1993 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on August 9, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1993.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1993.

History Facts From the Year 1993

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1993? For openers, Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd U.S. President, terrorists carried out their first attack on the World Trade Center, and the last Sears catalog was published. Rudy Giuliani became the first Republican mayor of New York City in 20 years, construction began on Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and toy manufacturers Mattel and Fisher-Price announced a $1 billion merger.

In 1993, President Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law, the Dow hit a record high of 3,793.49, and a postage stamp commemorating Elvis Presley went on sale. NBC announced that it would televise the 1996 Summer Olympics, Don Shula became the “winningest” coach in professional football, and MLB player Reggie Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Back in 1993, CERN released the World Wide Web (WWW) into the public domain, the Mosaic browser was launched, and there were 623 websites. David Letterman moved his late-night talk show from NBC to CBS, Late Night with Conan O’Brien premiered, and the final episode of the sitcom Friends aired. Pepsi Max was launched, Beanie Babies were created, and OK Soda first appeared on grocery store shelves.

In 1993, unemployment averaged 6.5%, inflation was 2.99%, and the minimum wage was $4.25 an hour. The prime rate was 6.00%, an ounce of gold was $391.75, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.16. A two-liter bottle of Coke Classic cost 99 cents, fresh blueberries were 99 cents a pint, and Hellman’s Mayonnaise was 99 cents for a quart jar.

Back in 1993, popular Halloween costumes included Princess Jasmine and Barney the Dinosaur, chicken Caesar salad and Planters Cheez Balls were crowd-pleasers, and the Food Network premiered on television. The Dallas Cowboys were the Super Bowl champs, the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series, and the Montreal Canadiens clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 1993, Jurassic Park was the most popular film, The Bridges of Madison County was the best-selling fiction book, and 60 Minutes (CBS) was the top TV show. Unforgiven won an Oscar for Best Picture, Seinfeld (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven won a Grammy for Song of the Year.

Back in 1993, Intel released the Pentium processor, the VHS version of Disney’s Aladdin sold 10.6 million copies during the first week, and the MTA began to market test MetroCards on New York City’s subways and buses. Donald Trump married Marla Maples, Italian film director Federico Fellini passed away, and Hilary Swank was fired from Beverly Hills, 90210.

Here are some more historical facts from the year 1993: President Clinton nominated Janet Reno to serve as U.S. Attorney General, American astronomer Jean Meuller discovered a 15.5m comet, and Sears announced that it was eliminating its 97-year-old catalog sales department. The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 75.42 years, the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $850,000, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) was entered into the National Film Registry.

On the international stage, British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds signed the Downing Street Declaration, and Czechoslovakia peacefully separated into two independent countries. A one-second adjustment was made to civil time, the Eiffel Tower welcomed its 150,000,000th visitor, and Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Famous people in the news included Albert Reynolds, Audrey Hepburn, Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Don Shula, Elvis Presley, F. W. de Klerk, Federico Fellini, George H. W. Bush, Howard Stern, Janet Reno, Jerry Seinfeld, John Major, Mae Jemison, Nelson Mandela, Reggie Jackson, Rudy Giuliani, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tim Berners-Lee, and William Golding.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 1993. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of trivia questions and answers for your 1990s-themed party game.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1993

  2. History Facts From the USA

  3. International News

  4. Sports Facts

  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  6. Computer and Internet History Facts

  7. Websites Launched in 1993

  8. Nobel Prize Winners

  9. Most Popular Television Shows for 1993-1994

  10. Best-Selling Books for 1993

  11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

  12. Interesting Horror Movies From 1993

  13. Entries Into the National Film Registry

  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  15. The Top 40 Songs of 1993

  16. Favorite Video Games

  17. Popular Foods and Beverages

  18. Famous People in the News

  19. Weddings and Divorces

  20. Famous People Who Died in the Year 1993

  21. The Coolest Cars From 1993

  22. America’s Largest Corporations

  23. Iconic Stores From 1993 That Are No Longer Around

In 1993, Jurassic Park was the most popular film.
In 1993, Jurassic Park was the most popular film.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1993

These facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (Red Delicious) - 99 cents per pound

  2. Bacon (Wilson) - $1.19 a pound

  3. Beef (chuck steak) - $1.20 per pound

  4. Blueberries (fresh) - 99 cents per pint

  5. Bread (County Hearth) - 79 cents for a 22-ounce loaf

  6. Butter - 64 cents for an eight-ounce container

  7. Cake mix (Pillsbury Plus) - 79 cents for an 18-ounce box

  8. Cheese (Swiss) - $2.99 per pound

  9. Cherries (Bing) - 99 cents a pound

  10. Chicken (Country Pride, tender cuts) - $3.99 per pound

  11. Coffee (Savarin) - 99 cents for a 13-ounce can

  12. Cucumbers - Three for 99 cents

  13. Crackers (Ritz) - $1.99 for a 16-ounce box

  14. Fish (Chicken of the Sea, tuna) - 89 cents for a 6.5-ounce can

  15. Hot dog rolls (Food Town) - 68 cents for an eight-pack

  16. Hot dogs (Ball Park) - $1.49 for a one-pound package

  17. Ice cream (Turkey Hill) - $1.99 for a half-gallon

  18. Juice (Minute Maid, fruit drink) - 89 cents for a 64-ounce carton

  19. Lettuce (Romaine) - 79 cents per pound

  20. Macaroni (Albadoro) - Three 16-ounce boxes for $1.00

  21. Mayonnaise (Hellman’s) - 99 cents for a quart jar

  22. Nectarines - 99 cents a pound

  23. Preserves (Smucker's, grape jelly or jam) - 79 cents for a two-pound jar

  24. Soda (Coca-Cola, classic) - 99 cents for a two-liter bottle

  25. Tomatoes (Jersey, fresh) - $1.20 a pound

  26. Yogurt (La Yogurt) - Four six-ounce containers for $1.00

In 1993, the computer game Myst was released.
In 1993, the computer game Myst was released.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. Until January 20, George H. W. Bush was the President of the United States.

  2. On January 20, Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd U.S. President.

  3. In 1993, the U.S. unemployment rate averaged 6.5%.

  4. The rate of inflation was 2.99%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, “prices in 2017 are 69.63% higher than average prices throughout 1993. In other words, $100 in 1993 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $169.63 in 2017, a difference of $69.63 over 24 years.”

  5. In 1993, a 22-ounce loaf of white bread cost 79 cents, Ritz Crackers were $1.99 for a 16-ounce box, and hot dogs were $1.49 for a one-pound package. A two-liter bottle of Coke Classic cost 99 cents, fresh blueberries were 99 cents a pint, and Hellman’s Mayonnaise was 99 cents for a quart jar.

  6. Here were the sticker prices for two best-selling 1993 cars: a Chevrolet Lumina cost $12,599.00, and an Oldsmobile Royale 88 was $18,995.00.

  7. The average price for a gallon of gas was $1.16.

  8. A movie ticket cost $4.14.

  9. Median household income was $31,230.00, and the cost of a new home was $113,200.00.

  10. The federal minimum wage was $4.25.

  11. The prime rate averaged 6.00%, and an ounce of gold was $391.75 on December 30.

  12. On January 6, American astronomer Jean Meuller discovered a 15.5m comet. (While working at the Palomar Observatory in California, Mueller is credited for discovering a total of 15 comets and 13 numbered minor planets.)

  13. On January 25, Sears, Roebuck & Company announced that it was eliminating its 97-year-old catalog sales department, closing 113 stores, and cutting 50,000 jobs.

  14. On February 11, President Clinton nominated Janet Reno to serve as U.S. Attorney General. Reno would become “the first woman to serve as Attorney General and the second-longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history, after William Wirt.”

  15. On February 26, terrorists “carried out their first attack on the World Trade Center.” According to 911Memorial.org, “a small cell of terrorists, with links to a local radical mosque and broader Islamist terror networks, detonated about 1,200 pounds of explosives in a rental van in the underground parking garage at the World Trade Center. The terrorists fled the area after setting the bomb to explode. The explosion created a five-story crater in the sub-grade levels of the towers and undermined the floor of an adjoining hotel.”

  16. On April 5, construction began on downtown Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why is Cleveland the "Home of Rock and Roll?” TripSavvy.com explains that “Cleveland DJ Alan Freed coined the phrase ‘Rock and Roll’ on his Moondog Rock and Roll Radio Hour in the early 1950s. Freed is also credited with organizing the first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball on March 21, 1952.”

  17. On April 22, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC.

  18. On June 14, President Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

  19. On July 1, Richard Riordan became the first Republican mayor of Los Angeles in 36 years.

  20. On July 27, NBC announced that it would televise the 1996 Summer Olympics.

  21. On August 19, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high of 3,612.13.

  22. On August 19, toy manufacturers Mattel and Fisher-Price announced a $1 billion merger that would likely make the combined company the nation’s largest toymaker. The Los Angeles Times points out that “Mattel specializes in the fantasy line of toys--with its Barbie and Hot Wheels products and toys based on Disney characters. Fisher-Price products, primarily aimed at the preschool and infant markets, have long been known for their high quality and educational values. They include the Little People and Puffalumps brands, riding toys and play-yard equipment.”

  23. On November 2, Rudy Giuliani became the first Republican mayor of New York City in 20 years.

  24. On November 30, President Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act into law. GovTrack.us tells us that the Brady Act “mandated federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States, and imposed a five-day waiting period on purchases until the NICS system was implemented in 1998.”

  25. On December 28, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit another record high of 3,793.49.

3. International News

  1. On January 1, Czechoslovakia peacefully separated into the independent countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. KafkaDesk.org tells us that “Both countries divided their common ‘goods’ (embassies, military equipment, etc.) on a two-to-one ratio to reflect their populations.”

  2. On January 3, President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the START II (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) in Moscow. START II was a “bilateral treaty between the United States of America and Russia on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms.”

  3. On April 30, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, released the World Wide Web into the public domain. (According to CERN’s website, “Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989, [sic] while working at CERN. The web was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automated information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.”)

  4. On May 18, Danish citizens voted in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty. Known formally as the Treaty on European Union, the Maastricht Treaty is “the international agreement responsible for the creation of the European Union (EU).”

  5. On June 25, Kim Campbell became the 19th Prime Minister of Canada. She was the first and only woman to ever hold that position.

  6. On July 11, a leap second or one-second adjustment was made to civil time, “to synchronize clocks worldwide with the Earth's ever slowing rotation.” NationalGeographic.com points out that “A leap second isn't needed every year, because Earth rotates more regularly during some periods than others. A total of 26 leap seconds have been added since the practice began in 1972, when the world got 10 leap seconds to make up for lost time.”

  7. On August 30, the Eiffel Tower welcomed its 150,000,000th visitor. (The Eiffel Tower welcomes over seven million visitors annually, making it “the most visited monument that you have to pay for in the world.”)

  8. On October 15, Nelson Mandela and South African President F. W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  9. On October 31, Germany’s unemployment reached a national record of 3.5 million people.

  10. On December 15, British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds signed the Downing Street Declaration, a joint proclamation that "outlined their approach to restoring peace in Northern Ireland."

In 1993, Hawaiian Punch was all the rage.
In 1993, Hawaiian Punch was all the rage.

4. Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us. Generally suitable for all age groups, sports trivia questions are a welcome addition to any party game.

  • Kentucky Derby - Sea Hero

  • NBA Champions - Chicago Bulls

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - North Carolina

  • NCAA Football Champs - Florida State

  • Stanley Cup Champs - Montreal Canadiens

  • Super Bowl XXVII Champions - Dallas Cowboys

  • U.S. Open Golf - Lee Janzen

  • U.S. Open Tennis (men/women) - Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Pete Sampras/Steffi Graf

  • World Series Champions - Toronto Blue Jays

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 1993, popular baby names were Ashley, Jessica, Sarah, Samantha, Christopher, Joshua, Michael, and Matthew.
  2. The average life expectancy in the United States was 75.42 years.
  3. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $850,000.
  4. Popular Halloween costumes were Barney the Dinosaur, the Genie from Aladdin, and Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.
  5. Favorite holiday gifts included the Power Wheels Barbie Jeep Beach Buggy, Play-Doh Jewels and Gems, the VTech Smart Play Talking Alphabet Desk, and the Playskool Tape Recorder With Microphones.
  6. Fashion trends in 1993 included crop tops, platform shoes, animal prints, faux fur, velvet, windbreakers, and denim. LiveTheOliver.com adds that “Matching your top to your bottom was very important. Monochromatic and dichromatic looks were the way to go. Tartan ruffle skirts that came with a matching tie or jacket were the coolest.”
  7. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for the year were Gillian Anderson, Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Cindy Crawford, Fran Drescher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rachel Hunter, Julianna Margulies, Elisabeth Moss, Princess Diana, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Anna Nicole Smith, Sharon Stone, Niki Taylor, and Heather Thomas.
  8. Hunks included George Clooney, Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt.
  9. Leanza Cornett (Florida) won the Miss America crown.
  10. Kenya Moore (Michigan) became Miss USA.
  11. Top-grossing Broadway shows were The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, Tommy, Cats, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Sisters Rosensweig, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Will Rogers’ Follies.
  12. Broadway shows that opened in 1993 included A Grand Night for Singing, Any Given Day, Camelot, Candida, Fool Moon, Gray’s Anatomy, In the Summer House, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Mixed Emotions, My Fair Lady, The Red Shoes, and Wonderful Tennessee.
  13. At the 65th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1992, Unforgiven won an Oscar for Best Picture, Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven) won an Oscar for Best Director, Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Emma Thompson (Howards End) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  14. At the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards, Seinfeld (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Picket Fences (CBS) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Ted Danson (Cheers) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Roseanne Arnold (Roseanne) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  15. In 1993, SnackWell’s reduced-fat cookies were introduced.
  16. The Food Network premiered on television.
  17. The largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich to date was made in Pennsylvania. It was created from 150 pounds of peanut butter and 50 pounds of jelly.
  18. The last episode of the sitcom Cheers aired on television.
  19. Recycling began in Brooklyn, New York.
  20. New York City’s MTA banned cigarette advertisements.
  21. On January 5, MLB player Reggie Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  22. On January 8, a postage stamp commemorating Elvis Presley went on sale.

  23. On January 14, David Letterman announced that his late-night talk show was moving from NBC to CBS.
  24. On January 18, the Martin Luther King holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
  25. On April 21, the action TV series Walker, Texas Ranger premiered on CBS.
  26. On April 26, NBC announced that Conan O’Brien would replace David Letterman.
  27. On May 24, astronaut and physician Mae Jemison became the first real-life astronaut to appear on Star Trek.
  28. On June 25, the Late Night with David Letterman aired for the last time on NBC.
  29. On August 28, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a live-action, superhero TV series, premiered on the Fox Kids Network.
  30. On August 30, the Late Show with David Letterman debuted on CBS.
  31. On November 14, Don Shula became the "winningest" coach in professional football. According to Encyclopedia.com, Shula “compiled an unparalleled record of 347-173-6 over thirty-three seasons coaching in the National Football League (NFL). On November 14, 1993, as coach of the Miami Dolphins, Shula broke the record of 324 wins set by the legendary George Halas.”
  32. On November 30, Schindler's List, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, premiered in Washington, DC. In 1994, the film won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
  33. Here is a partial list of consumer products that were launched during 1993:

AlphaSmart (word processing keyboard)

Apple Newton (PDA device)

Atari Jaguar (home video game console)

Beanie Babies (stuffed toys)

Belvedere Vodka (Polish rye vodka)

Goodfella’s (frozen pizza)

Mega Duck (handheld game console)

MessagePad (PDA device)

MetroCard (primary payment method for the New York City subway)

OK Soda (a soft drink created by Coca-Cola)

Pepsi Max (a sugar-free soda created by PepsiCo)

R4600 (microprocessor)

Sprinkle Spangles (a short-lived breakfast cereal)

Triples (breakfast cereal)

Zima (a lightly-carbonated alcoholic beverage created by the Coors Brewing Company)

In 1993, a postage stamp commemorating Elvis Presley went on sale.
In 1993, a postage stamp commemorating Elvis Presley went on sale.

6. Computer and Internet History Facts

This cool trivia from 1993 has been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 1993, there was no Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Reddit. Similarly, there was no LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, or Flickr. There were no Google Maps, Google Books, or Google Goggles. Likewise, iPhones, camera phones, iPods, Blu-ray discs, Amazon Kindle, Skype, Gmail, Wikipedia, and iTunes did not exist yet. Finally, Microsoft had not marketed a browser yet and did not release Internet Explorer (IE) until August 16, 1995.
  2. Back in 1993, the top-level domains .org and .gov were first used.
  3. In 1993, the C.H.A.O.S. Continuum adventure game was released for Windows and Macintosh computers.
  4. Here is a partial list of computer companies that were launched in 1993: ACD Systems, ActionTec, ADSI, ARK Logic, CBL Data Recovery, Efficient Networks, FRISK Software, Funcom, GT Interactive Software, InterNIC, PowerQuest, SigmaTel, Stellar Data Recovery, Sun Solaris, and Supermicro.

  5. On March 22, Intel released the first generation of Pentium processors. According to EDN.com, “The name Pentium came from the Greek word pente, meaning ‘five,’ referring to Intel's fifth-generation microarchitecture, the P5. The first chips ran at 60 and 66 MHz clock speeds, used 3.1 million transistors, had 4 GB of addressable memory, and measured 16.7×17.6 mm.”
  6. On April 22, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) released the Mosaic browser, which was the first widely-used, web-viewing software.
  7. On April 30, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, released the World Wide Web (WWW) into the public domain. Computer Hope explains that “The WWW is different from the Internet although most people today think the WWW is the Internet. The Internet is what connects your computer with other computers. The WWW is what you're viewing while looking at your browser (e.g., this web page).”
  8. On July 27, Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 was released.
  9. On September 24, Broderbund Software released the computer game Myst. IMDb reveals the theme of this popular adventure game: “The player is the Stranger, an unknown person mysteriously transported to the island of Myst. Alone and without clues, the Stranger must solve the mysteries and discover the secrets of this strange place.”
  10. During November, the first webcam was connected to the Internet.
  11. On December 31, Microsoft Windows 3.11, an update to Windows 3.1, was launched.
  12. By the end of December, there were 623 websites and about 15,000,000 Internet users worldwide. (In June 2018, there were 1,630,322,579 websites.)

7. Websites Launched in 1993

By December 1993, there were only 623 websites. Here are 20 sites that were launched that year:

  1. ALIWEB (one of the first search engines)

  2. Bloomberg (financial portal)

  3. Chabad.org (the “flagship website of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement”)

  4. Doctor Fun (webcomic site)

  5. ExPASy (life sciences website)

  6. Global Network Navigator (early web directory)

  7. Haystack Observatory (the official website for MIT’s astronomical observatory)

  8. Internet Underground Music Archive

  9. JumpStation (search engine)

  10. Kent Anthropology (social science site)

  11. MTV (the official website for the music network)

  12. Nexor (a site designed for Nexor, an early Internet software company)

  13. PARC Map Server (a precursor to MapQuest and Google Maps)

  14. Principia Cybernetica (a site dedicated to the “international cooperation of scientists in the field of cybernetics and systems science”)

  15. The Exploratorium (one of the Internet’s first science sites)

  16. The Internet Movie Database

  17. The Tech (MIT's campus newspaper)

  18. Trincoll Journal (the first multimedia magazine)

  19. Trojan Room Coffee Pot (the first webcam)

  20. Wired.com (Wired magazine’s web site)

In 1993, the last episode of the sitcom Cheers aired on television.
In 1993, the last episode of the sitcom Cheers aired on television.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 1993 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  • Chemistry: Kary Mullis and Michael Smith

  • Economics: Douglass North and Robert Fogel

  • Literature: Toni Morrison

  • Peace: Frederik Willem de Klerk and Nelson Mandela

  • Physics: Russell Alan Hulse and Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr.

  • Physiology or medicine: Richard J. Roberts and Phillip Allen Sharp

9. Most Popular Television Shows for 1993-1994

This cool TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen Media Research. How many of these shows do you remember?

  1. 60 Minutes (CBS)

  2. Home Improvement (ABC)

  3. Seinfeld (NBC)

  4. Roseanne (ABC)

  5. Grace Under Fire (ABC)

  6. Coach (ABC)

  7. Frasier (NBC)

  8. Murphy Brown (CBS)

  9. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)

  10. Thunder Alley (ABC)

In 1993, construction began on downtown Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1993, construction began on downtown Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

10. Best-Selling Books for 1993

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

  2. The Client by John Grisham

  3. Slow Waltz at Cedar Bend by Robert James Waller

  4. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

  5. Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King

  6. Vanished by Danielle Steel

  7. Lasher by Anne Rice

  8. Pleading Guilty by Scott Turow

  9. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

  10. The Scorpio Illusion by Robert Ludlum

  11. The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock

  12. I’ll be Seeing You by Mary Higgins Clark

  13. A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett

  14. Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz

  15. Gai-Jin by James Clavel

Nonfiction:

  1. See I Told You So by Rush Limbaugh

  2. Private Parts by Howard Stern

  3. Seinlanguage by Jerry Seinfeld

  4. Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie with Curtis Taylor

  5. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra

  6. Stop the Insanity by Susan Powter

  7. Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

  8. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray

  9. The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

  10. And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend by Harvey Penick with Bud Shrake

  11. The Way Things Ought to Be by Rush Limbaugh

  12. Beating the Street by Peter Lynch with John Rothchild

  13. Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book by Harvey Penick with Bud Shrake

  14. Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou

  15. Further Along the Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.

11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

These film facts have been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Jurassic Park

  2. Mrs. Doubtfire

  3. The Fugitive

  4. The Firm

  5. Sleepless In Seattle

  6. Indecent Proposal

  7. In The Line Of Fire

  8. The Pelican Brief

  9. Schindler’s List

  10. Cliffhanger

In 1993, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You was the most popular song.
In 1993, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You was the most popular song.

12. Interesting Horror Movies From 1993

Horror films for the year included Leprechaun, Return of the Living Dead 3, Body Bags, The Dark Half, Needful Things, Cronos, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Ticks, Body Snatchers, Warlock: The Armageddon, Necronomicon, Trauma, Witchboard 2, Puppet Master 4, Man's Best Friend, Body Melt, Zombie Bloodbath, Amityville: A New Generation, Carnosaur, Little Cory Gory, Dark Universe, Ghost Brigade, Skinner, Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, The Untold Story, Schramm, Full Eclipse, and When a Stranger Calls Back.

13. Entries Into the National Film Registry

According to CBSNews.com, the National Film Registry is a “compendium of motion pictures that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically[,] or historically important and worthy of preservation for future generations. In addition to Hollywood studio classics and box office hits, the Registry also protects independent films, documentaries, experimental works, cartoons, music videos, educational and training films, ads, and even home movies.” Courtesy of the Library of Congress, here are the 1993 additions to the National Film Registry:

  1. A Night at the Opera (1935)

  2. An American in Paris (1951)

  3. Badlands (1973)

  4. Blade Runner (1982)

  5. Cat People (1942)

  6. Chulas Fronteras (1976)

  7. Eaux d’artifice (1953)

  8. His Girl Friday (1940)

  9. It Happened One Night (1934)

  10. Lassie Come Home (1943)

  11. Magical Maestro (1952)

  12. March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany (1938)

  13. Nothing But a Man (1964)

  14. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

  15. Point of Order (1964)

  16. Shadows (1959)

  17. Shane (1953)

  18. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

  19. The Black Pirate (1926)

  20. The Cheat (1915)

  21. The Godfather Part II (1974)

  22. The Wind (1928)

  23. Touch of Evil (1958)

  24. Where Are My Children? (1916)

  25. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

This information has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Popular music artists in 1993 included Brian McKnight, Dr. Dre, Duran Duran, H-Town, Ice Cube, Jade, Janet Jackson, Jodeci, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Peabo Bryson, Prince, Rod Stewart, Shai, Silk, Soul Asylum, Snoop Dogg, Snow, Sting, Tevin Campbell, Toni Braxton, UB40, and Whitney Houston.

In 1993, 60 Minutes was the top-rated TV show.
In 1993, 60 Minutes was the top-rated TV show.

15. The Top 40 Songs of 1993

This pop music trivia has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com. How many of these songs do you remember?

  1. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

  2. Whoomp! (There It Is) - Tag Team

  3. (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You - UB40

  4. That's the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson

  5. Freak Me - Silk

  6. Weak - SWV

  7. If I Ever Fall In Love - Shai

  8. Dreamlover - Mariah Carey

  9. Rump Shaker - Wreckx-N-Effect

  10. Informer - Snow

  11. Nuthin' But A "G" Thang - Dr. Dre

  12. In the Still of the Nite (I'll Remember) - Boyz II Men

  13. Don't Walk Away - Jade

  14. Knockin' Da Boots - H-Town

  15. Lately - Jodeci

  16. Dazzey Duks - Duice

  17. Show Me Love - Robin S.

  18. A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) - Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

  19. If - Janet Jackson

  20. I'm So Into You - SWV

  21. Love Is - Vanessa Willlams and Brian Mcknight

  22. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum

  23. I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me - Exposé

  24. The Ditty (All Because of You) - Paperboy

  25. Rhythm Is a Dancer - Snap

  26. The River of Dreams - Billy Joel

  27. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers

  28. Two Princes - Spin Doctors

  29. Right Here - SWV

  30. I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston

  31. Mr. Wendal - Arrested Development

  32. Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart

  33. Saving Forever for You - Shanice

  34. Ordinary World - Duran Duran

  35. If I Had No Loot - Sons of Soul - Tony! Toni! Toné!

  36. I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf

  37. Slam - Onyx

  38. Looking Through Patient Eyes - P.M. Dawn

  39. I'm Every Woman - Whitney Houston

  40. Baby I'm Yours - Shai

16. Favorite Video Games

Popular video games in 1993 included Doom, Day of the Tentacle, Myst, Secret of Mana, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Star Fox, Mortal Kombat II, Sam and Max Hit the Road, The 7th Guest, Super Mario All-Stars, Disney's Aladdin, Kirby's Adventure, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, Star Wars: X-Wing, Sonic CD, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Samurai Shodown, Mega Man X, Virtua Fighter, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Daytona USA, Syndicate, Gunstar Heroes, and Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium.

17. Popular Foods and Beverages

These fun facts from 1993 have been made available courtesy of BuzzFeed.com, Mashable.com, and Delish.com.

  1. Arizona Ice Tea

  2. Beefaroni

  3. Capri Sun

  4. Chicken Caesar salad

  5. Cookie Crisp (A cereal that tastes like chocolate chip cookies.)

  6. Creme brûlée

  7. Ellio’s Pizza

  8. Fla-Vor-Ice (A freezie that was eaten out of a plastic tube.)

  9. Gushers (fruit candy snacks)

  10. Hawaiian Punch

  11. Hi-C fruit drinks (for example, Blazin' Blueberry, Boppin’ Strawberry, Strawberry Kiwi Kraze, Orange Lavaburst, and Wild Cherry)

  12. Jell-O Pudding Bites

  13. Juicy Juice

  14. Keebler Fudge Stripes

  15. Lunchables

  16. Molten chocolate cake - Paula Kashtan tells us that “Known for its warm, runny center, this dessert started popping up on restaurant menus all over the country throughout the '90s, but in 1997 it made its first appearance in the all-time classic Joy of Cooking.”

  17. Pillsbury Toaster Strudel

  18. Planters Cheez Balls

  19. SpaghettiOs

  20. Sunny Delite

In 1993, the sitcom Seinfeld (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
In 1993, the sitcom Seinfeld (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

18. Famous People in the News

  1. Alan Freed - Cleveland DJ

  2. Bill Clinton - 42nd President of the United States

  3. Boris Yeltsin - Russian President

  4. Conan O’Brien - Television host

  5. David Letterman - Television host

  6. Don Shula - NFL head coach

  7. Donald Trump - Businessman and 45th U.S. President

  8. Elvis Presley - Singer and cultural icon

  9. F. W. de Klerk - President of South Africa from 1989 to 1994

  10. George H. W. Bush - 41st U.S. President

  11. Howard Stern - Radio talk-show personality

  12. Janet Reno - U.S. Secretary of State

  13. Jerry Seinfeld - American comedian

  14. John Major - British Prime Minister

  15. Kim Campbell - 19th Prime Minister of Canada

  16. Mae Jemison - Physician and astronaut

  17. Michael Jordan - Basketball superstar

  18. Nelson Mandela - President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999

  19. Paul Keating - 24th Prime Minister of Australia

  20. Reggie Jackson - MLB right fielder

  21. Richard Riordan - Mayor of Los Angeles

  22. Rudy Giuliani - Mayor of New York City

  23. Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

  24. Albert Reynolds - Ireland’s Chief of State

  25. Tim Berners-Lee - a British scientist who invented the World Wide Web

19. Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 2, supermodel Kim Alexis married ice hockey player Ron Duguay.

  2. On February 6, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell wed economist Elaine Chao.

  3. On March 18, actor Eddie Murphy married Nicole Mitchell.

  4. On March 31, actor and writer Larry David wed environmental activist Laurie Lennard.

  5. On June 5, singer Mariah Carey married Tommy Mottola, the CEO of Sony Music.

  6. On June 9, Japanese crown prince Naruhito wed Masako Owada.

  7. On June 26, NHL scoring champion Mario Lemieux married Nathalie Asselin.

  8. On June 27, actress Julia Roberts wed country singer Lyle Lovett.

  9. On September 10, actress Loretta Young married costume designer Jean Louis.

  10. On September 24, Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty wed Ashley Hamilton.

  11. On October 2, director Spike Lee married attorney Tonya Lewis.

  12. On December 11, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper wed Laureen Teskey.

  13. On December 20, businessman Donald Trump married model Marla Maples.

  14. On December 26, comedian Rodney Dangerfield wed Joan Child.

  15. On December 31, actor and host Wayne Brady married Diana Lasso.

Divorces:

  1. On March 5, former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry divorced his wife Effi.

  2. On April 22, tennis legend Björn Borg divorced Loredana Berte.

  3. On October 15, baseball player Darryl Strawberry divorced Lisa Andrews.

20. Famous People Who Died in the Year 1993

These celebrity facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 20 - Audrey Hepburn (British actress who played in the films Breakfast at Tiffany's and Roman Holiday)

  2. January 24 - Thurgood Marshall (African-American Supreme Court Justice from 1967-91)

  3. January 27 - André the Giant (WWF wrestler)

  4. February 6 - Arthur Ashe (American tennis player)

  5. March 17 - Helen Hayes (American actress who played in the films The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Airport)

  6. April 8 - Marion Anderson (American singer)

  7. April 22 - Cesar Chavez (American farm labor leader)

  8. June 19 - William Golding (English author who wrote Lord of the Flies)

  9. September 27 - Jimmy Doolittle (U.S. Air Force general and aviation pioneer)

  10. October 31 - Federico Fellini (Italian film director and screenwriter who directed La Dolce Vita)

  11. November 22 - Bill Bixby (American actor who played in My Favorite Martian)

  12. November 22 - Anthony Burgess (British novelist and essayist)

In 1993, Planters Cheez Balls was a favorite snack food.
In 1993, Planters Cheez Balls was a favorite snack food.

21. The Coolest Cars From 1993

This auto news has been made available courtesy of CarAndDriver.com.

  1. Acura NSX

  2. BMW 325i

  3. BMW 850i

  4. Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

  5. Dodge Intrepid / Eagle Vision / Chrysler Concorde

  6. Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo / Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4

  7. Dodge Viper RT/10

  8. Ford Bronco

  9. Ford Probe GT / Mazda MX-6

  10. Ford Taurus SHO

  11. GMC Typhoon

  12. Honda Prelude Si VTEC

  13. Jeep Grand Cherokee V-8

  14. Lexus SC300

  15. Mercedes-Benz 600SEC

  16. Mazda MX-5 Miata

  17. Mazda RX-7

  18. Nissan 300ZX Turbo

  19. Nissan Sentra SE-R

  20. Pontiac Firebird Formula

  21. Porsche 911 Carrera 4

  22. Range Rover County LWB

  23. Rolls-Royce Silver Spur II

  24. Toyota Camry

  25. Toyota MR2 Turbo

  26. Toyota Supra Turbo

  27. Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

22. America’s Largest Corporations

This information has been made available courtesy of Fortune.com.

  1. General Motors

  2. Exxon Mobil

  3. Ford Motor Company

  4. IBM

  5. General Electric

  6. Mobil

  7. Altria Group

  8. ChevronTexaco

  9. DuPont

  10. Texaco

  11. Chrysler

  12. Boeing

  13. Procter & Gamble

  14. Amoco

  15. PepsiCo

23. Iconic Stores From 1993 That Are No Longer Around

This retailing trivia has been made available courtesy of GoodHousekeeping.com.

  1. A&P (grocery store chain)

  2. B. Dalton Bookstore (book retailer)

  3. Blockbuster (video rental store)

  4. Borders (book retailer)

  5. Circuit City (electronics chain)

  6. F. W. Woolworth Company (five-and-dime retailer)

  7. Fotomat (photo-developing chain)

  8. Hhgregg (electronics and appliance retailer)

  9. Hills Department Store (discount store chain)

  10. Kaufmann’s (department store)

  11. Kinney Shoes (shoe retailer)

  12. Marshall Field’s (department store)

  13. Montgomery Ward & Company (department store)

  14. National Record Mart (music store chain)

  15. RadioShack (electronics retailer)

  16. Sharper Image (electronics store)

  17. The Limited (clothing retailer that focused on young women)

  18. Tower Records (retailer that sold records, tapes, and CDs)

  19. Toys “R” Us (epic toy and baby products chain)

  20. Wet Seal (clothing store similar to The Limited)

In 1993, the largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich to date was made in Pennsylvania. It was created from 150 pounds of peanut butter and 50 pounds of jelly.
In 1993, the largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich to date was made in Pennsylvania. It was created from 150 pounds of peanut butter and 50 pounds of jelly.

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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    Gregory DeVictor 

    3 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    Liz, thank you for the comment. It’s hard to believe that there were only 623 websites in 1993. I was also surprised to learn that the top level domains .org and .gov were first used that year.

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    Liz Westwood 

    3 weeks ago from UK

    This is another great fact file. Once you have a run of a decade you could put them in a book! I was surprised to see Elvis Presley still well up the list many years after his death. Maybe that"s indicative of his enduring popularity.

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