1992 in the United States
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Events from the year 1992 in the United States.
- President: George H. W. Bush (R-Texas)
- Vice President: Dan Quayle (R-Indiana)
- Chief Justice: William Rehnquist (Wisconsin)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Tom Foley (D-Washington)
- Senate Majority Leader: George J. Mitchell (D-Maine)
- Congress: 102nd
- 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
- February 10
- February 17 – A court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin sentences serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to life in prison.
- February 18 – In New Hampshire, U.S. President George H. W. Bush defeats Pat Buchanan in the Republican primary; Paul Tsongas leads the Democratic candidates.
- March 10 – On 'Super Tuesday', U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton win most of the primaries held.
- March 18 – On CNN's Larry King Live, Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot announces that he will run for U.S. President as an independent, if volunteers put him on the ballot in all 50 states.
- March 30 – The 64th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, with The Silence of the Lambs winning Best Picture.
- March 31 – USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active U.S. Navy battleship, is decommissioned at Long Beach, California.
- April 2 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of the murder of mob boss Paul Castellano and of racketeering, and is later sentenced to life in prison.
- April 6 – Microsoft releases Windows 3.1.
- April 8 – Former tennis player Arthur Ashe, 48, announces that he is suffering from the AIDS virus, which he is believed to have contracted from a blood transfusion during heart surgery in 1983. He was diagnosed with HIV more than three years ago.
- April 9 – A Miami, Florida jury convicts former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega of assisting Colombia's cocaine cartel.
- April 13 – The Chicago Flood occurs.
- April 25 – The 7.2 Mw Cape Mendocino earthquake shook the north coast of California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), causing $48.3–75 million in losses and 98–356 injuries. This was the first instrumentally recorded event that showed shallow angle thrust movement on the southern Cascadia Subduction Zone. Two triggered strike-slip events caused additional destruction the following day.
- April 29–May 4 – In Simi Valley, California, a jury acquits four LAPD police officers accused of excessive force in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, causing the 1992 Los Angeles riots and leading to 53 deaths and $1 billion in damage.
- May 1 – Eric Houston of Yuba County kills 4, injures 9, and holds many others hostage at Lindhurst High School, Olivehurst, California.
- May 5 – Alabama ratifies a 202-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 midterm or retroactive pay raise.
- May 16 – STS-49: Space Shuttle Endeavour lands safely after a successful maiden voyage.
- May 19
- May 22 – After 30 years, Johnny Carson retires as host of NBC's The Tonight Show.
- May 25 – Jay Leno becomes the new host of NBC's The Tonight Show, following the retirement of Johnny Carson.
- June – As a result of the early 1990s recession and subsequently sluggish job creation, unemployment peaks at 7.8%, a level not seen since March 1984. This would later contribute to President George H. W. Bush's defeat to Bill Clinton in the election later that year.
- June 1 – Kentucky celebrates its bicentennial statehood.
- June 15 – During a spelling bee at a Trenton, New Jersey elementary school, U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously corrects a student's spelling of the word potato, indicating it should have an e at the end.
- June 17 – A 'Joint Understanding' agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this is later codified in START II).
- June 23 – Mafia boss John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison, after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering on April 2.
- June 24 – The Franco-American Flag was officially raised for the first time in Manchester, New Hampshire. This flag was presented by singer Édith Butler as part of a tour.
- June 28 –
- The 7.3 Mw Landers earthquake shook the Mojave Desert region of Southern California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), causing $92 million in losses, three deaths and 400+ injuries.
- The 6.5 Mw Big Bear earthquake shook the San Bernardino Mountains region of Southern California about three hours later. This triggered event had a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), causing moderate damage and some injuries.
- July 10 – In Miami, Florida, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.
- July 16 – Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton is nominated for U.S. President and Tennessee Senator Al Gore for Vice President, at the Democratic National Convention in New York City.
- August 11 – The largest shopping mall in the US, Minnesota's Mall of America is constructed on 78 acres (316,000 m²).
- August 20 – The Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas renominates U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. Pat Buchanan, one of Bush's opponents in the primaries, delivers a controversial convention speech, in which he refers to a "religious war" in the country.
- August 21–22 – Events at Ruby Ridge, Idaho are sparked by a Federal Marshal surveillance team, resulting in the death of a Marshal, Sam Weaver and his dog and the next day the wounding of Randy Weaver, the death of his wife Vicki and the wounding of Kevin Harris.
- August 24–28 – Hurricane Andrew hits south Florida and dissipates over the Tennessee valley, killing 65 and causing US$26.5 billion in damage.
- September 11 – Hurricane Iniki hits the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai and Oahu.
- September 12 – STS-47: Dr. Mae Jemison becomes the first African American woman to travel into space, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
- September 24 – The Kentucky Supreme Court, in Kentucky v. Wasson, holds that laws criminalizing same-sex sodomy are unconstitutional, and accurately predicts that other states and the nation will eventually rule the same way.
- October 2 – Pittsburgh International Airport's new facility opens in Findlay Township, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The new terminal is built as an expansion for USAir and an upgrade from the older Pittsburgh International Airport facility.
- October 3 – After performing a song protesting alleged child abuse by the Catholic Church, Sinéad O'Connor rips up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live, causing huge controversy, leading the switchboards at NBC to ring off the hook.
- October 9
- October 17 – Yoshihiro Hattori, a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student, mistakes the address of a party and is shot dead after knocking on the wrong door in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooter, Rodney Peairs, is later acquitted, sparking outrage in Japan.
- October 29 – The Food and Drug Administration approves Depo-Provera for use as a contraceptive in the United States.
- November 3 – Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas defeats incumbent President George H. W. Bush and businessman H. Ross Perot in the US presidential election.
- November 25 – The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, debuts in cinemas; it goes on to become the second highest-grossing film of the year with nearly $122 million in revenue in its homeland alone and exceeding $410 million worldwide.
- December 3 – UN Security Council Resolution 794 is unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, tasked with ensuring humanitarian aid gets distributed and establishing peace in Somalia.
- December 4 – U.S. military forces land in Somalia.
- December 5 – Kent Conrad of North Dakota resigns his seat in the United States Senate and is sworn into the other seat from North Dakota, becoming the only U.S. Senator ever to have held two seats on the same day.
- December 8 – Lawrence Eagleburger is sworn in as the new Secretary of State, succeeding James Baker.
- December 15 – Hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre releases his solo debut studio album The Chronic, which sparked the beginning of the mainstream popularity and success of Gangsta Rap, G-Funk, and West Coast Hip-Hop in the United States (a run that lasted from the early-to-mid-1990s).
- Iraqi no-fly zones (1991–2003)
- January 1
- January 9
- January 12 – Javier Alvial, footballer
- January 13 – Austin Watson, American hockey player
- January 16
- January 17 – Nate Hartley, actor
- January 18 – Dagny Knutson, swimmer
- January 19
- January 21
- January 25 – Olivia Bonilla, American singer-songwriter and musician
- January 26 – Cassidy Lehrman, actress
- January 27 – Tony Jefferson, American football player
- January 29 – George Pocheptsov, painter, draughtsman, and entrepreneur
- February 2 – Alex Kennedy, race car driver
- February 8 – Karle Warren, actress
- February 11 – Taylor Lautner, actor
- February 13 – Keith Appling, college basketball player
- February 14 – Jeff Luc, American football player
- February 16 – Steffani Brass, actress
- February 17
- February 18 – Logan Miller, actor and musician
- February 19 – Paulina Gaitán, Mexican actress
- February 20 – Jarred Tinordi, American hockey player
- February 24 – Peter Frenette, American ski jumper
- February 25 – Max Aaron, figure skater
- February 26 – Alexandria Mills, beauty pageant winner
- February 27 – Filip Krajinović, American Serbian-born tennis player
- February 29
- March 2 – Charlie Coyle, American hockey player
- March 3 – Madison Cross, singer and actress
- March 4
- March 5 – Kit Armstrong, pianist and composer
- March 9 – Luis Armand Garcia, actor
- March 10 – Emily Osment, actress and singer
- March 13 – Jelani Jenkins, American football player
- March 14 – Jasmine Murray, singer
- March 15
- March 16 – Tim Hardaway, Jr., American basketball player
- March 18 – Anthony Barr, American football player
- March 21 – Joshua Mance, track and field athlete
- March 22 – Jessie Andrews, actress
- March 23 – Kyrie Irving, basketball player
- March 24 – Faye Gulini, snowboarder
- March 26
- March 29 – Chris Massoglia, actor
- March 30
- MacKinzie Kline, golfer
- April 4 – Alexa Nikolas, actress
- April 6 – Beatrice Capra, tennis player
- April 7 – Alexis Jordan, singer and actress
- April 8
- April 11 – J.D. Lifshitz, director, producer, screenwriter, and actor
- April 17 – Manuel Ávila, boxer
- April 22 – Adam Lanza, murderer (d. 2012)
- April 23 – Syd tha Kyd, singer, producer and DJ
- April 24 – Doc Shaw, actor and rapper
- April 27
- April 28 – Boxxy, internet celebrity
- April 30 – Kenneth Agostino, ice hockey player
- May – Caitlin Brunell, beauty pageant winner
- May 4
- May 7 – Ryan Harrison, tennis player
- May 8
- May 9 – Chris Gutierrez, actor
- May 11 – Christina McHale, tennis player
- May 12 – Malcolm David Kelley, actor
- May 15
- May 18 – Spencer Breslin, actor and musician
- May 20 – Mattie Larson, gymnast
- May 21
- May 24 – Travis T. Flory, actor
- May 26 – Johanna Long, race car driver
- May 29 – Melsahn Basabe, basketball player
- May 30
- June 1 – Prezel Hardy, track and field athlete
- June 7 – Sara Niemietz, singer-songwriter and actress
- June 9 – Kate Hansen, luger
- June 10 – Kate Upton, actress and model
- June 12
- June 14
- June 15 – Kristie Ahn, tennis player
- June 16 – Emerson Etem, American hockey player
- June 18 – Henry K. Lui, composer and pianist
- June 19 – C. J. Mosley, American football linebacker
- June 20 – Sage the Gemini, rapper, songwriter and producer
- June 23
- June 24 – Raven Goodwin, actress
- June 26
- June 29
- June 30
- July 1
- July 2 – Madison Chock, ice dancer
- July 6 – Manny Machado, American baseball player
- July 8 – Sky Ferreira, singer, songwriter, model, and actress
- July 10 – Kristin Allen, gymnast
- July 17 – Nick Bjugstad, American hockey player
- July 20 – Paige Hurd, actress
- July 21 – Rachael Flatt, figure skater
- July 22 – Selena Gomez, singer and actress
- July 25
- July 28 – Stephone Anthony, footballer
- July 29 – David Ash, footballer quarterback
- July 30 – Fabiano Caruana, chess player
- August 2
- August 3 – Karlie Kloss, model and ballet dancer
- August 4
- August 5 – Jack McInerney, American soccer player
- August 7 – Bobby Lynn Bryant, boxer
- August 10
- Rifqa Bary, Methodist
- August 11 – Stefan Jerome, American soccer player
- August 13 – Katharine Close, notable academic
- August 16 – Ventura Alvarado, soccer player
- August 18
- August 20 – Demi Lovato, singer and actress
- August 21 – Oliver Bradwell, track and field athlete
- August 24 – Spike Albrecht, basketball player
- August 26 – Hayley Hasselhoff, actress
- August 27 – Sarah Attar, athlete
- August 28 – Isabelle Abiera, actress and model
- September 3 – August Alsina Hip-hop/R&B Artist
- September 5 – Brandon Allen, footballer quarterback
- September 10 – Haley Ishimatsu, diver
- September 11 – Desireé Bassett, guitarist
- September 16 – Nick Jonas, singer, songwriter, musician, and actor
- September 18 – Amber Liu, singer
- September 19 – Gavin Fink, actor
- September 24
- September 25 – Keauna McLaughlin, skater
- September 27
- September 28 – Skye McCole Bartusiak, actress (d. 2014)
- September 30
- October 1 – Drew Chadwick, musician (Emblem 3)
- October 2 – Kiehl Frazier, football player
- October 6 – Rhyon Nicole Brown, actress, singer, and dancer
- October 9 – Tyler James Williams, actor
- October 12
- October 13
- October 14 – Savannah Outen, singer
- October 15
- Vincent Martella, actor and singer
- October 16 – Bryce Harper, American baseball player
- October 17 – Jacob Artist, actor, dancer and singer
- October 18 – John John Florence, surfer
- October 20 – Kristian Ipsen, diver
- October 22 – Sofia Vassilieva, actress
- October 27 – Emily Hagins, producer, writer, editor, and director
- October 28
- October 30 – Tequan Richmond, actor, model, and rapper
- October 31 – Vanessa Marano, actress
- November 2 – Chelsea Davis, gymnast
- November 6 – Megan Meier, suicide victim (d. 2006)
- November 11 – Cassandra Bankson, model
- November 12
- November 18 – Nathan Kress, actor
- November 21 – Megan and Liz Mace, fraternal twin recording artists
- November 23 – Miley Cyrus, singer and actress
- November 25 – Zack Shada, actor
- November 28 – Adam Hicks, actor
- November 29 – David Lambert, actor
- December 1 – Javier Báez, baseball player
- December 8 – Katie Stevens, singer
- December 7 – Sean Couturier, hockey player
- December 11
- December 17 – Jordan Garrett, actor
- December 18 – Bridgit Mendler, actress, singer, and musician
- December 21 – Haylee Wanstall, Canadian-born actress
- December 22 – Isabella Cruise, daughter of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
- December 23 – Spencer Daniels, actor
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- January 27 – Allan Jones, actor and singer (b. 1907)
- February 7 – Buzz Sawyer, wrestler and trainer (b. 1959)
- February 27 – S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-born American academic and Senator for California (b. 1906)
- March 26 – Barbara Frum, American-born Canadian radio and television journalist (b. 1937)
- April 6 – Isaac Asimov, American science-fiction author
- May 30 – Antoni Zygmund, Polish-born American mathematician (b. 1900)
- June 6 – Larry Riley, actor (b. 1953)
- August – Christopher McCandless, hitchhiker and subject of non-fiction (b. 1968)
- September 21 – Bill Williams, actor
- November 2 – Hal Roach, film and television producer, director, and actor (b. 1892)
- December 8 – William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker (b. 1907)
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