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1990 (The Year of Gulf War)
1991 (The Year the Soviet Union Collapses)
1992 (The Year of Buttafuoco Jokes)
1993 (The Year of Waco)
1994 (The Year OJ makes a break for it!)
1995 (The Year of the Oaklahoma City Bombing)
1996 (The Year of the Olympic Park bombing)
1997 (The Year of the Cloned Sheep)
1998 (The Year of Clinton's admission)
1999 (The Year of the Columbine Shooting)
This is a list of important events the occured during 1990. Exact dates are listed when known.
First Elections in Romania
The first free elections in 53 years occured in May.
After the wall fell, the push towards reuniting the two Germany's was set, October 3, 1990.
Gene Therapy debuts
In Bethesda Mayland on September, used to treat ADA deficiency
Margaret Thatcher Resigns
After passing a flat tax called the "poll tax" which lead to rioting, and trying to block the EC's plan for a common currency, her rivals began calling for her resignation. She resigned in November and was replaced by John Major.
Contraceptive Implant Approved by FDA
Norplant is the first implant contraceptive approved by the FDA.
Smoking on Domestic Airplane Flights is Banned
New movie rating
NC-17 is passed in order to allow for an adults-only rating without the stigma of an X rating.
Spotted Owl Added to the threatened species list
The timber industry was of course quite outraged, since this would protect the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest and cost jobs.
Sandinistas voted out of Nicaragua,
Chamorro was elected president, the first female president of Central America
Iraq invades Kuwait
Saddam Hussein accuses Kuwait of undercutting Iraq's petroleum revenues and of stealing from a border oil field. Kuwait's offers concessions considered inadequate to Hussein, so he sends in 100,000 troops. Kuwait's army flees along with the king. Iraq is then condemmed by the Arab League, the Soviets and especially the US who sends in 500,000 troops to defend Saudi Arabia and prepare for an invasion.
Three Tenors perform duing World Cup Soccer Finals
Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti unite to perform, and later record an album and a video. The album reaches 43 on the US pop charts, the highest a classical album reaches on a US pop chart since the 1960s. Their performance is however widley panned by music critics who label them "past their prime"
Liberia is invaded by Charles Taylor
A former junta member who was driven out of the country accused of embezzlement, he invades the country with 150 Libyan trained guerrillas. The government responds by attacking the Gio and Mano groups, which then retaliate against the goverment, ripping apart the country.
Mapplethorpe show results in controversy
Cincinnati files obscenity charges against museum director Dennis Barrie for displaying Robert Mapplethorpe's work, some of which featured children's genitals and sadmomasochistic sex. This occurs at a time when Jesse Helms begins his crusade against goverment funding of artwork.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian assists his first
June 1990, he assists 54 year old Janet Adkins, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. This goes against the Hippocratic oath, "I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked nor suggest any such counsel"
The Hubble space telescope is launched into orbit
At a cost of $1.5 million, the telescope was launched with a lot of expectations of success. Once in orbit however, one of the mirrors was discovered to be incorrectly ground, resulting in blurred pictures. In 1993 it was repaired by a Space Shuttle mission.
Clean Air Act passed
Manuel Noreiga turns himself in to US Military
Ending his stand-off inside the Vatican embassy, he returned to the US to face drug trafficing charges.
Nelson Mandela is freed
Africanized Honey Bees first enter U. S.
The Africanized Honey Bees, the agressive honey bees which escaped from Brazil in 1957, were first discovered in the United States at the border town of Hidalgo, Texas in October of 1990. They later would spread throughout all of the Southwest U. S.
Johnny Carson leaves Tonight show.
Mayor of Washington, D.C. Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. is arrested by the FBI in a drug "sting" operation and later convicted of misdemeanor drug possession. Barry served 6 months in prison.