June 3 – A blowout at
I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons)
of oil to be spilled into the waters, the worst oil spill to
date. Some estimate the spill to be 428 million gallons,
making it the largest unintentional oil
August 9 – Raymond Washington, co-founder of the
Crips, today one of the largest, most
notorious gangs in the United States, is shot and killed 5 months after his arrest for
quadruple murder (his killers have not yet been
November 9 – The Carl Bridgewater murder trial ends with all
4 men found guilty. James Robinson, 45, and 25-year-old Vincent
Hickey are sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended
25-year minimum for murder. 18-year-old Michael Hickey is also
found guilty of murder and sentenced to indefinite detention.
Patrick Molloy, 53, is found guilty on a lesser charge of
manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
November 20 – A
group of 200 Juhayman al-Otaibi
militants occupyMecca's Grand
Mosque. They are driven out by French commandos
(allowed into the city under these special circumstances despite
their being non-Muslims) after bloody fighting that leaves 250
people dead and 600 wounded.