One of the world's most destructive hurricanes, Andrew, killed 37 people, totaled nearly 100,000 buildings and caused an estimated $20,000,000,000 damage in Florida.
Billionaire H. Ross Perot said he'd seek the presidency if volunteers got him on all the state ballots. Citing unspecified family threats, Perot withdrew from the race in July, but re-entered it in October.
While news cameras rolled, President Bush threw up and passed out while dining at the home of Japan's prime minister. He was diagnosed with a case of the flu.
Saying it would "retard technology," President Bush told the Earth Summit in Brazil that the U.S. would not sign a treaty that would protect endangered plants and animals. 172 other nations supported the measure.
Vice President Dan Quayle said the plot line to Murphy Brown, in which Candice Bergen's character chose to be a single mother, was an attack on family values.
Democrats Bill Clinton and Al Gore defeated incumbant Republicans George Bush and Dan Quayle for the presidency and vice presidency. Independent H. Ross Perot received over 18,000,000 votes, but received no electoral votes.
Six weeks after his defeat at the polls, President Bush pardoned six Reagan Administration members — including Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger — for any charges or convictions in the Iran-Contra operation.
Riots, looting and burning broke out in Los Angeles after the acquittal of four white police officers on the major counts in the beating of Rodney King. King appealed to blacks and whites to get along.
Large department store chains began to show losses, with Alexander's, Woolworth and Macy's closing stores. Macy's filed for bankruptcy.
A 20-block area in Chicago's Loop was paralyzed for a week when the Chicago River leaked into underground tunnels and caused widespread flooding.
The FDA warned recipients of a mechanical heart valve implant to have the valves replaced. The manufacturer reported that two-thirds of the recipients had died from the valve's mechanical failure.
By a 3-to-1 margin, Americans voted on a younger image of Elvis Presley for use on a commemorative stamp.
Glassboro State College changed its name to Rowan College of New Jersey after manufacturer Henry Rowan made a $100,000,000 donation to the facility.
Broadcast TV was beginning to lose large numbers of viewers to cable-only channels.
After three decades, Johnny Carson retired as host of The Tonight Show. Because NBC had ignored Carson's recommendation that he be succeeded by David Letterman, Carson never mentioned that Jay Leno had been chosen to take over the show. Letterman struck a multi-million-dollar deal with CBS to compete with Tonight.
The National Space & Air Museum opened an exhibit of Star Trek memorabilia, including the ears of Mr. Spock.
Basic Instinct was the year's most popular movie.
Broadway, now a 50/50 mixture of new productions and revivals, reported that its 1991-1992 season was the most financially successful ever.
Hit tunes included I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred, Save The Best For Last by Vanessa Williams and Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by George Michael & Elton John.