1993 News and Interesting History Tidbits

Waco Texas
A raid by federal agents in February who were trying to serve warrants for illegal guns on the heavily armed compound of a religious cult 10 miles outside of Waco, Texas turns into a bloody gun battle, leaving at least four Federal agents and two cult members dead and at least 15 agents injured.
An assault in April on the Waco cult headquarters of the Branch Davidian sect near Waco, Texas ends in a deadly fire ( believed to have been started by those inside ) and ends with the death of 70 cult members including the cults leader Mr Koresh.

Commuter Train Shooting
Colin Ferguson opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 17, before other passengers stopped him by tackling and holding him down. He was later convicted and sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.

Warrington Terrorist Attack
Two terrorist bombs are exploded close to the heart of Warrington Golden Square shopping mall. 3-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry are killed and another 56 people injured in the blasts which the IRA has admitted carrying out.

IRA Bomb City Of London
A massive bomb planted by the IRA in a parked Van in Bishopsgate in the heart of the City of London explodes, killing one and injuring more than 40.

Car Bomb World Trade Center
A car bomb which exploded in an underground garage at the World Trade Center shook the 110 story towers causing the collapse of several floors in the underground garage and tearing a hole in the ceiling of an adjoining subway leaving six people dead and injuring a further 100. It is thought Islamic extremists are responsible.

In May 1994, four men - Mohammed Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Mahmud Abouhalima and Ahmad Ajaj - were sentenced to life for bombing the World Trade Center, which killed six people and injured 100.

Australia Brush Fires 1993
Worst Brush Fires in Australian History destroy the world's second largest national park Royal National Park

The Queen Opens Buckingham Palace To The Public
Buckingham Palace will open its doors to the public in order to raise money to repair the fire-damaged Windsor Castle. The palace will only be open in August and September when the Queen is at her Scottish residence, Balmoral. The cost of entrance will be £8 for an adult.

The Maastricht Treaty
The Maastricht Treaty formally starts, establishing the European Union (EU). By 1993, 12 nations had ratified the Maastricht Treaty on European Union: Great Britain, France, Germany, the Irish Republic, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Luxor Hotel And Casino Built
Luxor Hotel And Casino instantly recognised because of it's pyramid style opens in Las Vegas Nevada

Bombay Bombing Stock Exchange
A series of 13 bombs are exploded in Bombay's financial district including the Bombay Stock Exchange, Air India offices and government offices, banks, cinemas, bazaars, two hospitals, a university and several hotels, leaving over 200 dead and 1,000 injured. The bombs were thought to be in retaliation for anti-Muslim riots earlier in the year and were part of the ongoing Hindu-Muslim fighting which is still continuing today

Unibomber Strikes
A Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter is seriously injured and later dies while opening his mail when a padded envelope explodes in his hands. The attack was the latest in a string of bombings since 1978 that authorities believed to be related and a search for the so called Unibomber is started

Ben Johnson Life Ban
The former Canadian Olympic sprinter, Ben Johnson, is banned from athletics for life after failing a drugs test for a second time. Johnson had won the 100m at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 in a new world record time of 9.79 seconds but was subsequently stripped of his medal after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Dr. David Gunn Murdered
Dr. David Gunn is murdered by an anti-abortion activist ( Michael F. Griffin ) outside a Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic

Angola Rebel Fighting
A battle for the city of Huambo between Unita rebels and Angolan government forces in the city of Huambo, is continuing with the loss of over 350 lives. It is thought the rebels are likely to gain control of the city within the next few days.

Slovakia Gains Independence
Slovakia Gains Independence when Czechoslovakia divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993

Israel Recognized Vatican
Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize one another as countries.

Hubble Telescope Repair
A historic mission to repair the Hubble Telescope has ended and is considered a complete success with Hubble back in action . The repair involved of a number of space walks with the longest made by Story Musgrave and Jeff Hofman spending seven hours and 21 minutes on their final task to unravel the 40 ft solar panels which power Hubble.

Muslim Enclave Bosnia
The United Nations stepped in to protect Srebrenica in Bosnia that is a haven for Muslim refugees from a Bosnian Serb onslaught

James Bulger
Two 10-year-old boys lured 2-year-old James Bulger from his mother at a shopping mall in Liverpool, England, then beat him to death

Elvis Stamp
A new Elvis stamp was produced in 1993. This stamp was created on the day that would have been his 58th birthday. The image portrayed on the stamp was from Elvis’ earlier rocker days.

Shetland Isles Tanker MV Braer Runs Aground
The Liberian registered tanker MV Braer carrying 85,000 tonnes of crude oil has run aground in hurricane force winds off the Shetland Islands and large amounts of crude oil are spilling into the North Sea which could cause an ecological disaster in the area.

Brady Bill
A new bill was passed by the United States Congress called the Brady Bill. It was intended to control the use of handguns, by administering stricter regulations regarding obtaining one. This was a measure taken to help control unnecessary violence.

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