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The World Trade Center is rocked by a bomb, injuring 1,000. A long, tense standoff between federal officials and the Branch Davidian cult near Waco, Texas ends violently. And an infamous moment comes in a bad marriage: Lorena Bobbit cuts her husband John's penis off with a knife as he sleeps.

  • Gays in the military
  • World Trade Center bombing
  • Waco compound burns
  • Bobbitt vs. Bobbitt
  • NAFTA becomes law

  • Gays in the military -- January 27, 1993

    White House officials say President Clinton will order the military to stop its policy of discriminating against gays in the military. The issue gained little attention during the campaign, but incites heated opposition and debate after its announcement.

    Clinton outlines the directive:
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    Bomb blasts World Trade Center -- February 26, 1993

    A huge bomb explodes in the garage below New York's World Trade Center, killing five people and forcing a hectic evacuation of some 50,000 people from the massive twin tower complex. More than 1,000 people are treated for injuries, most from smoke inhalation. Mohammed A. Salameh is later arrested in connection with the bombing as he tries to claim a refund on a rented van believed to have carried the explosion.

    CNN coverage:
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    Waco compound burns -- April 19, 1993

    A compound occupied by a religious cult burns to the ground in what is described as a mass suicide. The heavily armed Branch Davidians have been in a standoff with law enforcement officials near Waco, Texas, for 51 days. The compound catches fire hours after federal agents in armored vehicles begin battering the compound's walls and pumping tear gas into it. Eighty-six cult members, including Branch Davidian leader David Koresh, die in the flames.

    Fire engulfs the compound:
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    Bobbitt vs. Bobbitt -- June 23, 1993

    In Prince William County, Virginia, Lorena Bobbitt takes a butcher knife and cuts off her husband's penis as he sleeps. Police recover the organ from the roadside and it is surgically reattached to John Bobbitt, her husband. The wife is later charged with malicious wounding. In response to her accusations, John Bobbitt is indicted for sexual abuse.

    John Wayne Bobbitt after the verdict:
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    NAFTA becomes law -- December 8, 1993

    President Clinton signs into law the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The pact, which takes effect January 1, 1994, lowers or eliminates tariffs and removes other trade restrictions between the three countries.

    Clinton signs NAFTA, addresses public:
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