George H.W. Bush was coming to the end of his first and only term as the president of the United States and John Major served as the prime minister of England (1990-1997) and leader of the British Conservative Party. The European Union was founded with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. Rioting broke out in South Central Los Angeles after the acquittal of the police officers who were videotaped beating African-American Rodney King. Madonna released the controversial coffee table book Sex; the Princess Diana biography Diana: Her True Story was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic; and Wayne’s World was one of the most popular movies of the year in America.