First free elections for nearly four decades are held.
Two hurricanes leave more than 200,0000 people homeless and cause damage worth $1 billion as the economy continues to deteriorate due to high fuel prices and low sugar prices.
Former president Joaquin Balaguer dies. Thousands pay their last respects to a man who had dominated politics for more than 50 years.
1 Spanish and Portuguese: mostly from a short form of Spanish (del) Rosario, Portuguese (do) Rosá, from rosario ‘rosary’; or from the Marian name María del Rosario, given in particular to a girl who was born on the festival of Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrated on the first Sunday in October. The word derives from Late Latin rosarium ‘rose garden’, and was transferred to a set of devotions dedicated to the Virgin Mary as the result of the medieval symbolism which constantly compared her to a rose.2 Italian: from the male personal name Rosario, of the same origin as 1 above.