Isaac Asimov

1992 – Nineteen years ago

January 1 - George H. W. Bush becomes the first U.S. President to address the Australian Parliament.

January 8 - George H. W. Bush is televised falling violently ill at a state dinner in Japan, vomiting into the lap of Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa and fainting.

January 26 ‚ÄstBoris Yeltsin announces that¬†Russia will stop targeting¬†United States cities with¬†nuclear weapons.

March 18 ‚Äď White¬†South Africans vote in favour of political reforms which will end the¬†apartheid regime and create a power-sharing multi-racial government.

April 6 ‚ÄstIsaac Asimov, Russian-born author (b.¬†1920) dies

April 20 ‚ÄstBenny Hill, British comedian and actor (b.¬†1924) dies

May 6 ‚ÄstMarlene Dietrich, German actress (b.¬†1901) dies

May 9 ‚Äď United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, adopted in New York on 9 May 1992.

May 9 Р Whaleoil married Spanish Bride in Auckland

May 25 ‚Äď In Australia,¬†Lindy Chamberlain receives compensation for wrongful conviction on murder charges.

June 1 ‚Äď Venezuelan revolutionary¬†Carlos (the Jackal) is sentenced to life imprisonment.

July 13 ‚ÄstYitzhak Rabin becomes prime minister of¬†Israel.

July 20 ‚ÄstV√°clav Havel resigns as president of¬†Czechoslovakia.

August 5  - Robert Muldoon, former Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1921) dies

October 4 ‚ÄstDenny Hulme, New Zealand race car driver (b.¬†1936) dies

October 31 ‚ÄstPope John Paul II issues an apology, and lifts the edict of the¬†Inquisition against¬†Galileo Galilei.

November 18 ‚Äď Russian President¬†Boris Yeltsin releases the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of¬†KAL 007, shot down by the Soviets in 1983. In 1983 I was in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France when the news of this hit.

November 23 ‚ÄstMiley Cyrus, American actress and singer was born

November 24 ‚ÄstElizabeth II of the United Kingdom describes this year as an¬†Annus Horribilis (horrible year), due to various scandals damaging the image of the Royal Family, as well as the Windsor Castle fire.

December 9 ‚ÄstPrince Charles and¬†Princess Diana publicly announce their separation.

The number one single of 1992 was I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston