• Leslie Savan is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
  • Nirvana tops the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll. Nevermind was named best album and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was named best single.
  • Stockard Channing wins the Obie Award for best performance for her role in Six Degrees of Separation. John Leguizamo wins for Mambo Mouth. Blue Man Group is awarded a special citation.
  • After months of debate, the New York City Board of Education approves an HIV/AIDS initiative that makes condoms available in high schools.
  • Rioting begins in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn after a Hasidic Jewish motorist strikes and kills a seven-year-old African-American boy, Gavin Cato. Angry mobs of African-American youths begin assaulting Jews in the neighborhood, killing a 29-year-old rabbinical student visiting from Australia and a non-Jewish motorist who gets lost in the neighborhood.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of Wes Anderson, the design director from 1989 to 1992.
  • Leslie Savan and Michael Feingold are finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
  • Arrested Development tops the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll. 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of . . . was named best album and “Tennessee” was named best single.
  • Nathan Lane wins the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.
  • Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and Senator Al Gore accept the Democratic nominations for President and Vice President at the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden. Georgia governor Zell Miller says to the delegates: “Not all of us can be born rich, handsome, and lucky, and that’s why we have a Democratic Party.” Clinton and Gore go on to beat incumbents George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle, and Independent Party candidate Ross Perot.
  • The Voice endorses Jerry Brown for President.
  • The Voice runs story on Geraldine Ferraro and details alleged links between the mob and Ferraro and her husband John Zaccaro.
  • “Savage Love” sex column by Dan Savage debuts.
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