Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1992. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
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Printables for 1992:
1992 Cost of Things (U.S. Averages):
Federal Minimum Wage~ $4.25 (ncsl.org)
Gallon of Milk (whole)~ $2.78 (1990sFlashBack.com)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ 86 cents (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ 75 cents (bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 29 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price (Midsize SUV)~ $17,000 (ChicagoTribune.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.16 (bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $4.15 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house(June)~ $124,500 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $52,615 (statista.com)
1992 World Leaders:
George H.W. Bush, President of the United States
James Baker-Lawrence Eagleburger, United States Secretary of State
Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada
Yang Shangkun, President of China
Akihito, Emperor of Japan
Richard von Weizsäcker, President of Germany
Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia
John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope John Paul II of Vatican City
François Mitterrand, President of France
Venkataraman-Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India
Chaim Herzog, President of Isreal
Boutros Boutros Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations
1992 Top Televisions:
Sony Trinitron KV-19TS20
Mitsubishi CS-2005R CRT
Toshiba CF1927B CRT
1992 Top Cell phones:
Motorola International 3200
1992 Top Wearable Technology:
Motorola Wrist Watch Pager
Swatch-Mobilecomm Wrist Watch Pager
1992 Top Computer Desktops, & Laptops:
Hewlitt Packard 700 series Desktop Computer
IBM Thinkpad Notebook Laptop Computer
1992 Top Online Social Communities:
Internet Relay Chats (IRC’s)
1992 Top Gaming systems:
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1992 Top Tech Gadgets:
Sony Walkman MZ-1(MiniDisk Player)
AT&T Video Telephone
1992 Top Automobiles:
Lincoln Town Car
Pontiac Grand Am
1992 Top Celebrities:
1992 Top Athletes:
Lil E. Tee
Oscar De La Hoya
1992 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl XXVI: Redskins defeat Bills 37-24
Daytona 500: Davey Allison
The Kentucky Derby: Lil E. Tee under jockey Pat Day
The Masters: Fred Couples
Stanley Cup: Penguins defeat Blackhawks in series 4-0
NBA Championship: Bulls defeat Trailblazers in series 4-2
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Steffi Graf
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Andre Agassi
FIFA World Cup: next in 1994
Women’s World Cup: next in 1995
World Series: Blue Jays defeat the Braves in series 4-2
Olympics: Summer(Barcelona, Spain): The Unified Team won the most medals with 112.
Winter(Albertville, France): Germany won the most medals with 26.
1992 Top Songs:
(Billboard.com Hot 100)
Black or White ~ Michael Jackson –number 1 in January
I’m Too Sexy ~ Right Said Fred—number 1 in February
To Be With You ~ Mr. Big—number 1 in March
Save The Best For Last ~ Vanessa Williams – number 1 in April
Jump ~ Kris Kross —number 1 in May
I’ll Be There ~ Mariah Carey —number 1 in June
Baby Got Back ~ Sir Mix-A-Lot—number 1 in July
End Of The Road ~ Boyz II Men (Boomerang)—number 1 in August
End Of The Road ~ Boyz II Men (Boomerang)—number 1 in September
End Of The Road ~ Boyz II Men (Boomerang)—number 1 in October
How Do You Talk To An Angel ~ The Heights—number 1 in November
I Will Always Love You ~ Whitney Houston –number 1 in December
Other Popular Songs in 1992:
It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday ~ Boyz II Men
All 4 Love ~ Color Me Badd
Can’t Let Go ~ Mariah Carey
Set A Drift On Memory Bliss ~ P.M. Dawn
Finally ~ Cece Peniston
When A Man Loves A Woman ~ Michael Bolton
2 Legit 2 Quit ~ M.C. Hammer
Remember The Time ~ Michael Jackson
Tears In Heaven ~ Eric Clapton
I Love Your Smile ~ Shanice
Bohemian Rhapsody ~ Queen
Baby Baby Baby ~ TLC
November Rain ~ Guns ‘N Roses
Humpin’ Around ~ Bobby Brown
Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough ~ Patty Smyth
Jump Around ~ House of Pain
If I Ever Fall In Love ~ Shai
I’d Die Without You (Boomerang) ~ P.M. Dawn
Rump Shaker ~ Wreckx-N-Effect
1992 Top Television Shows:
Murder She Wrote
Monday Night Football
Other popular TV show in 1992:
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Saved by the Bell
Beverly Hills 90210
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
1992 Top Movies:
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
Lethal Weapon 3
A Few Good Men
A League of Their Own
Other popular movies in 1992:
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
White Men Can’t Jump
The Last of the Mohicans
Scent of A Woman
The Crying Game
1992 Top Books:
The Secret History ~ Donna Tartt
The Pelican Brief ~ John Grisham
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) ~ Diana Gabaldon
She’s Come Undone ~ Wally Lamb
Snow Crash ~ Neal Stephenson
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus ~ John Gray
The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #1) ~ Michael Connelly
The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) ~ Robert Jordan
The Artist’s Way ~ Julia Cameron
Gerald’s Game ~ Stephen King
The English Patient ~ Michael Ondaatje
Dolores Claiborne ~ Stephen King
1992 Top Children’s Books:
Where’s My Teddy? ~ Jez Alborough
Go Away, Big Green Monster ~ Ed Emberley
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash ~ Trinka Hakes Noble
Stephanie’s Pinytail ~Robert Munsch
The Paper Bag Princess ~ Robert Munsch
The Polar Express ~ Chris Van Allsburg
Owl Moon ~ Jane Yolen
Farmer Duck ~ Martin Waddell
Oh, The Places You’ll Go ~ Dr. Suess
1992 Top Fashion and Trends:
Combat Boots (Grunge look)
Plaid shirts (Grunge look)
Collared shirts with shoulder pads
Levi Silver Tab jeans rolled at the ankle
Nike Jordan shoes
Tall Black Boots
1992 World Population:
5,504,401,149 and counting…
1992 Top News and Major Events:
January 1 – Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt replaces Javier Pérez de Cuéllar of Peru as United Nations Secretary-General.
January 13 – Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.
February 1 – President of the United States George H. W. Bush meets with President of Russia Boris Yeltsin at Camp David, where they formally declare that the Cold War is over.
February 1 – The United States Coast Guard begins deporting the first of some 14,000 refugees from Haiti.
February 8 – The opening ceremony for the 1992 Winter Olympics is held in Albertville, France.
February 14 – Ukraine and four other nations in the Commonwealth of Independent States reject Russia’s proposal to maintain unified armed forces. Ukraine, Moldova, and Azerbaijan announce they will go ahead with plans to create their own armed forces.
February 17 – A court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin sentences serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to life in prison.
March 18 – White South Africans vote in favor of political reforms which will end the apartheid regime and create a power-sharing multi-racial government.
April 2 – Mob boss John Gotti, known for his flamboyant style and large personality, was found guilty of murder and other crimes.
April 5 – Approximately 500,000 people march on Washington, D.C. in support of abortion rights in advance of oral arguments in the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
April 9 – A Miami jury convicts former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega of assisting Colombia’s cocaine cartel.
April 9 – John Major elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after his Conservative Party wins the most votes in British electoral history.
April 29 – Los Angeles riots: The acquittal of four police officers in the Rodney King beating criminal trial triggers massive rioting in Los Angeles. The riots will last for six days resulting in 53 deaths and over a $1 billion in damages before order is restored.
May 16-17 – Bosnian War: U.N. peacekeepers withdraw from Sarajevo.
May 18 – The Twenty-seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution is enacted. It prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives.
June 16 – A federal grand jury indicts Caspar Weinberger for his role in covering up the Iran–Contra affair.
June 21 – Nelson Mandela announces that the African National Congress will halt negotiations with the government of South Africa following the Boipatong massacre of June 17.
July 9 – Bill Clinton announces his selection of Al Gore as his running mate in the 1992 U.S. presidential election.
July 25 – August 9 – The 1992 Summer Olympics are held in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
August 24–28 – Hurricane Andrew hits south Florida and Louisiana and dissipates over the Tennessee valley when it merges with a storm system; 23 are killed.
September 11 – Hurricane Iniki hits the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai and Oahu.
September 21 – Mexico establishes diplomatic relations with Vatican City, ending a break that lasted over 130 years.
October 11 – The Catechism of the Catholic Church is promulgated by Pope John Paul II with his apostolic constitution, Fidei depositum.
November 3 – Democrat Bill Clinton is elected the 42ndPresident of the United States.
November 11 – The Church of England votes to allow women to become priests.
December 17 – President George H.W. Bush signs the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
December 24 – President George H. W. Bush pardons six national security officials implicated in the Iran–Contra affair, including Caspar Weinberger.
1992 Pop Culture:
January 8 – George H. W. Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister’s lap.
January 10 – 8 – Soap Opera Digest Awards – Days of Our Lives wins.
January 11 – Singer Paul Simon is the first major artist to tour South Africa after the end of the cultural boycott.
January 27 – Mike Tyson goes on trial for rape (he is found guilty).
February 1 – Slugging outfielder Barry Bonds signs highest single year contract in MLB history, $4.7 million with Pittsburgh Pirates.
February 2 – IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M).
February 16 – LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson’s #32 uniform.
February 27 – Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years.
March 14 – Farm Aid V Concert.
March 30 – 64th Academy Awards: “The Silence of the Lambs”, Anthony Hopkins & Jodie Foster win.
April 14 – Court throws out Apple’s lawsuit against Microsoft
April 15 – Jay Leno’s final appearance as permanent guest host of the Tonight Show.
April 20 – The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, held at Wembley Stadium, London, is televised live to over one billion people and raises millions of dollars for AIDS research.
May 9 – Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial dedicated in Danvers (formally Salem Village) to mark 300 year anniversary of trials.
May 19 – Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face in an altercation over an affair with her husband, in Massapequa, New York.
May 22 – Johnny Carson’s final appearance as host of “The Tonight Show”.
June 19 – Evander Holyfield beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title.
July 12 – Guns ‘N Roses lead singer, Axl Rose, arrested on riot charges in St Louis after July 2, 1991 concert.
July 22 – Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes prison.
August 1 – American sprinter Gail Devers wins an incredibly close blanket finish in the women’s 100m at the Barcelona Olympics, with 5 athletes within 0.06 seconds of Devers (10.82).
August 7 – The Orlando Magic signs NBA No. 1 draft pick Shaquille O’Neal.
August 8 – The original US ‘Dream Team’ wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing.
September 17 – House votes 280 to 128 to give FCC control of cable TV rates.
October 1 – Turner Broadcasting System launches Cartoon Network, the first all-animation television channel.
October 3 – After performing a song protesting alleged child abuse by the Catholic Church, Sinéad O’Connor rips up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live, causing huge controversy, leading the switchboards at NBC to ring off the hook.
October 3 – Madonna premieres her “Erotica” video on MTV.
October 11 – Deion Sanders, plays for Atlanta Falcons (NFL) & Braves (Baseball) in the same day.
November 18 – Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Las Vegas NV on KXTE 107.5 FM.
November 18 – “Malcolm X” film directed by Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett is released in the US.
December 6 – San Francisco Giants sign record $43million USD contract with Pirates MLB outfielder Barry Bonds.
December 9 – Prince Charles and Princess Diana publicly announce their separation.
December 13 – FCC fines Infinity Broadcasting $600,000.
January 6 – The US Government urges doctors to stop using silicone breast implants, outlining the health effects.
January 9 – First confirmed detection of exoplanets with announcement of the discovery of several terrestrial-mass planets orbiting the pulsar PSR B1257+12 by radio astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail working in the United States.
January 25 – Hubble space telescope optics finds NGC3862/3C264.
February 8 – Ulysses spacecraft passes Jupiter.
March 9 – ViolaWWW, the first popular Web browser, created by Pei-Yuan Wei in the United States, is publicly released for Unix.
March 17 – Russian manned space craft TM-14, launches into orbit.
March 22 – STS-45: Space Shuttle Atlantis takes off from Cape Canaveral carrying instruments designed to study global warming.
April 6 – Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0.
May 7 – STS-49: Space Shuttle Endeavour makes its maiden flight, as a replacement for Space Shuttle Challenger.
June 8 – The first World Oceans Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
June 7 – NASA’s Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) launches.
July 14 – 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz, starting the open source operating system revolution. Linus Torvalds release “Linux” soon afterwards.
August 30 – Discovery of 15760 Albion, the first trans-Neptunian object to be found after Pluto and Charon.
September 25 – US Mars Observer launched from Space shuttle.
October 9 – Great meteorite seen from Kentucky to New York.
October 29 – The Food and Drug Administration approves Depo Provera for use as a contraceptive in the United States.
October 31 – Pope John Paul II issues an apology and lifts the edict of the Inquisition against Galileo Galilei.
November 23 – The IBM Simon, a touchscreen mobile phone and personal digital assistant considered the first smartphone, is introduced.
December 8 – Galileo’s nearest approach to Jupiter (303 km).