News and Events of 1990

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 5.276 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Mikhail S. Gorbachev (USSR)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: George Bush
Vice President: J. Danforth Quayle
Population: 249,438,712
Life expectancy: 75.4 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 58.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.9

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $5,743.80 billion
Federal spending:   $1252.52 billion
Federal debt:   $3206.6 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   130.7
Unemployment:   5.6%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.25


Super Bowl
San Francisco d. Denver (55-10)
World Series
Cincinnati d. Oakland A's (4-0)
NBA Championship
Detroit d. Portland (4-1)
Stanley Cup
Edmonton d. Boston (4-1)
Women: Martina Navratilova d. Z. Garrison (6-4 6-1)
Men: Stefan Edberg d. B. Becker (6-2 6-2 3-6 3-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
UNLV d. Duke (103-73)
NCAA Football Champions
Colorado (AP, FW, NFF) (11-1-1) & Georgia Tech (UPI) (11-0-1)
World Cup
W. Germany d. Argentina (1-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Oscar Hijeulos
Music: Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Mel Powell
Drama: The Piano Lesson, August Wilson

Oscars awarded in 1990
Academy Award, Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy, Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck, producers (Warner Bros.)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Octavio Paz (Mexico)

1990 Emmy Awards

1990 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1990
Record of the Year: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler
Album of the Year: Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt (Capitol)
Song of the Year: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar, songwriters

Miss America: Debbye Turner (MO)

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  • The X rating is replaced by NC-17 (no children under 17).
  • Ninety-nine percent of U.S. households have at least one radio, with the average owning five.
  • The Simpsons debuts on Fox and becomes an instant hit.
  • Euro dance band Milli Vanilli admits to lip-synching hits such as "Girl You Know Its True," and has its Grammy award revoked.
  • Seinfeld debuts on NBC.
  • Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands.


  • Dances with Wolves, GoodFellas, Henry and June, Reversal of Fortune



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Elias James Corey (US), for developing new ways to synthesize complex molecules ordinarily found in nature

Physics: Richard E. Taylor (Canada), Jerome I. Friedman, and Dr. Henry W. Kendall (both US), for their ""breakthrough in our understanding of matter"" that confirmed the reality of quarks

Physiology or Medicine: Joseph E. Murray and E. Donnall Thomas (both US), for their pioneering work in transplants


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