Historical Events in 1990

Events 1 - 200 of 1,003

  • 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
Actor
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

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
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.

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Feb 2 South African President F. W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

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Feb 3 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Feb 3 Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • Feb 3 14th Commonwealth Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 4 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • Feb 4 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
  • Feb 4 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
  • Feb 4 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-21
  • Feb 4 Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

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Feb 4 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 4 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship
  • Feb 5 Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)

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Feb 6 Brett Hull becomes 1st son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Feb 6 Ground breaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium
  • Feb 6 Steve Briers of Wales recited the entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes & 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • Feb 7 Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
  • Feb 7 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • Feb 7 Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half & loses 102-24
  • Feb 8 David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • Feb 8 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • Feb 9 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • Feb 9 Doina Melinte runs world indoor record 1.5k (4:00:27) & mile (4:17:13)
  • Feb 9 Galileo flies by Venus
  • Feb 9 Namibia's constitution ratified
  • Feb 9 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 10 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)
  • Feb 10 Pierrer Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water

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Feb 10 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on Feburary 11th

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Feb 10 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 11 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 11 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Feb 11 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • Feb 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • Feb 13 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa

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Feb 13 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Feb 13 US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify
  • Feb 14 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
  • Feb 14 Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
  • Feb 14 Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system
  • Feb 15 Baseball owners lock out players
  • Feb 18 Jane Crafter wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
  • Feb 18 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins (165.761 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-9 lands
  • Feb 21 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
  • Feb 22 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
  • Feb 23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
  • Feb 24 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 25 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 25 Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
  • Feb 25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • Feb 26 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • Feb 26 The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • Feb 27 Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
  • Feb 27 No-one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Feb 27 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy

  • Feb 28 Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
  • Feb 28 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit
  • Mar 1 Benin nullifies its constitution
  • Mar 1 Luis Alberto Lacelle sworn in as president of Uruguay
  • Mar 1 Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • Mar 2 Greyhound Bus goes on strike
  • Mar 2 Mark Tewsksbury swims world record 50m backstroke (25.06 sec)
  • Mar 3 Carole Gist (20) is the 1st African American to be crowned Miss USA in Wichita, Kansas
  • Mar 4 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 4 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space
  • Mar 6 SR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17
  • Mar 7 3 passengers killed & 162 injured as subway train derails (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 7 H Wayne Huizenga buys ½ of Joe Robbie Stadium and 15% of Dolphins for $30m
  • Mar 8 NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 1st victim, Mario Orosco
  • Mar 9 Dr Antonia Novello sworn-in as 1st hispanic/female US surgeon general
  • Mar 10 4th American Comedy Award: When Harry Met Sally
  • Mar 10 Ice Dance Championship at Halifax won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (URS)
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Halifax won by Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 10 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Halifax won by Jill Trenary (USA)
  • Mar 10 Lt Gen Avril resigns as president of Haiti
  • Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Halifax won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • Mar 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 11 16th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
  • Mar 11 Lithuania declares its Independence
  • Mar 11 Maggie Will wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International
  • Mar 11 37th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #14 Georgia Tech beats Virginia, 70-61
  • Mar 11 31st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Ole Miss, 70-51
  • Mar 11 11th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 78-75
  • Mar 12 LA Raiders announce they were returning to Oakland
  • Mar 13 Nicholoas Braithwaite elected premier of Grenada

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 14 4th Soul Train Music Awards: Soul II Soul, Janet Jackson win

  • Mar 14 Mikhail S Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress
  • Mar 15 Fernando Collor de Mello sworn in as President of Brazil
  • Mar 17 PBA National Championship Won by Jim Pencak
  • Mar 18 Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
  • Mar 18 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • Mar 18 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
  • Mar 18 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • Mar 18 Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open
  • Mar 19 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)

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Mar 20 LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33

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Mar 20 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident

  • Mar 21 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • Mar 21 "Normal Life" starring Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 21 "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli premieres on CBS-TV
  • Mar 21 Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
  • Mar 22 "Grapes of Wrath" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • Mar 22 Anchorage jury finds Capt Hazelwood not guilty of Valdez oil spill
  • Mar 22 The ML umpires announce that they will boycott exhibition games
  • Mar 23 Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound & pay $50,000 in restitution for 1989 oil spill
  • Mar 24 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • Mar 24 Tom Hunter swims world record 50m freestyle (21.81 sec)
  • Mar 25 "Lettice & Lovage" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 284 performances
  • Mar 25 10th Golden Raspberry Awards: Star Trek V wins
  • Mar 25 Fire in illegal NYC social club, kills 87
  • Mar 25 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Standard Register Turquoise Golf Classic

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 26 62nd Academy Awards: "Driving Miss Daisy", Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Tandy win

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Mar 26 Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa wins the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Mar 27 Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die
  • Mar 27 NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final