- Operation Desert Storm comes to an end.
- USSR collapses. Boris Yeltsin becomes Russia's first President.
- Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassinated.
- In South Africa, new constitution written and apartheid ended.
- Warsaw Pact is abolished.
- Independence: Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia from former Yugoslavia; Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan, Axerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus.