The 1990s

By: Hattie Haines

Saddam Hussein, 1990

Saddam Hussein was the dictator of Iraq for nearly 2 decades. He made the choice that started the Gulf war and killed hundreds of thousands. He also started Iraq's nuclear weapons program as vice president and continued it into his dictatorship. He apparently ended the program but the U.S. invaded due to it's own suspicions. He escaped capture for a time but was eventually found and tried for his crimes against humanity and then executed in 2003.

Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990

This act was to protect the jobs of disabled people. The law doesn't only protect jobs but in other areas in the public world like public transportation or schools. This way people with disabilities can be treated like anyone else and have the same opportunities. The law also states businesses need to make reasonable adjustments when attending to a disabled person.

Operation Desert Storm, Jan 16th-April 26th 1991

Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait after claiming it was actually part of Iraq. The rest of the world became concerned; if Hussein gained control of Kuwait he would control ⅕ of the world's oil supply. The allies and the U.S. waged a continuous war in Iraq and and this was known as operation desert storm. The attack stopped after 42 days when President Bush issued a cease fire.

Clarence Thomas, 1991

Clarence Thomas was appointed to the supreme court by President George W. Bush. During his conformation it came out that Thomas had been accused of sexual harassment. Anita Hill served as a lawyer under Clarence Thomas and was the one who claimed the harassment. She gave her testimony but the court chose to overlook it. Justice Thomas still serves in the Supreme court today.

27th Amendment, 1992

The 27th Amendment was passed in 1992 after almost 200 years of it being presented. The amendment states that members of congress cannot set their own salary and if they do adjust it it would not go into effect until new people are voted in. This prevents government officials from taking away American money and getting greedy.

Famine in Somalia, 1992

During a civil war in Somalia famine became a large problem. The civil war there was going since the eighteen hundreds and the famine just became more and more widespread. Americans provided aid to the country to help the starving people there. Famine is still happening there today, not as much as there has been in the past but it is still a problem.

Brady Bill, November 30th 1993

James Brady was the press secretary for President Ronald Reagan. In an assassination attempt on Reagan, Brady was shot in the head and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The shooter was a mentally ill man. When President Clinton was in office he made a law named The Brady Bill in his honor. The Bill was one of the first gun control bills passed and it requires a background check on anyone who would like to purchase a handgun.

NAFTA, December 8th 1993

The North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA is also known as The North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA is the trade agreement between the countries in North America, the U.S., Canada, Mexico. This is the World's largest trade agreement. The agreement has dramatically increased trade within the group but some people say that the outsourcing of jobs is a problem.

Newt Gingrich, 1994

In 1994 Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the house and he was the first Republican one in 40 years. He opposed many of Clinton's policies and to this day is a very right wing conservative so to speak. He resigned from congress in 1999 because of some tax scandals and other scandals with the House Ethics committee.

Impeachment of President Clinton, 1998

President Clinton was accused of having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Although his affair was not illegal lying about it is. When put on the stand and asked about the affair he blatantly lied. He ended up being charged with obstruction of justice and perjury which are grounds for impeachment.