Federal shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 closed government offices, parks and museums, and caused several hundred thousand workers to be furloughed.
Nov. 14, 1995An employee of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington hangs a sign on the door explaining the reason for the museum closure. The U.S. government sent nearly 800,000 "nonessential" employees home after a budget impasse led to a five-day shutdown in November 1995. AFP
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.