Return to home1993 Jul 1, The space
shuttle Endeavour returned from a 10-day mission.
1993 Jul 1, In San Francisco
Gian Luigi Ferri opened fire with a TEC-DC9 semiautomatic pistol at
the 34th floor law offices of Petit & Martin at 101 California
St. He killed 8 people, wounded six and then committed suicide.
(SFC, 1/31/97, p.A20)(SFC, 5/7/97, p.A17)(SFEC,
1993 Jul 2, The White House
acknowledged that it had erred in firing seven travel office
employees and urging the FBI to investigate them.
1993 Jul 2, Sheik Omar
Abdel-Rahman, some of whose followers were accused in the bombing of
the World Trade Center, surrendered to immigration officials in New
1993 Jul 3, Steffi Graf of
Germany won her third consecutive Wimbledon title as she defeated
Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic.
1993 Jul 3, Hall of Fame
pitcher Don Drysdale died in Montreal, Canada, at age 56.
1993 Jul 3, Ousted Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Haiti's military chief, Lt.
Gen. Raoul Cedras, separately signed an accord designed to return
Aristide to power.
1993 Jul 4, Pilar Fort was
crowned the 25th Miss Black America.
1993 Jul 4, Pete Sampras won
the men's title at Wimbledon, defeating fellow American Jim Courier.
1993 Jul 4, South African
leaders F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela received the Liberty Medal
in a ceremony outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall.
1993 Jul 4, Pizza Hut blimp
deflated & landed safely on W 56th street in NYC.
1993 Jul 5, President Clinton
left Washington for a Group of Seven summit in Japan.
1993 Jul 5, Harrison E.
Salisbury (b.1908), US journalist (NY Times), died.
1993 Jul 5, A United Nations
team left Iraq after trying for more than a month to persuade the
Baghdad government to allow surveillance cameras at two former
missile test sites.
1993 Jul 5, In eight separate
incidents, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) kidnapped a total of
19 Western tourists traveling in southeastern Turkey. The hostages,
including U.S. citizen Colin Patrick Starger, were released unharmed
after spending several weeks in captivity.
1993 Jul 6, On the eve of the
Group of Seven summit in Tokyo, President Clinton and Japanese Prime
Minister Kiichi Miyazawa expressed optimism about resolving a
contentious trade dispute between their countries.
1993 Jul 7, The Group of Seven
nations, on the first day of their economic summit in Tokyo,
unveiled a long-sought agreement on world trade. Prior to the summit
opening, President Clinton delivered a speech at Waseda University.
1993 Jul 7, Mia Zapata (27), a
rising punk-rock star, was last seen alive in Seattle. In 2003 Jesus
C. Mezquia (b.1965), who lived in Seattle at the time of the rape
and murder, was arrested in Florida on DNA evidence. On March 25,
2004, a jury convicted Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia of her murder
and he was sentenced to 36 years in prison.
1993 Jul 8, A jury in Boise,
Idaho, acquitted white separatist Randy Weaver and a co-defendant of
slaying a federal marshal in a shootout at a remote mountain cabin.
1993 Jul 8, Leaders of the
Group of Seven, in the second day of their Tokyo summit, warned
against the dismembering of Bosnia, but backed away from a threat to
1993 Jul 8, In Latvia Guntis
Ulmanis was sworn in as president.
(BN, 10/97, p.3)
1993 Jul 9, Leaders of Bosnia's
Muslim-led government rejected a plan to divide the country into
three ethnically separate republics.
1993 Jul 9, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin met with Group of Seven leaders as they concluded
their three-day summit in Tokyo.
1993 Jul 10, President Clinton
ended his visit to Japan, then traveled to South Korea, where in a
speech to the National Assembly he denounced communist North Korea
for raising the specter of "nuclear annihilation."
1993 Jul 10, Kenyan runner
Yobes Ondieki became the first man to run 10,000 meters in less than
1993 Jul 11, President Clinton
wrapped up his visit to South Korea with a visit to the
Demilitarized Zone separating South and North Korea; he then flew to
Hawaii, where he placed a wreath at the site of the sunken
battleship USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
1993 Jul 11, In Des Moines,
Iowa, severe flooding shut down a water system serving 250,000
1993 Jul 12, Andrew Lloyd
Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard" opened in London.
1993 Jul 12, 196 people were
killed when an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.8 struck
1993 Jul 12, In Somalia a mob
avenging a deadly United Nations attack on the compound of Mohamed
Farrah Aidid killed Dan Eldon (22), a US photo-journalist working
for Reuters, and three colleagues. They were stoned and beaten to
death at the scene of a bombing by UN forces of a house believed to
be the headquarters of Gen’l. Aidid.
(SFEM, 11/16/97, p.30)(AP, 7/12/98)
1993 Jul 13, The American
League defeated the National League in the All-Star Game, 9-3, in
1993 Jul 13, Race car driver
Davey Allison died in Birmingham, Ala., of injuries suffered in a
1993 Jul 13, A.K. Ramanujan
(b.1929), Indian poet and scholar, died in Chicago. In 1999 his
collected essays were published.
1993 Jul 14, President Clinton
visited flood-stricken Iowa for the second time in 10 days, telling
flood victims to "hang in there."
1993 Jul 15, Authorities in Los
Angeles announced eight arrests in connection with an alleged plot
by white supremacists to ignite a race war by bombing a black church
and killing prominent black Americans. Christopher Fisher, leader of
the Fourth Reich Skinheads, was later sentenced to more than 8 years
in federal prison while defendant Carl Daniel Boese was sentenced to
nearly 5 years in prison; both had pleaded guilty to arson and
1993 Jul 16, In Oakland Ca.,
Sizzler Restaurant manager Anthoney Vaughn was shot and killed
during a robbery by 2 men at 2710 Telegraph Ave. In 2012 Charles
Luckett (58) was charged with Vaughn’s murder after biological
evidence linked him to the scene.
(SFC, 6/27/12, p.C2)
1993 Jul 16, The surging
Mississippi River charged through a levee at West Quincy, Mo.,
closing the Bayview Bridge, the only bridge across the river to
Illinois for more than 200 miles.
1993 Jul 17, President Clinton,
with several Cabinet members in tow, traveled to Arnold, Mo., where
he heard the governors of eight flood-stricken states appeal for
more financial assistance; however, he held out little hope the
government could offer a total bailout.
1993 Jul 18, FBI Director
William Sessions continued to resist White House suggestions he step
down, saying he would resign only if President Clinton asked him to.
Sessions was fired by Clinton the next day.
1993 Jul 18, In Pakistan Shariq
and Ishaq Khan resigned under army pressure. An interim government,
headed by former world bank VP Moeen Qureshi, called for new
(SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)
1993 Jul 19, President Clinton
fired FBI Director William Sessions, citing "serious questions"
about Sessions' conduct and leadership.
1993 Jul 19, President Clinton
announced a compromise allowing homosexuals to serve in the
military, but only if they refrained from all homosexual activity,
under a compromise dubbed "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue."
(HN, 7/19/98)(AP, 7/19/08)
1993 Jul 19, Szymon Goldberg
(84), Polish-born violinist, conductor, died in Japan. He became a
US citizen in 1953 and two years later founded the Netherlands
1993 Jul 20, Vincent Foster
Jr., deputy White House council, was found dead in a Virginia Park
near Washington. His death was claimed to be a suicide. An
eye-witness later claimed to see “suspicious-looking man" and a car
with Arkansas license plates not far from the scene. His death was
later concluded to be a suicide. Information relating to these
events were later leaked by a source identified as "Deep Water."
(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A7)(SFC, 7/16/97, p.A3)(WSJ,
2/18/98, p.A24)(AP, 7/20/98)
1993 Jul 20, A day after firing
William Sessions as FBI director, President Clinton named federal
judge Louis Freeh (b.1950) to replace him. Freeh served until June,
(AP, 7/20/98)(WSJ, 6/14/02, p.A4)
1993 Jul 21, More rain set back
cleanup and recovery efforts in parts of the Midwest; Transportation
Secretary Federico Pena examined flood damage along the Mississippi
in Keokuk, Iowa.
1993 Jul 22, Japanese Prime
Minister Kiichi Miyazawa agreed to resign, following big election
losses by the scandal-plagued Liberal Democrats.
1993 Jul 23, US Surgeon
General-designate Joycelyn Elders stuck by her firm stands on sex
education and AIDS prevention in a one-day confirmation hearing on
1993 Jul 23, White House deputy
counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr. was buried near Hope, Ark., three days
after taking his own life in a Virginia park.
1993 Jul 23, In South Carolina
Larry Demery and Daniel Green came upon James Jordan sleeping in his
car and proceeded to rob him. As Jordan awoke Green shot Jordan, the
56-year-old father of basketball star Michael Jordan. Green was
found guilty of murder in April 1995, largely based on the testimony
of his life-long friend, Larry Demery, and was sentenced to life in
prison. Demery pleaded guilty in May 1995 and was sentenced to life
in prison. Both killers were sentenced at the Robeson County
Courthouse in Lumberton, North Carolina.
1993 Jul 23, British Prime
Minister John Major survived a vote of confidence and a reluctant
House of Commons approved a treaty of European union on his terms.
1993 July 23, A handful of men
shot and killed 6 children and teenagers at the Candelaria Cathedral
and 2 more at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In
1996 one of the four men accused, former police officer Nelson dos
Santos Cunha, confessed to having taken part. About 2,000 children
roam Rio’s streets and in 1994, 936 youths under 18 were murdered.
In 1996 a court cleared 2 policemen and another man in killings. Two
other policemen were convicted earlier. In 1997 a court reduced the
sentence of Cunha from 261 years to 18 years. In 1998 Marcos Aurelio
Alcantara (30) was convicted and sentenced to 204 years in jail.
(SFC, 4/28/96, A-14)(SFC, 11/28/96, p.B6)(WSJ,
12/11/96, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/20/97, p.A1)(SFC, 8/27/98, p.A14)
1993 Jul 24, US House Ways and
Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski denied allegations he'd received
embezzled funds, saying he had engaged in "no illegal or unethical
1993 Jul 24, The Russian
government announced it would invalidate billions of pre-1993
1993 Jul 25, Israel launched
its heaviest artillery and air assault on Lebanon since 1982 in an
attempt to eradicate Hezbollah and Palestinian guerrilla threats.
Guerrillas fired rockets into Israel. The fighting ended July 31
with a U.S.-brokered cease-fire. Israel and Hezbollah then agreed
not to attack civilian targets, but the cease-fire was short lived.
(AP, 7/25/98)(SFC, 5/24/00, p.A15)
1993 Jul 26, President Clinton
launched a harder sell for his budget at a conference in Chicago,
accusing Republicans of gridlock.
1993 Jul 26, In the SF Bay Area
Pat Hatfield founded the Colma Historical Association.
1993 Jul 26, Ret. Gen. Matthew
B. Ridgway (98), US Army Chief of Staff (1953-55), died in Fox
1993 Jul 26, A Boeing 737-500
crashed in South Korea and 68 people were killed.
1993 Jul 27, IBM reported a
record $8.4 billion quarterly loss.
1993 Jul 27, Boston Celtics
star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University
basketball court during practice; he was 27.
1993 Jul 27, Israeli guns and
aircraft pounded southern Lebanon in reprisal for rocket attacks by
1993 Jul 27, Bombs exploded in
Rome and Milan, killing at least five people.
1993 Jul 28, President Clinton
declared himself ready to provide air power to protect peacekeepers
in Bosnia if he received a request from the United Nations.
1993 Jul 29, The Israeli
Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of
being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible," and threw out his
death sentence. Demjanjuk was set free. Soviet archives opened after
1991 seemed to prove that he was not Ivan the Terrible.
(AP, 7/29/98)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.98)
1993 Jul 30, Bosnia's outgunned
Muslim-led government abandoned its efforts to hold the region
together, agreeing to a preliminary accord to divide the former
Yugoslav republic into three ethnic states.
1993 Jul 31, The Missouri River
overflowed. It was just part of the massive flooding throughout the
(WSJ, 9/11/96, p.A20)
1993 Jul 31, A U.S.-brokered
truce halted Israel's weeklong military offensive in southern
Lebanon, which was launched in retaliation for guerrilla attacks
that killed seven Israeli troops.
1993 Jul 31, Belgium's King
Baudouin I died at age 62; he was succeeded by his brother, Prince
1993 Jul, William Stafford,
former poet laureate of the US from Portland, Or., completed a set
of poems for the US Forest Service for the North Cascade Scenic
Highway in Washington. He died a month later at 79.
(WSJ, 10/7/97, p.A20)
1993 Jul, The first American
ground troops entered the former Yugoslavia as 300 Americans joined
a UN peacekeeping force in Macedonia.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)
1993 Jul, In Italy the modern
art museum in central Milan was damaged by bombs. Two churches in
Rome were also damaged, including the Basilica of St. John Lateran,
between May and July. [see May 20]
(SFEC, 6/7/98, p.A23)
1993 Jul, In Japan the Aum
Shinri Kyo cult again pumped a slurry of liquid anthrax into a
sprayer and shot it near the Imperial Palace and around central
Tokyo without success.
(SFC, 5/27/98, p.A12)
1993 Jul, Ricardo Salinas
Pliego won a privatization auction of Mexico’s government-run TV
Azteca with a bid of $643 million. It later emerged that he had
borrowed nearly $30 million from Raul Salinas, the brother of
then-Pres. Carlos Salinas (no relation), prompting some to question
whether the sale had been rigged.
(WSJ, 8/7/96, p.A10)(WSJ, 12/8/05, p.A11)
1993 Jul, In Nakhon Ratchasima,
Thailand, a 6-story hotel collapsed and crushed 102 people.
(SFC, 11/26/96, p.B1)
1993 Aug 1, The city of St.
Louis found itself besieged by the Mississippi and Missouri rivers,
which had swelled to record levels after months of flooding in nine
1993 Aug 1, Ewing Marion
Kauffman (b.1916) founder of Marion Laboratories (1950) and the
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (1966), died.
1993 Aug 2, In a dramatic scene
shown on national television, Jessica, a 2 1/2-year-old girl at the
center of a custody battle, was removed from the Michigan home of
Jan and Roberta DeBoer and turned over to her biological parents,
Dan and Cara Schmidt of Iowa.
1993 Aug 3, The US Senate voted
96-3 to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
1993 Aug 3, James Jordan
(b.1936), the father of basketball star Michael Jordan, was found
dead in a South Carolina creek, 11 days after he was slain; his
remains were not identified until Aug. 13.
1993 Aug 4, The US Senate
approved a $5.8 billion disaster bill for Midwestern flood victims.
1993 Aug 4, A federal judge
sentenced Los Angeles police officers Stacey Koon and Laurence
Powell to 2 1/2 years in prison for violating Rodney King's civil
1993 Aug 4, Rwandan Hutu's and
Tutsi's negotiated power-sharing agreement in Arusha, Tanzania. It
was viewed as a sellout by extremist leaders of the Hutu majority.
1993 Aug 5, The U.S. House of
Representatives passed President Clinton's budget plan by a close
vote of 218-216.
1993 Aug 5, Japan's Cabinet
resigned, paving the way for the end of 38 years of rule by the
Liberal Democratic Party.
1993 Aug 6, The U.S. Senate
joined the House in passing President Clinton's budget plan, 51-50,
with a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Al Gore.
1993 Aug 6, Louis Freeh won US
Senate confirmation to be director of the FBI.
1993 Aug 6, Ben Klassen
(b.1918), founder of the racist Creativity Movement (1973),
committed suicide. He had made a packet of money by inventing an
electric-can opener and spent it on printing copies of his books,
which included “Nature’s Eternal Religion" and “The White Man’s
Bible." Creativity almost died out as a religion until the New
Church of the Creator was established three years later by Matthew
F. Hale as its Pontifex Maximus (high priest). In January, 2003,
Hale was incarcerated for plotting with the movement's head of
security, Anthony Evola (an FBI informant), to murder a federal
1993 Aug 6, Morihiro Hosokawa
was elected the new prime minister of Japan by the country's lower
house of Parliament. The Liberal Democratic Party was ousted after
ruling since 1955. Hosokawa had formed the Japan New Party in May
1992. It ruled for only 8 months.
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 217)(WSJ, 3/27/96,
p.B-13)(AP, 8/6/98)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.52)
1993 Aug 7, The public got its
first glimpse inside Buckingham Palace as people were given the
opportunity to tour the London home of Queen Elizabeth II. Proceeds
from ticket sales were earmarked to help repair fire damage at
1993 Aug 8, Six people were
killed when their balloon hit a power line near Aspen, Colorado,
tearing off the basket and sending it plunging 30 meters to the
1993 Aug 8, Freddie Woodruff
(b.1947), CIA agent chief in Tbilisi, Georgia, was shot and killed
during an outing with friends. Georgian authorities charged Anzor
Sharmaidze (20), a volunteer soldier, with the murder. Sharmaidze
confessed under torture and later said he was framed for the murder.
In 2008 Sharmaidze was granted parole from prison.
1993 Aug 8, In Somalia, four
U.S. soldiers were killed when a land mine was detonated underneath
their vehicle. This prompted President Clinton to order Army Rangers
to try to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
1993 Aug 9, Reputed "Hollywood
Madam" Heidi Fleiss pleaded innocent in Los Angeles to five counts
of pandering and one count of selling cocaine. Fleiss was convicted
in 1994 of three counts of pandering and acquitted of the drug
charge, but the verdicts were later thrown out due to jury
misconduct. She eventually pleaded guilty to attempted pandering.
1993 Aug 9, Mohamed M. Tabet
(54), commissar of Casablanca, was executed by firing squad. He had
committed violent acts against some 16000 women.
1993 Aug 10, President Clinton
signed a massive deficit-reduction bill into law.
1993 Aug 10, Ruth Bader
Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S.
1993 Aug 11, President Clinton
named Army Gen. John Shalikashvili to be the new chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeding the retiring Gen. Colin Powell.
1993 Aug 11, Pope John Paul II
1993 Aug 12, Pope John Paul II
began his third U.S. visit in Denver.
1993 Aug 12, President Clinton
signed a relief package for the flooded Midwest. Clinton also lifted
a ban on rehiring air traffic controllers fired for going on strike
1993 Aug 12, The launch of
space shuttle Discovery was scrubbed at the last second.
1993 Aug 13, Negotiators for
the US, Canada and Mexico announced they had resolved side issues
concerning the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
1993 Aug 13, US Court of
Appeals ruled that congress must save all e-mails.
1993 Aug 14, A jury in New York
acquitted Washington lawyer Robert Altman of fraud charges for
dealings linked to the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
1993 Aug 14, Pope John Paul II
denounced abortion and euthanasia as well as sexual abuse by
American priests in a speech at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.
1993 Aug 15, Pope John Paul II
ended his four-day U.S. visit with a farewell address at Denver's
Stapleton International Airport in which he denounced the "culture
of death" of abortion and euthanasia.
1993 Aug 15, An Egyptian
surrendered peacefully after hijacking a Dutch jet to Germany to
demand the U.S. release Muslim cleric Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman.
1993 Aug 15, Robert W. Kempner
(93), German officer of justice in Prussia and special US prosecutor
of Nazis, died.
1993 Aug 16, President Clinton
opened his campaign for health care reform with a speech to the
nation's governors in Tulsa, Okla.
1993 Aug 16, New York police
rescued business executive Harvey Weinstein from a covered
14-foot-deep pit, where he'd been held for ransom for nearly two
1993 Aug 16, Actor Stewart
Granger (80) died in Santa Monica, Calif.
1993 Aug 17, A prosecutor in
Wayne County, Mich., charged Dr. Jack Kevorkian under Michigan's ban
on assisted suicide for aiding in the death of Thomas Hyde, who
suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease. A jury later acquitted
Kevorkian. Kevorkian provided patients means and assistance in dying
and Michigan’s legislature moved to outlaw his work.
(TMC, 1994, p.1993)(AP, 8/17/98)
1993 Aug 18, A judge in
Sarasota, Fla., ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl
switched at birth with another baby, need never see her biological
parents again, in accordance with her stated wishes. However, she
later moved in with Ernest and Regina Twigg.
1993 Aug 18, Tseng "Jim" Peng,
electronics tycoon, returned to California from a trip to Taiwan and
found his mistress, Ranbing "Jennifer" Ji, stabbed to death and his
5-month-old son suffocated. His wife Lisa Peng was found guilty in
1996 after an initial trial ended in deadlock. Lisa Peng's
conviction was reversed in 1999 due to questionable police tactics.
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.C5)
1993 Aug 19, Mattel and Fisher
Price toys announced a merger.
1993 Aug 19, Dr. George Tiller
was shot and wounded outside an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kan., by
Rachelle Shannon. Shannon was later sentenced to eleven years in
prison and also ordered to serve 20 additional years for arson and
acid attacks at abortion clinics in Oregon, California and Nevada.
1993 Aug 20, Conjoined twins
Angela and Amy Lakeberg were separated at The Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia in an operation that sacrificed Amy, since the sisters
shared a common heart and liver tissue. Angela died in June 1994.
1993 Aug 21, In a serious
setback for NASA, engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer
spacecraft on a $980 million mission. Its fate remains unknown.
1993 Aug 21, The US Justice
Dept. took over the FTC investigation into the business practices of
(WSJ, 11/8/99, p.A30)
1993 Aug 22, NASA engineers
continued trying, without success, to re-establish contact with the
Mars Observer, a day after losing contact.
1993 Aug 23, Former Detroit
police officers Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn were convicted of
second-degree murder in the fatal beating of black motorist Malice
Green. Both convictions were later overturned. On retrial, Budzyn
was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to time
served; Nevers was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in April
2000, but had that conviction reversed by an appeals court in March
1993 Aug 23, Los Angeles police
confirmed that pop star Michael Jackson was the subject of a
criminal investigation. Prosecutors began investigating Michael
Jackson after a 13-year-old boy said Jackson had sex with him. An
out of court settlement was reached for $15-20 mil. The boy’s father
later filed suit against Jackson for violating a promise not to
discuss the settlement.
(AP, 8/23/98)(SFC, 6/12/96, p.E3)
1993 Aug 24, The Clinton
administration unveiled its proposed revisions to wetlands policy,
which would expand protection but also give landowners some
1993 Aug 24, NASA’s Mars
Observer, which was supposed to map the surface of Mars, is declared
1993 Aug 25, The United States
applied limited sanctions against China and Pakistan after
concluding the Chinese had sold M-11 missile technology to the
(WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A4)(AP, 8/25/98)
1993 Aug 25, Amy Biehl,
Stanford graduate and Fulbright scholar from Newport Beach, Calif.,
was slain while attempting to drive black friends home to Guguletu
outside Cape Town. Four members of the Congress’ youth wing were
arrested, convicted and sentenced to 18-year jail terms. They later
requested amnesty from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. In
1998 the 4 men convicted of Biehl’s murder were given amnesty. In
2016 Justine van der Leun authored “We Are Not Such Things," an
account of those involved in the Biehl murder.
(SFC, 8/21/96, p.A8)(SFEC, 6/29/97, p.D1)(WSJ,
7/29/98, p.A1)(AP, 8/25/98)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.68)
1993 Aug 26, Sheik Omar
Abdel-Rahman and 14 co-defendants entered innocent pleas in federal
court in New York, a day after their indictment on charges of
conspiring to wage terrorism against the United States.
1993 Aug 26, Landlady Dorothea
Puente was convicted in Monterey, Calif., of murdering three of her
boardinghouse tenants; she was later sentenced to life without
1993 Aug 27, The U.N. Security
Council suspended 2 1/2-month-old economic sanctions against Haiti
to spur the country's return to democracy. They were reimposed the
1993 Aug 27, Gen’l. Ibrahim
Babangida ended his rule over Nigeria.
1993 Aug 28, In Australia
Jeffrey Gilham (23) allegedly stabbed his father, mother and brother
to death in their Sydney home, but told police he killed his sibling
in a fit of rage after discovering he had murdered their parents. He
pleaded guilty in 1995 to the manslaughter of his brother (25),
escaping with a five-year good behavior bond. Gilham was eventually
charged with the killings of his parent in February 2006 after 13
years of campaigning by his paternal uncles. In 2009 Jeffrey Gilham
was sentenced to life in prison. In 2012 a court found Jeffrey
should be acquitted and not retried over the killing of his parents.
1993 Aug 28, The Bosnian
Parliament ordered President Alija Izetbegovic back to talks on
ending 17 months of war with demands to squeeze more territory for
the Muslim-led government.
1993 Aug 29, Negotiations
continued between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization,
with Israel reported on the verge of recognizing the PLO.
1993 Aug 29, In Rio’s Vigario
Geral favela 21 residents were massacred by police to avenge the
killing of 4 colleagues. 52 policemen were accused in the massacre
and in 1997 Paulo Roberto Alvarenga was the first to be tried. He
was sentenced to 450 years in prison but the law limited him to
serve no more than 30 years.
4/28/97, p.A12)(Econ, 4/9/05, p.31)
1993 Aug 30, "The Late Show
with David Letterman" premiered on CBS-TV.
1993 Aug 30, Richard Jordan, US
actor (Hunt for Red October, Posse), died at 55, shortly after
finishing movie, Gettysburg (Gen Armistead).
1993 Aug 30, Robert Malval was
installed as prime minister of Haiti during a ceremony at the
Haitian Embassy in Washington.
1993 Aug 30, The 150 millionth
person visited the Eiffel Tower.
1993 Aug 30, Israel's Cabinet
approved a framework for Palestinian autonomy in the occupied
1993 Aug 31, Mideast peace
talks resumed in Washington amid hopes that a historic agreement to
establish Palestinian autonomous areas would be concluded within
1993 Aug 31, Hurricane Emily
hit North Carolina's Outer Banks, killing three people.
1993 Aug 31, Russia withdrew
its last soldier from Lithuania, the first Baltic nation to eject
all former Soviet troops.
1993 Aug 31, Venezuela’s
Congress officially removed President Andres Perez (b.1922) from
office. Perez had served 2 terms as presidents (1974-1979,
1989-1993). He was impeached following a scandal on the alleged
mishandling of US$17 million from the presidents' special secret
fund, used to help Violeta Chamorro's government in Nicaragua.
1993 Aug, A 370-pound heroin
shipment was seized in New Orleans. In 1997 Thai police seized a
Burmese man, Liu Wen Ming, for organizing the shipment. Ming was
suspected of being an associate of drug kingpin Khun Sa.
(SFC, 4/1/97, p.A12)
1993 Aug, Norwegian academic
Terje Roed-Larsen and other Norwegian mediators helped broker a
secret peace accord in which the Palestinians formally recognized
Israel's right to exist and Israel agreed to establish self-rule in
the West Bank and Gaza. The accord allowed thousands of PLO
guerrillas to return to Palestine without Israeli interference.
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A8)(SFC, 6/4/98, p.C3)(AP,
1993 Sep 1, The Pentagon
unveiled a five-year defense plan to further shrink the U.S.
military in favor of a lean, high-tech force.
1993 Sep 1, Louis Freeh was
sworn in as director of the FBI.
(AP, 9/1/99)(WSJ, 9/3/99, p.A12)
1993 Sep 2, The United States
and Russia formally ended decades of competition in space by
agreeing to a joint venture to build a space station.
1993 Sep 3, The US Labor
Department reported the nation's unemployment rate edged down to a
two-year low of 6.7 percent the previous month.
1993 Sep 4, The Fatah faction
of the PLO endorsed a peace accord with Israel.
1993 Sep 4, Pope John Paul II
launched the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union as he
began a tour of the Baltic republics.
1993 Sep 4, Herve Hillechaize
(50) died in Los Angeles. The Fantasy Island actor shot himself to
1993 Sep 5, "Jelly's Last Jam"
closed at Virginia Theater NYC after 569 performances.
1993 Sep 5, "Will Rogers
Follies" closed at Palace Theater NYC after 983 performances.
1993 Sep 5, Claude Renoir,
French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), died at 78.
1993 Sep 5, Seven Nigerian
soldiers were killed in a militia ambush in Somalia as they went to
the aid of other UN peacekeepers surrounded by a stone-throwing mob.
1993 Sep 6, President Clinton
visited South Florida, where he met with residents recovering from
1993 Sep 6, Jacquelyn McNealy
(24) was wounded and partially paralyzed at a Pine Bluff, Ark.,
concert that featured Tupac Shakur. In 1996 she won a $16.6 million
(SFC, 11/21/96, p.A3)
1993 Sep 6, Automakers Renault
of France and Volvo of Sweden announced they would merge; however,
Volvo canceled the deal the following December.
1993 Sep 7, President Clinton
put forth an ambitious plan to "reinvent government" by reducing the
1993 Sep 7, Dr. Joycelyn Elders
was confirmed by the Senate to be surgeon general.
1993 Sep 7, Two white laborers
were convicted in West Palm Beach, Fla., of burning a black tourist
from New York; both were later sentenced to life in prison.
1993 Sep 7, Hall Bartlett
(b.1922), US director, writer and producer, died. His film
productions included “Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1973).
1993 Sep 8, Joycelyn Elders,
M.D., appointed by Pres. Clinton, became the US Surgeon General. She
was released Dec 31, 1994, after espousing studies on masturbation
and drug legalization. In 1996 she published her autobiography.
1993 Sep 8, German tourist
Uwe-Wilhelm Rakebrand was killed by a woman firing from a van as he
and his wife drove away from the Miami airport. The gunwoman and an
accomplice received life prison sentences; the van's driver received
1993 Sep 8, Christopher Simmons
(17), a Missouri high school student, kidnapped, bound and killed
Mrs. Shirley Crooks by throwing her into a river from a railroad
trestle. He was arrested the next day, confessed and 9 months later
was sentenced to death. In 2003 the Missouri supreme Court changed
the sentence to life in prison due to Simmons’ age. In 2005 the
Supreme Court ruled against the execution of minors.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.B3)(Econ, 3/5/05, p.31)
1993 Sep 8, Black gunmen in
South Africa launched a series of attacks on black commuters,
claiming two dozen lives.
1993 Sep 9-1993 Sep 14,
Hurricane Gert caused 76 deaths. It affected Mexico, Honduras, Costa
Rica, and Nicaragua.
1993 Sep 9, PLO leaders and
Israel agreed to recognize each other, clearing the way for a peace
1993 Sep 9, Former Philippine
President Ferdinand Marcos was buried in his homeland, four years
after his death in exile.
1993 Sep 9, About a hundred
Somali gunmen and civilians were killed when U.S. and Pakistani
peacekeepers fired on Somalis attacking other peacekeepers.
1993 Sep 10, The cult series
"The X-Files" premiered on Fox Television.
1993 Sep 10, First lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton lashed out at what she called "standpat, negative,
nay-saying" opponents of health reform in an address to state
legislators at George Washington University.
1993 Sep 11, Antoine Izmery, a
prominent supporter of exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, was shot and killed outside a church in Port-au-Prince;
the UN mission accused Haitian armed forces of involvement.
Louis-Jodel Chamblain was later convicted in absentia for his role
in the murder.
(AP, 9/11/98)(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A9)
1993 Sep 11, In India car bomb
exploded outside the offices of the Indian Youth Congress on Raisina
Road in New Delhi, killing nine people. In 2001 Sikh separatist
Devinderpal Singh Bhullar (b.1965) was convicted of triggering the
bomb and sentenced to death. In 2014 his sentence was commuted to
life in prison.
1993 Sep 11, Austrian born US
conductor and author Erich Leinsdorf died in Zurich, Switzerland, at
age 81. His work included "Cadenza."
1993 Sep 12, The space shuttle
Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral on a 10-day mission.
1993 Sep 12, Actor Raymond Burr
(76) died of liver cancer at his Northern California ranch.
1993 Sep 12, In San Antonio,
Texas, Rodolfo Rodriguez (72), his wife Virginia (62) and Paula
Moran (90), a former nanny, were fatally stabbed in a robbery that
netted about $300. A grand-nephew of the couple later implicated
himself, his brother and Arnold Prieto. In Jan 21, 2015, Prieto (41)
was executed for his role in the killings.
(SFC, 1/22/15, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/mv4k33j)
1993 Sep 13, In a historic
scene at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and
PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord
granting limited Palestinian autonomy. It gave Arafat control of
most of the Gaza Strip and 27% of the West Bank. In 2002 Neal
Kozodoy edited ""The Mideast Peace Process: An Autopsy."
(AP, 9/13/97)(WSJ, 2/11/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/12/04,
1993 Sep 14, British tourist
Gary Colley was shot and killed, his female companion Margaret
Jagger wounded, at a highway rest stop in Florida. Three young men,
Aundra Aikins, John Crumitie, and Deron Spear, were arrested charged
and convicted. Two suspects later received life sentences; two
others received lesser sentences.
(AP, 9/14/03)(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A8)
1993 Sep 14, Israel and Jordan
signed a framework for negotiations, a day after the signing of a
PLO-Israeli peace accord.
1993 Sep 15 Katherine Ann
Power, former 60s radical who spent 23 years in hiding, surrendered
to authorities at Boston College law school in Newton. She faced
charges stemming from a 1970 bank robbery in which Boston police
officer Walter Schroeder Sr. (42) was killed. Power pleaded guilty
to charges of armed robbery and the reduced charge of manslaughter.
On October 6, 1993, she received a five-year federal term, to run
concurrently with an 8-12 year state sentence. She was released in
1993 Sep 16, A judge in Berlin
convicted three elderly former Communist leaders in the shooting
deaths of East Germans who had tried to scale the Berlin Wall.
1993 Sep 17, President Clinton
urged China to cancel an underground nuclear test, assuring the
Beijing government it had nothing to fear from the world's other
1993 Sep 18, Kimberly Clarice
Aiken of South Carolina was crowned Miss America at the pageant in
Atlantic City, N.J.
1993 Sep 19, The NBC sitcom
"Seinfeld" and the offbeat CBS drama "Picket Fences" each won three
trophies at the 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
1993 Sep 19, Polish voters
turned left in parliamentary elections, giving the most number of
seats to the Democratic Left Alliance.
1993 Sep 20, QVC Network Inc.
proposed a $9.5 billion stock and cash merger with Paramount
Communications Inc.; however, Viacom eventually won the battle to
1993 Sep 21, The US National
and Community Service Trust Act became law under the Clinton
administration. It included AmeriCorps, a volunteer national service
program for young adults to teach children to read and to build
homes for those in need. A modest living allowance was provided
along with up to $4,725 in education vouchers for completing one
year of service. By 2002 there were some 50,000 participants earning
$9,300 per year with education benefits to $9,500.
p.A3)(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
1993 Sep 21, The police drama
"NYPD Blue" premiered on ABC.
1993 Sep 21, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin announced he was ousting the hard-line,
Communist-dominated Congress that had long opposed his reforms.
1993 Sep 22, President Clinton
previewed his health care reform package in an address to a
nationally broadcast session of Congress.
1993 Sep 22, Forty-seven people
were killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed and crashed into
Bayou Canot near Mobile, Ala.
1993 Sep 22, The space shuttle
"Discovery" and its five astronauts landed at Kennedy Space Center,
ending a 10-day mission.
1993 Sep 22, Russia’s President
Boris Yeltsin disbanded the Supreme Soviet. Yeltsin issued Decree
No. 1400 that dissolved the Congress on the ground that the
president as a guarantor of the spirit of the constitution could not
let a legal deadlock last. Hard-line supporters of the legislature
soon rebelled and over 100 people died in Moscow.
(www.cs.indiana.edu/~dmiguse/Russian/bybio.html)(SFC, 9/9/98, p.A10)
1993 Sep 23, Seattle’s City
Council passed a sit/lie ban affecting the downtown area between 7
am and 9 pm. The law was upheld by the US Court of Appeals in 1996.
1993 Sep 23, Sydney, Australia,
was selected to host the 2000 Summer Olympics, beating Beijing by 2
votes. It was later revealed that 2 African members of the IOC had
been bribed the night before the vote.
(AP, 9/23/98)(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A1)
1993 Sep 23, The Israeli
parliament ratified the Israel-PLO accord.
1993 Sep 23, The South African
parliament voted to allow blacks a role in governing.
1993 Sep 24, Addressing the
United Nations, Nelson Mandela asked the world community to lift
economic sanctions against South Africa, saying huge foreign
investments would help prevent unrest and build a multiracial
1993 Sep 24, Norodom Sihanouk
was reinstalled as king of Cambodia.
(HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)
1993 Sep 24, The 1st Israeli
was killed by Islamics after PLO signed the peace accord.
1993 Sep 24, Imelda Marcos,
wife of the late Ferdinand Marcos, former dictator of the
Philippines, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after being
found guilty on charges of widespread corruption. Imelda was also
noted for her vast shoe collection.
1993 Sep 25, Three U.S.
soldiers in Somalia were killed when their helicopter was downed by
a rocket-propelled grenade.
1993 Sep 26, Eight people
emerged from the glass dome of Biosphere Two in the Arizona desert
after being sealed inside for two years in an experiment dogged by
setbacks and controversy.
(SFC, 11/25/96, p.A3)(AP, 9/26/98)
1993 Sep 27, Sen. Kay Bailey
Hutchison, R-Texas, was indicted on charges that, as Texas state
treasurer, she'd misused state facilities and employees. The
indictment was dismissed for technical reasons; Hutchison was
reindicted and later acquitted.
1993 Sep 27, Retired Gen. James
H. Doolittle died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 96.
1993 Sep 28, First lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton went to Capitol Hill to begin selling the
administration's health care plan to Congress.
1993 Sep 28, Peter De Vries
(b.1910), novelist, essayist (New Yorker), died at 83.
1993 Sep 29, Bosnia's
parliament spurned an international peace plan, voting
overwhelmingly to reject it unless Bosnian Serbs returned land taken
1993 Sep 30, US Treasury
Department issued a report sharply criticizing top officials at the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their handling of the
February raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
1993 Sep 30, Gen Colin Powell
(56) stepped down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a
retirement ceremony at Fort Myer, Va.
(AP, 9/30/98)(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.A14)
1993 Sep 30, MS Dos 6.2 was
1993 Sep 30, An estimated
10,000 (28,000) people were killed when an earthquake measuring a
magnitude of 6.0-6.4 struck Latur in southern India. Its epicenter
was about 350 miles southwest of Jabalpur.
(SFC, 5/22/97, p.C4)(AP, 9/30/98)(SFC, 3/30/99,
1993 Sep, American audiences
were able to see "The Borrowers" by Mary Norton, an adaptation
produced for the BBC by Working Title Television.
(WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A12)
1993 Sep, AT&T announced
the WorldPartners Association and WorldSource Services geared to
multinational customers. Less than a year later MCI announced a
joint venture with British Telecom called Concert and Sprint
announced plans to join with Deutsche Telecom and France Telecom.
(Hem, 4/96, p.36)
1993 Sep, Azerbaijan joined the
Commonwealth of Independent States.
(CO, Grolier’s Amer. Acad. Enc./ Azerbaijan)
1993 Sep, In Mexico Raul
Salinas lent $29.8 mil for 6 years at 12% to Ricardo Salinas Pliego
to buy TV Azteca, Mexico’s 2nd largest network, from the government
for $669 mil.
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.D1)(WSJ, 8/7/96, p.A10)
1993 Oct 1, The US federal tax
on gasoline was raised to 18.3 cents per gallon.
1993 Oct 1, In Petaluma, Ca.
12-year-old Polly Klaas was kidnapped from her bedroom while playing
with two girl friends by a knife-wielding intruder; her body was
found more than two months later. 60 days later Richard Allen Davis
was arrested for the kidnap and murder of Polly. He was later
convicted and sentenced to death.
(SFC, 4/24/96, p.A-1)(AP, 10/1/98)
1993 Oct 1, The Church of
Scientology secured tax-exempt status for its main branch in a
settlement with the IRS in which it paid $12.5 million. The church
agreed to drop thousands of suits against the IRS. The details were
only made public in 1997.
(WSJ, 12/30/97, p.A1)
1993 Oct 2, Henry Ringling
North (83), circus owner (Ringling Bros Circus), died at a Swiss
1993 Oct 2, Hundreds of
opponents of Russian President Boris Yeltsin battled police in
Moscow and set up burning barricades in the biggest clash of
Russia's 12-day-old political crisis.
1993 Oct 2, In Son La, Vietnam,
53 members of the Thai minority died in a mass suicide organized by
Ca Van Lieng, leader of a doomsday cult.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A19)
1993 Oct. 3, Eighteen US
Rangers and Delta Force specialists died in a botched raid in
Somalia and over 70 were wounded. In 1999 Mark Bowden published
"Black Hawk Dawn," an account of the failed attempt to capture
Mohammed Farrah Aidid. At least 500 Somalis were killed and 1,000
(WSJ, 10/23/95, p.A-18)(WSJ, 3/11/99,
p.A20)(SFEC, 3/28/99, BR p.3)(SSFC, 12/16/01, p.A1)
1993 Oct 3, President Clinton
expressed sorrow at the deaths of American soldiers in Somalia, but
reaffirmed that U.S. forces would stay in the African nation.
1993 Oct 3, Boris Yeltsin
declared a state of emergency in Moscow, as fighting erupted in the
streets between pro- and anti-Yeltsin forces. 62 people died in the
violence, that ended two days later when the rebel vice president
and speaker of parliament surrendered. A battle at the TV station
Ostankino, Moscow, killed as many as 100 people. Cameraman Rory Peck
(b.1956) was shot dead by members of the "Vitez" special forces unit
of the Russian Interior Ministry while filming the storming by
opposition supporters of the Ostankino TV Center.
1993 Oct 4, In Somalia US
troops blasted their way out of Bakara Market in Mogadishu and left
an estimated 500 Somalis dead. Dozens of cheering, dancing Somalis
dragged the body of an American soldier through the streets of
(SFC, 5/6/99, p.E4)(AP, 10/4/98)
1993 Oct 4, The Russian White
House was shelled. In Moscow, the occupation of the Russian
parliament building ended as tanks and paratroopers flushed out
hard-line opponents of Boris Yeltsin. Rebel parliamentarians led by
Vice President Alexander Rutskoi and Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov
surrendered after a total of 10 hours. As many as 150 people were
(HFA, '96, p.40)(AP,
1993 Oct 5, US Army Gen. John
Shalikashvili was confirmed by the Senate to head the Joint Chiefs
1993 Oct 5, China set off an
underground nuclear blast, ignoring a plea from President Clinton
not to do so.
1993 Oct 6, Basketball
superstar Michael Jordan announced his retirement. Jordan attempted
a minor-league baseball career, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in
1993 Oct 6, Agnes de Mille
(b.1905), US dancer and choreographer (Oklahoma!), died at 88.
"Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how.
The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never
entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after
leap in the dark."
1993 Oct 6, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat held their first
official meeting in Cairo, Egypt, to begin work on realizing terms
of the Israeli-PLO accord.
1993 Oct 7, President Clinton
ordered more troops, heavy armor and naval firepower to Somalia, but
also announced he would pull out all Americans by the end of March
1993 Oct 7, Death claimed actor
Cyril Cusack at age 82.
1993 Oct 7, In Pakistan Benazir
Bhutto returned to power after general elections. Nov, Benazir
Bhutto was re-elected to office. Murtazza Bhutto, brother of Benazir
Bhutto, returned after 16 years in Syria to challenge his sister for
the leadership of the ruling party.
(SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)(WSJ, 11/5/96, p.A18)
1993 Oct 8, The US government
issued a report absolving the FBI of wrongdoing in its 51-day siege
and final assault in Texas on the Branch Davidian compound, which
went up in flames, killing as many as 85 people. It concluded the
department and Attorney General Reno made no mistakes and that the
cult bore the blame for the fire that destroyed the compound,
killing at least 80 people.
1993 Oct 8, The UN lifted
remaining economic sanctions against South Africa.
1993 Oct 9, Special U.S. envoy
Robert Oakley traveled to Somalia in an attempt to revive a
tentative peace agreement reached by Somali clan leaders.
1993 Oct 10, In Greece, the
Panhellenic Socialist Movement, led by Andreas Papandreou, won a
solid majority of seats in parliamentary elections. A handful of
dissidents brought down a modernizing ND government in a row over
(SFC, 6/23/96, p.B6)(AP, 10/10/98)(Econ, 9/22/07,
1993 Oct 10, Thousands of
Somalis demonstrated in the capital of Mogadishu to support warlord
Mohamed Farrah Aidid, an event that coincided with the arrival of
special U.S. envoy Robert Oakley.
1993 Oct 10, In South Korea the
Seohae ferry sank killing 292 people.
1993 Oct 11, In Haiti,
army-backed toughs prevented American troops from landing as part of
a U.N. peace mission and drove away U.S. diplomats waiting to greet
1993 Oct 11, Yasser Arafat won
endorsement for his peace accord with Israel from the Palestine
1993 Oct 12, The Toronto Blue
Jays won their second straight American League pennant, defeating
the Chicago White Sox in six games.
1993 Oct 12, Hundreds of
militant right-wingers in Haiti cheered as an American warship
retreated in a major setback for a U.N. mission to restore
1993 Oct 13, The Philadelphia
Phillies won the National League pennant, defeating the Atlanta
Braves in game six.
1993 Oct 13, The U.N. Security
Council voted to reimpose sanctions on Haiti unless military leaders
there stopped violating a U.N.-brokered accord.
1993 Oct 14, U.S. helicopter
pilot Michael Durant and a Nigerian peacekeeper were freed by Somali
fighters loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
1993 Oct 14, In Haiti, gunmen
assassinated Justice Minister Guy Malary, a supporter of ousted
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
(SFEC, 10/13/96, p.A15)(AP, 10/14/98)
1993 Oct 15, President Clinton
sent six warships to the waters off Haiti to enforce trade sanctions
in the face of defiant Haitian military rulers.
1993 Oct 15, Nelson Mandela and
F.W. de Klerk were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their
efforts to end apartheid.
1993 Oct 16, The Toronto Blue
Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5, in game one of the
1993 Oct 16, The U.N. Security
Council endorsed the deployment of U.S. warships to block arms and
oil shipments to Haiti in an attempt to increase pressure on Haiti's
1993 Oct 17, The Philadelphia
Phillies defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4, evening the World
Series at one game each.
1993 Oct 17, Senate Minority
Leader Bob Dole, in a CBS interview, said he would offer legislation
restricting President Clinton's authority to send troops to Haiti.
1993 Oct 18, In California 2
defendants were acquitted of most of the felony charges in the
beating of trucker Reginald Denny and other motorists at the start
of the 1992 Los Angeles riots; the jury did convict Damian Williams
of simple mayhem, Henry Watson of simple assault.
1993 Oct 19, The Toronto Blue
Jays took a 2-1 lead in the World Series by defeating the
Philadelphia Phillies 10-3.
1993 Oct 19, The United States
intercepted its first ship bound for Haiti since an oil and weapons
embargo was reimposed by United Nations.
1993 Oct 19, Benazir Bhutto was
returned to the premiership of Pakistan.
1993 Oct 20, Toronto took a 3-1
lead in the World Series as the Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia
1993 Oct 20, The Senate adopted
a non-binding resolution saying Congress should give its approval
before any U.S. troops were sent to enforce a Bosnian peace accord.
1993 Oct 20, US Attorney
General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit violence in
1993 Oct 20, James Leo Herlihy
(b.1927), gay author (Midnight Cowboy), committed suicide in Los
1993 Oct 21, Gary Kasparov
defeated Nigel Short for chess championship.
1993 Oct 21, The Philadelphia
Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in game five of the World
Series; Toronto still led the Series 3-2.
1993 Oct 21, The Senate
rejected curbs on President Clinton's right as commander in chief to
send troops to Haiti.
1993 Oct 21, NATO ministers
endorsed a U.S. plan to form limited partnerships with Russia and
other former East bloc foes, but stopped short of offering full
1993 Oct 21, Burundi’s first
Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye, was assassinated by Tutsi
soldiers. 5 soldiers were sentenced to death for the murder in 1999.
The military coup caused 525,000 Hutu's to flee. Civil war followed
and over the next dozen years some 300,000 people, mostly civilians,
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E5)(WSJ, 11/15/96,
p.A16)(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.A12)(SFC, 5/15/99,
1993 Oct 22, It was announced
President Clinton would fly to Moscow the following January for a
summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
1993 Oct 22, A judge in West
Palm Beach, Fla., sentenced two white men to life in prison for
setting a black tourist on fire.
1993 Oct 23, The Toronto Blue
Jays repeated as baseball champions as they defeated the
Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6, in game six of the World Series.
1993 Oct 23, An IRA bomb
exploded in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 10 people, including
an IRA operative at a fish & chips shop on Shankill Road.
1993 Oct 24, Two George
Washington University researchers who had cloned non-viable human
embryos told a news conference that science was still far from
duplicating human beings. But they urged ethicists to prepare for
1993 Oct 25, Actor Vincent
Price died in Los Angeles at age 82.
1993 Oct 25, Canada's Liberal
Party ended nine years of rule by the Progressive Conservatives in
national elections; Liberal leader Jean Chretien became the 20th
Prime Minister, succeeding Kim Campbell.
(CFA, '96, p.81)(AP, 10/25/98)
1993 Oct 25, Francisco Velis,
El Salvador guerilla leader (FMLN), was murdered.
1993 Oct 26, National Football
League owners selected Carolina as the 29th NFL franchise.
1993 Oct 26, Deborah Gore Dean,
a central figure in the Reagan-era HUD scandal, was convicted of 12
felony counts of defrauding the government, taking a payoff and
lying to Congress. Dean was later sentenced to three concurrent
21-month prison sentences; however, five of her convictions were
later overturned, and Dean has requested a new trial.
1993 Oct 26, Harold Rome
(b.1908), Broadway composer, lyricist, died. His musicals included
Fanny (1954), Destry Rides Again (1959), and I Can Get It For You
1993 Oct 26, In Egypt gunfire
at a hotel killed 2 Americans, 1 Frenchman and injured 3 others in
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.C2)
1993 Oct 27, President Clinton
presented a revised version of his health care reform plan to
Congress, urging its passage within a year.
1993 Oct 27, Brush fires raged
across Southern California, destroying several hundred homes.
1993 Oct 28, Doris Duke
(b.1912), the only child of American Tobacco founder James Buchanon,
died. She left a fortune to her butler, Bernard Lafferty (d.1996).
She left $1.2 billion to her Doris Duke Charitable Foundation which
took over management of her Shangri La home in Hawaii. In 2002 it
opened as a museum to promote Middle Eastern art and culture. The
foundation also bestowed her trove of Southeast Asian artifacts to
the Asian Art museum in San Francisco.
p.G5)(SFC, 10/24/09, p.E1)
1993 Oct 28, A US CIA report
mentioned FRAPH and Emmanuel Constant in connection with the killing
of Justice Minister Guy Mallory. The report says the Haitian junta’s
chief of staff, Gen. Philippe Biamby and his associates coordinated
(SFEC, 10/13/96, p.A15)
1993 Oct 28, Ousted Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, speaking at the United Nations,
called for a trade blockade to Haiti to force out its military
1993 Oct 29, President Clinton,
speaking at the Kennedy presidential library in Boston, promoted the
North American Free Trade Agreement, saying President Kennedy would
have supported it.
1993 Oct 29, A group of U.S.
luge athletes was attacked by right-wing skinheads in Oberhof,
1993 Oct 30, Martin Fettman,
America's first veterinarian in space, chopped the heads off six
rats and performed the world's first animal dissections in space,
aboard the shuttle Columbia.
1993 Oct 30, Hernan Heleno
Castro, El Salvadorian guerilla leader, was murdered.
1993 Oct 31, In Oregon 7 men
robbed the Oki Semiconductor facility in Portland of microchips
valued at several million dollars. There were convicted in 2001 and
4 of the men were sentenced to prison terms in 2002.
(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A16)
1993 Oct 31, Federico Fellini,
Italian film director, died in Rome at age 73. He made some 24 films
including "La Strada," "La Dolce Vita," "8 1/2," and "Amarcord"
through the 50’s and 60’s.
(WSJ, 4/19/95, p.A-14) (AP, 10/31/98)
1993 Oct 31, Actor River
Phoenix died in Los Angeles at age 23.
1993 Oct, ValuJet Airlines, an
aggressive low-fare airline, began operations in a handful of US
(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)
1993 Oct, John Sculley left
Apple Corp. A.C. Markkula became chairman.
(SFC, 1/24/04, p.A12)
1993 Oct, Heather Catherine
Tallchief (21) drove away from the Circus Circus hotel casino in Las
Vegas in an armored car with $2.5 million. In 2005 she surrendered
and said she had been influenced by her boyfriend Roberto Solis, who
remained a fugitive. The 2 had fled to Amsterdam after the heist.
(SFC, 9/16/05, p.A3)
1993 Oct, Geidar Aliyev was
elected president of Azerbaijan with 98.9% of the official vote. The
main opposition Popular Front party boycotted the vote.
(SFC, 12/13/03, p.A20)
1993 Oct, In Canada Robert
Latimer (44), a farmer, killed his disabled 12-year-old daughter,
who suffered from cerebral palsy, using exhaust fumes from his
pickup truck. He was convicted in 1997 but sentenced to one year in
jail and one year probation. In 2001 the Supreme Court upheld his
(SFC, 12/2/97, p.A12)(SFC, 1/19/01, p.A17)
1993 Oct, In the Central
African Republic the first democratic elections (organized with
French help) voted Andre Kolingba out of office and elected
Ange-Felix Patasse for the presidency. Patasse was a member of the
(SFC, 5/22/96, p.A9)(SFC, 12/9/96, p.A22)(WSJ,
1993 Oct, In Greece Andreas
Papandreou again led his party to victory and headed the government.
(SFC, 6/23/96, p.B6)
1993 Oct, Coca-Cola returned to
India after a 16-year absence by acquiring soft-drink brands from
India’s Parle Group that included Thums Up.
(WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-16)(WSJ, 4/29/98, p.B1)
1993 Oct, In South Africa Pres.
De Klerk authorized an attack in the Transkei Homeland on a house
where arms were allegedly stored. Five youths were killed while
asleep by a death squad. He claimed the attack was a military
operation but in 1996 Eugene de Kock testified that de Klerk knew
that a covert operation would carry out the attack.
(SFC, 9/19/96, p.A8)
1993 Nov 1, In an address to
pediatricians, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton accused insurance
companies of waging a deceitful campaign against the
administration's health plan.
1993 Nov 1, The space shuttle
Columbia landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, ending a
1993 Nov 2, The US Senate
called for full disclosure of Sen. Bob Packwood's diaries as part of
a probe into allegations of sexual harassment and possible criminal
wrongdoing by the Oregon Republican.
1993 Nov 2, Rudolph Giuliani
(R) was elected the 107th mayor of NYC. Giuliani defeated New York’s
first black mayor, David Dinkins. He became the first Republican
mayor in 2 decades and the city’s 107th.
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A3)(SFC, 1/2/98, p.A3)(MC,
1993 Nov 2, Christie Todd
Whitman (R) was elected 1st woman governor of NJ.
1993 Nov 2, Fires in Southern
California pushed through areas of Los Angeles, Riverside and San
Bernardino counties, burning 35,000 acres and 200 homes.
1993 Nov 2, Leon Theremin (97),
Russian physicist and inventor of the eerie-sounding theremin
(ON, 11/01, p.8)
1993 Nov 3, President Clinton
joined his wife, Hillary, in attacking the health insurance
industry. The lobby, accused by the first lady of lying, unveiled a
new TV ad repeating there must be a "better way" than the Clinton
health care reform plan.
1993 Nov 4, The White House
challenged Ross Perot to a debate on the North American Free Trade
Agreement with Vice President Al Gore; Perot, calling it "a
desperate move," quickly accepted.
1993 Nov 5, Talks on restoring
ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power collapsed
when military representatives failed to attend.
1993 Nov 6, Heavyweight boxer
Evander Holyfield defeated Riddick Bowe in a 12-round fight in Las
Vegas; the match was interrupted in the seventh round when an
intruder, using a paraglider, tried to fly into the ring.
1993 Nov 7, President Clinton,
appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," assailed labor leaders who
opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement, accusing them of
using "naked pressure" to try to kill the pact.
1993 Nov 8, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin approved a draft constitution that would strengthen
executive power; it was ratified in a referendum the following
1993 Nov 9, Vice President Al
Gore and Ross Perot debated the North American Free Trade Agreement
on CNN's Larry King Live.
1993 Nov 9, Edward J. Rollins,
who had managed New Jersey Governor-elect Christine Todd Whitman's
campaign, set off a furor by asserting New Jersey Republicans had
paid money to curb black voter turnout, a claim denied by Whitman
and later retracted by Rollins.
1993 Nov 9, In Bosnia after two
days of concentrated cannon fire at point-blank range, the bridge at
Mostar finally collapsed into the river. Bosnian Serb armed militia
(BSA) fired on a school in Sarajevo and 9 children died.
1993 Nov 10, "Joseph & the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opened at Minskoff Theater NYC for
1993 Nov 10, The U.S. House of
Representatives passed the so-called "Brady Bill," which called for
a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.
1993 Nov 10, A jury in
Manassas, Va., acquitted John Wayne Bobbitt of marital sexual
assault against his wife, Lorena, who'd sexually mutilated him. Mrs.
Bobbitt was later acquitted of malicious wounding.
1993 Nov 11, A bronze statue
honoring the more than 11,000 American women who had served in the
Vietnam War was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1993 Nov 11, Harry R. "Bob"
Haldeman (67), White House chief of staff (Nixon), died. [see Nov
1993 Nov 11, In Sri Lanka Tamil
Tiger forces overran Pooneryn army camp. Some 600 servicemen were
killed or captured. The army put the rebel death toll at 500.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1993 Nov 12, Singer Michael
Jackson canceled a world tour, citing a dependence on painkillers.
1993 Nov 12, Cardinal Joseph
Bernardin of Chicago was accused by a former pre-seminary student of
sexual abuse supposedly committed more than a decade earlier. (The
accuser, Steven J. Cook, later withdrew his charge).
1993 Nov 12, Former Nixon White
House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman died in Santa Barbara, Calif., at
age 67. [see Nov 11]
(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A4) (AP, 11/12/98)
1993 Nov 13, President Clinton
used his weekly radio address to make yet another pitch for the
North American Free Trade Agreement, then flew to Memphis, Tenn.,
where he delivered an anti-crime speech to black ministers at the
Temple Church of God in Christ.
1993 Nov 13, In Peru military
officers attempted another coup against Pres. Fujimori.
1993 Nov 14, Don Shula became
the winningest coach in NFL history.
1993 Nov 14, Residents of
Puerto Rico voted in a plebiscite to maintain the island's existing
U.S. commonwealth status, derailing the efforts of those favoring
1993 Nov 15, The US State
Department announced that Secretary Warren M. Christopher would
travel to the Mideast to try to mediate differences between Israel
and the PLO.
1993 Nov 15, Dr. Tom Amberry
(71), a retired podiatrist, completed 2,750 consecutive free throws
inside the Rosmoor Athletic Club in Seal Beach, Ca., setting a new
world record. Amberry (d.2017) stopped after twelve hours because
the janitors wanted to close the gym.
(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.C11)
1993 Nov 15, A judge in
Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for
the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who is serving a prison sentence
for shooting and wounding Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.
1993 Nov 16, The US Senate
voted, 69-30, to approve a measure designed to protect people who
provide or seek abortions from physical attacks or intimidation by
1993 Nov 16, The US Congress
enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). It instructed
government officials to bend the rules for persons whose actions are
based on their religion. In 1997 the Supreme Court said the federal
one applied only to the federal government.
1993 Nov 16, Russian President
Yeltsin shut the Lenin museum.
1993 Nov 16, Lucia Popp (54),
Slovakia-born soprano (Vienna Opera), died in Munich.
1993 Nov 17, By a surprisingly
wide margin, 234-200, the House of Representatives voted to approve
legislation implementing the North American Free Trade Agreement in
what was seen as a major political victory for President Clinton.
1993 Nov 18, The U.S. House of
Representatives joined the Senate in approving legislation aimed at
protecting abortion facilities, staff and patients.
1993 Nov 18, NAFTA passed in
the US House of Rep.
1993 Nov 18, American Airlines
flight attendants went on strike. They ended their job action four
1993 Nov 18, Representatives of
21 South African political parties approved a new constitution.
1993 Nov 19, President Clinton
met in Seattle with Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
1993 Nov 19, The U.S. Senate
approved a sweeping $22.3 billion anti-crime measure.
1993 Nov 19, Kenneth Burke
(b.1897), American writer and critic, died. In 2005 David R.
Godine/Black Sparrow published “Here & Elsewhere: The Collected
Fiction of Kenneth Burke."
1993 Nov 20, The U.S. Senate
ended a filibuster against the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day
waiting period for handgun purchases, and passed it by a 63-36 vote;
the Senate also approved legislation implementing the North American
Free Trade Agreement, 61-38.
1993 Nov 21, The U.S. House of
Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the
51st state, 277-153.
1993 Nov 21, Actor Bill Bixby
died in Century City, Calif., at age 59.
1993 Nov 21, The Neo-fascist
MSI won 36% of municipal elections in Rome.
1993 Nov 21, Three former
Panamanian soldiers were found guilty of involvement in the
previously unsolved 1971 murder of Hector Gallego, a Colombian Roman
1993 Nov 22, Striking flight
attendants at American Airlines called off their four-day job action
after President Clinton helped broker an agreement to submit the
dispute to binding arbitration.
1993 Nov 22, Mexico's Senate
overwhelmingly approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1993 Nov 23, President Clinton
signed legislation lifting remaining US sanctions against South
Africa, and announced an initiative to spur investment in South
Africa's black private sector.
1993 Nov 23, Pres. Clinton
signed the “Apology Resolution" to acknowledge the 100th anniversary
of the January 17, 1893, overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and to
offer an apology to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the US for the
overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
1993 Nov 23, Record cold was
blamed for at least 34 deaths in parts of Europe and prompted the
French army to send out troops to feed the homeless in Paris.
1993 Nov 24, President Clinton
met at the White House with Salman Rushdie, the British author
condemned to death by Iran for writing "The Satanic Verses."
1993 Nov 24, The US Congress
gave its final approval to the Brady handgun control bill. It
established a 5-day waiting period for handgun sales.
1993 Nov 24 Two 11-year-old
boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, were convicted of the
February murder of 2-year-old James Bulger of Liverpool, England.
Shortly after the trial, Lord Taylor of Gosforth, the Lord Chief
Justice, ordered that the two boys should serve a minimum of ten
years behind bars. Thompson and Venables were released on a “life
license" in June 2001, after serving eight years of their life
sentence. An injunction remained in force following their release,
so that details of their new identities and locations could not be
1993 Nov 25, Violence broke out
in the Gaza Strip, a day after Israeli undercover soldiers killed
Imad Akel, the head of the military wing of Hamas.
1993 Nov 25, Egyptian Prime
Minister Atef Sedki escaped an attempt on his life when Islamic
militants detonated a car bomb near his motorcade. The attack killed
a 5-year-old girl. Yasser al-Siri, a member of the "media committee"
of the Islamic Jihad, was tried and convicted in absentia for the
assassination attempt. Siri fled to the UK and obtained political
(HN, 11/25/98)(WSJ, 10/26/01, p.A19)
1993 Nov 25, Anthony Burgess
(b.1917) died in London at age 76. He was a British author of 34
books of fiction and 15 of non-fiction as well as plays, librettos
and a considerable body of serious. His last book, a novel called "A
Dead Man in Deptford," is actually an idiosyncratic biography of
Christopher Marlowe. Burgess is best known today for his novel
"Clockwork Orange." His final book, "Byrne," was a novel in verse of
8-line stanzas (ottova rima) published in 1997. In 2002 Roger Lewis
authored the biography "Anthony Burgess."
(WSJ, 4/28/95, p.A-8)(SFEC, 9/14/97, BR p.3)(HN,
11/25/98)(FT, 12/14/02, p.IV)
1993 Nov 26, The first session
of the US 103rd Congress concluded as lawmakers adjourned for the
1993 Nov 26, A U.S. diplomat
was kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen. Government officials negotiate
for his release in the first known kidnapping of a diplomat in
1993 Nov 27, In his weekly
radio address, President Clinton said enacting comprehensive
anti-crime legislation was the first priority for 1994, saying, "We
have to be concerned that in both our cities and our rural areas,
the value of life has been cheapened."
1993 Nov 28, Garry Moore (b.Jan
31, 1915) game show and variety show host, died at 78 on South
Carolina's Hilton Head island. He was born in Baltimore as Thomas
Garrison Morfit. His TV shows included the Garry Moore Show, I've
Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth.
1993 Nov 28, The British
government confirmed reports of contacts with the Irish Republican
Army that were aimed at ending the violence in British-ruled
1993 Nov 28, Carlos Roberto
Reina (1926-2003) was elected president of Honduras with promises to
crack down on corruption and reduce the role of the military.
1993 Nov 29, Kathleen Willey
sought assistance from Pres. Clinton, who allegedly made a sexual
advance upon her. She was requesting a job due to her husband’s
financial difficulties. It was later learned that her husband
committed suicide that same day. Willey later testified that she
went to the home of Julie Hiatt Steele after and described to her
(SFC, 3/16/98, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A4)
1993 Nov 29, The British
government won praise and encouragement in the House of Commons as
it defended its secret contacts with the Irish Republican Army.
1993 Nov 30, President Clinton
signed into law the Brady bill, which required a five-day waiting
period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective
1993 Nov 30, Authorities in
California arrested Richard Allen Davis (b.1954), who confessed to
abducting and slaying Polly Klaas (12) of Petaluma. Polly had been
abducted from her home on October 1, 1993. On August 5, 1996, Davis
was sentenced to death and sent to Death Row in San Quentin State
1993 Nov, The FBI conducted a
background check on Anthony Marceca in Texas for his White House
job. Marceca was described as "nothing but a blowhard" and "an
extremely negative person... very disrespectful and negative about
everyone and everything."
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A14)
1993 Nov, In Algeria an
ultimatum issued by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) urged foreigners
to leave or be killed. GIA terrorists assassinated Sheikh Mohamed
Bouslimani, who was closely associated with Hamas, a more moderate
Islamist group, when he agreed to participate in a dialogue with the
1993 Nov, Wang Zhihua boarded a
scheduled flight from Hangzhou to Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian
province opposite Taiwan. He showed fake explosives to the crew,
saying he had a bomb, and forced the plane to fly to Taiwan. In 2008
Wang was returned to China and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
1993 Nov, In Germany
unemployment hit a country record of 3.5 million.
1993 Nov, In India Kiran Bedi,
an inspector general of prisons, introduced the Vipassana meditation
technique at Tihar Prison. A film was later made called "Doing Time,
Doing Vipassana" that demonstrated the technique
(SFC, 2/19/99, p.E12)
1993 Nov, Jordan held new
elections in which each voter has one vote. King Hussein let Islamic
parties run for Parliament but rewrote voting rules to limit the
number of seats that they could win. This angered the Muslim
Brothers who said that the system favors local politicians with
tribal ties rather than ideologically based lists. They win only a
handful of seats and boycott the next elections.
(WSJ, 7/3/96, p.A1)(AP, 1/23/13)
1993 Nov, In Russia a replica
of the Cathedral of the Ikon of Our lady of Kazan on Red Square was
dedicated by Pres. Yeltsin and Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II.
(AM, Jul/Aug ‘97 p.27)