In 1992, Bill Clinton won the presidential election, and the worst U.S.riots of the 20th century resulted from the acquittal of Los Angeles police officers after the beating of Rodney King. In the same year, the United States intervened during the aftermath of the Somali Civil War, and South Florida suffered one of the most devastating hurricanes in history, Hurricane Andrew. These were the top four stories of 1992, according to a survey of top U.S. news executives.
Other top stories, according to the survey, were the civil war in Yugoslavia, a Supreme Court decision to uphold the abortion rulings of Roe versus Wade, and the trial and sentencing of Jeffrey Dahmer. According to an international poll, top news stories of 1992 included an Earth Summit focusing attention on the environment, German neo-Nazi attacks on refugees, and the efforts in South Africa to end apartheid.
In 1992, Bill Clinton defeated President George H.W. Bush, and the third-party candidate, Ross Perot, won a historic percentage of the popular vote of nearly 19 percent. At age 46, Clinton was the third youngest candidate in U.S. history to become President of the United States. During his first term in office, Clinton appointed Attorney General Janet Reno and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the first women to hold these positions.