January 1 - Dissolution of Czechoslovakia: Czechoslovakia is divided into the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic.
January 1 - A single market within the European Community is introduced.
January 2 - Leaders of the three warring factions in Bosnia meet to discuss peace plans.
January 3 - In Moscow, George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
January 5 - The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
January 5 - Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the first legal hanging in America since 1965).
January 7 - The Fourth Republic of Ghana is inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as President.
January 15 - Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as 'The Beast', is arrested in Sicily after three decades as a fugitive
January 18 - For the first time, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed in all 50 states.
January 19 - IBM announces a $4.97 billion loss for 1992, the largest single-year corporate loss in United States history.
January 24 - Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
January 25 - Five people were shot outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia resulting in two murders.
February 8 - General Motors sues NBC after Dateline NBC allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles the lawsuit the next day.
February 16 - Western Australia's and Australia's first woman Premier, Carmen Lawrence, is voted out of office.
February 26 - World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.
February 28 - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
March 9 - Rodney King testifies at the federal trial of four Los Angeles, California police officers accused of violating King's civil rights when they beat him during an arrest.
March 11 - Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn-in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.
March 12 - Several bombs explode in Bombay (Mumbai), India, killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more.
March 12 - North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to nuclear sites.
March 20 - An IRA bomb explodes in Warrington, northwest England, killing two children.
March 22 - The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.
March 27 - Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China.
March 27 - Italian former minister and Christian Democracy leader Giulio Andreotti is accused of mafia allegiance by the tribunal of Palermo.
March 29 - Catherine Callbeck becomes premier of Prince Edward Island and Canada's first female to be elected in a general election as a premier.
April 11 - 450 prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continued to do so for ten days, citing grievances related to prison conditions, as well as the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis) against their religious beliefs. It was Easter Sunday.
April 18 - President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolves the National Assembly and dismisses the Cabinet.
April 19 - The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.
April 19 - South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashed lands in Iowa.
April 22 - The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC is dedicated.
April 22 - The web browser Mosaic version 1.0 is released.
April 23 - Eritreans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a United Nations-monitored referendum.
April 24 - The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act comes into force establishing Panchayati Raj system in India.
April 24 - An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London.
April 27 - All members of the Zambia national football team lose their lives in a plane crash off Libreville, Gabon in route to Dakar, Senegal to play a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Senegal.
April 30 - Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
May 10 - In Thailand, a fire at the Kader Toy Factory kills 188 workers, mostly young women.
May 18 - EU-riots in Nørrebro, Copenhagen caused by the approval of the four Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police opened fire against civilians for the first time since World War II and injured 11 demonstrators. In total 113 bullets were fired.
May 24 - Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.
June 6 - Mongolia holds its first direct presidential elections.
June 12 - Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola is elected President of Nigeria in record turnout for Nigerian elections.
June 24 - Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand after receiving a mailbomb from the Unabomber.
June 25 - Kim Campbell is chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and becomes the first female Prime Minister of Canada.
June 26 - The U.S. launches a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
July 4 - Sumitomo Chemical's resin plant in Nihama explodes killing one worker and injuring three others.
July 25 - Israel launches a massive attack against Lebanon in what the Israelis call Operation Accountability, and the Lebanese call Seven-Day War.
July 25 - The St James Church massacre occurs in Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa.
July 29 - The Israeli Supreme Court acquits alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of all charges and he is set free.
August 1 - The Great Flood of 1993 comes to a peak. The Mississippi River crested at St. Louis, hitting a record 49.58 feet above flood stage. The Missouri River would peak the next day (August 2) in St. Charles, Missouri at a record 39.6 feet above flood stage.
August 4 - A federal judge sentences LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King's civil rights.
August 6 - According to a Japanese government and Tokyo Broadcasting System networks report, heavy rains and debris kill 72 in the Kagoshima and Aira areas, of Kyūshū, Japan.
August 9 - The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan loses a 38-year hold on national leadership.
August 10 - An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand.
August 16 - The Debian distribution was first announced by Ian Murdock, then a student at Purdue University. Murdock initially called his system the "Debian Linux Release"
August 20 - After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month.
August 21 - NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
August 23 - Project Operation Resist Begins the finishing date is still unknown.
August 27 - The Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, is completed.
August 31 - HMS Mercury closes after 52 years in commission.
September 9 - The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state.
September 13 - Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway.
September 13 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.
September 15 - Liechtenstein Prince Hans-Adam II disbands Parliament
September 21 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspends parliament and scraps the then-functioning constitution, thus triggering the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993.
September 22 - A Transair Georgian Airlines Tu-154 is shot down by a missile in Sukhumi, Georgia.
September 27 - The Sukhumi massacre takes place in Abkhazia.
September 30 - An earthquake hits India's Latur and Osmanabad district of Marathwada (Aurangabad division) in Maharashtra state leaving tens of thousands of people dead and many more homeless.
October 3 - Battle of Mogadishu: In an attempt to capture officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organisation in Mogadishu, Somalia, 18 US Soldiers and about 1,000 Somalis are killed in heavy fighting.
October 4 - Russian Constitutional Crisis: In Moscow, tanks bombard the White House, a government building that housed the Russian parliament, while demonstrators against President Boris Yeltsin rally outside.
October 7 - The Great Flood of 1993 ends at St. Louis, Missouri, 103 days after it began, as the Mississippi River falls below flood stage.
October 13 - Captured American Pilot Mike Durant is filmed in an interview in captivity by a CNN camera crew.
October 16 - Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching the British National Party headquarters.
October 25 - Jean Chrétien becomes Prime Minister of Canada with a massive majority for his Liberal Party in a general election in which the governing Progressive Conservatives, led by Kim Campbell, lost 149 of 151 seats in the parliament.
November 1 - The Maastricht Treaty takes effect, formally establishing the European Union.
November 4 - Bolivia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
November 4 - A China Airlines Boeing 747 overruns Runway 13 at Hong Kong's Kai Tak International Airport while landing during a typhoon, injuring 22 people.
November 9 - Stari most, the "old bridge" in Bosnian Mostar built in 1566, collapses after several days of bombing.
November 12 - Decree of President of Kazakhstan "About introducing national currency of Republic of Kazakhstan" is issued.
November 15 - 13 Cuban refugees land in Florida after stealing a crop-duster in Cuba.
November 18 - In South Africa, 21 political parties approve a new constitution.
November 20 - Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
November 20 - An Avioimpex Yak 42D crashes near Ohrid, Macedonia. The aircraft was on a flight from Geneva, Switzerland to Skopje, but had been diverted to Ohrid due to poor weather conditions at the Skopje airport. On landing the aircraft crashed into Mount Trojani near Ohrid. All eight crew members and 115 of the 116 passengers were killed.
November 23 - Rachel Whiteread wins both the £20,000 Turner Prize award for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year.
November 24 - In Liverpool, 11-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are convicted of the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger.
November 30 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law.
December 2 - Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is shot and killed in Medellín.