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1990 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1990 30 Years Ago | History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XXIV Champions
|San Francisco 49ers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Pete Sampras/Gabriela Sabatini|
|Stefan Edberg/Martina Navratilova|
FIFA World Cup Soccer
NCAA Football Champions
|Colorado & Georgia Tech|
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1990 - Notre Dame over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1990 - USC over Michigan
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1990 - Miami over Alabama
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Wendessa Crown Prince|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|George H. W. Bush|
|Debbye Tucker (Columbia, MO)|
|Carole Gist (Michigan)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Cindy Crawford, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Linda Evangelista, Angie Everhart, Robin Givens, Melanie Griffith, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Kelly LeBrock, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Traci Lords, Judit Masco, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Paulina Porizkova, Markie Post, Princess Diana, Julia Roberts, Katey Sagal, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Brooke Shields, Sharon Stone, Julie Strain, Niki Taylor, Heather Thomas, Christy Turlington|
fallen and I can't get up"
First Lady Barbara Bush criticized The Simpsons as "the dumbest
thing I've ever seen." Marge wrote a letter to her, in character,
politely telling her not to be so judgmental and explaining that
her family tried their best. Mrs Bush later apologized for her "loose
After the first four episodes of Seinfeld aired in the summer of 1990, NBC took a leap of faith and ordered 13 more. Larry David said, "I don't have any more stories to tell, Jerry turn the order down." Jerry didn't listen and said "Yes" to the pickup.
1990 Pop Culture History
In Home Alone (1990) when they counted the people for the trip they say there's 17 people in total. An odd number between two vans means they will be split 8/9. Since Kevin was missing both vans had 8 people instead, making each group assume they were on the 8-people van...
The first documented crash between two cars fitted with Airbags,
two 1989 Chrysler LeBaron, occurred; both drivers walked away with
minor Injuries from a crash they would not have survived without
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|In 1989, Michael Doucette was named America's Safest
Driving Teen. In 1990, he fell asleep at the wheel and collided with
an oncoming car, killing himself and the other driver.
On August 26, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughn described a disturbing dream to his band mates in which he witnessed his own funeral. The next day, he tragically died in a helicopter crash.
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.
Soul legend Curtis Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down by falling lighting equipment whilst performing in New York. He continued to compose and record vocals lying down until his death in 1999.
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.
During the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1990, the Army reported finding 50 pounds of cocaine in dictator Manuel Noriega's house. It was actually tamale flour.
The Strangeways Prison riot in Manchester took place on on April 1st. 1,100 of the 1,647 prisoners rioted over prison conditions. It was the longest riot in British penal history, lasting 25 days. It sparked further riots across England, Scotland and Wales - ending in reform of the Prison Service.
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).
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Neo Geo by SNK, Batman action figures, Bob Mackie Barbie, Madeline Ragdoll, Tribond Game, Power Drencher water gun, Taboo, Super Mario World video game
Disney Adventures Magazine (1990-2007)
|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.
Reading The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel
United States 1990 Census
|Total US Population: 248,709,873
1. New York, New York - 7,322,564
2. Los Angeles, California - 3,485,398
3. Chicago, Illinois - 2,783,726
4. Houston, Texas - 1,630,553
5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1,585,577
6. San Diego, California - 1,110,549
7. Detroit, Michigan - 1,027,974
8. Dallas, Texas - 1,006,877
9. Phoenix, Arizona - 983,403
10. San Antonio, Texas - 935,933
1990/91 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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)
Popular Music Artists
|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.)
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)
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Another 48 Hours, Arachnophobia, Awakenings, Back to the Future Part III, Bird on a Wire, Dances With Wolves, Days of Thunder, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Dick Tracey, Edward Scissorhands, Flatliners, The Godfather Part III, Ghost, Goodfellas, Hard to Kill, Home Alone, The Hunt for Red October, Kindergarten Cop, Look Who's Talking Too, Misery, Presumed Innocent, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Three Men and a Little Lady, Total Recall
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