The collapse of the Taliban in Afghanistan began with leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s surrender of Kandahar and the Taliban’s abandonment of Kabul. An interim government headed by Hamid Karzai was soon established.
Four white police officers on trial in Los Angeles for the brutal videotaped beating of an African American man, Rodney King, received verdicts in the case. One was convicted of excessive force and the other three were cleared of all charges. The verdicts prompted three days of riots throughout Los Angeles, during which more than fifty people were killed, four thousand injured, and twelve thousand arrested.
Anti-government domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The explosion killed 168 people, including nineteen children.
President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the United States with Mexico and Canada. NAFTA eliminated most trade barriers among the three countries to create the largest free trade zone in the world.
In the wake of the September 11th attacks, the Office of Homeland Security was established by President Bush’s Executive Order 13228. The agency was a counter-terrorism organization intended to “respond to terrorist threats of attacks.”
The Kyoto Protocol treaty was adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The protocol was an agreement between member countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in coming years. The United States was the only industrialized country in the world that refused to ratify the protocol, though it remained a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana, causing the city’s levees to break. Overwhelmed by unprecedented flooding, New Orleans residents attempted to evacuate the city but many were trapped in the city or crammed into the shelter set up at the Superdome. Katrina led to hundreds of deaths and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. While President Bush ordered troops for the evacuation effort on September 1 and increased assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration, Bush’s failure to address Katrina more...
The Health Care and Security Act of 1993, championed by President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, was abandoned when the 1994 mid-term elections saw Republicans returned to power in the House and the Senate.