducing strategic nuclear arms by twenty-five percent.
Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Union of Soviet Union; the Commonwealth of Independent States is established (December 25).