What Happened in January 1990

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 David Dinkins sworn in as 1st African American mayor of New York City
  • Jan 1 Mitsuko Nishiwaki beats Nakano to become Japan Women wrestling champ
  • Jan 1 NYC MTA stops token redemption at subway stations
  • Jan 1 Sports News Network begins operation on cable TV
  • Jan 1 FCC implements "SYNDEX" giving independent stations more rights over cable TV outlets for exclusive syndicated programs
  • Jan 1 76th Rose Bowl: #12 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 17-10
  • Jan 1 56th Sugar Bowl: #2 Miami beats #7 Alabama, 33-25
  • Jan 1 19th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Florida State beats #6 Nebraska, 41-17
  • Jan 1 56th Orange Bowl: #4 Notre Dame beats #1 Colorado, 21-6
  • Jan 2 Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15)
  • Jan 2 Sting joins wrestlings 4 Horsemen (Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)

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Jan 3 Panama's leader Gen Manuel Noriega surrenders to US authorities

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Jan 4 307 dead and 700 injured after overloaded passenger train collides with empty freight train in Pakistan
  • Jan 5 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
  • Jan 6 NY Lotto pays $35 million to one winner (#s are 18-25-26-32-42-44)
  • Jan 7 Lynn Jennings runs world record indoor 5km indoor at 15:22.64
  • Jan 7 Tower of Pisa closed to the public after leaning too far
  • Jan 9 64th US manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) launches into orbit
  • Jan 9 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78
  • Jan 9 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 9 US Supreme Court strikes down Dallas' ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses
  • Jan 10 "Les Miserables," opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
  • Jan 10 China lifts martial law (imposed after Tiananmen Square massacre)
  • Jan 10 NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players
  • Jan 11 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence
  • Jan 11 Actor Joseph Cotton undergoes vocal cancer operation at 84
  • Jan 11 Bobby Knight becomes basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)

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Jan 11 Pat LaFontaine sets NY Islander record of scoring goals in 11 straight

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine

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Jan 12 Civil Rights activist Rev Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst Bkln

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • Jan 12 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)
  • Jan 13 1st elected African American Governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia)
  • Jan 14 "Simpsons" premiered on Fox-TV
  • Jan 14 11th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the events in Beijing, China
  • Jan 14 Perez de Cuellar says he has lost all hope for peace in Gulf
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Los Angeles Rams 30-3

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 42 year old George Foreman KOs Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 15 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Santa Barbara wins
  • Jan 15 AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
  • Jan 15 Blue Jay Cecil Fielder signs with Detroit as a free agent
  • Jan 15 NY Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106
  • Jan 16 2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering
  • Jan 17 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin
  • Jan 17 Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract
  • Jan 17 Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters &
  • Jan 17 Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Jan 18 South Africa says it is reconsidering ban on African National Congress
  • Jan 18 Washington DC, Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting
  • Jan 19 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
  • Jan 19 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 20 47th Golden Globes: Born on the Fouth of July, Tom Cruise, & Michelle Pfeiffer win

Actor Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
  • Jan 20 US 64th manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) returns from space
  • Jan 20 Black January - crackdown of Azerbaijani pro-independence demonstrations by Soviet army in Baku.
  • Jan 21 41st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 12-7 at Pittsburgh
  • Jan 21 Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association exec director

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Jan 21 John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 22 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Jan 22 Wasim Akram scores Test century (123) at Adelaide
  • Jan 22 Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with SF Giants
  • Jan 22 Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet worm.

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Jan 22 President Mikhail Gorbachev sends Red Troops into the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Jan 23 Dean Jones scores twin Test tons v Pakistan at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 24 Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon
  • Jan 24 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 25 Avianca Flight 52, runs out of fuel & crashes in Cove Neck NY, 73 die
  • Jan 25 Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail
  • Jan 25 The Burns' Day windstorm storm hits northwestern Europe.
  • Jan 25 Honduras becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Jan 25 Around 39 people, among them children, as a storm hits England
  • Jan 26 Annular eclipse visible over Antarctica & South Atlantic
  • Jan 26 Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asst GM (highest-ranking African American female in a major-league front office)
  • Jan 27 6th Sundance Film Festival: "Chameleon Street" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 28 "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London

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Jan 28 Super Bowl XXIV: SF 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jan 28 Romanian protest against Ion Iliescu government

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 78th Men's Australian Open: Ivan Lendl beats Stefan Edberg (4-6, 7-6, 5-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 78th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Mary Joe Fernandez (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jan 29 Exxon Valdez capt Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill
  • Jan 31 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonalds
  • Jan 31 1st ever all-sports daily "National" begins publishing
  • Jan 31 Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ
  • Jan 31 The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow, USSR.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 Toni Kroos, German footballer
  • Jan 7 Liam Aiken, American actor
  • Jan 7 Elene Gedevanishvili, Georgian figure skater
  • Jan 7 Camryn Grimes, American actress
  • Jan 7 Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austrian ski jumper
  • Jan 8 Maci Wainwright, American singer
  • Jan 10 Tao Li, Singaporean Olympic swimmer
  • Jan 12 Sergey Karjakin, Ukrainian chess player
  • Jan 13 Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor (Hunger Games films), born in Melbourne
  • Jan 15 Fernando Forestieri, Italian footballer
  • Jan 15 Chris Warren Jr., American actor
  • Jan 21 Jacob Smith, American actor
  • Jan 26 Christopher Massey, American actor
  • Jan 30 Jake Thomas, American actor
  • Jan 30 Eiza Gonzalez, Mexican actress/singer

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 3 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 17 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (26) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 29 Actor Michael Keaton (38) divorces actress Caroline McWilliams (44) after 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Charles Boost, Dutch film critic, dies at 82
  • Jan 1 Joe Hardstaff Jr, cricketer (23 Tests for England, 1636 runs), dies
  • Jan 1 Suzuki Sochu, Zen teacher (Rinzai line)/abbot of Ryutakuji, dies
  • Jan 1 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 65
  • Jan 2 Alan Hale Jr, Skipper on Gilligan's Island, dies of cancer at 71
  • Jan 2 Vladimir Alexis Ussachevsky, Manchuria composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • Jan 3 Ken Hill, actor (Cobra, Protocol), dies
  • Jan 3 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • Jan 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo, president of Colombia (1945-46, 58-62), dies
  • Jan 4 Robert F Adams, US, sci-fi author (Castaways in Time), dies at 57
  • Jan 4 Harold Edgerton, American electrical engineer (b. 1903)
  • Jan 4 Sir Henry Bolte, Premier of Victoria 1955-1972 (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5 Arthur Kennedy, actor (Air Force), dies of a brain tumor at 76
  • Jan 5 Bart LaRue, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 6 Hans Jaray, actor (Lydia, Fedora), dies
  • Jan 6 Ian Charleson, actor (Gandhi, Chariots of Fire), dies of AIDS at 40

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Jan 7 Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski, football hall of famer, dies at 81

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Jan 7 Gail Lucas, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 7 Horace Stoneham, baseball owner (Giants), dies at 86
  • Jan 7 Joseph Robbie, lawyer/NFL owner (Miami Dolphins), dies at 73
  • Jan 8 Terry Thomas, Engl comic (Heroes), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
  • Jan 9 Sir Edward McTiernan, Australian jurist, lawyer and politician (b. 1892)
  • Jan 9 Spud Chandler, baseball player (b. 1907)
  • Jan 10 Juliet Berto, screenwriter/actress (Bastienne Bastien), dies at 42
  • Jan 10 Yvonne Peattie Marquard, actress (Donovan's Reef), dies
  • Jan 11 Mary Jane Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, Second Wife), dies
  • Jan 12 Laurence J Peter, author (Peter Princible), dies of a stroke at 70
  • Jan 12 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer, dies at 96
  • Jan 14 David Arkin, actor (I Love You Alice B Toklas), dies
  • Jan 14 Mani Madhava Chakyar, Koodiyattam artist and Sanskrit scholar (b. 1899)
  • Jan 15 Gordon Jackson, actor (Hamlet), dies after a short illness at 66
  • Jan 17 Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies
  • Jan 18 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • Jan 18 Rusty Hamer, American actor (b. 1947)
  • Jan 19 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, indian guru, dies at 58
  • Jan 19 Herbert Wehner, German ex-communist/chairman (1958-73), dies at 83
  • Jan 19 Semprini, English musician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 20 Barbara Stanwyck, [Ruby Stevens], actress (Big Valley), dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Naruhito Higashi-Kuni, Japanese PM (1945), dies
  • Jan 20 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • Jan 23 Allen Collins, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • Jan 23 Mariano Rumor, Italy's PM (1968-70, 73-1974), dies
  • Jan 24 Madge Bellamy, American actress, dies of heart failure at 90
  • Jan 25 Alexander Lockwood, actor (Duel), dies

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Jan 25 Ava Gardner, actress (Barefoot Contessa), dies of pneumonia at 67

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
  • Jan 25 Ian Dudley Hardy, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 26 FHP "Boy" Trip, Dutch minister, dies
  • Jan 26 Lewis Mumford, American historian (b. 1895)
  • Jan 26 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Jan 27 Helen Jerome Eddy, actress (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 92
  • Jan 31 Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)