1. 2 October 1996 – The former prime minister of Bulgaria, Andrei Lukanov, is assassinated.
2. 1 May 1993 – A Tamil Tigers suicide bomber assassinates President Ranasinghe Premadasa of Sri Lanka.
3. Hurricane Andrew – A powerful hurricane rips through Florida, killing twenty-six and leaving 250,000 homeless. It was the costliest hurricane, an estimated 26.5 billion, in American history.Deaths = 26 : Casualties = 462
Maybe we should have listened to our parents on this one.
4. The release of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela from jail in February 1990 after thirty years of imprisonment for opposing apartheidand white-minority rule in South Africa. This would resolve with the end of Apartheid in South Africa in 1994, marking the end of the original Civil Rights era of the 20th century.
This wasn’t really about golf, was it? But, what was it about.
5. Portugal hands sovereignty of Macau to the People’s Republic of China on 20 December 1999.
6. Markale market massacres in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1994 involving soldiers of the Army of Republika Srpska deliberately targeting Bosniak (then known as “Bosnian Muslims”) civilians..
7. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing leads to awareness in U.S. of domestic and international terrorism as a potential threat.
This is a tough one to admit, because they really did seem super cool at the time.
9. The Assault on Waco – After federal agencies investigate a compound, a shootout erupts, killing four U.S. agents and six branch Davidians. A fifty-one day siege proceeds, ending with an unexplainable fire that engulfed seventy-four people, including many children and religious leader David Korish, who claimed to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. Deaths = 84 : Casualties = 24
Nobody is buying it. Your voice hasn’t even broken yet, dude.
10. The Ethiopian Civil War ends in 1991, ending over twenty years of internal conflict. The end of the war coincides with the establishment of a coalition government of various factions.
Oh my god, this was such a mistake. This was such a mistake.
11. War between Albanian separatists and Yugoslav military and Serb paramilitary forces in Kosovo begin in 1996 and escalates in 1998 with increasing reports of atrocities taking place.
Nobody wanted to steal your library card and that expired condom.
12. The government of the People’s Republic of China announces major privatization of state-owned industries in September 1997.
You did it! You solved world peace!
13. The anti-globalization protests at the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999 in Seattle, Washington began on 30 November 1999. This marks the beginning of a steady increase in anti-globalization protests which occurred in the first decade of the 21st century as well as increasing hostility to neoliberalism.
You know? These dudes actually look pretty fly.
14. On 28 September 1994 – The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in the Baltic Sea, killing 852.
15.A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the Philippines on 16 July 1990 and killed around 1000 people in Baguio City.
16. Olympic Park Bombing – Eric Rudolph bombs a nearby park during the Olympics in Atlanta, two abortion clinics, and a gay bar in protest against aspects that went against the Bible. He later led the F.B.I. on a five year chase through a North Carolina forest. Deaths = 2 : Casualties = 111
Oh cool. You went to Tampa Bay with your parents.
17. The Rwandan Genocide – between 6 April 1994 until mid-July 1994 a mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwanda’s Tutsis andHutu political moderates occurred by the Hutu dominated government under the Hutu Power ideology. Over the course of approximately 100 days, at least 500,000 people were killed. Estimates of the death toll have ranged between 500,000 and 1,000,000, or as much as 20% of the total population of the country. It resulted in serious criticism of the United Nations and major countries for failing to stop the genocide.
Great way to keep cool on those hot summer days.
18. Y2K spread fear throughout the United States and eventually the world in the last half of the decade, particularly 1999, about possible massive computer malfunctions on 1 January 2000. As a result, many people stocked up on supplies for fear of a world wide disaster. Eventually no globally significant computer failures occurred when the clocks rolled over into 2000.
19. The Chernobyl disaster had significant impact on public opinion at the end of the 1980s, and the fallout was still causing cancer deaths well into the 1990s and possibly even into the 21st century
Especially when you weren’t at a rave.
20. Anita Hill and other women testify before the United States Congress on being sexually harassed by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Thomas was narrowly confirmed by the United States Senate, but Hill’s testimony, and the testimony of other harassed women, begins a national debate on the issue.
In other words, your town had a Hot Topic.
21. Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize, dies at age 87.
Hey, Big Johnson called, he wants his crass sexual innuendos back.
23. Infinite Jest, written by David Foster Wallace in 1996, is a satire about corporate sponsorship, changing national relations with the rise of NAFTA andQuebec separatism, and the power of media. Its plot revolves around a film so entertaining it makes its viewers uninterested in everything except watching it over and over, and the attempts by various people and organizations to either destroy or exploit the film.
24. Discovery of Jeffrey Dahmer – A serial killer slaughters seventeen young men and boys over a small time period. He rapes, dismembers, and occasionally eats many of his victims before being arrested. Deaths = 17 : Casualties = 1
Listen, wearing overalls was a questionable choice in the first place, but this is just abuse.
25. Heaven’s Gate – Thirty-nine people commit suicide believing they would be sent up to a spaceship behind a passing Hale Bopp comet. It was one of the saddest, but strangest events to ever occur.Deaths = 39 : Casualties = 0
Do you think those dudes wearing the No Fear shirts were afraid of the dudes in the Big Dog shirts?
26. U.S. Embassy Bombings – Car bombs explode near two American embassies, killing 223 and injuring over 4100. The terrorist attacks were linked to Osama Bin Laden. Deaths = 223 : Casualties = 4100 .
So sophisticated. Next stop, United Nations.
27. Tons of those little butterfly clips all over your head.
Painful, time-consuming, and unattractive.
28. The Columbine Massacre Two angry high school students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, kill eleven students and one teacher and injure twenty-four by bombs and bullets before turning their guns on themselves. Their motive behind the incident was to show the world how they felt. Deaths = 15 : Casualties = 24
The people at the jeans company put that waistband on there for a fucking reason.
29. Oklahoma Bombing – Angered over the Waco and Ruby Ridge incidents, Timothy McVeigh sets a bomb off near a government-operated building. The explosion produces a drastic 168 deaths and 853 injuries, resulting in the worst terrorist attack by a fellow American. Deaths = 168 : Casualties = 853
You wanted everyone to know that you were a total stoner. You smoked the weeds all the time, obviously.
30. Hypercolor shirts.
31. L.A. Riots – After the racial beating of Rodney King by Caucasian cops, many people wreak havoc in the streets of Los Angeles.
Deaths = 55 : Casualties = 2300
Thanks for nothing, 90210.
33. Tying your sweatshirt around your waist in case you get cold, but then wearing a long-sleeve flannel regardless.
JUST WEAR THE GODDAMNED SWEATER, OR LEAVE IT AT HOME.
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