The Census Bureau set the population of the United States at 248,718,301. Manuel Noriega of Panama surrendered to American forces. Douglas Wilder, grandson of slaves became the first elected black-American governor in the United States when he was sworn in as governor of Virginia. The Central Committee of the Soviet Union gave up its monopoly of political power over its separate republics. The Russian Federation declared its sovereignty. Argentina and the United Kingdom restored diplomatic relations following the 1982 Faulkland Islands invasion. Lithuania and Latvia declared independence from the Soviet Union. The Hubbel Space Telescope was launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Poster teen Ryan White of Indiana died of AIDS. A Vincent van Gogh painting Portrait of Doctor Gachet sold for $82.5 million. The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of diseases. The first Anglican women priests were ordained in the United Kingdom. Iraq invaded Kuwait deriving out of an unpaid debt. Leonard Bernstein conducted his last concert, performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for reducing Cold War tensions. Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The first post-communist presidential and parliamentary elections were held in Romania.


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