Pop Culture Madness!


1990 Trivia

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World Series Champions:
Cincinatti Reds
Superbowl XXIV Champions:
San Francisco 49ers
NBA Champions:
Detroit Pistons
Stanley Cup Champs:
Edmonton Oilers
U.S. Open Golf:
Hale Irwin
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Pete Sampras/Gabriela Sabatini
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Stefan Edberg/Martina Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions:
Colorado & Georgia Tech
NCAA Basketball Champions:
UNLV
Kentucky Derby:
Unbridled
World Cup (Soccer):
West Germany
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Christina Applegate, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Angie Everhart, Melanie Griffith, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Kelly LeBrock, Traci Lords, Judit Masco, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Julia Roberts, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Julie Strain, Niki Taylor, Heather Thomas, Christy Turlington

"The Quotes"
"I've fallen and I can't get up"
- Mrs. Fletcher in a Lifecall commercial

"I do not like broccoli. I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm the President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."
- George H.W. Bush

Richard Nixon was a fan of rap music. In a 1990 interview with the New York Times, he said, "I have often thought that if there had been a good rap group around in those days I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics."

Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Emir of Dubai from 1958 to 1990, said of their oil-centric economy: "My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel."

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
George H. W. Bush
Miss America:
Debbye Tucker (Columbia, MO)
Miss USA:
Carole Gist (Michigan)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News:
Airplane Celebrity Death: Stevie Ray Vaughan

Pneumonia Celebrity Death: Jim Henson

Mr. Rogers sued the KKK for impersonating his voice in prerecorded messages. These messages said "AIDS was divine retribution" and included radio skits simulating lynchings of black children on a playground. The tapes were circulated among elementary and middle school children.

In 1973, 123 passengers died on an airplane, Varig Flight 820, because of a fire started by a cigarette. Since then, all airplane bathrooms are required to have an ashtray even though smoking has been banned on all domestic flights since 1990.

Jim Swire, who's daughter died in the Lockerbie bombing, took a fake bomb on board a British Airways from London Heathrow to New York JFK and then on a flight from New York JFK to Boston to show that airline security had not improved.

A jealous ex-boyfriend torched a Bronx social club, Happy Land, with gasoline to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend. He ended up killing 87 people in what would become the deadliest fire in NYC since the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that occurred 79 years before on the very same day.

13 paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston by two thieves dressed in police uniforms, who tricked museum security into letting them access the gallery. Value of the paintings lost was over $500 million, making it the largest private property heist in history, still unsolved

Rocker Chuck Berry was accused and sued by several women who claimed that he had installed a video camera in the ladies' bathrooms at two of his St. Louis restaurants.

A British sitcom aired called, Heil, Honey I'm Home! about Hilter and Eva, who lived next to a Jewish couple. It was cancelled after only one episode.

Rob and Fabrice, better known as Milli Vanilli, have to return their "Best New Artist" Grammy because they didn't sing on their hit album.

After Rat-Packer Sammy Davis Jr died at age 64, in 1990, his Widow soon discovered that he was nearly broke and owed back taxes. She then had his body exhumed to strip him of the $70,000 worth of jewelry he had been buried with. He was survived by both his mother (85) and his grandmother (110).

1990 Pop Culture News:
The first rap single to reach #1 in the US was Ice Ice Baby in 1990. The first rap single to reach #1 in Canada was Rapper's Delight in 1980.

IMDb, now owned by Amazon, is one of the oldest websites on the internet, and began on Usenet in 1990 as a list of "actresses with beautiful eyes".

A 200-person, .02 sq. mile trailer park in Texas incorporated and became a city just to open a liquor store. Until 2007, Mobile City was the only place in Rockwall county you could buy any kind of alcohol outside of a restaurant.

"Bart Gets An F" was the highest rated episode of The Simpsons. 33.6 million viewers tuned in during its original airing on October 11, 1990.

Chuck Norris was the first Westerner in documented Tae Kwon Do history to be awarded the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master.

Air India moved Over 111,000 people from Amman to Mumbai, by operating 488 flights lasting 59 days to evacuate Indian expatriates from Kuwait and Iraq during the Gulf War. This feat is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people evacuated by a civil airliner.

Microsoft included Solitaire in Windows, in part, to familiarize people with drag and drop operations. Many new computer users were still unfamiliar with graphical user interfaces.

World Wide Web/Internet protocol (HTTP) and WWW language (HTML) created by Tim Berners-Lee.

Ben Franklin donated $5,000 each piece to Boston and Philadelphia in 1790 stipulating they can only withdraw funds in 1890 and 1990. Each city withdrew $500,000 in 1890 and over $20,000,000 in 1990.

The World Health Organization listed homosexuality as a mental illness until the 17th May 1990.

Stephen King's fictional town of Castle Rock was inspired by the fictional mountain fort of the same name in Lord of the Flies, in turn inspired the name of Rob Reiner's production company, Castle Rock Entertainment, which produced the 1990 film Lord of the Flies..

Disabled activists got out of their wheelchairs and crawled up the steps of the Capitol, inconveniencing Senators to encourage a vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1990: $700,000

McDonald's Cooked their Fries in 93% Beef Fat (Tallow) until 1990, when they Switched to Vegetable Oil.

Ken Griffey, Jr. played With His Dad during the MLB season of 1990, and in one game, Sr. and Jr. hit back-to-back home-runs.

Vaso Cubrilovic, one of the conspirators who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, escaped the death penalty because he was under 20. He survived the Great War, got a PhD, survived WWII, became the Yugoslavian Minister of Agriculture, and died in 1990.

The Habit:
The "cool" people were watching Twin Peaks on ABC, everybody was watching Macauley Culkin in Home Alone.

The really, really cool peopel were wearing parachute pants, just like M.C. Hammer. Can't touch that.

1st appearances & 1990's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Batman action figures, Bob Mackie Barbie, Madeline Ragdoll, Tribond Game, Power Drencher water gun, Taboo
The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Home Alone
2. Ghost
3. Dances With Wolves
4. Pretty Woman
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
6. The Hunt For Red October
7. Total Recall
8. Die Hard 2: Die Harder
9. Dick Tracy
10. Kindergarten Cop
1990 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Cheers (NBC)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. Roseanne (ABC)
4. A Different World (NBC)
5. The Cosby Show (NBC)
6. Murphy Brown (CBS)
7. Empty Nest (NBC)
8. America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
9. The Golden Girls (NBC)
10. Designing Women (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1990 include:
Aerosmith, After 7, Al B. Sure!, Babyface, Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Depeche Mode, En Vogue, Heart, Janet Jackson, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Stansfield, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Mariah Carey, M.C. Hammer, Michael Bolton, Michael Jackson, Motley Crue, New Kids on the Block, Pebbles, Phil Collins, Prince, Quincy Jones, Regina Belle, Roxette, Seduction, Stevie B,Tony! Sweet Sensation, Taylor Dayne, Toni! Tone!, Troop, Whitney Houston, Wilson Phillips

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1990:
December 23, 1989 - January 19, 1990: Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise

January 20, 1990 - February 9, 1990: Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

February 10, 1990 - March 2, 1990: Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair - Opposites Attract

March 3, 1990 - March 23, 1990: Janet Jackson - Escapade

March 24, 1990 - April 6, 1990: Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

April 7, 1990 - April 13, 1990: Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back

April 14, 1990 - April 20, 1990: Tommy Page - I'll Be Your Everything

April 21, 1990 - May 18, 1990: Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

May 19, 1990 - June 8, 1990: Madonna - Vogue

June 9, 1990 - June 15, 1990: Wilson Phillips - Hold On

June 16, 1990 - June 29, 1990: Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

June 30, 1990 - July 20, 1990: New Kids on the Block - Step By Step

July 21, 1990 - August 3, 1990: Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown - She Ain't Worth It

August 4, 1990 - August 31, 1990: Mariah Carey - Vision Of Love

September 1, 1990 - September 7, 1990: Sweet Sensation - If Wishes Came True

September 8, 1990 - September 14, 1990: Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory

September 15, 1990 - September 28, 1990: Wilson Phillips - Release Me

September 29, 1990 - October 5, 1990: Nelson Girón - (Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection

October 6, 1990 - October 12, 1990: Maxi Priest - Close To You

October 13, 1990 - October 19, 1990: George Michael - Praying For Time

October 20, 1990 - October 26, 1990: James Ingram - I Don't Have the Heart

October 27, 1990 - November 2, 1990: Janet Jackson - Black Cat

November 3, 1990 - November 9, 1990: Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

November 10, 1990 - November 30, 1990: Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time

December 1, 1990 - December 7, 1990: Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight

December 8, 1990 - January 4, 1991: Stevie B - Because I Love You (The Postman Song)

Popular Music in 1990 - # 1 Hits of 1990