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1990 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 523

  • 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 2 Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15)

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Jan 3 Panama's leader General 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 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 US Supreme Court strikes down Dallas' ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses

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Jan 10 China lifts martial law, imposed after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989

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Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
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  • Jan 11 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence

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Jan 12 Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

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 Un Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar says he has lost all hope for peace in Gulf
  • Jan 15 AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
  • 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 18 South Africa says it is reconsidering ban on African National Congress
  • Jan 18 Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting
  • Jan 19 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
  • Jan 19 Turning point in the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Hindus from Indian-administrated Kashmir due to violence from Muslim militants
  • 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 22 Wasim Akram scores Test century (123) at Adelaide
  • 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 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 26 Annular eclipse visible over Antarctica & South Atlantic
  • Jan 28 "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London
  • Jan 28 Romanian protest against Ion Iliescu government
  • Jan 29 Exxon Valdez capt Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill
  • Jan 31 1st McDonalds in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow
  • Jan 31 Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ

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

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
  • Feb 4 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • Feb 4 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
  • 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 9 Doina Melinte runs world indoor record 1.5k (4:00:27) & mile (4:17:13)
  • Feb 9 Spacecraft Galileo flies by Venus at an altitude of 10,000 miles (16,000 km) in a gravity assist maneuver to gain speed on its way to Jupiter [1]
  • Feb 9 Namibia's constitution ratified
  • Feb 10 Perrier 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 February 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 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • Feb 13 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa
  • 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 a photograph of the entire solar system, the images transmitted in real-time with earth a 'pale blue dot'
  • Feb 19 Police kill 8 demonstrators for multi party system in Nepal
  • Feb 19 Soyuz TM-9 lands
  • Feb 23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
  • Feb 25 Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
  • 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 and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
  • Feb 27 No-one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years

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

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Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
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  • 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 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 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 and female US Surgeon General
  • 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 Prosper Avril resigns as President of Haiti
  • Mar 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 11 Lithuania declares its Independence
  • Mar 12 LA Raiders announce their return to Oakland
  • Mar 13 Nicholoas Braithwaite elected premier of Grenada
  • Mar 14 Mikhail 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 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • Mar 21 Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
  • Mar 22 Anchorage jury finds Capt Hazelwood not guilty of Valdez oil spill
  • 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 25 Fire in illegal NYC social club, kills 87

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 26 Peter Sagan, Slovakian professional cyclist (World Road Champion 2016), born in Žilina, Slovakia
  • Feb 3 Cody Newton Gifford, American write, producer, son of Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 4 Haruka Tomatsu, Japanese Seiyū, born in Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan
  • Feb 11 Princess Ayah of Jordan, niece of King Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Feb 13 Olivia Federici, British synchronized swimmer, born in Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Feb 24 Ryan Swain, English presenter (Minister FM), born in Malton, England
  • Mar 7 Abigail and Brittany Hensel, American conjoined twins, born in New Germany, Minnesota
  • Mar 23 Eugenie, Princess of York and daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, born in London
  • Mar 27 Scott Selwood, Australian rules footballer, born in Bendigo, Australia
  • Mar 31 Lyra McKee, Northern Irish journalist, killed by the New IRA in a terrorist attack, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2019)
  • Apr 9 Marston Glenn Hefner, son of Hugh Hefner & Kimberley Conrad, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 5 Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, American daughter of Caroline, born in NYC, New York
  • May 26 Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of English princess Alexandra
  • May 31 Liberty Irene Kasem, daughter of Casey & Jean Kasem
  • Jun 4 Evan Spiegel, American Internet entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Snapchat (Snap Inc.), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 23 Samuel Lee, FIFA 08 World Champion
  • Jul 31 Olga Galchenko, Russian juggler, born in Penza, Russia
  • Aug 29 Sam Stern, British chef and author, born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Nov 25 Yasmin van der Meer, 15 millionth Netherlander

Weddings in History

  • Feb 2 Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Engl princess Alexandra) weds Paul Mowatt
  • Jun 9 Kerry Kennedy (daughter of Robert) & Andrew Coumo (Mario's son) wed
  • Jul 17 PLO-leader Jasser Arrafat marries Soha Tawil in Tunis

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 17 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (56) weds Suha Tawil (27)

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Sep 16 101 year old Sam Ackerman weds 95 year old Eva in New Rochelle NY
  • Sep 29 Brook Yeaton weds Traci Lords

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 20 US Senator Rand Paul (27) weds freelance writer Kelley Ashby

US Senator Rand Paul
US Senator
Rand Paul

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 231

  • Jan 1 Suzuki Sochu, Japanese-born Zen teacher, dies at 80
  • Jan 1 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 65
  • Jan 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo, president of Colombia (1945-46, 58-62), dies
  • Jan 4 Robert F Adams, American sci-fi author (Castaways in Time), dies at 57
  • Jan 4 Harold Edgerton, American electrical engineer (b. 1903)
  • Jan 4 Sir Henry Bolte, Premier of Victoria 1955-1972 (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5 Bart LaRue, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 7 Gail Lucas, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 9 Sir Edward McTiernan, Australian jurist, lawyer and politician (b. 1892)
  • Jan 12 Laurence J. Peter, Canadian author (Peter Principle), dies of a stroke at 70
  • Jan 14 Mani Madhava Chakyar, Koodiyattam artist and Sanskrit scholar (b. 1899)
  • Jan 17 Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies
  • Jan 17 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, African-American social activist (NYC cabinet), dies at 90
  • Jan 19 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Indian leader of the Rajneesh movement, dies at 58
  • Jan 19 Herbert Wehner, German ex-communist/chairman (1958-73), dies at 83
  • Jan 19 Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Naruhito Higashi-Kuni, Japanese PM (1945), dies
  • Jan 20 Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, Japanese imperial prince and 30th Prime Minister of Japan, dies at 102
  • Jan 23 Mariano Rumor, Italian politician (PM, 1968-70; 73-1974), dies
  • Jan 25 Ian Dudley Hardy, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 26 Boy Trip, Dutch minister, dies at 68
  • Jan 26 Lewis Mumford, American historian (b. 1895)
  • Jan 31 Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)
  • Feb 7 Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies
  • Feb 7 Nathan Wartels, publisher (Crown), dies at 88 of pneumonia
  • Feb 7 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • Feb 8 George de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), dies at 83

Person of interestKeith Haring

Feb 16 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of AIDS at 31

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • Feb 17 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • Feb 19 Michael Powell, English director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), dies at 84
  • Feb 23 Annelien Kappeyne van de Coppello, Dutch lawyer and politician (Liberal), dies at 53
  • Feb 23 James Gavin, US 82nd Airborne Division General (Sicily/Normandy), dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Jose Napoleon Duarte, president of Salvador (1984-89), dies at 62

Person of interestMalcolm Forbes

Feb 24 Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, dies of a heart attack at 70

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Malcolm Forbes
  • Feb 24 Sandro Pertini, 7th President of Italy (1978-85), dies at 93
  • Feb 26 Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
  • Feb 27 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • Mar 3 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist/founder (Parool), dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Gérard Blitz, Belgian waterpoloist and entrepreneur (b. 1912)
  • Mar 5 Gloria Carter Spann, US President Jimmy Carter's sister, dies of cancer at 63
  • Mar 10 Michael Stewart, UK Sect of State (1965-66, 68-70), dies
  • Mar 12 Wallace Breem, British author (Eagle in the Snow), dies at 73
  • Mar 13 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment), commits suicide at 86
  • Mar 15 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)
  • Mar 20 Jannetje Visser-Roosendaal, Dutch writer, dies at 90
  • Mar 22 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer and engineer, dies at 62
  • Mar 24 An Wang, Chinese-American computer engineer (Wang Labs, Wang Computers), dies of cancer at 70
  • Mar 26 Halston, American fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), dies of AIDs at 68
  • Mar 29 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, shot dead
  • Mar 31 Lillian "Miss" Miller, audience member (Merv Griffin, Tonight), dies
  • Apr 5 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist and poet, dies at 59
  • Apr 6 Nancy Hawkes, (1946 best dressed woman), dies at 73
  • Apr 6 Ronald E Evans, American astronaut (Apollo 17), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Apr 8 Ryan White, American hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at 18
  • Apr 11 Barbara Miller, British stage and screen actress (Blackadder), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • Apr 11 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece, dies at 86
  • Apr 14 Martin Kessel, writer, dies on 89th birthday
  • Apr 15 Ulrich Becher, German writer & playwright, dies at 80
  • Apr 17 Ralph David Abernathy, US civil rights leader, dies
  • Apr 19 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 52
  • Apr 20 Horst Sinderman, RDA 1st minister (1973-76), dies
  • Apr 21 Johnny Beagley, winner of two 1942 World Series games, dies
  • Apr 21 Erté, French artist
  • Apr 24 Joseph Leberman, entertainer, dies
  • Apr 26 Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated at 38
  • May 2 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • May 3 Pimen [Sergei Irzyekov], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 79
  • May 4 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • May 8 Tomas O'Fiach [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
  • May 9 Pauline Frederick, American journalist & author, dies at 84
  • May 10 Walker Percy, physician/novelist (Lancelot), dies of cancer at 73
  • May 12 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian member of Central Committee of Communist Party, dies at 83
  • May 13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies
  • May 16 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by brother Christian
  • May 21 Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state bldg in 1930, dies
  • May 21 Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, murdered
  • May 27 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (44th Governor of New Jersey), dies at 81
  • May 28 Giorgio Manganelli, writer, dies at 67
  • May 28 Hussein Bin Onn, 1st minister of Malasia (1976-81), dies
  • Jun 2 Robert Noyce, American inventor (co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968), dies at 62
  • Jun 2 Shriram Sharma, Indian spiritual leader and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", dies at 78
  • Jun 5 Jan Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist and anatomist, dies at 83
  • Jun 5 Vasily V Kuznetsov, President of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), dies
  • Jun 8 Alfredo Poveda, president of Consul of Ecuador (1976-79), dies
  • Jun 8 Jose Figueres, president of Costa Rica (1948-49, 53-58, 70-74), dies

Person of interestTerence O'Neill

Jun 12 Terence O'Neill, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (Ulster Unionist Party: 1963-69), dies of cancer at 75

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • Jun 16 Thomas Cowling, British mathematician and astronomer, dies at 83
  • Jun 17 Dick Elffers, graphic artist, dies
  • Jun 17 Palmira Henry, fashion designer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 44
  • Jun 21 Cedric Belfrage, English writer and journalist (co-founder of National Guardian), dies at 85
  • Jun 22 Ilya Mikhaylovich Frank, Russian Physicist and Nobel Laureate (Cherenkov radiation), dies at 81
  • Jun 26 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (b. 1909)
  • Jun 28 Estelle Lamont, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 29 Irving Wallace, author (Book of Lists, Peoples Almanac), dies at 74
  • Jul 1 Jurriaan Schrofer, graphic designer, dies
  • Jul 2 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist and General Secretary of SASO, dies in automobile accident at 39
  • Jul 3 Ludi Claire Hugo, entertainer, dies at 70
  • Jul 3 Maurice Girodias, French publisher and founder (Olympia Press), dies at 71
  • Jul 5 Mitch Snyder, homeless advocate, commits suicide by hanging at 46
  • Jul 6 Paul Wynne, KGO-TV SF reporter, dies of AIDS at 46