January 1 - The World Trade Organization comes into effect.
January 1 - The Kingdom of Sweden and the republics of Austria and Finland are admitted into the European Union.
January 1 - The Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe becomes the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
January 1 - The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
January 6 - A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.
January 12 - Malcolm X's daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, is arrested for conspiring to kill Louis Farrakhan.
January 17 - The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
January 22 - Israeli-Palestinian conflict: In central Israel, two suicide bombers from the Gaza Strip blow themselves up at a military transit point killing 19 Israelis.
January 25 - The Norwegian Rocket Incident: Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile.
January 30 - Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.
January 31 - President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
February 7 - Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan.
February 9 - Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks.
February 15 - Hacking: Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and charged with breaking into some of the United States' most "secure" computer systems.
February 17 - Colin Ferguson is convicted of six counts of murder for the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings and later receives a 200+ year sentence.
February 17 - The Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a cease-fire brokered by the UN.
February 21 - Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
February 24 - The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.
February 26 - The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank collapses after a securities broker, Nick Leeson, loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts.
February 28 - Denver International Airport officially opens in Denver, Colorado to replace Stapleton International Airport
March 1 - Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak resigns from parliament and is replaced by ex-communist Józef Oleksy.
March 14 - Space Exploration: Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle.
March 16 - Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.
March 22 - Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in space.
March 31 - In Corpus Christi, Texas, Latin superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez is shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her own fan club.
April 19 - Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168. That same day convicted murderer Richard Wayne Snell, who had ties to bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh, is executed in Arkansas.
April 30 - U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first President to visit Northern Ireland.
May 1 - Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
May 2 - During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
May 11 - In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
May 14 - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, proclaims six-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
May 17 - After 18 years as the mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac takes office as President of France.
May 20 - In a second referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a slight majority the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
May 23 - Oklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
May 25 - The Bosnian Serb Army kills 72 youngsters in the Bosnian city of Tuzla.
May 27 - In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
May 28 - The Russian town of Neftegorsk is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that kills at least 2,000 people, ⅔ of total population.
June 2 - United States Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady's F-16 is shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.
June 5 - The Bose-Einstein condensate is first created.
June 7 - The long range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines.
June 8 - Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
June 8 - The first release of the PHP programming language is released by Rasmus Lerdorf.
June 13 - French president Jacques Chirac announces the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
June 24 - South Africa defeats New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The 1995 World cup is the first major sporting event in South Africa after Apartheid.
June 26 - Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani deposes his father Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in a bloodless coup.
June 29 - Space Shuttle program: STS-71 Mission (Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.)
June 29 - The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937.
July 11 - Full diplomatic relations are established between the United States and Vietnam.
July 11 - A Cubana de Aviacion Antonov An-24 crashes into the Caribbean off southeast Cuba killing 44 people.
July 11 - 7500 Bosnian men and children are killed by Serbian troops commanded by Ratko Mladic in Potocari near Srebrenica Bosnia and Herzegovina.
July 18 - On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufriere Hills volcano erupts. Over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital and forcing most of the population to flee.
July 20 - The Regents of the University of California vote to end all affirmative action in the UC system by 1997.
July 21 - Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The People's Liberation Army begins firing missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
July 23 - Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered and becomes visible to the naked eye nearly a year later.
July 25 - A gas bottle explodes in Saint Michel station of line B of the RER (Paris regional train network). Eight are killed and 80 wounded.
July 27 - In Washington, DC, the Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated.
August 5 - The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.
August 10 - Oklahoma City bombing: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are indicted for the bombing. Michael Fortier pleads guilty in a plea-bargain agreement for his testimony.
August 10 - Los Angeles Dodgers are forced to forfeit against the St. Louis Cardinals after fans throw souvenir baseballs on to the field en masse.
August 15 - In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
August 29 - NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
October 21 - Dayton Agreement The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
October 25 - A commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
October 26 - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
October 27 - Latvia applies for membership in the European Union.
October 27 - Former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi is convicted in absentia of corruption.
October 30 - Quebec sovereignists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada (vote was 50.6% to 49.4%).
November 2 - Former South African defence minister General Magnus Malan and 10 other former senior military officers are arrested and charged with murdering 13 black people in 1987, (all the accused are later acquitted).
November 4 - Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli.
November 5 - André Dallaire attempts to assassinate Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada. He is thwarted when the Prime Minister's wife locks the door.
November 10 - In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop), are hanged by government forces.
November 13 - A truck-bomb explodes outside of a US-operated Saudi Arabian National Guard training center in Riyadh, killing five Americans and two Indians. A group called the Islamic Movement for Change claims responsibility.
November 14 - A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and to run most government offices with skeleton staffs.
November 21 - The Dayton Peace Agreement is initialled at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement was formally ratified in Paris, on December 14 that same year.
November 21 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 5,000 (5,023.55) for the first time.
November 22 - Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
December 5 - The Sri Lankan government announces the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna.
December 7 - The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34.
December 14 - Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments.
December 15 - The European Communities Court of Justice hands down the "Bosman ruling", giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another.
December 15 - South Korean football club Suwon Bluewings F.C. founded.
December 20 - American Airlines Flight 965, a Boeing 757, crashes into a mountain 50 km north of Cali, Colombia killing 160.
December 20 - The Democratic Social Movement is founded in Greece.
December 21 - The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
December 30 - The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of -27.2°C was recorded at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands. This equalled the record set at Braemar, Aberdeenshire on February 11, 1895 and January 10, 1982.