Bill Clinton was inaugurated as America's 42nd president. Fleetwood Mac, whose song Don't Stop had been used by the Clinton campaign, reunited for the inaugural ball. Group member Lindsey Buckingham commented that the music and political scenes were surprisingly similar.
In the first major act of terrorism in the continental U.S., a bomb explosion at New York's World Trade Center killed five and injured 290.
Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood were both withdrawn as candidates for Attorney General because they had employed illegal aliens as domestics. Janet Reno was confirmed for the position in March.
Branch Dividian cult members in Waco, Texas killed four officers attempting to arrest leader David Koresch in February. The standoff continued until April, when Federal officers attacked the cult's fortified compound. The resulting fire killed Koresch and 80 followers and their children. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms contended that the compound had been rigged to self-destruct.
Withdrawal began of GIs, marines and navy SEALs who had been sent to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope. 12 Americans died in the operation, which began shortly before Christmas 1992.
Space Shuttle Endeavour astronauts successfully repaired the orbiting Hubble Telescope.
Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was suspended from baseball for a year for making racist comments.
The North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted.
Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Ed Begley, Jr. were among those who attended the funeral for union activist Cesar Chavez in Delano, California.
Home computers and the Internet became the hottest new technologies embraced by consumers.
Radio's Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern and TV's Jerry Seinfeld authored non-fiction best-sellers.
Former President George Bush lampooned himself when he made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Picket Fences took the Emmy for Best Drama series. Seinfeld was chosen Best Comedy.
Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park and Schindler's List were on the big screen. Tom Hanks starred in Sleepless In Seattle and Philadelphia. Other hit films included The Firm, The Piano and The Fugitive.
Whitney Houston's love song from The Bodyguard, I Will Always Love You, was the top-selling song.