1992 events in history

Jan 1 Russia is officially formed
Jan 2 Leaders of armed opposition declare the President Zviad Gamsakhurdia deposed during a military coup in Georgia
Jan 6 President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia flees the country as a result of the military coup
Jan 9 The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina proclaims the creation of Republika Srpska, a new state within Yugoslavia
Jan 15 The international community recognizes the independence of Slovenia and Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Jan 16 El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City, Mexico ending the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War that claimed at least 75,000 lives
Jan 17 During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II
Jan 20 Air Inter Flight 148, an Airbus A320-111, crashes into a mountain near Strasbourg, France killing 87 of the 96 people on board. A design flaw in the computer mode selection system resulted in the crew selecting the wrong rate of descent
Jan 22 Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation
Jan 22 Space Shuttle program: Dr. Roberta Bondar becomes the first Canadian woman and the first neurologist in space
Jan 26 Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons
Feb 1 The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal court declares Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the Bhopal Disaster case
Feb 4 A coup d'état is led by Hugo Chávez against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez
Feb 7 The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the creation of the European Union
Feb 12 The current Constitution of Mongolia comes into effect
Feb 17 Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops massacre more than 20 Azerbaijani civilians in the village of Qaradağlı
Feb 25 Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians are killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan
Feb 26 Nagorno-Karabakh War: Khojaly Massacre: Armenian armed forces open fire on Azeri civilians at a military post outside the town of Khojaly leaving hundreds dead
Feb 29 First day of Bosnia and Herzegovina independence referendum
Mar 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina declares its independence from Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Mar 2 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations
Mar 6 The Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers
Mar 12 Mauritius becomes a republic while remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations
Mar 13 An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500 in Erzincan, eastern Turkey
Mar 17 A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%
Mar 17 Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires: Suicide car bomb attack kills 29 and injures 242
Mar 18 In a national referendum white South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour of ending the racist policy of Apartheid
Mar 22 Fall of communism in Albania: The Democratic Party of Albania wins a decisive majority in the parliamentary election
Mar 22 USAir Flight 405 crashes shortly after takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport, leading to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft
Mar 25 Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returns to Earth after a 10-month stay aboard the Mir space station
Mar 25 The Pakistan national cricket team wins the 1992 Cricket World Cup at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Mar 31 The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California
Apr 2 In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison
Apr 5 The Siege of Sarajevo begins when Serb paramilitaries murder peace protesters Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sučić on the Vrbanja Bridge
Apr 5 Alberto Fujimori, president of Peru, dissolves the Peruvian congress by military force
Apr 7 Republika Srpska announces its independence
Apr 8 Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries
Apr 9 A U.S. Federal Court finds former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drug and racketeering charges. He is sentenced to 30 years in prison
Apr 12 The Euro Disney Resort officially opens with its theme park Euro Disneyland. The resort and its park's name are subsequently changed to Disneyland Paris
Apr 13 The Great Chicago flood devastates much of central Chicago
Apr 16 The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean
Apr 18 General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolts against President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allies with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul
Apr 21 The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12
Apr 22 In an explosion in Guadalajara, Mexico, 206 people are killed, nearly 500 injured and 15,000 left homeless
Apr 27 The Russian Federation and 12 other former Soviet republics become members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
Apr 27 Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history
Apr 27 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed
Apr 29 Los Angeles riots: Riots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed
May 7 The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, STS-49
May 7 Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise