This was the year that the
Internet entered public consciousness and also the year it was completely privatized and the United States Government no longer funded it with public money - in April 1995 the
NSFNET was retired.America Online and
Prodigy offered access to the
World Wide Web system for the first time this year, releasing browsers that made it easily accessible to the general public.
7 – A chemical fire occurs in an apartment complex in
Manila, Philippines. Policemen led by watch commander
Aida Fariscal and investigators find a bomb factory and a laptop computer and disks that contain plans for
Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. The mastermind,
Ramzi Yousef, is arrested one month later.
March 6 – On an episode of The Jenny Jones Show ("Same-Sex Crushes") in the United States,
Scott Amedure reveals a crush on his heterosexual friend Jonathan Schmitz. Schmitz kills Amedure several days after the show.
May 10 – At
Vaal Reefs gold mine in
Orkney, a runaway locomotive falls into a lift shaft onto an ascending cage and causes it to plunge 1,500 feet (460 m) to the bottom of the 6,900 feet (2,100 m) deep shaft, killing 104.
Iraq disarmament crisis: According to UNSCOM, the unity of the U.N. Security Council begins to fray, as a few countries, particularly France and Russia, become more interested in making financial deals with
Iraq than in disarming the country.
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq threatens to end all cooperation with UNSCOM and IAEA, if sanctions against the country are not lifted by
August 31. Following the defection of his son-in-law,
Hussein Kamel al-Majid,
Saddam Hussein makes new revelations about the full extent of Iraq's biological and nuclear weapons programs. Iraq also withdraws its last U.N. declaration of prohibited biological weapons and turns over a large amount of new documents on its WMD programs.
July 1 – Iraq disarmament crisis: In response to UNSCOM's evidence, Iraq admits for first time the existence of an offensive biological weapons program, but denies weaponization.
September 9 – The
Sony PlayStation is released in the United States. It goes on to become the first video game console to sell over 100 million units and the second bestselling console of all time (after Sony's own
PlayStation 2 which has sold over 155 million units.)
November 7 –
Typhoon Angela leaves the
Vietnam devastated, with 882 deaths and
US$315 million in damage. The typhoon was the strongest ever to strike the Philippines in 25 years, with wind speeds of 130 mph (210 km/h) and gusts of 180 mph (290 km/h).
Rosemary West is sentenced to life for killing 10 women and girls, including her daughter and stepdaughter, after the jury returns a guilty verdict at Winchester Crown Court. The trial judge recommends that she should never be released from prison, making her only the second woman in British legal history to be subjected to a whole life tariff (the other was
Elisa Izquierdo's child abuse-related death at the hands of her mother makes headlines, and instigates major reform in New York City's
child welfare system.
The 7.3 MwGulf of Aqaba earthquake shakes the Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia region with a maximum
Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), killing eight and injuring 30, and generating a non-destructive tsunami.
Because of the "quadruple-witching"
option expiration, volume on the
New York Stock Exchange hits 638 million shares, the highest single-day volume since October 20, 1987, when the Dow staged a stunning recovery a day after