David Springer dies of cancer on June 19 at age 55.
“The Great Recession” begins.
Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The CDC estimates that there have been more than 560,000 AIDS-related deaths in the United States since 1981.
Timothy Brown (also known as the “Berlin Patient”) becomes the fist person to be cured of AIDS as the result of a bone marrow transplant intended to treat his leukemia. Further testing in 2011 confirms that the virus is no longer present in his body.