Los Angeles saw violent rioting after an all white jury found four police officers innocent on charges of excessive force. The officers had been taped beating an unarmed African American male.
May 22, 1992
Los Angeles, CA
After 30 years of entering American living rooms every night, Johnny Carson retired as host of The Tonight Show. Almost 50 million viewers tuned in to watch his final episode before Jay Leno would take the helm.
June 14, 1992
The roster for the U.S. Olympic basketball team consisted of professional NBA players for the first time, and included such legends as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, and Scottie Pippen. The group was nicknamed the 'Dream Team' and averaged 44 points over every team they played. The team won the Olympic gold medal and would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
December 6, 1992
San Francisco, CA
Playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice made his 101st touchdown catch and broke the record for most career touchdown receptions.