Tansy's Timeline By masseygreen Apr 3, 1996 Unabomber Arrest F.B.I. arrests suspected unabomber. Apr 10, 1996 Late-term Abortion President blocks ban on late-term abortions. May 31, 1996 Israel Elects Benjamin Netanyanu Israel elects Benjamin Netanyanu as Prime Minister. Sep 27, 1996 Taliban Leaders seize Kabul Militan Taliban leaders seize Afghan capital of Kabul. Feb 3, 1997 Nazis' Assets Frozen US, UK, and France agree to freeze Nazis' gold loot. Feb 5, 1997 O.J. Simpson O.J. Simpson found liable in Civil Suit. Jun 30, 1997 Gov. change in Hong Kong Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule Jul 11, 1997 My Birthday Brigham & Womens Hospital Nov 12, 1997 First Trade Center Bombing Two convicted in first New York Trade Center bombing. Jan 21, 1998 Clinton's Sex Scandal Denied President Clinton accused in Sex scandal denies allegations of affair with Monica Lewinsky. May 3, 1998 Single Currency in Europe Europeans agree on single currency, the euro. May 4, 1998 Unabomber Sentenced to Death Unabomber sentenced to four life terms. Aug 20, 1998 U.S. Missiles Hit Suspected Terrorist Bases U.S. cruise missles hit suspected terrorist bases in Sudan and Afghanistan. Oct 6, 1998 Gay Student Fatally Beaten Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming student, was fatally beaten in hate crime; two arrested. Jan 7, 1999 Senate Opens Empeachment Trial of Clinton US Senate opens impeachment trial of President Clinton. Senate acquits Clinton and rejects censure move Feb 23, 1999 A White Supremacist Murderer Sentenced to Death John William King, 24, a white supremacist, is convicted of murder and sentenced to death in case involving the dragging death of a black man, James Byrd, Jr. Jun 16, 1999 Nelson Mandela Steps Down Nelson Mandela, first black president of South America, steps down. Aug 17, 1999 7.4 Earthquake inTurkey 7.4 earthquake kills more than 15,600 people and leaves 600,000 homeless in Turkey. Oct 12, 2000 U.S. Sailors Attack in Yemen U.S. sailors on Naval ship, The Cole, attacked in Yemen. Period: Nov 7, 2000 to Dec 12, 2000 Bush Wins Over Gore U.S. Supreme court rules in favor of Bush over Gore. Bush becomes President. Nov 30, 2000 Mad Cow Disease Hits Mad Cow Disease hits Europe. It was spred by eating meat. Brain would swell up. Sep 11, 2001 9/11 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacked by airplanes by al-Qeada. Dec 9, 2001 Taliban Ousted by American Army Taliban regime in Afghanistan collapses after two months of bombing by American warplanes and fighting by Northern Alliance ground troops. Jan 29, 2002 Bush's Expands the Fight on Terrorism Bush's first State of Union address vows to expand the fight on terrorism. Mar 2, 2002 U.S. and Afghan Launch Operation Anaconda U.S. and Afghan troops launch Operation Anaconda against remaining al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan Oct 12, 2002 Terrorist Bomb in Bali Terrorist bomb in Bali kills hundreds. Nov 5, 2002 Republicans Retake the Senate Republicans retake the Senate in midterm elections, gain additional House seats. Feb 29, 2004 Rebels Force Pres. to Leave Armed rebels in Haiti force President Aristide to resign and flee the country May 17, 2004 Gay Marriages Gay marriages begin in Massachusetts, the first state in the country to legalize such unions. Jul 22, 2004 Government Handling of Terrorist Attacks September 11 commision harshly criticizes government handling of terrorist attacks. Oct 25, 2004 Explosives Missing in Iraq About 380 tons of explosives reported missing in Iraq. Nov 4, 2008 First Black President Barack Obama was elected as the first black president in the U.S. Jan 1, 2010 BP Oil Spill BP Oil Spill in the Golf of Mexico.