The Sampoong department store in Seoul, South Korea, collapses, killing more than 500 people; Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir space station for the first time; Pauline Clare becomes the first woman chief constable in Britain when she is appointed to Lancashire Constabulary; Dutch international striker Dennis Bergkamp becomes the most expensive player in Britain when Arsenal pay a record transfer fee of £7.5m to sign him from Inter Milan; and John Major resigns as leader of the Conservative Party, but remains as prime minister, triggering a leadership election. Meanwhile in the garment decoration industry…

We announce the arrival of YES (Your Embroidery Services) – “a new company that can advise on the purchasing of embroidery machinery”; Screenheat of Aberdeen launches a range of T-shirts featuring the city’s architecture; Bob McLean is appointed as technical adviser by Donsithorpe & Company; Geoffrey E Macpherson announces the launch of a new laser alignment system from Lyte Optronics; Sericol launches Dirasol 915 universal diazo photopolymer emulsion; the Rugby World Cup in South Africa drives up sales of Whistle Stop’s USA Style own-brand rugby tops; Metro Screen Printing Machinery and Supplies becomes the sole agent for S Roque in the UK and Ireland; John Mason discusses Hi-Fi hexachrome colour (six-colour process separations) and FM screening; Martin Docherty of RAW argues for the scrapping of the import quota system; Graham Ridley of Things gets technical on stencil performance; and we head to the West Country to visit Geoff Thorne at Jester Prints!