North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is passed, creating a common market among Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.
César Chávez dies.
Congress enacts modified version of Clinton economic plan.
Congress debates over health-care reform begin.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg joins Supreme Court.
Jocelyn Elders becomes first African American to serve as U.S. Surgeon General; in 1994, after making controversial remarks about sex education, she is fired by President Clinton.
Ada Deer appointed head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; first woman to hold that position.
In a close vote, Puerto Rican voters reject statehood.
Owing to controversy, Lani Guinier's nomination for head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department is withdrawn by President Clinton.
Henry Cisneros becomes first Hispanic Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Frederico Pena becomes first Hispanic to head the Department of Transportation.
The World Trade Center in New York City is bombed; Muslim fundamentalists are arrested in attack (February 26).Federal Agents, acting under orders from Attorney General Janet Reno, storm the Waco, Texas, compound of religious leader David Koresh; over fifty people killed (April 18).