Tim Dlugos enters the Yale Divinity School
Paul Monette publishes Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir following the death of his partner, Roger Horwitz.
John Boswell publishes The Kindness of Strangers: Child Abandonment in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance.
Michael Palm founds Center Re, the first reinsurance company, with Steven Gluckstern.
Douglass Dean Smith dies in June at the age of 39.
Michael Barnett dies on December 21 at the age of 43.
George H.W. Bush (YC ’48) defeats Michael Dukakis to become the 41st President of the United States.
Days after an ACT UP action at FDA headquarters, the FDA announces new regulations streamlining the approval process for drugs designed to treat AIDS.
Ryan White, now at age 17 a national spokesman for AIDS education, testifies before the President’s Commission on AIDS.
The nation’s first needle exchange program is established in Tacoma, WA. Similar programs are soon established with government funding in New York and San Francisco.
By year’s end, a total of 82,362 cases and 61,816 deaths have been reported in the United States.