On This Day

January 1990 in History

Events in History

  • 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • Jan 11 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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.

Historic Event

Jan 22 President Mikhail Gorbachev sends Red Troops into the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 26 Peter Sagan, Slovakian professional cyclist (World Road Champion 2016), born in Žilina, Slovakia

Deaths in History

  • 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)