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Timeline of Nixon's Assassination 1968 (XEN)

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June 1968: Richard Nixon is killed in Chicago when a bomb explodes near him, it was discovered Bill Ayers, an anti-war left wing militant was responsible. Ayers was arrested by the FBI trying to flee to Canada and sentenced to life in prison. Nixon’s death occurred within weeks of Robert Kennedy’s.

20 July 1968: Beatle Paul McCartney and longtime girlfriend actress Jane Asher shock the world when they announce their marriage. It had been speculated in the press the couple was close to breaking up.

5-8 August 1968: The Republican Convention nominates Nelson Rockefeller as the Presidential candidate and Charles Percy as his running mate.

August 1968: National League President Warren Giles meets Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau to discuss the future of Montreal’s expansion team. Unimpressed by Jarry Park, Giles informed Drapeau he was withdrawing Montreal’s expansion team and awarding it to another city. The expansion team was later awarded to Bud Selig in Milwaukee; Selig announced the team would be called the Brewers.

September 1968: Comedian Bob Hope outbids Bob Short to purchase the Washington Senators baseball club.

31 October 1968: Citing progress in the Paris peace talks, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.

5 November 1968: Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey defeats Republican Nelson Rockefeller and American Independent George Wallace.

November 1968: Not having fully recovered from her father’s assassination, Julie Nixon announces the postponement of her wedding to David Eisenhower.

12 January 1969: The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Jets in Super Bowl III 21-16, making Jets QB Joe Namath eat his words for promising a victory.

20 January 1969: Hubert Humphrey succeeds Lyndon Johnson as the 37th US President.

30 January 1969: The Beatles give their last live performance of the decade on the roof top of Apple Records in London.

1 April 1969: Former US General and President Dwight Eisenhower dies at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.

12 April 1969: President Charles de Gaulle of France dies of a massive heart attack in Paris.

June 1969: Nicholas Katzenbach is nominated to succeed Earl Warren as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.

18 July 1969: Ted Kennedy is one of several US Senators visiting the war zone in Vietnam, butterflying the Chappaquiddick incident.

July 1969: The Beatles release Abbey Road, John Lennon announces shortly after the album's release the end of the Beatles partnership at a press conference in London, earning the ire of band mates Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

9 August 1969: Actress Sharon Tate goes into labor and is rushed to the hospital and gives birth to a baby boy.

August 1969: Former Beatle George Harrison joins Eric Clapton, Rich Grech and Ginger Baker to form Blind Faith. Harrison was able to join after Steve Winwood dropped out.

September 1969: Colonel Gaddafi’s coup fails when western intelligence tips off Libyan King Idris. Gaddafi is killed in the attempt.

October 1969: The Chicago Cubs hold off a hot New York Mets team to win the National League East title. The Cubs sweep the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS to earn their first trip to the World Series since 1945. The Cubs however lose the World Series to the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 1.

November 1969: The United States and USSR signs the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty in Helsinki.

January 1970: Former Beatle Paul McCartney announces the formation of his new band, Wings joining him is former Rolling Stones lead guitarist Brian Jones, drummer Jimmy Nichols, and ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine.

June 1970: The voting age in the U.S. is lowered to 18.

September 1970: The Black September crisis in Jordan sees the Egyptian-Iraqi backed PLO overthrow King Hussein of Jordan. Jordan is renamed the Republic of East Palestine with Yasser Arafat as the first President.

September 1970: Janis Joplin collapses from a drug overdose while on stage in LA, she is resuscitated by paramedics. Joplin claims this event turned her on to Christianity, which helped her kick the drug habit.

November 1970: A small charter plane crashes near Huntington, WV killing the entire Marshall University football team and coaching staff. The University discontinues the football program until it is revived in 1986.

March 1971: Muhammad Ali knocks out Joe Frazier in the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in the Fifteenth Round, becoming the undisputed Heavy Weight Champion.

March 1971: Bangladesh declares independence from Pakistan.

June 1971: The Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Armistice Treaty. The US agrees to withdraw all but 25,000 troops, mostly Air Force and Army Personnel.

July 1971: Sharon Tate divorces Roman Polanski after she catches him in bed with another woman.

May 1971: A series of Earthquakes rocks Turkey, including an 8.8 wreaking havoc and all but destroying the capital Ankara. 21,000 people are killed in the quake forcing the government to declare Martial Law. Government officials move operations to Istanbul.

June 1971: Julius Irving signs a one year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

July 1971: The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison is found dead in his Hotel Room.

October 1971: President Humphrey nominates Thomas Lynch and Stephen Young to the Supreme Court.

October 1971: The Republic of China is kicked out of the U.N. in favor of the People's Republic of China.

November 1971: CBS sells the New York Yankees to a group of investors including Lester Crown, E. Michael Burke, John DeLorean, Nelson Bunker Hunt, and Roy Bowe.

December 1971: Whig Party USA (analogue of OTL Libertarian Party) is formed as of 2009 it is the Third Largest Party behind the Democrats and Republicans and has some representation in the Senate and House.

February 1972: Actress Sharon Tate appears in the nude for Playboy.

March 1972: Paul McCartney and wife Jane Asher announce their divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

15 May 1972: George C. Wallace is assassinated by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md.

July 1972: Republican National Convention is held in Cleveland, nominating California Governor Ronald Reagan as the Presidential nominee and James Rhodes of Ohio as his running mate.

4 July 1972: Hogan’s Heroes is given a proper finale when allied troops liberate Stalag 13.

16 August 1972: The Moroccan Royal Air Force accidentally shoots down King Fassan II’s plane, killing him and his family in the process. Prince Moulay Abdallah, Hassan II’s brother is King Moulay I in Rabat.

5 September 1972: The Munich Massacre does not occur as members of Black September are fighting pro-monarchists in Amman.

October 1972: George Steinbrenner buys the Washington Senators from Comedian Bob Hope and commits the team to winning.

7 November 1972: Ronald Reagan crushes Hubert Humphrey in the election, with Humphrey winning only Minnesota, DC, Maine, Massachusetts and New York.

31 December 1972: Roberto Clemente’s plane lands safely in Nicaragua.

20 January 1973: Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the Thirty-eighth President of the United States.

24 January 1973: Former US Presidents Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson die.

4 April 1973: The World Trade Center opens in New York.

May 1973: Drug provider Charles Manson noticing the influx of pornography magazines and erotic films decides to get a piece of the action. Buying a video camera Manson records himself having sex with Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Susan Atkins. Other videos begin to pile up with Manson finding himself called the King of Amateur Porn.

1 June 1973: The Greek military junta restores the monarchy.

July 1973: After four disappointing seasons, the Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson is sold to the San Francisco 49ers.

8 August 1973: South Korean politician Kim Dae-jung is killed in a kidnapping attempt by South Korean intelligence.

August 1973: Roberto Clemente suffers a severe break of his ankle sliding into third base at Three Rivers Stadium, effectively ending his career.

6-28 October 1973: The Yom Kippur War is fought between Israel, Egypt, Syria and East Palestine. The war ends with affirmation of Israel’s control over the Sinai, Golan Heights and the West Bank.

October 1973: Former Beatle Paul McCartney marries actress Jane Seymour.

1 November 1973: With President Reagan’s backing; Israel announces its intention of annexing the Sinai, Golan Heights and West Bank.

4 February 1974: The Symbionese Liberation Army fails to abduct Patty Hearst, her fiancée Steven Weed and bodyguard Bernard Shaw are killed in the attempt.

15 April 1974: The Republic of Turkey declares Istanbul to be the capital de jure as well as de facto.

8 May 1974: Former Beatle John Lennon and his estranged wife Yoko Ono are deported to the United Kingdom after failing to obtain a green card.

23 July 1974: The Greek military junta collapses, civilian rule is restored.

8 September 1974: Daredevil Evel Knievel drowns when his attempt to rocket across the Snake River in Idaho fails.

10 October 1974: The British Conservative Party wins a narrow general election.

15 October 1974: US Air Force F-4 Phantoms bomb what President Reagan claims to be North Vietnamese military outposts in South Vietnam. He announces his intention of increasing the number of troops in South Vietnam to 40,000 and orders the 7th fleet into the Gulf of Tonkin.

5 November 1974: Democrats claim control of the House of Representatives and the Senate as fears of a second Vietnam War grips the nation after the previous month’s air strikes.

21 November 1974: Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger is found dead in his bath tub, a victim of a speed ball.

14 February 1975: Actress Sharon Tate marries Jay Sebring in Venice, Italy.

4 April 1975: Bill Gates founds Microsoft.

May 1975: The first of three Sino-Soviet rapprochement summits is held in Pyongyang.

July 1975: Jimmy Hoffa is discovered dead in his kitchen with a bullet wound in his head.

5 August 1975: President Ronald Reagan posthumously pardons Robert E. Lee.

August 1975: John Lennon marries Chinese-American May Pang in London, now a US citizen, Lennon moves back to New York.

September 1975: California Governor Jerry Brown is assassinated by Sara Jane Moore.

October 1975: Two baseball franchises announce their intentions to move, the Chicago White Sox will move to Seattle becoming the Mariners, the Oakland A’s will move to Chicago becoming the new White Sox, while retaining the green & gold uniforms.

18 January 1976: Led by running back OJ Simpson and quarterback the 49ers win their first super bowl.

19 January 1976: Former Vice President Edmund Muskie wins the Iowa Democratic Caucus.

February 1976: Democratic Presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter drops out of the race.

1 April 1976: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak found Apple Computers.

April 1976: Portuguese Monarchy is narrowly restored by popular vote.

June 1976: NBA and ABA agree on a merger with six ABA teams joining the NBA, the final six chosen were the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Kentucky Colonels, Spirits of St Louis, San Antonio Spurs, and the Utah Stars.

3 July 1976: The US Supreme Court rules that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

15 July 1976: Senator Henry Jackson wins the Democratic Presidential nomination over former Vice President Edmund Muskie. Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota is selected as his running mate.

17 July 1976: Summer Olympics opens in Philadelphia.

18 August 1976: The Axe Murder incident on the DMZ inflame tensions between the two Koreas, the United States and China, while leaving two US soldiers dead.

19 August 1976: Ronald Reagan easily secures the Republican nomination for President with only Harold Stassen challenging him. Stassen never presented a serious challenge.

9 September 1976: Chairman Mao dies in Beijing.

6 October 1976: Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Zedong assumes power in China.

25 October 1976: The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Boston Red Sox in seven games at Veterans Stadium.

2 November 1976: Ronald Reagan defeats Henry Jackson to win re-election.

20 January 1977: Ronald Reagan is sworn in for a second term.

April 1977: Still playing in run down War Memorial Stadium, finishing last in the league in attendance for the past five years, Buffalo Bills owner Rich Wilson announces his intention to sell the team.

25 May 1977: Star Wars opens in theaters becoming the highest grossing film of all time. The movie stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Jodie Foster.

5 June 1977: Apple II computers go on sale.

22 July 1977: Purged Chinese Communist Leader Deng Xiaoping is killed in the Great Party Purge initiated Jiang Qing.

16 August 1977: Elvis Presley is found lying unconscious at his Graceland home, he is rushed to the hospital where he is listed as critical but stable.

18 October 1977: Reggie Jackson leads his Washington Senators to its first World Series win defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers.

20 October 1977: A plane carrying members of the Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd makes an emergency landing in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Band members are shaken up but otherwise al lright.

13 January 1978: Former US President Hubert H. Humphrey dies at his home in Waverly, Minnesota leaving the United States with no living ex-Presidents.

1 February 1978: Roman Polanski is arrested trying to skip bail by catching a flight to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13 year old girl.

February 1978: Star Trek: Phase II airs in the United States and Canada.

15 February 1978: Ted Bundy is captured in Sarasota, Florida.

6 March 1978: Porn publisher Larry Flynt is shot and killed in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

April 1978: The United States begins production of the Neutron Bomb.

18 April 1978: The US Senate rejects returning the Panama Canal to Panama by a vote of 54-46.

26 May 1978: The first legal casino on the east coast of the US opens at Atlantic City.

6 August 1978: Pope Paul VI dies in Rome.

30 August 1978: Paola Marella is elected Pope; he takes the Papal name Pius XIII.

17 October 1978: The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.

18 November 1978: The Jonestown Massacre occurs claiming the lives of 968 followers, including nearly 300 children and US Congressman Leo Ryan. The Massacre inspires Ronald Reagan to establish the Occult Commission led by Vice President James Rhodes.

27 November 1978: With Dan White having been elected to the California legislature two years before, he was not present to assassinate San Francisco mayor George Moscone, and homosexual city councilman Harvey Milk.

6 December 1978: The Spanish Constitution officially restores democracy in Spain.

1 February 1979: A plot hatched by the CIA and carried out by the Iranian military succeeds in assassinating Ayatollah Khomeini touching off two weeks of rioting.

10 February 1979: The Iranian military seizes power over the Shah, allowing the monarch to leave for exile in the United Kingdom.

13 March 1979: The Republic of Iran is officially established by the Military Junta.

4 May 1979: Labour wins the UK General Election.

16 July 1979: Saddam Hussein seizes power in Iraq.

16 October 1979: The New York Yankees win their first world series of the decade defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1 November 1979: Yoko Ono, ex-wife of former Beatle John Lennon is killed in a car accident in Tokyo. Lennon lists her death as the inspiration for his hit song When We Were in Love.

7 November 1979: Senator Ted Kennedy announces his plans to run for the Presidency in 1980.

24 December 1979: The USSR invades Afghanistan.

22 January 1980: The Rhodes Commission on the occult releases its findings to Congress and the President.

2 February 1980: Inmates at the New Mexico State Penitentiary seize control of the prison for three days; order is restored after the New Mexico National Guard storms the building. 180 are killed, and 320 are injured.

18 February 1980: The Byrd-Helms bill is introduced to Congress, granting the Federal Government unprecedented authority to deal with cults. 30 April 1980: Queen Juliana of the Netherlands abdicates, her daughter Beatrix succeeds her.

4 May 1980: Longtime Yugoslavian ironman Josip Tito dies.

21 May 1980: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is released in theaters. The movie is radically different portraying Han rejecting a teenaged Leia in favor of an old flame who is now the Baroness Administrator of Cloud City.

3 June 1980: Ted Kennedy all but secures the Democratic nomination on Super Tuesday forcing out challengers Jimmy Carter, Frank Church, Henry Jackson and Walter Mondale. Kennedy’s only challenge comes from West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd.

25 June 1980: Syrian President Hafez al-Assad is killed in an assassination attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood, the government responds with military force. He is succeeded by his brother Rifaat al-Assad.

16 July 1980: Vice President James Rhodes wins the Republican nomination and selects John Connelly as his running mate.

27 July 1980: Exiled Shah Reza Pahlavi dies in London.

14 August 1980: Ted Kennedy is confirmed as the Presidential nominee for President, John Glenn is chosen as his running mate.

19 September 1980: Major League Baseball confirms a planned National League expansion to Toronto and Indianapolis for the 1982 season.

21 October 1980: The New York Yankees win their second consecutive World Series defeating the San Francisco Giants.

28 October 1980: Ted Kennedy and James Rhodes debate on live television, with both candidates virtually even in the polls. Kennedy is widely believed to be the winner and surges ahead in the polls.

4 November 1980: Ted Kennedy defeats James Rhodes in the Presidential Election.

20 January 1981: Ted Kennedy is sworn in as the Thirty Ninth President of the United States.

23 February 1981: An attempted coup to restore the Fascist regime to power in Spain fails.

4 March 1981: Under President Kennedy’s orders the Church of Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles is raided, as part of the American War on Cultism.

10 May 1981: Jacques Chirac wins the French Presidential Election defeating Socialist François Mitterrand.

13 May 1981: Pope Pius XIII is shot and killed by Turkish militant Mehmet Ali Agca.

21 May 1981: Jacques Chirac becomes President of France.

12 June 1981: Major League Baseball goes on strike forcing the cancellation of 25% of the schedule.

25 June 1981: Polish Cardinal Karol Jozef Wojtyla is elected Pope, taking the name Pius XIV.

27 June 1981: President Kennedy nominates Griffin Bell to the Supreme Court.

4 July 1981: President Ted Kennedy is shot and killed in Washington D.C. by Mark David Chapman. Vice President Glenn was celebrating the holiday with the crew of the USS Iowa when the news of Kenendy’s assassination was announced.

5 July 1981: John Glenn is sworn in as President of the United States by Chief Justice Byron White in Washington D.C. on live television. That evening he addressing a mourning nation for the first time.

8 July 1981: The body of slain President Edward Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery near his older brothers John and Robert.

25 July 1981: Major League Baseball resumes its scheduled season after a six week strike.

29 July 1981: Prince of Wales Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.

4 August 1981: Senator Lloyd Bentsen is asked by President Glenn to serve as his Vice President. Bentsen has little trouble being passed through both houses.

14 August 1981: Mark David Chapman pleads guilty for assassinating the President.

22 August 1981: Lloyd Bentsen is sworn in as Vice President by Thurgood Marshall.

25 August 1981: Texas Governor Bill Clements appoints George H.W. Bush to succeed Bentsen in the Senate.

25 September 1981: Griffin Bell takes his seat on the Supreme Court.

15 October 1981: Legendary 70’s band Blind Faith announces their break up, with Eric Clapton and George Harrison more interested in concentrating on solo careers.

10 December 1981: Spain joins NATO.

January 1982: Unemployment reaches the 3,000,000 mark in Great Britain.

February 1982: The M*A*S*H series finale airs after ten seasons.

26 March 1982: A ground-breaking ceremony is opened by President Glenn on the Washington National Mall for the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

2 April 1982: The Falklands War begins once the Republic of Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.

15 April 1982: Porn Mogul Charles Manson dies in Los Angeles from the AIDS virus.

8 May 1982: Presidential Assassin Mark David Chapman is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of President Kennedy.

May 1982: The Kennedy Universal Health Care Act is signed by President John Glenn.

11 May 1982: An obsessed Jodie Foster fan John Hinckley hijacks a plane at the Baltimore Airport. He is overpowered by the passengers and subdued.

12 June 1982: A rally against Nuclear Weapons draws 750,000 people to New York’s Central Park. Amongst those attending are Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards and John Lennon.

14 June 1982: The Argentine government concedes defeat to the British ending the Falkland War.

July 1982: The Church of Scientology-vs-The United States Government is heard by the Supreme Court. The court upholds the government’s actions stating the Church of Scientology is not a religion and not entitled to the protection of the First Amendment.

3 August 1982: The Soviet Union invades Poland to end the two year strikes led by Solidarity leader Lech Walesa. Walesa is smuggled out of Poland to the safety of Finland and is granted Political Asylum in Great Britain.

August 1982: The Church of Scientology shuts down all of its offices in the United States, stating the US government is discriminating against their constitutional rights. Most Church leaders begin to immigrate to Rhodeisa-Zimbabwe, which had developed the friendliest relation with the church. A massive Church of Scientology temple began construction in Harare.

September 1982: The Canadian Constitutional Act establishes the Federal Republic of Canada and severs ties between Canada and the British Monarchy.

28 October 1982: Longtime Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev dies in Moscow; he is succeeded three days later by KGB director Yuri Andropov.

13 November 1982: The Vietnam Memorial Wall is dedicated in Washington D.C.

30 November 1982: Michael Jackson releases Thriller.

February 1983: Times Beach, Missouri is evacuated by the Environmental Protection Agency due to dioxin contamination.

24 March 1983: Just one day after introducing the world to the Moonwalk, Michael Jackson is killed when his charter plane crashes shortly after take off in Detroit, Michigan.

25 May 1983: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi comes out in theaters featuring a Wookiee army, the return of Anakin Skywalker and establishing the romance between Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.

9 June 1983: The Conservative Party wins the UK General Elections making Margaret Thatcher the first female Prime Minister in the nation’s history.

7 July 1983: American schoolgirl Samantha Smith flies to the USSR at the invitation of Premier Andropov.

August 1983: Edmonton Oiler fans are stunned to learn Wayne Gretzky had been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

September 1983: The USSR shoots down Korean Air Flight 007 killing all on board when the plane enters Soviet air space.

September 1983: The New York Jets renew their lease on Shea Stadium for ten years.

30 October 1983: Free elections are held in Argentina after years of military rule.

2 November 1983: President Glenn signs a bill establishing Martin Luther King day as a national holiday.

9 February 1984: Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov dies and is succeeded by Konstantin Chernenko.

March 1984: John Lennon gives his first Solo concert at Shea Stadium in Queens, he does not perform any Beatle songs.

March 1984: Former Vice President James Rhodes drops out of the Race for the Republican nomination after failing to secure enough votes.

April 1984: Indianapolis real estate developer Robert Welch buys the Buffalo Bills from Ralph Wilson and moves the team to Indianapolis as the Indianapolis Renegades.

May 1984: Bob Irsay attempts to move the Baltimore Colts to Phoenix only to see his team seized by the state of Maryland through eminent domain. Irsay sues the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland and the NFL. An agreement was eventually reached between the NFL and Irsay, allowing the former Colts owner to take ownership of the San Diego Chargers while Alex Spanos would take ownership of the Baltimore Colts.

July 1984: Senator George H.W. Bush won the Republican nomination for President; Governor Dick Cheney of Wyoming was selected as his running mate.

August 1984: Under pressure from Governor Mario Cuomo, NY Senator Daniel Moynihan files an anti-trust suit against the NFL after the departure of the Buffalo Bills.

26 September 1984: The Peoples Republic of China and Great Britain sign a treaty to return Hong Kong in 1997.

31 October 1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi survives an assassination attempt.

6 November 1984: President John Glenn defeats challenger Senator George Bush to win the Presidential Election.

8 December 1984: Presidential Assassin Mark David Chapman is stabbed to death by an inmate at Leavenworth.

20 January 1985: John Glenn is sworn in publicly in a much more celebratory atmosphere than in 1981.

10 March 1985: Soviet Premier Konstantin Chernenko dies he is succeeded by Grigory Romanov.

23 April 1985: Coca-Cola introduces New Coke.

June 1985: New York City real estate developer Donald Trump becomes the owner of the last place New York Yankees.

July 1985: The United States launches the largest ever Space Station, Explorer.

25 August 1985: Samantha Smith’s plane lands safely after its pilot executes a Missed Approach and successfully attempts a second land.

4 September 1985: The wreckage of the RMS Titanic is discovered.

18 October 1985: The Nintendo is released in North America.

1 January 1986: Portugal and Spain joins the European Community.

24 January 1986: Soviet troops end their occupation of Poland, leaving behind deep resentment and mistrust amongst the Polish population.

28 January 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 78 seconds after takeoff.

19 February 1986: The USSR launches the Mir Space Station in an attempt to keep up with the US Space Program.

13 April 1986: The cast of the Andy Griffith Show reunite to film the TV movie Return to Mayberry, the movie was such a hit with fans that a TV series Return to Mayberry began to air in the fall. Andy Griffith rejected the role of Matlock in favor of Mayberry,

21 April 1986: Geraldo Rivera hosts Opening Al Capone’s Vault, the special ends with great disappointment and only a single bottle of Moonshine inside.

26 April 1986: The Chernobyl disaster kills 56 and renders parts of the Ukraine and Belarus inhabitable.

4 July 1986: The Statue of Liberty reopens after extensive refurbishing.

27 October 1986: The Boston Red Sox led by first baseman Tony Perez defeat the Milwaukee Brewers for their first World Series title since World War One.

4 November 1986: The popular series Matlock airs in North America starring TV legend Dick Van Dyke in the title role.

11 January 1987: The Cleveland Browns defeat the Denver Broncos to earn their first trip to the Super Bowl.

25 January 1987: The New York Giants defeat the Cleveland Browns 17-14 in the first Super Bowl to go to overtime. It is the Giants first title since 1956.

19 April 1987: The Simpsons first appear on the Tracey Ullman show.

8 May 1987: The Reverend Jessie Jackson announces his intention to seek the Democratic nomination in 1988

11 June 1987: Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party wins the General Election.

12 June 1987: Soviet Premier Grigory Romanov is removed from office by the Politburo for his failure to deal with the economic crisis he is succeeded by Nikolai Ryzhkov.

17 August 1987: Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess commits suicide in prison at the age of 93 1 December 1987: Construction on the Channel Tunnel is initiated.

8 March 1988: Jack Kemp defeats Bob Dole, George Bush and Dick Cheney to win the Republican nomination on Super Tuesday.

26 March 1988: Jessie Jackson, Vice President Bentsen’s main opponent for the Democratic nomination of President drops out of the race after a poor showing in the polls.

14 April 1988: The USSR begins a withdrawal from Afghanistan which will take more than a year to complete.

28 April 1988: Premier Ryzhkov announces the Soviet Union will no longer interfere in the domestic policies of the Warsaw Pact nations.

21 July 1988: Lloyd Bentsen is confirmed as the Democratic nominee for President, Senator Gary Hart of Colorado is his running mate.

18 August 1988: Jack Kemp wins the 1988 Republican Nomination for President; Pat Buchanan is selected as his running mate.

5 September 1988: The September Fifth Uprising in Hungary leads to the Communist Regime’s collapse by the month's end, and the establishment of the democratic government in Budapest. The fall of the Hungarian regime would be a huge feather in the cap for Vice President Bentsen during the campaign season.

September 1988: Peace Activist Samantha Smith is reported missing. Her mother became concerned after she didn’t return from school. A nation wide search for Smith commences and dominates the news for three weeks.

10 October 1988: Nelson Mandela is released from prison.

8 November 1988: Lloyd Bentsen defeats Jack Kemp in the Presidential election.

30 December 1988: The Showa Period ends with the death of Japanese Emperor Hirohito after a reign of 62 years and 6 days. He is succeeded by his son Akihito.

18 January 1989: The Polish Communist Party votes to legalize Solidarity, however Martial Law is still in place.

20 January 1989: Lloyd Bentsen is sworn in as the Forty first President of the United States.

17 April 1989: The Communist Government of Poland collapses after popular anti-government demonstrations in every major city. Solidarity leader Lech Walesa returns from Britain to head up the provisional Polish Government.

21 April 1989: The Tiananmen Square Revolution begins in Beijing. Within a week the communist government of the Peoples Republic of China collapses when large numbers of troops defected to join the students in the Tiananmen Square Revolution. The Revolution was much better organized than the Communist government had previously thought, with democrats, socialists and reformers united together in an anti-government alliance. Revolts soon flared up all across China, resulting in the collapse of the government still led by the unpopular gang of four.

30 May 1989: The Goddess of Democracy is unveiled in Beijing.

5 June 1989: Chinese demonstrators barge in on a politburo meeting, marking the end of the Peoples Republic of China. Reformer Zhao Ziyang becomes the Chairman of the Chinese Provisional Government

27 June 1989: Tibet declares its independence from the Chinese Provisional government. India almost immediately recognizes the independent Tibet, the USSR, United States, Great Britain and France follow suit.

18 July 1989: Uighuristan declares independence from China; foreign recognition is slower with the USSR the first to recognize the new republic two days later.

1 August 1989: The Chinese Constitution is signed into law establishing the Federal Republic of China. In tradition of past regime changes in China, the new government moved its capital to Xi’an.

2 September 1989: Trials begin in Xi’an for the Gang of Four, de-Maoisation begins across the nation.

6 September 1989: After months of demonstrations across South Africa, the pro-Apartheid Nationalist Party loses the election to Nelson Mandela’s African Nationalist Congress.

10 October 1989: The Baltimore Orioles become the first baseball team in history to go from last place to first place in the span of one season defeat the Kansas City Royals to earn a trip to the World Series. The Orioles magic ended however and the San Francisco Giants win the Series in five games. It is the first Giants championship since their move west in 1958.

7 November 1989: The Communist Government of East Germany resigns, with Communist Erich Honecker as Premier.

10 November 1989: Germans from both sides of the border begin to tear down the Berlin Wall.

17 November 1989: Police beat back demonstrating students in Prague, sparking a massive riot. By the month's end the Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power and hold free elections.

1 December 1989: The East German Parliament abolishes the constitutional provision which gives the Communists monopoly over German politics. Erich Honecker and the remaining members of his Politburo resigned four days later. Hans Modrow becomes the temporary Chief of State and begins to call for a unification of the two German nations.

11 December 1989: Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega orders the invasion of the Panama Canal. Minimal US military forces in the area are overwhelmed in spite of holding their own. President Bentsen orders a military intervention to take back the Canal beginning the Panama War.

19 December 1989: Manuel Noriega is captured by the US military in Panama City; the Canal reopens under US military administration. Discussions about annexing the Panama Canal Zone become a hot button issue in the country.

22 January 1990: Bulgarian Communist leader Todor Zhivkov and his deputies are removed from power leaving only Romania and the Soviet Union as the last two Warsaw Pact nations still ruled by the Communist Party

13 February 1990: An agreement is reached between the two German nations for reunification.

11 March 1990: Lithuania declares independence from the USSR only to have the Red Army crush the demonstrations and restore order in the Soviet Republic.

15 March 1990: The North Vietnamese Army seizes power from the Communist Party.

23 March 1990: Blockbuster movie Pretty Woman is released starring Christopher Reeve and Molly Ringwald.

1 April 1990: Namibia is granted independence from South Africa.

25 April 1990: Mass demonstrators and military defections cause the collapse of the Communist Party in Romania. Leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena flee the angry mobs and are granted political asylum in the Soviet Union.

22 May 1990: North and South Yemen merge becoming the Arab Republic of Yemen.

August 1990: Slobodan Milošević attempts to prevent the collapse of Yugoslavia orders a military crackdown in Croatia, and Slovenia. President Bentsen extends US recognition of both secessionist states. A coalition of European nations including Britain, France, Italy and Greece joins the United States in demanding the Serbian President backs down.

1 October 1990: East and West Germany merge to become the Federal Republic of Germany.

3 October 1990: The capital of the Federal Republic of Germany is moved to Berlin 21 November 1990: The UN Security Council resolution 678 authorizing military intervention to force Slobodan Milošević to withdraw from Croatia and Slovenia is vetoed by the USSR. The Soviets are forced to change their vote when amateur video showing Serbian soldiers slaughtering Croatians becomes public.

January 1991: Coalition Air Forces begin operations over Yugoslavia.

February 1991: Coalition Ground Forces liberate the capitals of Slovenia and Croatia. President Bentsen announces his intention of not stopping until Belgrade is occupied.

March 1991: Serbian forces give the American led coalition a month of tough fighting 430 Coalition troops 220 American are killed in Bosnia. Bentsen’s popularity dips with Republican leaders calling for the need to occupy Belgrade.

30 March 1991: Coalition tanks and paratroopers reach the outskirts of Belgrade. The already devastated Serbian army arrests Slobodan Milošević and negotiates a cease fire with the Coalition.

31 March 1991: Albania holds its first free elections.

April 1991: The Yugoslavian remnant is occupied by Coalition forces. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announces the Coalition will hold referenda in each of the Yugoslav Republics for Union or Independence in August.

2 May 1991: The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved.

5 May 1991: The United States Congress approves an aid package for the Balkans.

13 July 1991: Samantha Smith is found in eastern Kentucky having been abducted by Robert John Bardo at knife point and forced into sexual servitude. Bardo had taken Smith to a local hospital to give birth, Smith informed a nurse and the police took Bardo into custody. Smith later gave birth to a daughter named Alicia Smith and was reunited with her parents.

4 August 1991: Yugoslavia is dissolved following referenda in each of the Republics.

1 October 1991: Senator Bob Dole of Kansas announces he will seek the GOP nomination for President in 1992.

27 October 1991: The Atlanta Braves defeats the Minnesota Twins in what is considered to be the Greatest World Series ever.

3 November 1991: White Supremacist and Republican candidate for Governor of Louisiana is shot and killed while campaigning by an out of work black man. The 5 November elections are postponed until late December. Former Republican Governor David C. Treen accepted the GOP nomination and defeated Edwin Edwards in December.

1 December 1991: Queen lead singer Freddy Mercury dies due to complications of AIDS.

10 February 1992: North Vietnam and South Vietnam hold the first summit discussing the possibility of reunification in the ancient city of Hue.

February 1992: Hugo Chavez launches a failed coup against the government of Venezuela and is killed in the attempt.

9 April 1992: Labour Party wins the British General Election making Neil Kinnock Prime Minister.

15 April 1992: EuroDisney officially opens in Rome.

5 May 1992: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic’s is dissolved and succeeded by the Union of Sovereign Soviet Republic’s. The Hammer and Sickle flag is retained, with Premier Ryzhkov being sworn in as the first President in Moscow.

19 May 1992: Presidential hopeful, Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana gives his famous Murphy Brown speech, effectively ending his chances at winning the nomination.

22 May 1992: Johnny Carson retires from the Tonight Show after thirty years; he is replaced on the show by comedian David Letterman.

22 June 1992: The remains of Tsar Nikolai II, his wife Alexandra and three of his daughters are found. The remains of his son is not amongst them, and it is speculated whether the missing daughter is Anastasia or her older sister Maria.

1 July 1992: Leningrad becomes known once again as Petrograd.

13 July 1992: Yitzhak Rabin becomes Prime Minister of Israel.

11 August 1992: The Mall of America opens in Minnesota.

August 1992: Senator Bob Dole wins the Republican nomination for President, his running mate is Donald Rumsfeld.

3 September 1992: Democratic Vice President Gary Hart is caught having an extra-marital affair by the press, and vehemently denies the charges brought against him as political voodoo.

September 1992: Return to Mayberry is cancelled in spite of putting up decent ratings numbers.

October 1992: Anti-Soviet demonstrations begin in Lithuania and soon spread to nearby Latvia and Estonia. The Red Army intervenes crushing the demonstrations and declaring Martial Law.

24 October 1992: The Atlanta Braves win their second World Series title defeating the Boston Red Sox.

3 November 1992: Republican Challenger Bob Dole defeats incumbent Democrat Lloyd Bentsen to win the Presidential election and ending 12 years of Democratic rule in the White House.

20 November 1992: Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce publicly they are seeking Marriage Counseling.

31 December 1992: Czechoslovakia is dissolved in the Velvet Divorce giving birth to two nations the Republic of Slovakia and the Republic of Czechnia

20 January 1993: Bob Dole is sworn in as the Forty First President of the US.

30 April 1993: The World Wide Web is launched.

24 May 1993: Eritrea gains independence from Ethiopia.

27 July 1993: Massive anti-Soviet uprising occurs in Tatarstan.

4 August 1993: North and South Vietnam unite to form the Republic of Vietnam with its capital in Saigon.

26 September 1993: After ten years of diplomacy which began under the Glenn Administration, Israel and Syria sign a peace accord in Washington D.C. recognizing each others right to exist.

25 October 1993: Kim Campbell becomes Canada’s first female Prime Minister.

18 November 1993: Puerto Rico votes to join the United States by a slim margin over retain status as a Commonwealth. Congress approves Puerto Rican statehood.

14 January 1994: President Dole and President Ryzhkov of the USSR sign the Kremlin Accords which stop pre-programmed aiming of nuclear missiles at each others country.

25 January 1994: Bob Dole in his first State of the Union Address calls for the repeal of the Kennedy Universal Health Care act, a move that did not set well with the American Public.

3 February 1994: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reunite to film a special about the Beatles and to record a new album together, called the Beatles Today.

7 April 1994: The Rwandan genocide begins.

19 May 1994: Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies.

2 June 1994: The Beatles give their last live performance at Shea Stadium in New York.

4 July 1994: The US flies the 51 star flag for the first time recognizing Puerto Rico’s entry into the Union.

12 August 1994: An 11th hour deal signed by the owners and MLB players union prevents a strike. The deal is brokered by Commissioner George W. Bush. The 1994 season sees baseball return to previously unfathomable heights with Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres finishing the season with a .400 batting average (sitting out the final three games to retain it) and Matt Williams of the San Francisco Giants hitting 63 homeruns.

31 October 1994: The Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Seattle Mariners to win their first World Series.

5 November 1994: Ronald Reagan makes public that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

8 November 1994: Dick Gephardt leads the Democrats into taking back the House of Representatives becoming Speaker of the House.

15 February 1995: After failing to reach an agreement on reunification, Taiwan declares independence from China.

16 February 1995: Leaders of the Kuomintang are expelled from Taiwan, with the party still illegal on the mainland, the Kuomintang headquarters are moved to San Francisco, USA.

21 February 1995: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il agrees to meet with Secretary of State George H.W. Bush at Panmunjom. In spite of Bush’s best efforts, the North Korean delegation was uninterested in what the American ambassador had to say and stormed out of the meeting after two and a half hours.

25 February 1995: Shortly after the departure of George H.W. Bush from Seoul, North Korea launches a Scud missile attack directed at Seoul. 250,000 South Korean citizens are murdered in the event. Heavy fighting around the DMZ erupts with ROK and US troops forced to retreat by the overwhelming North Korean assault.

26 February 1995: President Dole addresses Congress and becomes the first President since Franklin Roosevelt to request a declaration of war. With massive casualties in Seoul and over 200 American troops dead he has little trouble receiving it.

2 March 1995: President Dole forms a massive coalition of nations to assist in the war against North Korea including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Vietnam, India, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and China. The Soviet Union remains neutral but gives its support to the Coalition.

3 March 1995: Japanese, South Korean, Chinese and American Air Forces begin a massive aerial campaign against North Korea destroying most of the North Korean Air Force on the ground in the first 48 hours and swatting the rest out of the sky within the first week to have total air domination.

5 March 1995: 150,000 US Marines and Army Paratroopers are deployed to South Korea.

15 March 1995: The Battle of Seoul begins with well entrenched ROK and American troops facing the North Koreans in the mostly abandoned city.

19 March 1995: Fresh American tanks, soldiers and supplies pour into Seoul.

22 March 1995: North Korea begins to retreat from Seoul their first major defeat of the Second Korean War.

28 March 1995: 110,000 North Korean soldiers surrender to the coalition forces. Air Superiority had cut off their supply lines and constant fighting had exhausted their ammunition.

4 April 1995: The Chinese Army of the Republic begins its invasion of North Korea. With a total strength of 1,000,000 it is the third largest force in the war behind the two Koreas.

11 April 1995: The North Korean Army having to divide its forces loses traction in the south, Panmunjom falls to the Coalition Forces, it is a major morale boost for the Coalition.

19 April 1995: Kim Jong-Il commits suicide to prevent his capture by the Coalition Forces he is succeeded by Kim Yong-Nam. Yong-Nam vows to continue the fight until all of capitalist pigs are out of Korea.

30 April 1995: China surrounds the North Korean capital Pyongyang and demands the surrender of Kim Yong-Nam, the North Korean dictator refuses to surrender. He is captured trying to flee the city disguised as a woman.

31 April 1995: Pak Pong-Ju is recognized by the remnant of the North Korean government as the official leader.

3 May 1995: North Korea requests a cease-fire, coalition forces take the opportunity to strengthen its positions.

7 May 1995: North Korea surrenders when its ambassador in the Soviet Union met with the American ambassador at the Kremlin.

9 May 1995: Pak Pong-Ju leaves Pyongyang as per the agreement with the coalition forces for political asylum in the Soviet Union. The Korean War is officially over, although guerrilla warfare and terrorist cells continue in operation until present day.

28 May 1995: The two Korea’s are formally united. The Korean peninsula will remain under Martial Law for an undetermined amount of time.

24 August 1995: Microsoft releases Windows ‘95.

September 1995: Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton announces his intention of seeking the Democratic nomination.

30 October 1995: Quebec votes to secede from the Federal Republic of Canada by a margin 50.53% to 49.47%.

22 November 1995: Toy Story is released in theaters.

4 February 1996: King Fahd of Saudi Arabia dies, his brother Abdullah becomes the ruler of the desert nation.

6 March 1996: Chechen uprising begins in the Soviet Union.

13 March 1996: Anti-Soviet uprisings begin across the country in response to Russia’s overwhelming force against Chechnya. From the Baltic states to the Ukraine to Armenia, and Georgia and the Central Asian republics.

22 March 1996: Canada and Quebec reach an agreement in Quebec secession which allows some parts of Quebec to remain with Canada. Quebec is officially granted independence.

24 April 1996: A peace treaty is signed between the Republic of East Palestine and Israel in Geneva. President Yasser Arafat announces that the Republic of East Palestine will now be the Republic of Palestine.

28 May 1996: Quebec joins the United Nations.

31 May 1996: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia declare independence from the USSR, the Soviet government declares it is illegal. The US and European nations are reluctant to recognize the independence of the Baltic states.

4 June 1996: Soviet President Ryzhkov resigns in favor of Victor Chernomyrdin

August 1996: Senator Joe Biden of Delaware wins the Democratic nomination for President with Bill Clinton as his running mate.

September 1996: Iranian supported Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan escapes an assassination attempt. The Iranian military junta sends troops into Afghanistan to assist in the war against the Taliban.

5 November 1996: President Dole staves off a hard charging Joe Biden to retain the Presidency.

17 November 1996: Ruslan Khasbulatov leads a coup against Chernomyrdin.

21 November 1996: All of the Soviet republics save for Belarus declare independence, dissolving the Soviet Union.

24 November 1996: The Red Army restores Chernomyrdin to the Presidency, Khasbulatov is tried for treason and executed on December 1.

16 December 1996: Saddam Hussein is killed by a bodyguard in Baghdad, he is succeeded by both of his sons Uday Hussein (President) and Qusay Hussein (Prime Minister). Quasay Hussein in reality held true power in Iraq, his brother Uday just held ceremonial power.

12 February 1997: Former Vice Presidential candidate Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary announce they are divorcing.

March 1997: The Republic of Quebec joins NAFTA.

April 1997: The Russian Constitution comes into effecting establishing the Russian Federation as the successor of the Soviet Union.

1 May 1997: The Conservative Party under John Major wins the General Election.

30 June 1997: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is released becoming a sensation.

1 July 1997: Hong Kong becomes a part of the Federal Republic of China.

8 July 1997: NATO invites Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Quebec to join the alliance in 1999, all four nations accept.

11 September 1997: Scotland votes to form its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.

18 September 1997: Wales votes in favor of creating its own National Assembly.

28 October 1997: Former Rolling Stone and Wings guitarist Brian Jones is found dead of a drug overdose in San Francisco. He had been preparing for a concert kicking off a solo world tour after the release of his album the Life of Brian Jones. The album was critically panned.

19 December 1997: The movie Titanic is released.

16 January 1998: NASA announces it will send former President John Glenn back into space.

April 1998: The Monarchy of Laos is restored with the crowning of Soulivong Savang ending thirty years of Communist rule and making Cuba the last Communist state in the world.

21 May 1998: Suharto resigns after 32 years as President of Indonesia.

25 June 1998: Microsoft releases Windows ‘98.

31 August 1998: Martial Law is partially lifted in the Republic of Korea more than three years after the Second Korean War ended.

3 November 1998: Former Wrestler and actor Jessie Ventura is elected governor of Minnesota running as an independent.

31 December 1998: The pro-western military junta in Cambodia restores the monarchy, ending a generation of military rule.

1 January 1999: The Euro is established.

12 January 1999: Long time Egyptian President Anwar Sadat dies of a heart attack in Cairo, he is succeeded by Safwat El-Sherif.

12 March 1999: Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Quebec are officially part of NATO.

19 May 1999: Star Wars – The Phantom Menace is released, the first Star Wars movie after a 16 year absence from the Silver Screen. The movie stars Jake Lloyd, Ewan McGreggor, Liam Neeson and Keira Knightley.

19 June 1999: Horror author Stephen King is hit buy a van driven by Bryan Smith, King dies the following day.

12 October 1999: General Pervez Musharraf leads a military junta in Pakistan.

November 1999: Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts suffers a stroke.

21 November 1999: Elian Gonzalez and his mother arrive in Miami after selling from Cuba on a rubber raft. The mother is dehydrated but otherwise fine. The event becomes controversial due to Elian’s father demanding his sons return. In the end President Dole’s administration refused to send the boy back to Cuba,

15 February 2000: Charles M. Schulz dies.

17 February 2000: Microsoft releases Windows 2000.

7 March 2000: Vice President Donald Rumsfeld emerges victorious in the Republican Primaries, the same day Democrat Evan Bayh clinches the Democratic nomination.

22 April 2000: Elian Gonzales’ father attempts to kidnap his son and return him to Florida. He is caught darting in and out of traffic by the Miami Police Department and spends the next six years in jail before being returned to Cuba, Elian is returned to his mother who remarries an African-American mechanic six months after the attempted kidnapping.

13 June 2000: Korean President Kim Dae Jung declares an end to all Martial Law in South Korea and calls for a spirit of union to take Korea into the future; the country’s economy is beginning to show signs of recovery from the war.

July 2000: The Summer Olympics are held in Petrograd, Russia

31 July 2000: The Republican Convention begins at Candem Yards in Baltimore confirming Donald Rumsfeld as their nominee for President and Alan Keyes as his running mate (making Keyes the first African American on a major party ticket).

14 August 2000: The Democratic Convention in Los Angeles reaffirms Evan Bayh as the DNC nominee and Senator Bob Graham of Florida as his running mate.

7 November 2000: Governor Bayh of Indiana defeats Donald Rumsfeld of Illinois, Rumsfeld becomes the first Republican (and only to date) to win Puerto Rico but loses the election.

20 January 2001: Evan Bayh is sworn in as the Forty Second US President.

28 January 2001: The Cleveland Browns defeat the Los Angeles Rams to win their first ever Super Bowl.

7 June 2001: Jack Straw’s Labour Party wins the General Election.

June 2001: Fidel Castro suffers a heat stroke following a seven hour speech, his brother Raul becomes acting President of Cuba.

13 July 2001: New York City wins its bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.

3 August 2001: Fidel Castro suffers a second much more debilitating stroke.

10 September 2001: Fidel Castro dies in Havana, having never gained consciousness since his 3 August stroke. He is immediately succeeded by his brother Raul.

23 October 2001: Apple releases the IPOD.

1 December 2001: Former Beatle George Harrison dies in his home in Los Angeles from complications of cancer. Former band mates John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite for a live performance in the Concert for George in 2002, but appear as John, Paul and Ringo rather than the Beatles. Lennon later said “It's not the Beatles without George with us, it's just John, Paul and Ringo so that’s what we went by.”

14 April 2002: Former US President John Glenn arrives in Havana to discuss the future of US-Cuban relations with Raul Castro.

5 May 2002: Incumbent French President Dominique de Villepin defeats Socialist Lionel Jospin in the Presidential Election.

20 May 2002: East Timor regains its independence from Indonesia.

1 August 2002: Russia forces a referendum on Crimea to stay with the Ukraine or rejoin Russia. The vote is overwhelmingly in favor of returning to Russia. The European Union and U.S. condemn the referendum.

10 September 2002: Switzerland joins the United Nations.

22 September 2002: Edmund Stoiber becomes the Chancellor of Germany following the Federal Elections.

21 November 2002: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia are invited to join NATO. The Ukraine still reeling from the Crimean Affair begins to drop hints that it is interested in joining NATO as well.

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