As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* The Rodney King Riots and the Reason for Good People to be Armed -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* xxx -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* We Want No Accents Here! -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
The Rodney King Riots and the Reason for Good People to be ArmedContributed by Alex Shrugged
Last year, after a high speed chase, Rodney King stopped his car and seemed to be resisting arrest. (Actually, he was drunk and using poor judgement.) He was brutally beaten with night sticks by LAPD officers while attempting to take him into custody. This was all caught on tape, and four officers were charged with assault. (I've reviewed the tape, and I can only guess what the officers were thinking. Some guesses would exonerate the officers and others would not.) Apparently the jury believed that the officers acted correctly, so they walk free. The black community is outraged. Thus begins 6 days of rioting in the Los Angeles area. Reginald Denny is pulled out of his truck and beaten to within an inch of his life, but he isn't the only one. The police cannot stop them. Society has totally broken down in one of the largest cites in the world.    
HeadingContributed by Southpaw Ben
We Want No Accents Here!People's Bank wants good language skills in employees who interface with the public which is why Phanna Xieng has been denied a promotion to a job slot he wants. The job calls for good English skills. It also calls for telling irate customers why the People's Bank isn't going to lend them any more money. Keeping a customer while telling them "NO" requires a full command of the English language. Phanna is so traumatized by this rejection that the court awards him $389,000. He's feeling better already. In another case, parents want to fire an English teacher because he cannot speak English without an accent. In fact, the parents can barely understand him. The state education commissioner accuses the parents of bigotry. Money is sent to the school district to educate the parents on the wonders of bilingual education... not for a more comprehensible English teacher.    
- Diwakar Vaish: Developer of the first mind-controlled wheelchair. It can be operated by people suffering from paralysis. 
- Taylor Lautner: Jacob Black (the werewolf) in Twilight. 
- Kaya Scodelario: Teresa in The Maze Runner. 
This Year in Film
- Disney's Aladdin: It will get complaints from the Arab community. (Hey, I thought The Prince of Egypt was all goofed up too, but it was a fun movie.--alexshrugged.) 
- A Few Good Men: Tom Cruise plays a Navy lawyer defending 2 Marines from the charge of murder. (Excellent film.--alexshrugged) 
- Sister Act: Whoopee Goldberg escapes gangsters by disguising herself as a nun. Hilarity and singing ensue. 
- And....: Wayne's World, My Cousin Vinny, and Freejack starring a credible Mick Jagger. 
This Year in TV
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Johnny Carson has retired. 
- The Rush Limbaugh TV Show: Rush says it takes too much time compared to radio. 
- Ross Perot buys TV time to explain his plan to fix America: He is running for President mostly to block President Bush (the Elder) from a second term. 
- Sinéad O'Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.: (Fine, but I tune in to laugh, Sinéad. Shut up and sing.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Music
This Year in Video Games
- Kirby's Dream Land is released for the Nintendo Gameboy: . 
- Wolfenstein 3D popularizes the 1st person shooter game: . 
- Sega's Night Trap is pulled from the market for its mature content: (Why do they call it mature when it seems immature?--alexshrugged). 
In Other News
- Stella Liebeck sues McDonald's for selling her HOT COFFEE: They should have warned her. FYI, water is wet and the ground can be extremely hard at times. .
- Randy Weaver surrenders to federal authorities: After an 11 day standoff, his wife and son are dead. It was all caused by a typo in a letter informing him to appear in court. (The court date was incorrect, but how would he know that?) When he didn't show up for court, federal officials ASSUMED that he was resisting government authority. Bang. Bang. You're dead. .
- Ross Perot ends his presidential campaign: (As I recall, he blamed President Bush for interfering with his daughter's wedding.--alexshrugged)
- Ross Perot restarts his presidential campaign: (He may have added enough confusion to throw the election to Bill Clinton.--alexshrugged)