Less than 48 hours after Iraq ignored a U.N. deadline for withdrawing troops from Kuwait, President Bush announced that the U.S. and coalition forces had attacked Baghdad. The high-tech Operation Desert Storm, dubbed the Persian Gulf War, ended 41 days later with an announcement that Kuwait had been liberated. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein remained in power.
White Los Angeles police officers were videotaped beating black construction worker Rodney King during a traffic stop.
The body of President Zachary Taylor was exhumed to determine whether or not he was assassinated by a dose of arsenic. Tests showed no traces of arsenic.
Arkansas governor Bill Clinton announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president.
The full Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas to replace retiring justice Thurgood Marshall on the supreme court, despite claims of sexual harrassment by University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill.
25 died as 79 spring tornadoes raced through seven central and southern states in a 24-hour period.
Jane Fonda and Ted Turner were married.
Magic Johnson announced his retirement from the NBA after testing positive for HIV.
The Postal Service raised the first class stamp from 25¢ to 29¢.
President Bush and the Soviet Union's Mikhail Gorbachev signed a treaty to reduce nuclear weapons inventories.
The Census Bureau announced that the U.S. population had reached 252,000,000.
Children's author Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel died at age 87.
Jazz greats Miles Davis and Stan Getz both died at the age of 65.
The top-selling novel of the year was Scarlett, Alexandra Ripley's sequel to Gone With The Wind.
Both Best Actor Tonys went to Englishmen — Nigel Hawthorne for the play Shadowlands and Jonathan Price for the musical Miss Saigon.
The Silence Of The Lambs, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, swept the top Oscar Awards — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Bill Murray proved to be the perfect antagonist for Richard Dreyfus in What About Bob?
60 Minutes regained its position as the number one TV show. Coverage of the Persian Gulf War helped CNN's cable news networks surge in popularity.
The Grammy Awards' Record Of The Year was Another Day In Paradise by Phil Collins. Quincy Jones' Back On The Block was named Album Of The Year. Hits included Baby Baby by Amy Grant and One More Try by Timmy T.