Islamic fundamentalists detonated a truck full of explosives in the parking garage under the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, blowing a 98-foot crater in the concrete. Six people were killed, and more than 1,000 wounded in the noontime attack, which was intended to knock the north tower over into the south tower and kill thousands.
Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms attempted to execute a search warrant on the compound of religious-sect leader David Koresh outside Waco, Texas, that became a 50-day standoff with him and followers of the Branch Davidians. The siege ended when agents tried to storm the compound a second time, which triggered a fire that burned the compound and killed Koresh along with 75 other men, women and children.
The World Wide Web was launched in 1993, the same year Beanie Babies were introduced.
The top movies were “Jurassic Park,” “The Fugitive,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Philadelphia.”
Musically, Michael Jackson’s little sister, Janet, smashed all expectations with “That’s The Way Love Is”; Whitney Houston made a power ballad out of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”; and Phil Collins, Garth Brooks, Aerosmith and Snoop Doggy Dogg were making an impact.
Celebrity deaths from 1993 included actor Don Ameche, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Zappa, Dizzy Gillespie and tennis superstar Arthur Ashe.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially began its operation in 2003, the same year the United States made plans to invade Iraq in search of weapons of mass destruction.
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured near his hometown of Tikrit, and armed sky marshals began flying on domestic-airline flights in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry in the air above Texas and killed all seven people aboard. Harley-Davidson turned 100, and actor and former Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California.