1990 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1990.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1990.

History Facts From the Year 1990

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from 1990? For openers, responding to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the United States and 39 other countries launched military operations in the Persian Gulf known as Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, David Dinkins was sworn in as the first African-American mayor of New York City, and Michael Milken was sentenced to 10 years in prison for security law violations.

In 1990, Greyhound Bus Lines filed for bankruptcy, an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, and the first Saturn car rolled off the assembly line in Tennessee. Justice William Brennan Jr. resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court, paleontologist Sue Hendrickson discovered the remains of a T. Rex in South Dakota, and rocker Rod Stewart married supermodel Rachel Hunter.

Back in 1990, life expectancy in the U.S. was 75.4 years, 250,437 Americans were 95 and older, and JonBenet Ramsey (1990-1996) was born. Atlanta was chosen to host the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Florida lottery surpassed $100,000,000, and Campbell’s produced its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.

In 1990, Seinfeld premiered on NBC, The Simpsons debuted on Fox, and General Hospital aired its 7000th episode. McDonald’s began to cook french fries in vegetable oil, Planters Cheez Balls were crowd-pleasers, and the Vidalia onion became Georgia's official state vegetable. Time Warner Cable was launched, Microsoft released Windows 3.0, and the Hubble telescope went into space.

Back in 1990, unemployment averaged 5.6%, inflation was 5.39%, and the average monthly rent was $465.00. The prime rate was 10% at year end, a first-class stamp cost 25 cents, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.34. Potatoes were 89 cents for a five-pound bag, Coca-Cola cost $1.99 for an eight-pack, and eggs were 89 cents a dozen.

In 1990, Home Alone was the most popular film, Jurassic Park was the best-selling book, and Cheers (NBC) was the top TV show. Driving Miss Daisy won four Oscars including Best Picture, Murphy Brown (CBS) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings won a Grammy for Song of the Year.

Here are some more fast history facts from 1990: Entertainment Weekly first hit the newsstands, ballet flats and parachute pants were all the rage, and the world’s first website went online. The San Francisco 49ers were the Super Bowl champs, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, and the Edmonton Oilers clinched the Stanley Cup.

On the international stage, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait, the Cold War ended, and East and West Germany reunited. Oil prices hit a record high, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British Prime Minister, and the Soviet Communist Party relinquished its 70-year-old monopoly of political power in Russia.

Famous people in the news back in 1990 included George H. W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Francois Mitterrand, Manuel Noriega, Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk, Tom Cruise, Wayne Gretzky, Dustin Hoffman, Bill Cosby, Meryl Streep, Janet Jackson, Howard Stern, Betsy King, and George Steinbrenner.

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 1990. 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 questions and answers for your 1990s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

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

  1. Retail Prices in the Year 1990
  2. History Facts From the USA

  3. International News
  4. Random Sports Facts
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Bestselling Books
  7. Most Popular Movies
  8. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  9. 1990/1991’s Most Popular Television Shows
  10. Cool Pop Music Artists
  11. Top Music Hits for the Year
  12. Famous People Who Were Born in 1990
  13. Famous People Who Died in the Year 1990
  14. Popular Foods & Beverages
  15. America’s Biggest Companies
  16. Retailers & Companies from 1990 That No Longer Exist
  17. Companies Established

In 1990, the Simpsons premiered on Fox and soon became America’s favorite animated comedy.
In 1990, the Simpsons premiered on Fox and soon became America’s favorite animated comedy.

1. Retail Prices in the Year 1990

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

Automobiles (new)

  1. Chrysler New Yorker: $16,586.00

  2. Jeep Cherokee Laredo: $17,792.00

  3. Plymouth Voyager SE Minivan: $14,995.00

Automobiles (used)

  1. 1988 Dodge Caravan: $9,500.00

  2. 1987 Honda Accord LX: $8,500.00

  3. 1986 Ford Escort Station Wagon: $3,695.00

Clothing

  1. Men’s boots (Timberland): $69.95-$139.95 each

  2. Men’s leather jacket: $199.99-$399.99 each

  3. Men’s slacks (Dockers): $25.00 per pair

  4. Men’s sport coat (tweed): $179.00 each

  5. Men’s suit (Evan Picone, wool): $279.99 each

  6. Men’s sweater: $29.90-$39.90 each

  7. Sweatshirt (Champion): $32.00 each

  8. Women’s blouse (rayon): $28.50-$82.00 each

  9. Women’s dress coat (Jones New York): $499.99 each

  10. Women’s jogging suit: $13.98-$42.00 each

  11. Women’s skirt (flannel wool): $108.00 each

  12. Women’s sweater (hooded): $22.50-$42.00 each

Food & beverages

  1. Apples (Red Delicious): 79 cents per pound

  2. Bacon (Smithfield): $1.99 per pound

  3. Bananas: 39 cents per pound

  4. Beef (sirloin steak): $3.99 per pound

  5. Bread (Italian): 89 cents per loaf

  6. Butter (Land O’Lakes): 99 cents per eight-ounce cup

  7. Cake (Pepperidge Farm Layer, assorted varieties): $1.34 per 17-ounce box

  8. Cottage cheese (Breakstone): $1.29 per 16-ounce container

  9. Chicken (Perdue, oven stuffer): 79 cents per pound

  10. Coffee (Maxwell House): $1.99 per 13-ounce can

  11. Cookies (Nabisco Oreo Double Stuf): $2.49 per 20-ounce box

  12. Corn (Green Giant): 99 cents for two 15-ounce cans

  13. Crackers (Sunshine Krispy Original Saltines): 99 cents per one-pound box

  14. Eggs (large): 89 cents per dozen

  15. Fish (Gorton’s Crunchy Fish Sticks): $1.59 per 8-ounce box

  16. Ham (Virginia style): $3.99 per pound

  17. Ice cream (Ann Page): $1.59 per half gallon

  18. Juice (Tropicana Frozen Orange Juice): $1.19 per 12-ounce can

  19. Leg of lamb: $1.99 per pound

  20. Macaroni (Mueller’s Elbow): $1.00 for three eight-ounce boxes

  21. Pancake mix (Aunt Jemima): 89 cents per 5.3-ounce box

  22. Potato chips (Wise): 99 cents per 10-ounce bag

  23. Potatoes (Eastern): 89 cents per five-pound bag

  24. Soda (Coca-Cola): $1.99 per eight-pack

  25. Spaghetti sauce (Francesco Rinaldi): $1.49 per 30-ounce jar

  26. Tuna (Bumble Bee): 99 cents per 6.5-ounce can

  27. Water (Evian): $1.49 per 1.5-liter bottle

  28. Yoplait: $1.00 for two six-ounce containers

Furniture

  1. Carpet (DuPont Stainmaster): $13.99-$45.00 per square yard

  2. Chair (recliner): $299.00-$599.00 each

  3. Dinette (maple, five pieces): $299.00 per set

  4. Futon (full-size): $169.00-$558.00 each

  5. Lamps: $49.99-$250.00 each

  6. Mattress (twin): $139.00 each

  7. Rug (Chinese, 9′ x 12′): $2,699.00 each

  8. Sofa (Thomasville, camelback): $999.00 each

Household goods

  1. Alarm clock (Westclox): $6.99 each

  2. Can opener (Black & Decker Spacesaver): $19.99 each

  3. Chrysanthemums: $5.99 per five-inch pot

  4. Leaf bags (bushel size): $6.99 per 40-count box

  5. Leaf blower (backpack style): $359.95 each

  6. Percolator (Farberware, eight-cup): $44.88 each

  7. Rake (metal): $4.99 each

  8. Range (Westinghouse, electric): $217.00 each

  9. Refrigerator (Westinghouse, 17 cubic feet): $377.00 each

  10. Shredder/chipper (5 hp): $399.95-$499.95 each

  11. Trash can (Roughneck, 32 gallons): $9.99 each

  12. Vacuum cleaner (Royal, handheld): $36.99 each

  13. Washing machine (General Electric): $199.00 each

Personal care & health

  1. Deodorant (Right Guard Sport Stick): $1.69 per 2.5-ounce stick

  2. Laundry detergent (Cheer liquid): $3.49 per half-gallon

  3. Shampoo (VO5): 99 cents per 15-ounce bottle

  4. Soap (Ivory): 79 cents per four-pack

  5. Throat lozenges (Luden’s): 99 cents for three boxes

  6. Toilet paper (Charmin): $3.49 for 12 rolls

  7. Toothpaste (Colgate): $1.59 per 4.6-ounce tube

  8. Weight loss drink (Ultra SlimFast Powder): $5.99 per 15-ounce container

Recreation & amusements

  1. CB Radio (mobile): $79.95–$139.95 each

  2. CD player (portable): $159.95–$199.95 each

  3. Computer (Tandy 1000RL): $799.00 each

  4. Fitness club (American Woman Fitness Center): $49.00 for three months

  5. Game Boy: $89.97 each

  6. Horseback riding lessons (Seaton Hackney Stables): $99.25 for five lessons

  7. Movies (matinee): $3.50 per ticket

  8. Skis (Rossignol): $259.00-$375.00 per pair

  9. Stereo (portable, AM/FM dual cassette): $97.00 each

  10. Stereo system (Technics, 220 watt): $797.00 each

  11. Television (Zenith, 25″): $203.00 each

  12. Video (Disney’s Little Mermaid, pre-recorded): $18.99 each

  13. Videotape (Fuji, blank): $2.49 each

In 1990, Campbell's produced its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.
In 1990, Campbell's produced its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. George H. W. Bush was President of the United States and J. Danforth Quayle was Vice President.

  2. According to the 1990 Census, the population of the United States was 248,709,873.

  3. The violent crime rate in America was 58.2 per 100,000 residents. On the other hand, about 51 of every 100,000 Americans were victims of property crime.

  4. Unemployment averaged 5.6% and the rate of inflation was 5.39%.

  5. On the last day of trading for the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 2,633.

  6. The prime rate at year-end was 10.00%.

  7. The retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.34.

  8. The cost of a first-class stamp was 25 cents.

  9. The average household income was $28,960.00, and the average cost of a new house was $123,000.00.

  10. The average monthly rent was $465.00.

  11. The U.S. GDP was $5,743.80 billion.

  12. Federal spending was $1,252.52 billion.

  13. The federal debt was $3,206.6 billion.

  14. The average life expectancy was 75.4 years.

  15. In 1990, 31,241,831 Americans were 65 and older, and 250,437 of them were 95 and older.

  16. The average population per household was 2.63, and the average family was composed of 3.17 people. (Back in 1950, the average population per family was 3.54.)

  17. Farmers made up 2.6% of the American labor force. There were over 2,000,000 farms, averaging about 461 acres apiece.

  18. In January, David Dinkins was sworn in as the first African-American mayor of New York City.

  19. In March, Greyhound Lines Inc. went on strike.

  20. In March, three passengers were killed and 162 were injured when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia.

  21. In April, the Hubble telescope went into space. NASA.gov called Hubble’s launch and deployment “the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope.”

  22. In June, Greyhound Lines, Inc. filed for bankruptcy.

  23. In July, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. According to VOANews.com, “The ADA bars discrimination against Americans with disabilities in jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and privately-owned places that are open to the general public.”

  24. In July, the first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

  25. In July, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court after 36 years.

  26. In August, paleontologist Sue Hendrickson discovered the remains of a T. Rex in South Dakota.

  27. In September, Atlanta was chosen to host the 1996 Summer Olympics.

  28. In September, the Florida lottery surpassed $100,000,000.

  29. In November, the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act were both passed by Congress. Both farm bills “increased farmers’ flexibility in planting under government programs.”

  30. In November, President Bush signed the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The bill mandated “a variety of pollution-reducing changes in the automobile and fuel industries.”

  31. In November, 100,000 additional U.S. troops were sent to the Persian Gulf.

  32. In November, Michael Milken was sentenced to 10 years in prison for security law violations.

3. International News

  1. In January, Communists ended a 45-year monopoly of power in Yugoslavia.
  2. In February, the Soviet Communist Party relinquished its 70-year-old monopoly of political power in Russia.
  3. In February, Nelson Mandela was freed after spending 27½ years in a South African prison.
  4. In May, South Africa and the African National Congress began talks to end apartheid.
  5. In June, the demolition of the Berlin Wall began. According to ThePeopleHistory.com, “The wall had been built in 1961 by the Communist-run East Germany to prevent defectors from traveling over the border to Capitalist-run West Germany. Control of the Berlin Wall ended in November of 1989 when it was announced that East German citizens would be allowed to cross the border with complete freedom.”
  6. In June, a U.S.-Soviet summit reached an accord on chemical weapons.
  7. In July, the Western Alliance ended the Cold War. Since 1945, the Cold War had been a “state of political hostility . . . between the Soviet bloc countries and the US-led Western powers.”
  8. In July, Ukraine declared itself as an independent state.
  9. In August, East and West Germany reunited.
  10. On August 2, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait and ignited the Persian Gulf War.
  11. On August 7, Operation Desert Shield began as the U.S. and 39 other countries sent troops to Kuwait.
  12. In September, the Soviet Union and Saudi Arabia restored diplomatic relations.
  13. On October 11, oil hit a record high of $40.42 a barrel.
  14. In the UK, Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government introduced a “poll tax” that resulted in riots in British towns and cities. BBC.com tells us that the poll tax was Thatcher’s “biggest political misjudgment” that brought her career as Prime Minister to an “ignominious end.”
  15. In November 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British Prime Minister.
  16. In November, Mary Robinson was elected the first female president of Ireland.
  17. Industrialized countries agreed to a global ban on dumping industrial waste into the ocean.

4. Random Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  1. World Series Champions: Cincinnati Reds

  2. Super Bowl XIV Champions: San Francisco 49ers

  3. NBA Champions: Detroit Pistons

  4. Stanley Cup Champs: Edmonton Oilers

  5. U.S. Open Golf: Hale Irwin

  6. U.S. Tennis (Men/Women): Pete Sampras/Gabriela Sabatini

  7. Wimbledon (Men/Women): Stefan Edberg/Martina Navratilova

  8. NCAA Football Champions: Colorado & Georgia Tech

  9. NCAA Basketball Champions: UNLV

  10. Kentucky Derby: Unbridled

  11. FIFA World Cup (soccer): West Germany

In 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0.
In 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0.

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

  1. In 1990, Time Magazine’s "Man of the Year" was George H. W. Bush.

  2. Microsoft released Windows 3.0, and the updated version sold more than three million copies in one year.

  3. Computer companies Media Vision, Panda Software, Rambus, TRENDnet, and Trilobyte Games were all founded.

  4. Cook's Magazine folded and Eating Well Magazine began publication.

  5. Disney Adventures Magazine (1990–2007) and Martha Stewart Living were also launched.

  6. In 1990, Entertainment Weekly first hit the newsstands.

  7. Campbell's Soup introduced cream of broccoli soup into the marketplace. It soon became their most successful new soup in over 50 years.

  8. In 1990, Campbell's also produced its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.

  9. In an attempt to lower the amount of saturated fat in their food, McDonald’s began to cook french fries in vegetable oil instead of in 93% beef fat.

  10. American chemist and inventor Nathaniel Wyeth passed away. According to FoodReference.com, Wyeth “received a patent for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles. These were the first plastic bottles strong enough to hold carbonated beverages.”

  11. Tom Carvel also died. He was the inventor of the soft-serve ice cream machine.

  12. Killer African honey bees entered the U.S. for the first time via Hidalgo, Texas. Hidalgo was later named the “Killer Bee Capital of the World.”

  13. The “X rating” was replaced by NC-17 (no children under 17).

  14. The Simpsons premiered on Fox and soon became America’s favorite animated comedy.

  15. Seinfeld premiered on NBC.

  16. Mikhail S. Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize.

  17. Octavio Pa of Mexico received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

  18. Driving Miss Daisy won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Tandy), Best Makeup, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

  19. Debbye Turner (MO) was crowned Miss America.

  20. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $700,000.

  21. Favorite Christmas gifts included Batman action figures, the Bob Mackie Barbie, Madeline Ragdoll, Tribond Board Game, Nintendo Game Boy, and the Super Mario World video game.

  22. Popular baby names were Michael, Christopher, Matthew, Joshua, Jessica, Jennifer, Amanda, and Ashley.

  23. Fashion trends in 1990 included solid colors, army surplus clothing, navy blue blazers, khaki chinos, Oxford shirts, plain white Keds, ballet flats, boat shoes, oversized sweatshirts, coach jackets, baseball jackets, flannel shirts, sweatpants, silk shirts, and turtlenecks under cardigans or sweaters.

  24. Here are some examples of 1990s lingo: bling-bling (wearing nice jewelry), blood (friend), chill out (calm down or take it easy), FYI (for your information), freak out (go crazy), get over it (exactly what it says), old school (old fashioned), whacked (someone who is out of their mind), and yada yada yada (to make a long story short).

  25. On July 26, General Hospital aired its 7000th episode.

  26. On December 20, the world's first website and server went online at CERN.

  27. On December 31, the Sci-Fi channel premiered on cable television.

In 1990, Home Alone was the most popular movie.
In 1990, Home Alone was the most popular movie.

6. Bestselling Books

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

Fiction:

  1. The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel
  2. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  3. The Burden of Proof by Scott Turow
  4. Memories of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon
  5. Message from Nam by Danielle Steel
  6. The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
  7. The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition by Stephen King
  8. Lady Boss by Jackie Collins
  9. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  10. September by Rosamunde Pilcher
  11. Dazzle by Judith Krantz
  12. The Bad Place by Dean R. Koontz
  13. The Women in His Life by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  14. Dragon by Clive Cussler

Nonfiction:

  1. A Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt
  2. The Civil War by Geoffrey C. Ward with Ric Burns and Ken Burns
  3. The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Heritage: Recipes You Should Have Gotten from Your Grandmother by Jeff Smith
  4. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book by the Better Homes and Gardens Editors
  5. Financial Self-Defense: How to Win the Fight for Financial Freedom by Charles Givens
  6. Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child by John Bradshaw
  7. Wealth Without Risk: How to Develop a Personal Fortune Without Going Out on a Limb by Charles Givens
  8. Bo Knows Bo by Bo Jackson and Dick Schaap
  9. An American Life: An Autobiography by Ronald Reagan
  10. Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990s by John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene
  11. By Way of Deception: The Making and Unmasking of a Mossad Officer by Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy
  12. Get to the Heart: My Story by Barbara Mandrell and George Vecsey
  13. Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush by Mildred Kerr Bush
  14. Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball by George F. Will
  15. The Cat and the Curmudgeon by Cleveland Amory

7. Most Popular Movies

This film news has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com. Generally suitable for all age groups, movie trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  1. Home Alone
  2. Ghost
  3. Dances With Wolves
  4. Pretty Woman
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  6. The Hunt For Red October
  7. Total Recall
  8. Die Hard 2: Die Harder
  9. Dick Tracy
  10. Kindergarten Cop

  11. Back to the Future Part III
  12. Presumed Innocent
  13. Days of Thunder
  14. Another 48 HRS.
  15. Three Men and a Little Lady
  16. Bird on a Wire
  17. The Godfather Part III
  18. Flatliners
  19. Misery
  20. Edward Scissorhands
  21. Problem Child
  22. Arachnophobia
  23. Awakenings
  24. Look Who's Talking Too
  25. Hard to Kill

8. Entries Into the National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
  2. All About Eve (1950)
  3. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  4. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  5. Dodsworth (1936)
  6. Duck Soup (1933)
  7. Fantasia (1940)
  8. Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)
  9. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  10. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  11. Killer of Sheep (1977)
  12. Love Me Tonight (1932)
  13. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
  14. Ninotchka (1939)
  15. Primary (1960)
  16. Raging Bull (1980)
  17. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  18. Red River (1948)
  19. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  20. The Freshman (1925)
  21. The Godfather (1972)
  22. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
  23. The River (1938)
  24. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  25. Top Hat (1935)

9. 1990/1991’s Most Popular Television Shows

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Frank Bibler.

  1. Cheers (NBC)
  2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
  3. Roseanne (ABC)
  4. A Different World (NBC)
  5. The Cosby Show (NBC)
  6. Murphy Brown (CBS)
  7. Empty Nest (NBC)
  8. America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
  9. Monday Night Football (ABC)
  10. The Golden Girls (NBC)
  11. Designing Women (CBS)
  12. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
  13. America's Funniest People (ABC)
  14. Full House (ABC)
  15. Family Matters (ABC)
  16. Unsolved Mysteries (NBC)
  17. Matlock (NBC)
  18. Coach (ABC)
  19. Who's the Boss? (ABC)
  20. CBS Sunday Night Movie (CBS)
  21. In the Heat of the Night (NBC)
  22. Major Dad (CBS)
  23. L.A. Law (NBC)
  24. Doogie Howser, M.D. (ABC)
  25. Grand (NBC)

In 1990, chicken Caesar salad was a crowd-pleaser.
In 1990, chicken Caesar salad was a crowd-pleaser.

10. Cool Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 1990 have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

Aerosmith, Babyface, Bobby Brown, Depeche Mode, En Vogue, Heart, Janet Jackson, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Stansfield, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Mariah Carey, M.C. Hammer, Michael Bolton, Michael Jackson, Motley Crue, Pebbles, Phil Collins, Prince, Quincy Jones, Regina Belle, Roxette, Seduction, Stevie B, Taylor Dayne, Troop, and Whitney Houston.

11. Top Music Hits for the Year

These history facts from the American music industry have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  1. December 23, 1989, to January 19, 1990: Phil Collins, Another Day in Paradise

  2. January 20 to February 9: Michael Bolton, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

  3. February 10 to March 2: Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair, Opposites Attract

  4. March 3 to March 23: Janet Jackson, Escapade

  5. March 24 to April 6: Alannah Myles, Black Velvet

  6. April 7 to April 13: Taylor Dayne, Love Will Lead You Back

  7. April 14 to April 20: Tommy Page, I'll Be Your Everything

  8. April 21 to May 18: Sinéad O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U

  9. May 19 to June 8: Madonna, Vogue

  10. June 9 to June 15: Wilson Phillips, Hold On

  11. June 16 to June 29: Roxette, It Must Have Been Love

  12. June 30 to July 20: New Kids on the Block, Step By Step

  13. July 21 to August 3: Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown, She Ain't Worth It

  14. August 4 to August 31: Mariah Carey, Vision Of Love

  15. September 1 to September 7: Sweet Sensation, If Wishes Came True

  16. September 8 to September 14: Jon Bon Jovi, Blaze Of Glory

  17. September 15 to September 28: Wilson Phillips, Release Me

  18. September 29 to October 5: Nelson Girón, (Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection

  19. October 6 to October 12: Maxi Priest, Close To You

  20. October 13 to October 19: George Michael, Praying For Time

  21. October 20 to October 26: James Ingram, I Don't Have the Heart

  22. October 27 to November 2: Janet Jackson, Black Cat

  23. November 3 to November 9: Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby

  24. November 10 to November 30: Mariah Carey, Love Takes Time

  25. December 1 to December 7: Whitney Houston, I'm Your Baby Tonight

  26. December 8, 1990 to January 4, 1991: Stevie B, Because I Love You (The Postman Song)

In 1990, parachute pants were all the rage.
In 1990, parachute pants were all the rage.

12. Famous People Who Were Born in 1990

  1. Alex Wassabi, YouTube star

  2. Bethany Hamilton, surfer

  3. Emma Watson, movie actress

  4. James Maslow, pop singer

  5. Jennifer Lawrence, movie actress

  6. JonBenet Ramsey (1990–1996)

  7. Kendall Schmidt, TV actor

  8. Klay Thompson, basketball player

  9. Lily Marston, YouTube star

  10. Rita Ora, pop singer

  11. Sierra Dallas, Instagram star

  12. Zach King, YouTube star

13. Famous People Who Died in the Year 1990

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

  1. Aaron Copland, composer (Billy the Kid)

  2. Alan John Percival, English historian

  3. Alice Marble, tennis star

  4. An Wang, computer manufacturer (Wang)

  5. Ava Gardner, actress

  6. Barbara Stanwyck, actress

  7. Bill Vukovich, Indianapolis 500 driver

  8. Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski, Football Hall of Famer

  9. Eve Arden, actress (Our Miss Brooks)

  10. Greta Garbo, Swedish actress

  11. Halston, American fashion designer

  12. Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show)

  13. Leonard Bernstein, Conductor and composer (West Side Story)

  14. Malcolm Forbes, publisher of Forbes Magazine

  15. Mary Martin, actress (Peter Pan)

  16. Nathaniel Wyeth, chemist and inventor

  17. Norman Cousins, editor (Saturday Review)

  18. Pearl Bailey, actress and singer (Hello Dolly)

  19. Rex Harrison, English actor (My Fair Lady)

  20. Roald Dahl, British author

  21. Robert Hofstadter, atomic physicist

  22. Robert Noyce, founder of Intel

  23. Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer

  24. Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father

  25. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Indian diplomat and politician

14. Popular Foods & Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 1990 have been made available courtesy of TheKitchn.com.

  1. Bagel Bites
  2. Beefaroni
  3. Boca burgers
  4. Bologna
  5. Chicken Caesar salad
  6. Chinese chicken salad with mandarin oranges
  7. Frozen corn dogs
  8. Gorton’s Fish Sticks
  9. Grasshopper shakes
  10. Gushers and Dunkaroos
  11. Heinz EZ Squirt Ketchup
  12. Hot Pockets
  13. Lunchables
  14. Molten chocolate cake
  15. Pillsbury Toaster Strudel
  16. Pizza bagels
  17. SlimFast
  18. SpaghettiOs
  19. Totino's Stuffed Nachos
  20. Totino’s Pizza Rolls

In 1990, The Golden Girls (NBC) was a popular television show.
In 1990, The Golden Girls (NBC) was a popular television show.

15. America’s Biggest Companies

  1. General Motors

  2. Ford Motor

  3. ExxonMobil

  4. IBM

  5. General Electric

  6. Mobil

  7. Altria Group

  8. Chrysler

  9. DuPont

  10. Texaco

  11. Chevron Texaco

  12. Amoco

  13. Shell Oil

  14. Procter & Gamble

  15. Boeing

  16. Occidental Petroleum

  17. United Technologies

  18. Eastman Kodak

  19. Marathon Oil

  20. Dow Chemical

  21. Xerox

  22. Atlantic Richfield

  23. Pepsi

  24. Nabisco

  25. McDonnell Douglas

16. Retailers From 1990 That No Longer Exist

  1. A&P (The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company)

  2. Amoco

  3. Borders

  4. Casual Corner

  5. Circuit City

  6. Compaq

  7. Eastern Airlines

  8. Eckerd Corporation

  9. Enron

  10. Levitz Furniture

  11. Longs Drugs

  12. Merry-Go-Round

  13. National Record Mart

  14. Oldsmobile

  15. Osco Drug and Sav-on Drugs

  16. PaineWebber

  17. Pan Am

  18. Phar-Mor

  19. Radio Shack

  20. Sharper Image

  21. Standard Oil

  22. Thrifty Payless

  23. Tower Records

  24. Trans World Airlines

  25. Wang Laboratories

17. Companies Established

These history facts have been made available courtesy of Ranker.com.

  1. Bahama Buck’s (restaurant)

  2. Bath & Body Works (retail chain)

  3. Dakota Growers (agricultural processing company)

  4. DEK Computer Center (computer hardware)

  5. Hoover’s (business research company)

  6. Lanix (computer software)

  7. League Collegiate Wear (collegiate-apparel company)

  8. Library Video Company (educational video distributor)

  9. Lucky Brand Jeans

  10. Origins (cosmetic brand)

  11. OXO (manufacturer of kitchen utensils)

  12. Panda Security (software)

  13. Pantech (telecommunications)

  14. Rambus (semiconductor industry)

  15. Spyglass, Inc. (software)

  16. T-Mobile (mobile network)

  17. Time Warner (mass media)

  18. Tundra Publishing (comic book publisher)

  19. Valiant Comics

  20. Zaxby’s (restaurant chain)

Time Warner Cable was founded in 1990.
Time Warner Cable was founded in 1990.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor

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