On This Day

What Happened in 1990

Important 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 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death after a panic in a tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Aug 7 US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia beginning Operation Desert Shield
  • 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.

More Historical Events

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

  • Jun 12 "Mariah Carey" debut album by Mariah Carey is released
  • Jul 7 First Three Tenors concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome - recording of is world's best-selling classical record
  • 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 on the Senior PGA Tour with a 71 (-1) in the first round of The Tradition at Desert Mountain; wins the event by 4 strokes from Gary Player
  • May 18 Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her record 9th Wimbledon singles title beating American Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1

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)

Famous Divorces


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