The opera Nixon in China by John Adams debuts in Houston.
McDonald’s opens restaurants in Moscow.
George Bush inaugurated as the 41st U.S. President.
Gen. Colin Powell becomes the first African American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Nelson Mandela is freed from prison in South Africa.
Octavio Paz of Mexico wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Texas approves the revival of horse racing in the state.
Governor: William P. Clements, Jr.
March 8, 1991
The Persian Gulf War erupts with the invasion of Kuwait.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are honored at a reception in the Mansion.
Governor Richards hosts a meeting between Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and U.S. President-elect Bill Clinton at the Governor’s Mansion.
William Jefferson Clinton becomes the 42nd U.S. President.
Germany reunites and elects Helmut Kohl as Chancellor.
Governor: Ann Willis Richards
1995 – 2000
March 8, 1995
Completion of the $190 million Texas Capitol Preservation and Extension Project.
George W. Bush resigns as Governor of Texas after becoming President-elect.
Governor: George W. Bush
2000 – 2015
March 8, 2000
Lt. Governor Perry succeeds as Governor upon Bush’s resignation.
George W. Bush becomes the 43rd U.S. President, the first Texas Governor to become President.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum opens in Austin.
The Pentagon and World Trade Center are attacked on September 11, 2001.
Governor: Rick Perry
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