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)

Event of Interest

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

Al Sharpton Stabbed

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 Douglas Wilder, 1st elected African American Governor inaugurated (Virginia)

Event of Interest

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 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 Black January - crackdown of Azerbaijani pro-independence demonstrations by Soviet army in Baku
  • Jan 20 US 64th manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) returns from space

Event of Interest

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

  • Jan 22 Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet worm.
  • Jan 24 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 24 Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon
  • 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 Honduras becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jan 25 The Burns' Day windstorm storm hits northwestern Europe
  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 65
  • Jan 1 Suzuki Sochu, Japanese-born Zen teacher, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo, president of Colombia (1945-46, 58-62), dies
  • Jan 4 Harold Edgerton, American electrical engineer and photographer who created high-speed photography techniques, dies at 86
  • Jan 4 Robert F Adams, American sci-fi author (Castaways in Time), dies at 57
  • Jan 4 Sir Henry Bolte, Premier of Victoria 1955-1972 (b. 1908)
  • Jan 7 Gail Lucas, American entertainer, dies at 37
  • 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 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, African-American social activist (NYC cabinet), dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Charles Hernu, French politician (Minister of Defense, 1981-85; Mayor of Villeurbanne, 1977-90), and environmental antagonist, dies at 66
  • Jan 19 Arthur Goldberg, American jurist and statesman (UN ambassador, Supreme Court justice 1962-65), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Indian leader of the Rajneesh movement, dies at 58
  • Jan 19 Herbert Wehner, German politician (Member of the Bundestag, 1949-83; chairman of the SPD, 1969-83), dies of complications from Binswanger's disease at 83
  • Jan 19 Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, Japanese imperial prince and 30th Prime Minister of Japan, dies at 102
  • Jan 23 Mariano Rumor, Italian politician (Prime Minister of Italy, 1968-70; 73-1974), dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Ian Dudley Hardy, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 26 Boy Trip, Dutch minister, dies at 68
  • Jan 26 Lewis Mumford, American cultural historian, city planner and writer, dies at 94
  • Jan 31 Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)