Timeline: 1990s


1990s graphic

Thumbs UpOperation Desert Storm is authorized by the U.N. U.S. part of 30-nation coalition.

U.S. sanctions China, Iran, Cuba, and Kuwait for sponsoring terrorism, engaging in proliferation of WMDs, and human rights abuses.

April 29, 1992: Los Angeles erupts in riots after acquittal of officers who beat Rodney King. They are retried under civil rights laws, and two are found guilty.

Thumbs Down1993. U.S. adopts "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which allows the government to remove open homosexuals from the army.

1994: North American Free Trade Agreement.

Thumbs Up 1995: Student-led campaign delivers the Environmental Bill of Rights to Congress with 1.2 million signatures.

1996. Controversial “Back to Work” Welfare Reform.

1999: World Trade Organization meets in Seattle. 40,000 protest in first major mass event of U.S. anti-globalization movement.

Thumbs Down1999. U.N. Human Rights Commission Resolution Supporting Worldwide Moratorium on Executions. The U.S. does not sign.