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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Did You Know?

Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

On March 18, 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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