The Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
The United States military ends its “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
George Washington’s Farewell Address is printed across America as an open letter to the public.
Scotland votes against independence from the United Kingdom, by 55% to 45%.
The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt.
A Zulu-class submarine becomes the first to launch a ballistic missile.
Air Vietnam Flight 706 is hijacked, then crashes while attempting to land with 75 on board.
Jang Bahadur and his brothers massacre about 40 members of the Nepalese palace court.
South Africa grants independence to the “homeland” of Venda (not recognised outside South Africa).
South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko dies in police custody.