U.S. Marines are sent to Somalia in an effort to reduce famine and restore order.
Planned Parenthood v. Casey: individual states can restrict access to abortion as long as they do not "unduly burden" women.
Supreme Court approves Pennsylvania restriction on abortion but upholds Roe v. Wade.
Recession recovery is slow, joblessness high.
Voter Assistance Act passed by Congress; voting information must now be printed in Spanish as well as English.
Twenty-six accusations of sexual harassment investigated in the U.S. Navy's Tailhook Scandal.
Carol Moseley Braun (D-Illinois) elected to the U.S. Senate; first African American woman to win a seat there.
Only 4.5 percent of all seats on the boards of Fortune 500 companies are held by women.
Ben Nighthorse Campbell elected to the Senate; first Native American to hold a seat there since 1929.
U.S. troops withdraw from Philippines, ending nearly a century of military occupation.
Forty-seven women win seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and five women win Senate seats, causing political commentators to hail it the Year of the Woman.
William Clinton is elected president.
President Bush pardons six key figures from the Iran-Contra affair shortly before leaving office.
Riots break out in Los Angeles after police officers accused of beating suspect Rodney G. King are found not guilty.
Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot runs for the Presidency as an Independent; wins nineteen percent of the vote, the strongest showing by a third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.
Hurricane Andrew hits Florida and the Gulf Coast States; at least thirty people killed and over twenty billion dollars in damage (August 24).