Clinton nominates Dr. Henry Foster as surgeon
general, but a political battle over abortion rights
and Foster's medical ethics develops and in June
the Senate blocks his nomination.
Clinton threatens to veto parts of the Republicans' "Contract with America."
A bomb destroys a federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people; Clinton visits the scene a few days later.
Clinton widens trade embargo against Iran.
Clinton meets Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Moscow.
For security reasons in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Clinton closes the section of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
An armed intruder is shot on the south lawn of the White House.
Clinton casts his first veto, setting up battle over the budget that later leads to shutdown of government.
Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich hold "summit," concluding with a well-publicized handshake.
Clinton normalizes relations with Vietnam.
A Senate committee begins hearings into the Whitewater affair; they conclude 13 months later with Republicans claiming the Clinton administration abused its power and obstructed justice, and Democrats saying no evidence of wrongdoing by the Clintons or White House officials was found.
Clinton meets Chinese President Jiang Zemin in New York.
Clinton attends the funeral of assassinated Israeli Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin in Jerusalem.
According to the Starr Report, issued nearly three
years later, Clinton has his first sexual encounter
with Monica Lewinsky, then a White House
The presidents of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina sign a peace pact at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. The so-called Dayton Accords bring an end to nearly four years of brutal civil war among Muslims, Croats and Serbs in Bosnia.
The partial shutdown of the government, triggered by a confrontation between the White House and the Republican leadership over the budget, enters its ninth day -- a record.
Massive earthquake on Japan's Honshu island on January 17 kills more than 5,000 people. Many of the victims lived in the port city of Kobe.
A nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway kills 12 and injures hundreds on March 20. A Japanese doomsday cult is blamed.
Bombing of federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 19 kills 168 people.
Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the first successful vaccine against polio, dies at 80 on June 23.
Susan Smith is sentenced on July 3 to life
in prison for drowning her two young sons in South
Carolina in 1994.
A Los Angeles court on October 3 acquits O.J.
Simpson of murder in deaths of his ex-wife and
A Jewish extremist assassinates Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin on November 4.
Nigeria executes Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ken
Saro-Wiwa and eight other anti-government activists
on November 10, ignoring international pleas for
International protests continue after France on December 27 detonates its fifth underground nuclear test in the South Pacific since September.