One day after the resignation of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union is formally dissolved. The event marks the end both to the world’s first and largest Communist state and to the Cold War itself.
Professional basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson announces that he is HIV-positive.
Queen front man Freddie Mercury dies of an AIDS related illness.
By year’s end, a total of 206,563 cases and 156,143 deaths have been reported in the United States. In the same year, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates at 110 million people are infected with AIDS worldwide.