In this year…

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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.

AU­GUST

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.

SEPTEM­BER

Late Night With Co­nan O’Brien pre­mieres on NBC. Ge­orge Brown Col­lege sells its Kens­ing­ton cam­pus build­ing for

condo devel­op­ment.

NOVEM­BER

Jean Chre­tien be­comes the 20th prime min­is­ter.

DE­CEM­BER

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.

Jean Chre­tien

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