Top News Stories from 1990
Population: 4.378 billionpopulation by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Mikhail S. Gorbachev (USSR)More World Statistics...
- General Manuel Noriega surrenders in Panama (Jan. 3).
- Yugoslav Communists end 45-year monopoly of power (Jan. 22).
- Communist Party relinquish sole power in Soviet government (Feb. 7). Background: Dissolution of the USSR
- South Africa frees Nelson Mandela, imprisoned 27½ years (Feb. 11).
- US-Soviet summit reaches accord on armaments (June 1).
- Western Alliance ends Cold War and proposes joint action with Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (July 6).
- Iraqi troops invade Kuwait, setting off the Persian Gulf War (Aug. 2 et seq.). Background: The Persian Gulf War
- East and West Germany reunited (Aug. 31 et seq.).
- Margaret Thatcher resigns as British Prime Minister (Nov. 22); John Major succeeds her (Nov. 28).
- Lech Walesa wins Poland's runoff Presidential election (Dec. 9).
President: George Bush
Vice President: J. Danforth Quayle
Life expectancy: 75.4 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 58.2
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 50.9More U.S. Statistics...
- US Supreme Court upsets law banning flag burning (June 11).
- US Appeals Court overturns Oliver North's Iran-Contra conviction (July 20).
- Republicans set back in midterm elections (Nov. 8).
US GDP (1998 dollars): $5,743.80 billion
Federal spending: $1252.52 billion
Federal debt $3206.6 billion
Median Household Income(current dollars): $29,943 billion
Consumer Price Index: $130.7
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.25
Super BowlSan Francisco d. Denver
World SeriesCincinnati d. Oakland A's (4-0)
NBA ChampionshipDetroit d. Portland
Stanley CupEdmonton d. Boston
WimbledonWomen: 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 ChampionUnbridled
NCAA Basketball ChampionshipUNLV d. Duke
NCAA Football ChampionsColorado (AP, FW, NFF) (11-1-1) & Georgia Tech (UPI) (11-0-1)
World CupW. Germany d. Argentina
Entertainment AwardsPulitzer 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
Academy Award, Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy, Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck, producers (Warner Bros.)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Octavio Paz (Mexico)
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)More Entertainment Awards...
- 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
- Robert Bly, Iron John
- A.S. Byatt, Possession: A Romance
- Alice Munro, Friend of My Youth
- John Updike, Rabbit at Rest
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 transplantsMore Nobel Prizes in 1998...
- The Hubble Space Telescope is launched (Apr. 25).
- President Bush signs the Clean Air Act, mandating a variety of pollution-reducing changes in the automobile and fuel industries. Background: Environment & Nature
- The FDA approves use of the surgically-implanted contraceptive Norplant. Background: Birth & Contraception
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