We take a look at some of the biggest headlines of the decade – from murder to national pride.
We did it – The Star
M. Magendran and N. Mohanadas became the first Malaysians to successfully reach the peak of Mount Everest on May 23, 1997. The teacher-administrative assistant duo were part of the Malaysia-Everest Project 1997 launched by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mona: Hubby and I not involved in the murder
– The Star
In 1993, the body of Batu Talam assemblyman Datuk Mazlan Idris was found in an orchard in Pahang. He was brutally murdered as his body had been chopped into 18 pieces. Bomoh Maznah Ismail, or better known as Mona Fandey, was arrested alongside her husband Mohd Affandi Abdul Rahman and assistant Juraimi Hussein for the murder. The trio was eventually hanged for murder in November 2001.
An American Tragedy – TIME magazine
Former professional football star OJ Simpson was tried for the murder of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Goldman. OJ’s mugshot was displayed on an infamous TIME magazine cover with the headline “An American Tragedy”. He was found not guilty in 1995.
Free at last – The Voice newspaper
On Feb 11, 1990, anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was released after spending 27 years in prison. He won South Africa’s first post-apartheid election with party African National Congress in 1994. Later, he was elected the country’s president.
Kurt Cobain’s troubled last days – The Seattle Times
The multi-platinum success of Nevermind couldn’t keep Kurt Cobain’s personal demons away. In 1994, he was found dead in his home at Seattle, Washington. A suicide note was retrieved from the scene and Cobain had apparently shot himself with a gun.
KL ’98 kicks off with grand show – The Star
The capital city played host to the 16th Commonwealth Games in 1998. 100,000 spectators were at Bukit Jalil National Stadium to witness the opening ceremony. Malaysia rock queen Ella performed Standing In The Eyes Of The World to the adoring home crowd.
China resumes control of Hong Kong – The New York Times
After 156 years, former British colony Hong Kong was returned to China in a historic ceremony on July 1, 1997.
Farewell, Princess – New York Daily News
Princess of Wales, Diana was killed in a tragic accident in Paris, France. The accident also claimed the lives of her partner Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul. The public figure was famous for her high-profile charity work and is often cited as “the world’s most photographed woman”. Her funeral procession in London was one of the world’s most watched events on television.
Sailor won’t let fame change his lifestyle
– The Star
In 1999, Datuk Azhar Mansor spent 189 days at sea to become the first person to sail around the world solo on a new west–east route. His journey started in Langkawi, Kedah and 25,444 nautical miles later, he arrived home to a hero’s welcome.