On This Day

1990 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 523

  • Mar 27 Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die
  • Mar 27 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
  • Mar 31 Dionisio Castro cycles world record 20km (57:18.4)
  • Mar 31 Major riots occur in London and other British towns in protest against the new Community Charge poll tax laws
  • Apr 4 "Marshall Chronicles" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Apr 4 Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody
  • Apr 7 BPAA US Open by Ron Palombi Jr
  • Apr 7 John Poindexter (US National Security Advisor) found guilty of five counts of lying to Congress and obstruction regarding the Iran-Contra scandal
  • Apr 7 Michael Milken pleads innocent to security law violations
  • Apr 7 Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma
  • Apr 8 King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
  • Apr 8 Norwegian ferry Scandinavian Star catches fire; 159 people die
  • Apr 8 New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.
  • Apr 10 CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma, Japan
  • Apr 11 MLB California Angels Mark Langston & Mike Witt, no-hit Seattle, 1-0
  • Apr 11 NY Lotto pays $35 million to two winner (#s are 6-14-24-32-34-51)

  • Apr 11 Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
  • Apr 12 H. J. Heinz, Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee Seafood say they wouldn't buy tuna caught in nets that trap dolphins
  • Apr 12 Greyhound Bus hires new drivers to replace strikers
  • Apr 12 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for the Holocaust and asks for forgiveness
  • Apr 15 Greenidge & Haynes make 298 opening stand (v England), combination best
  • Apr 16 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $260 per week
  • Apr 16 Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977
  • Apr 17 Gas explosion on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die
  • Apr 18 Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines
  • Apr 18 Supreme Court rules states could make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one's home
  • Apr 19 Contra guerrillas, leftist Sandinistas & incoming government agree to truce n Nicaragua's civil war
  • Apr 21 Reds win running their record to 9-0, best start in club history
  • Apr 22 Lebanon release US hostage Robert Polhill after 39 months
  • Apr 24 Brian Friel's play "Dancing at Lughnasa" premieres in Dublin (Tony Award Best Play)
  • Apr 24 Security law violator Michael Milken pleads guilty to 6 felonies
  • Apr 24 STS-31 launches, the 35th mission of the US Space Shuttle program, carrying the Hubble space telescope
  • Apr 24 West & East Germany agree to merge currency & economies on July 1st
  • Apr 24 Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.
  • Apr 25 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by space shuttle Discovery
  • Apr 25 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a 6-year term as Nicaragua's president

  • Apr 26 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
  • Apr 26 Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal & twists his ankle
  • Apr 27 50th annual barbershop quartet singing convention held (Mich)
  • Apr 28 Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions: Dave Ferraro beats Tony Westlake, 226–203
  • Apr 28 Last issue of Dutch communist daily De Waarheid (The Truth)
  • Apr 29 Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate
  • Apr 29 US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) returns from space
  • Apr 30 Seattle's Brian Holman's perfect game broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • Apr 30 US hostage Frank Reed freed after 4 years in hands of pro-Iranians
  • May 2 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid
  • May 4 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
  • May 4 Pakistan beat Australia by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • May 5 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Former president P. W. Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • May 8 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
  • May 8 Reindependence Day of Estonia
  • May 9 NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
  • May 10 French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Howard Stern holds a mock funeral for rival John DeBella

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • May 12 Comic Relief USA '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million
  • May 14 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,821.53

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sells for $82.5 million

  • May 15 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,822.45

Meeting of InterestMikhail Kalashnikov Meets Eugene Stoner

May 16 Eugene Stoner and Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creators of the M16 rifle and the AK-47 rifle respectively, meet in Washington, D.C.

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The inventor of the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov (right), meets the inventor of the M-16, Eugene Stoner (left)
The inventor of the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov (right), meets the inventor of the M-16, Eugene Stoner (left)
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  • May 16 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
  • May 17 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71
  • May 17 European court rules on pension rights for men & women
  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann
  • May 17 World Health Organization takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong designed by I. M. Pei opens as the first supertall skyscraper outside the US

Architect I. M. Pei
I. M. Pei
  • May 18 East and West Germany sign a monetary union treaty
  • May 18 Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant
  • May 20 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
  • May 21 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68
  • May 22 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23
  • May 22 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
  • May 22 North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen
  • May 23 Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion
  • May 23 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,856.26
  • May 24 A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both
  • May 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 27 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo chosen President of Colombia
  • May 27 Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
  • May 28 Cesar Gaviria Trujillo installed as president of Colombia
  • May 28 Eugenia Charles' Dominican Freedom Party wins election in Dominica
  • May 28 Longest wheelie (David Robilliard with 5h12m33s (Channel Islands)
  • May 29 An earthquake hits Peru, killing over 200

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 29 Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Republic

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • May 29 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,870.49
  • May 30 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,878.56
  • May 31 63rd National Spelling Bee: Amy Marie Dimak wins spelling fibranne
  • May 31 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dana Miller-Mackie
  • May 31 NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 3rd victim, Joseph Ponce
  • Jun 1 Dow Jones Avg hits a record high of 2,900.97
  • Jun 2 Seattle's Randy Johnson, no-hits Tigers, 2-0
  • Jun 3 3rd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $894,560
  • Jun 3 44th Tony Awards: "Grapes of Wrath" and "City of Angels" win
  • Jun 4 Greyhound Bus files bankruptcy
  • Jun 4 NY Telephone company announces that it wants Bronx area code 917

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 4 Dr Jack Kevorkian assists an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 South African troops plunder Nelson Mandela's home

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jun 6 2nd International Rock Awards
  • Jun 6 For 2nd time this season, Cecil Fielder belts 3 home runs in a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 South African President F. W. de Klerk lifts 4 year state of emergency

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 200 of 231

  • Jul 6 Nathaniel Wyeth, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle), dies at 78
  • Jul 7 Bill Cullen, game show host (Price is Right), dies at 70 of cancer
  • Jul 7 Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle, German Jesuit priest and Buddhism Zen teacher, dies at 92
  • Jul 9 Brigitte D'Ortschy, German author, trnslator and Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies in Japan at 69
  • Jul 10 Hans Faverey, Dutch poet, dies at 55
  • Jul 10 Irene Champlin, dies after long illness at 59
  • Jul 12 Richard R Briggs, dies after short illness at 71
  • Jul 13 Lois Moran Young, dies of cancer at 81
  • Jul 14 Philip Leacock, dies of collapsed lungs at 73
  • Jul 16 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (International Baccalaureate Organisation), dies at 62
  • Jul 17 Tony Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944)), dies at 88
  • Jul 18 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), dies at 79
  • Jul 18 Karl Menninger, American psychiatrist (Menninger Clinic), dies at 96 of cancer
  • Jul 18 Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (b. 1897)
  • Jul 20 Herbert Jenkins, Atlanta's longest serving police chief (b. 1907)
  • Jul 21 Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (Buenos Aires Affair), dies at 57
  • Jul 21 Sacha Piteoff, dies of heart failure at 70
  • Jul 21 Stanley Shapiro, dies of leukemia at 65
  • Jul 22 George Wood, dies of diabetes complications at 56
  • Jul 23 Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese development of television (b. 1899)
  • Jul 24 Alan Clarke, director (Elephant, Road, Scum, Firm), dies at 54
  • Jul 27 Kim Thomas-Friedland, news anchor (FNN), dies at 32
  • Jul 27 Salim Ali, Indian Ornithologist (Birdman of India), dies at 90
  • Jul 28 Armando Frid, of Argentina (Born May 24, 1866 Guin rec), dies at 124
  • Jul 28 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian politician (Chancellor, 1970-83; Foreign Minister, 1959-66), dies at 79
  • Jul 29 Bruno Kreisky, union chancellor Austria, dies
  • Jul 30 Ian Gow, British Conservative parliament leader, murdered
  • Jul 30 Karl Weber, dies of heart failure at 74
  • Jul 31 Fernando Sancho, dies after operation for malignant tumor at 72
  • Aug 1 Norbert Elias, German/English/Neth philosopher/sociologist, dies
  • Aug 2 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Aug 3 Florida Edwards, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 5 Herman Gooding, Suriname police-inspector, dies
  • Aug 6 Jacques Soustelle, Fren ethnology/minister of Information, dies at 78
  • Aug 6 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), dies at 62
  • Aug 6 Robert Alex, shot to death by robber at 31
  • Aug 10 Richard Haines, director (Splatter University), dies
  • Aug 12 B. Kliban, American cartoonist known for his drawings of cats, usually with horrible puns (Love to Eat Them Mousies), dies at 55
  • Aug 18 B F Skinner, American psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86
  • Aug 19 Ben Rutgers Van de Loeff-Basenau, children's book writer, dies at 80
  • Aug 20 Marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist and writer, dies at 90
  • Aug 24 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, dies at 48
  • Aug 24 Gailli AbedElrhman, Sudanese writer (b. 1931)
  • Aug 25 Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (b. 1903)
  • Aug 26 Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 28 Willy Vandersteen, Flemish cartoonist (Suske & Wiske), dies
  • Aug 28 Patience Strong [Winifred Emma May], English poet and journalist, dies at 83
  • Aug 29 Sandy, dog in the play Annie, dies at 16
  • Sep 2 John Bowlby, British psychologist, dies at 83
  • Sep 3 David Acer, Florida dentist, dies of AIDs after infecting 5 patients
  • Sep 4 Henry Faas [Wandelganger], Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies
  • Sep 5 Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (b. 1896)
  • Sep 6 Issan Dorsey, American founder of the Hartford St Zen Center in San Francisco, dies of AIDS at 57

Person of interestA. J. P. Taylor

Sep 7 A.J.P Taylor [Alan John Percival], English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), dies at 84

Historian A. J. P. Taylor
A. J. P. Taylor
  • Sep 8 Denys Watkins-Pitchford, British writer and illustrator (The Little Grey Men), dies at 85
  • Sep 9 Rimantas Stankevičius, Lithuanian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • Sep 9 Samuel Doe, Liberian politician (b. 1951)
  • Sep 10 Samuel Kanyon Doe, president of Liberia (1980-90), assassinated
  • Sep 11 Myrna Mack, Guatemalan anthropologist (b. 1949)
  • Sep 13 Samuel S. Stratton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 73
  • Sep 15 G. M. J. Veldkamp, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 69
  • Sep 15 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 60
  • Sep 16 Loretta Tupper, radio/TV entertainer, dies of cancer at 84
  • Sep 26 Alberto Moravia [Pincherle], Italian writer (Woman in Red), dies at 82
  • Sep 30 Liesbeth de Uyl-of Vessem, feminist/wife of Joop du, dies
  • Sep 30 Michel Levis, French cultural anthropologist/writer, dies
  • Sep 30 Patrick White, Australian writer and playwright (Nobel Prize for Literature 1973), dies at 78
  • Sep 30 Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and journalist, dies at 60
  • Sep 30 Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist, dies at 89
  • Oct 1 Curtis E LeMay, USAF General/VP candidate, dies at 83
  • Oct 3 Stefano Casiraghi, Italian speedboat racer, businessman and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, dies at 30
  • Oct 5 Meir Kahane, American founder of the Jewish Defense League, assassinated at 58
  • Oct 7 J Teengs Gerritsen, resistance fighter, dies
  • Oct 7 Juan Jose Arevalo, President of Guatemala (1945-51), dies
  • Oct 10 Michael A Salcido, dies at 39
  • Oct 10 Tom Murton, American penologist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 10 Irene Mayer Selznick, American socialite and theatrical producer (Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"), dies at 83
  • Oct 11 Douglas Edwards, WW II correspondent, dies of cancer at 73
  • Oct 12 Rifaat Maghub, president Egyptian MP, murdered
  • Oct 13 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), dies at 78

Person of interestRalph Abernathy

Oct 17 Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), dies of a blood clot at 64

Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • Oct 20 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter dies at 72
  • Oct 23 Louis Althusser, French philosopher, dies
  • Oct 27 Elliott Roosevelt, son of FDR, dies at 80
  • Oct 27 Princess Sophie von Hohenberg, daughter of assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (b. 1901)
  • Oct 28 Nobutaka Shikanai, Japanese media CEO (Fujisankei Communications Group), dies of liver failure at 78 [1]
  • Oct 29 William French Smith, attorney general (1980), dies at 73 of cancer
  • Oct 30 Craig Russell, Canadian female impersonator, dies of an AIDS-stroke at 42
  • Oct 31 Graig Russel, Canadian travel expert/transvestite, dies
  • Oct 31 Hugh McPhillips, dies at 70
  • Nov 5 Humphrey Gibbs, Governor of Southern Rhodesia (1959-69), dies at 87
  • Nov 7 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), dies of a stroke at 78
  • Nov 8 Anya Seton, American author, dies
  • Nov 8 Grampy Davis, dies of heart attack at 87
  • Nov 10 Mário Schenberg, Brazilian physicist and electrical engineer, dies at 76
  • Nov 12 Rifaat El-Maghub, Egyptian MP leader, murdered
  • Nov 12 Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, dies at 81
  • Nov 13 Charlie Carpenter, dies at 77
  • Nov 14 K L Poll, journalist/author, dies
  • Nov 14 Malcolm Muggeridge, WW II spy for Britain, dies at 87