What Happened in 1990

Significant Events

  • Feb 11 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • Apr 25 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery
  • Apr 29 Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate
  • May 20 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
  • Jun 21 7.7 Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake with hundreds of aftershocks hits Iran; killing about 50,000
  • Jul 2 Panic in tunnel of Mecca: 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death
  • Aug 7 Operation Desert Shield begins - US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
  • Aug 25 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq
  • Sep 20 Both East and West Germany ratify reunification
  • Oct 3 Reunification of East and West Germany. West German flag is raised above the Brandenburg Gate on the stroke of midnight.
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1990 in Film & TV

  • Feb 21 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards
  • Apr 8 "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV
  • Apr 15 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV

1990 in Music

  • Feb 21 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards
  • Nov 19 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning "Girl You Know Its True" album

1990 in Sport

  • Jan 21 John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open
  • Mar 30 Jack Nicklaus makes his debut in the "Seniors" golf tournament
  • Nov 18 1st Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Lake Nona G & CC: US beats Europe 11½-4½ in inaugural event; Kathy Whitworth US captain; Mickey Walker Europe skipper

Did You Know?

World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr Penny Jamieson, appointed in New Zealand

On June 29, 1990


World Leaders in 1990

Famous People in 1990

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 2 Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Engl princess Alexandra) weds Paul Mowatt
  • Feb 5 Actor Rowan Atkinson (35) weds Sunetra Sastry in New York
  • Apr 28 Guns & Roses' Axl Rose marries Erin Everly (annulled same year)
  • Apr 30 Game show host Alex Trebek (49) weds real-estate mogul Jean Currivan (27) at the Regency Club in Los Angeles
  • May 5 "Crocodile Dundee" actors Paul Hogan (50) weds Linda Kozlowski (32) at their newly built $3 million mansion at Faraway Possum Creek in New South Wales, Australia

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 3 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage
  • Jan 17 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage
  • Jan 29 Actor Michael Keaton (38) divorces actress Caroline McWilliams (44) after 7 years of marriage
  • Apr 1 Guns & Roses' Duff divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames
  • Oct 14 Jeff Goldblum and wife Geena Davis file for divorce after nearly 2 years of marriage
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