In this year…
JANUARY The Velvet Divorce: Czechoslovakia separates into Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Arab groups condemn Walt Disney box office hit Aladdin for unleashing genie of negative streotypes. FEBRUARY World Trade Center bombing kills six and injures more than 1,000. MARCH Mississauga school teacher Paul Fromm caught on video at meeting commemorating Hitler’s birthday. The birth of spam: a bug in a computer program sends an article to 200 newsgroups simultaneously. APRIL The World Wide Web is born at the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN). MAY The Black Business and Professional Association protests Showboat’s “simplistic and negative portrayal of black people.” Brits lift ban on commercial growing of low-THC hemp. JUNE Kim Campbell becomes the first female prime minister. Anti-Racist Action trashes the home of white-rights/Heritage Front mouthpiece Gary Schipper. Unions that helped the NDP get elected rally against Rae’s cuts. JULY Bill Clinton announces his “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays in the military. The idea of cooling downtown skyscrapers with water from Lake Ontario makes its first splash. Euclid Theatre closes its doors. NOW turns up under “pinko” category in the computerized files of a San Francisco spy for B’nai Brith’s AntiDefamation League.
LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell are sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating Rodney King’s civil rights. Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel has the plug pulled on his U.S.-based satellite TV show Voice Of Freedom.
Late Night With Conan O’Brien premieres on NBC. George Brown College sells its Kensington campus building for
Jean Chretien becomes the 20th prime minister.
NOW associate editor Glenn Wheeler's musings about man-on-boy sex – “If I had a chance to have sex with Michael Jackson when I was 13, I would have” – causes a backlash among columnists in mainstream press.