The 1990s were the most historically engaging decades of the twentieth century.The technologies in development for the past one hundred years finally became part of our everyday life, particularly the personal computer after the outbreak of the Internet and World Wide Web. The US was at peace with Russia and the Cold War officially came to an end in 1991.
Internally though the country was in unrest. In 1992 riots occurred in Los Angeles after news broke that a black unarmed man suspected of a crime was brutally beaten by four white police officers. In 1993 violence broke out in Waco, Texas after a fifty-one day standoff between the FBI and a religious sect called the Branch Dividion. The standoff ended in violence and fire when the FBI used warfare
on the Waco compound. Eighty people died, many were innocent. In 1995 a related incident happened on the second anniversary of the Waco tragedy. 168 people died and 400 more were wounded when Timothy McVeigh bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City. He claimed he did it because of his strong disagreement with the Waco incident. Two more tragic bombings occurred in 1993 and 1996 at the World Trade Center and the Summer Olympics in Atlanta respectably.
Perhaps the act of violence that most shocked and impacted the country though occurred in the 1999 when two students at a high school in Littleton, Colorado killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher before committing suicide. It was the largest school shooting ever.
The US took military action during the Persian Gulf War when Iraq refused to comply with the UN and
launched a thirty seven day offensive known as Desert Storm.
President George Bush continued his 1988 term as president until 1992, when Bill Clinton was elected. Clinton was later reelected in 1996 and in 1999 he became the second president to ever be impeached.