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1993 World Events

January 1: Czechoslovakia ceases to exist when it splits into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

January 20: Bill Clinton is sworn is as the 42cd President of the United States.

January 31:
The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills 52 to 17 in Super Bowl XXVII.

February 14:
Nascar racing driver Dale Jarrett wins the 1993 Daytona 500.

February 26: Six people are killed at the World Trade Center in New York City when a bomb in a van explodes in a parking garage.

February 28: The Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas is raided by agents of the Bureaus of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.  The raid was intended to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on firearm charges. In the botched raid 5 Davidians and 4 BATF agents die.  It leads to a 51 day standoff.

March 29: The movie "Unforgiven" produced by Clint Eastwood wins the oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards.

April 1: Nascar racing driver and 1992 Winston Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki is killed in a plane crash near Blountville, Tennessee.

April 19: The siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas comes to a close.  A fire breaks out in the compound as FBI and BATF agents began moving into the compound.  The fire consumes the compound and seventy-six Davidians are killed including twenty-seven children and leader David Koresh.

May 1: The President of Sri Lanka, Ranasinghe Premadasa

May 30: Racing driver Emerson Fittapaldi wins the 77th running of the Indianapolis 500.

June 9: The Los Angelus Police Department raids the home of Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss.

June 9: The Montreal Canadians defeat the Los Angelus Kings in game 5 to win the series 4 games to 1 and capture the Stanley Cup.

June 13: Original Seven Astronaut Deke Slayton passes away at the age of 69.  He died from complications with a brain tumor.

June 19: A memorial service is held for Original Seven Astronaut Deke Slayton at the Teague Auditorium in Building 2 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.  I attended this memorial service with my stepson Toby and some friends.  For my account of this service follow the Deke Slayton link.

June 19: President Clinton announces his "Don't ask, don't tell" policy about gays in the military.

June 20: Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls defeat the Phoenix Suns in game 6 to win the series 4 games to 2 and  claim the 1993 NBA Championship.

June 23: Lorena Bobbitt cuts off the penis of her husband John Bobbitt in Manassas, Virginia.

June 27: In response to an assassination plot on former President George H. W. Bush, United States President Bill Clinton order a cruise missile attack on the building which houses the Iraqi intelligence headquarters in Baghdad.

July 16: A Gala celebration for Spaceweek 93 is held at Space Center Houston.  I attended this event with my wife Mary.  For my account of the event follow the Spaceweek 93 link.

July 16: We met Flight Director Milt Heflin at the Outpost Tavern near JSC.  For a description of  tavern follow the Outpost Tavern link.

August 21: NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer probe.  This was three days before it was supposed to enter the orbit of Mars.

August 30: "The Late Night Show with David Letterman" premiers on CBS television.

September 13: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin shakes hands with PLO leader Yasser Arafat in Washington, DC after signing a peace agreement.

September 29: An earthquake in India kills nearly 10,000 people.

October 5: Russian military and security forces clear the Russian parliament building by force ending a mass uprising against President Boris Yeltsin.

October 23: The Toronto Blue jays defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in game 6 to win the 1993 World Series 4 games to 2.

October 25: The Spaceweek organization hosts a "Shoot For The Moon" celebrity golf tournament to raise funds for the organization.  I was teamed with Astronaut Don Williams and former head of KSC security Charles Buckley in the tournament.  For my account of this tournament follow the Don Williams link.

December 2: NASA launches space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-61.  The goal of this mission is to fix an optical defect on the Hubble Space Telescope.  The crew of this mission is Dick Covey, Ken Bowersox, Story Musgrave, Jeff Hoffman, Kathy Thornton, and Tom Akers.

December 13: Space shuttle Endeavour lands on runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center to complete its successful STS-61 Hubble repair mission.  Mission duration was 10 days 19 hours 58 minutes, 37 seconds
October 25: A 25th anniversary gala for Apollo 8 was held at Space Center Houston.  For my account of this event folow the Apollo 8 25th link.

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