Events in History in 1990

Events 1 - 200 of 513

  • 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

Civil Rights History

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)

Historic Event

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 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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 7 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • 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 Namibia's constitution ratified
  • 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 10 Perrier Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water
  • 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 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 The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections.
  • Feb 26 USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czech by July, 1991
  • Feb 27 Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)

Black Tot Day

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

  • 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 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 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • Mar 18 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • 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 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
  • 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 Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma
  • 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 8 King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
  • Apr 8 New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.
  • Apr 8 Norwegian ferry Scandinavian Star catches fire; 159 people die
  • Apr 10 CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma, Japan
  • 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 11 NY Lotto pays $35 million to two winner (#s are 6-14-24-32-34-51)
  • Apr 12 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for the Holocaust and asks for forgiveness
  • Apr 12 Greyhound Bus hires new drivers to replace strikers
  • 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 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 Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.
  • 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 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 Last issue of Dutch communist daily De Waarheid (The Truth)
  • Apr 28 Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions: Dave Ferraro beats Tony Westlake, 226–203
  • Apr 29 US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) returns from space
  • Apr 29 Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate
  • 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

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

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
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann
  • May 17 World Health Organization takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses
  • 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

Election of Interest

May 29 Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Republic

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 4 Greyhound Bus files bankruptcy
  • Jun 4 NY Telephone company announces that it wants Bronx area code 917
  • Jun 5 South African troops plunder Nelson Mandela's home
  • Jun 6 2nd International Rock Awards
  • Jun 7 South African President F. W. de Klerk lifts 4 year state of emergency
  • Jun 8 Phil Bradley hits 18th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history
  • Jun 10 Burger King begins using Newman's Own Salad Dressing

Election of Interest

Jun 10 Peruvian general elections: Novelist Mario Vargas Llosa head of the Democratic Front loses to Alberto Fujimori, heading Cambio 90, in the second round

  • Jun 11 Federal judge sentenced former national security adviser John M Poindexter to 6 months for making false statements to Congress
  • Jun 11 Supreme Court says law prohibiting desecration of US flag unconstitutional
  • Jun 13 Boeing 767 sets non-stop commercial flight, Seattle to Narobi Kenya
  • Jun 13 Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry announces he will not seek a 4th term
  • Jun 14 NL announces plans to expand from 12 to 14 teams for 1993 season