- Space Odyssey: Sunday, January 12. HAL 9000 becomes operational at HAL Communications Plant in Urbana, Illinois. (2001: A Space Odyssey film, 2010: Odyssey Two. In the book, Hal was brought online in 1997.)
- Real World: January 12. Japan issues an apology for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
- Real World: January 15. The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is dissolved; Slovenia and Croatia become independent.
- Real World: January 16. Rebel leaders and El Salvador officials sign a pact ending 12 years of civil war.
- Real World: April 29. Riots erupt in Los Angeles after the police officers who severely beat Rodney King are found "not guilty" in court.
- Harry Potter: September 1. Harry Potter begins his second year at Hogwarts. The events of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets follow.
- X-Men (Films): Eric Lehnsherr meets a travelling Charles Xavier in Israel. They witness a car bombing. Lehnsherr sees Von Shank, but does not fully recognize him. (X-Men Movie Prequel: Magneto)
New Fictional Works
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear, Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King, Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett, Small Gods by Terry Pratchett, The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice.
Aladdin, Batman Returns, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cool World, Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Lethal Weapon 3, Patriot Games, Rock-A-Doodle.
Notable Comic Books
Alpha Flight #106 (Northstar revealed to be homosexual); Spawn #1; Gold Digger #1.
Notable Television Series
- Beginning: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Conan the Adventurer, Forever Knight, Highlander: The Series, King Arthur and the Knights of Justice, Pirates of Dark Water (regular series), Sailor Moon (Japan), The Tomorrow People, X-Men.
- Continuing: Captain Planet and the Planeteers (Season 3), Darkwing Duck (Season 2), Dragon Ball Z (Season 4) (Japan), Land of the Lost (Season 2), The Legend of Prince Valiant (Season 2), Quantum Leap (Season 5), Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season 6), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Season 6).
- Ending: The Adventures of Superboy, Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, MacGyver, Eerie, Indiana, James Bond Jr., The New Adventures of Tintin, Saban's Adventures of the Little Mermaid, Swamp Thing.
Notable Electronic Games
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Genesis).
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