The Health Care and Security Act of 1993, championed by President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, was abandoned when the 1994 mid-term elections saw Republicans returned to power in the House and the Senate.
The Kyoto Protocol treaty was adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The protocol was an agreement between member countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in coming years. The United States was the only industrialized country in the world that refused to ratify the protocol, though it remained a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
President Barack Obama reported that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan. The covert mission was named Operation Neptune Spear and conducted by members of Navy SEAL Team 6.
Terrorists associated with al-Qaeda detonated a car bomb in the basement of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people were killed in the attack and more than 1,000 injured.
The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms attempted to execute search and arrest warrants for the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and sect leader David Koresh. An armed standoff began between government forces and the Branch Davidians. After fifty days of failed negotiations, US attorney general Janet Reno approved a plan for the siege of the compound. When the FBI attempted to overtake the compound in a tear gas assault, several fires broke out, and more than eighty Davidians died in the siege.
In Harris v. Forklift Systems, the Supreme Court ruled that workers charging sexual harassment need not prove inability to perform their tasks or psychological damage, instead applying the rule of “workplace equity.”
Anti-government domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The explosion killed 168 people, including nineteen children.