Historical Events in 1990

Events 1 - 200 of 1,004

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

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

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

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

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

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 15th 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Santa Barbara wins
  • Jan 15th AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
  • Jan 15th Blue Jay Cecil Fielder signs with Detroit as a free agent
  • Jan 15th NY Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106
  • Jan 16th 2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering
  • Jan 17th 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin
  • Jan 17th Dave Stewart signs record $3,500,000 per year Oak A's contract
  • Jan 17th Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters &
  • Jan 17th Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Jan 18th South Africa says it is reconsidering ban on African National Congress
  • Jan 18th Washington DC, Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting
  • Jan 19th Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
  • Jan 19th 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 20th 47th Golden Globes: Born on the Fouth of July, Tom Cruise, & Michelle Pfeiffer win

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

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Jan 21st 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 22nd 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

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

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Jan 22nd 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 23rd Dean Jones scores twin Test tons v Pakistan at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 24th Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon
  • Jan 24th 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 25th Avianca Flight 52, runs out of fuel & crashes in Cove Neck NY, 73 die
  • Jan 25th Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail
  • Jan 25th The Burns' Day windstorm storm hits northwestern Europe.
  • Jan 25th Honduras becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Jan 25th Around 39 people, among them children, as a storm hits England
  • Jan 26th Annular eclipse visible over Antarctica & South Atlantic
  • Jan 26th Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asst GM (highest-ranking African American female in a major-league front office)
  • Jan 27th 6th Sundance Film Festival: "Chameleon Street" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 28th "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London

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Jan 28th 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 28th Romanian protest against Ion Iliescu government

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

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Feb 2nd South Africa's Pres FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

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Feb 3rd Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

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

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

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

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

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Feb 6th Ground breaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium
  • Feb 6th 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 7th Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
  • Feb 7th USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • Feb 7th 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 8th David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • Feb 8th "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • Feb 9th "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • Feb 9th Doina Melinte runs world indoor record 1.5k (4:00:27) & mile (4:17:13)
  • Feb 9th Galileo flies by Venus
  • Feb 9th Namibia's constitution ratified
  • Feb 9th 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 10th 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)
  • Feb 10th Pierrer Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water
  • Feb 10th South African President de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on Feb 11th
  • Feb 10th US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 11th 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Feb 13th US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify
  • Feb 14th Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
  • Feb 14th Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
  • Feb 14th Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system
  • Feb 15th Baseball owners lock out players
  • Feb 18th Jane Crafter wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
  • Feb 18th 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins (165.761 MPH)
  • Feb 19th Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
  • Feb 19th Soyuz TM-9 lands
  • Feb 21st 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
  • Feb 22nd 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
  • Feb 23rd Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
  • Feb 24th Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 25th Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 25th Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
  • Feb 25th 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 26th USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • Feb 26th The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • Feb 27th Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
  • Feb 27th No-one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

  • Mar 14th Mikhail S Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress
  • Mar 15th Fernando Collor de Mello sworn in as President of Brazil
  • Mar 17th PBA National Championship Won by Jim Pencak
  • Mar 18th 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 18th 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • Mar 18th 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
  • Mar 18th A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • Mar 18th Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open
  • Mar 19th 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)

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

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

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