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May 15 After more than 8 years of fighting, Soviet forces begin withdrawing from Afghanistan.
21 December Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway and kills a total of 270 people - including all 259 who were on board.
1993 October 5 China performs a nuclear test, ending the worldwide de facto moratorium.
November 1 The European Union is formally established when the Maastricht Treaty takes effect. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Kremlin Accords, stopping the preprogrammed aiming of nuclear missiles toward each country.
1994 27 April The first fully multiracial South African general election is held, marking the end of apartheid. May 6 After seven years of construction, the Channel Tunnel opens. Simpson is found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
May 10 Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa’s first black president. He later penned a book called If I Did It, in which he puts forth a hypothetical description of the murders.
1991 March 14 The Birmingham Six are released after 16 years of wrongful imprisonment June 17 The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required South Africans to be racially classified at birth.
1996 March 13 Unemployed Thomas Hamilton opens fire on Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, killing 16 pupils and one teacher, before committing suicide June 10 Peace talks begin in Northern Ireland without Sinn Féin July 5 Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland 1997 31 August Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed are killed in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris.
June 30 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is released by Bloomsbury Publishing July 10 British scientists report that their DNA analysis findings from a Neanderthal skeleton support the out of Africa theory of human evolution.
June Troops and tanks from the People’s Liberation Army open fire on protestors in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, killing approximately 400-800 people 1990 February 11 Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison after more than 27 years in prison.
August 2 Iraqi troops invade Kuwait, marking the beginning of the Gulf War.It is believed that the cause of the explosion was a terrorist bomb.