Fun Facts & Trivia About the Year 1990

Updated on September 20, 2018
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Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

What happened back in 1990, both in America and abroad? On the domestic front, 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, 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, life expectancy 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 Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, and the Florida lottery surpassed $100,000,000.

Back in 1990, unemployment was 5.6%, farmers made up 2.6% of the American labor force, and the Hubble telescope went into space. “Driving Miss Daisy” won four Oscars, “The Simpsons” premiered on Fox, and “Jurassic Park” was a bestselling book. Binge-watching “Twin Peaks” on ABC was cool, General Hospital aired its 7,000th episode, and “Entertainment Weekly” first hit the newsstands.

In 1990, Time Warner Cable was launched, Campbell’s Cream of Broccoli Soup was introduced, and Microsoft released Windows 3.0. Melanie Griffith and Tom Cruise were heartthrobs, ballet flats and parachute pants were all the rage, and chicken Caesar salad was a crowd-pleaser. Sirloin steak cost $3.99 a pound, Italian bread was 89¢ a loaf, and a five-pound bag of potatoes also cost 89¢.

Back in 1990, President George H. W. Bush was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year, Candice Bergen won an Emmy for playing “Murphy Brown,” and Mariah Carey received a Grammy for Best New Artist. The minimum wage was $3.80, the average household income was $28,960.00, and the prime rate was 10.00% at year-end.

On the international stage, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait, the Cold War ended, and East and West Germany reunited. Oil 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.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts and info about 1990.

Table of Contents

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

  1. The Cost of 88 Retail Items in 1990

  2. Major News Events

  3. Major Sports News

  4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts & Trivia

  5. Bestselling Books

  6. 10 Most Popular Movies

  7. 1990/1991’s Most Popular Television Shows (according to Nielsen)

  8. Biggest Pop Artists

  9. Number One Hits

  10. Heartthrobs & Hunks

  11. Famous People Who Were Born in 1990

  12. Famous People Who Died in 1990

  13. Popular Foods & Beverages

  14. America’s Biggest Companies

  15. Retailers & Companies from 1990 That No Longer Exist

  16. 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.

The Cost of 88 Retail Items in 1990

This information has 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 Slim Fast Powder) - $5.99 per 15-ounce containe

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. Video tape (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.

Major News Events

Domestic news:

  1. George H. W. Bush was President of the United States and J. Danforth Quayle was Vice-President.
  2. The population of the U.S. was 248,709,873.
  3. Life expectancy was 75.4 years.
  4. The violent crime rate was 58.2 per 100,000 residents.
  5. The property crime rate was 50.9 per 100,000 residents.
  6. Unemployment was 5.6%.
  7. The inflation rate was 5.39%.
  8. On the last day of trading for the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 2,633.
  9. The prime rate at year-end was 10.00%.
  10. A gallon of gas cost $1.34.
  11. The cost of a first-class stamp was 25 cents.
  12. The average household income was $28,960.00.
  13. The average cost of new house was $123,000.00.
  14. The average monthly rent was $465.00.
  15. The U.S. GDP was $5,743.80 billion.
  16. Federal spending was $1,252.52 billion.
  17. The federal debt was $3,206.6 billion.
  18. In 1990, 31,241,831 Americans were 65 and older, and 250,437 of them were 95 and older.
  19. 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.)
  20. Farmers made up 2.6% of the American labor force. There were over 2,000,000 farms, averaging about 461 acres apiece.
  21. 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.”
  22. President Bush signed the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The bill mandated “a variety of pollution-reducing changes in the automobile and fuel industries.”
  23. President Bush also 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 January, David Dinkins was sworn in as the first African-American mayor of New York City.
  25. In March, Greyhound Lines, Inc. went on strike.
  26. In March, three passengers were killed and 162 were injured when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia.
  27. 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.”
  28. In June, Greyhound Lines, Inc. filed for bankruptcy.
  29. In July, the first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
  30. In July, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court after 36 years.
  31. In August, paleontologist Sue Hendrickson discovered the remains of a T. Rex in South Dakota.
  32. In September, Atlanta was chosen to host the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  33. In September, the Florida lottery surpassed $100,000,000.
  34. In November, 100,000 additional U.S. troops were sent to the Persian Gulf.
  35. In November, Michael Milken was sentenced to 10 years in prison for security law violations.

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.

Major Sports News

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  1. World Series Champions: Cincinnati Reds

  2. Superbowl 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/Ladies): 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.

Miscellaneous Fun Facts & Trivia

  1. Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was George Bush.Microsoft released Windows 3.0. The updated version sold more than three million copies in one year.

  2. Computer companies Media Vision, Panda Software, Rambus, TRENDnet, and Trilobyte Games were all founded in 1990.

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

  4. Disney Adventures Magazine (1990-2007) was launched.

  5. Martha Stewart Living began publication.

  6. 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. Campbell's Soup 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 yadayadayada (to make a long story short).

  25. On July 26, General Hospital aired its 7,000th 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.

  28. The following film treasures were added to the National Film Registry in 1990:

    A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

    All About Eve (1950)

    All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

    Bringing Up Baby (1938)

    Dodsworth (1936)

    Duck Soup (1933)

    Fantasia (1940)

    Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)

    How Green Was My Valley (1941)

    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Killer of Sheep (1977)

    Love Me Tonight (1932)

    Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

    Ninotchka (1939)

    Primary (1960)

    Raging Bull (1980)

    Rebel Without a Cause (1965)

    Red River (1948)

    Sullivan's Travels (1941)

    The Freshman (1925)

    The Godfather (1972)

    The Great Train Robbery (1903)

    The River (1937)

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

    Top Hat (1935)

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

Bestselling Books

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

  1. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  2. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  3. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  4. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  5. Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  6. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
  7. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  8. Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1) by Patricia Cornwell
  9. The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) by Robert Jordan
  10. The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) by Anne Rice

10 Most Popular Movies

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

  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

1990/1991’s Most Popular Television Shows (according to Nielsen)

  1. Cheers (NBC)

  2. 60 Minutes (CBS)

  3. Roseanne (ABC)

  4. Different World (NBC)

  5. The Cosby Show (NBC)

  6. Murphy Brown (CBS)

  7. Empty Nest (NBC)

  8. America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

  9. The Golden Girls (NBC)

  10. Designing Women (CBS)

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

Biggest Pop Artists

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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.

Number One Hits

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

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

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

  4. March 3 - March 23: Janet Jackson - Escapade

  5. March 24 - April 6: Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

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

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

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

  9. May 19 - June 8: Madonna - Vogue

  10. June 9 - June 15: Wilson Phillips - Hold On

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

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

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

  14. August 4 - August 31: Mariah Carey - Vision Of Love

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

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

  17. September 15 - September 28: Wilson Phillips - Release Me

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

  19. October 6 - October 12: Maxi Priest - Close To You

  20. October 13 - October 19: George Michael - Praying For Time

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

  22. October 27 - November 2: Janet Jackson - Black Cat

  23. November 3 - November 9: Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

  24. November 10 - November 30: Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time

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

  26. December 8, 1990 - 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.

Heartthrobs & Hunks

Heartthrobs included Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Cindy Crawford, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Linda Evangelista, Angie Everhart, Robin Givens, Melanie Griffith, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Kelly LeBrock, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Traci Lords, Judit Masco, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Paulina Porizkova, Markie Post, Princess Diana, Julia Roberts, Katey Sagal, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Brooke Shields, Sharon Stone, Julie Strain, Niki Taylor, Heather Thomas, and Christy Turlington.

Hunks included Mario Lopez, Rob Lowe, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Joey Lawrence, Jason Priestley, Chris O’Donnell, Johnny Depp, Luke Perry, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Cruise, Hugh Grant, Matthew Broderick, and Richard Gere.

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

Famous People Who Died in 1990

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  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

Popular Foods & Beverages

  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.

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

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

Companies Established

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  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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      Gregory DeVictor 

      3 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Louise, thank you for your comment. I really didn’t know much about 1990 either until I began researching the article. I see that I can access “Home Alone” via Amazon Prime. (It isn’t available on YouTube.)

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      Gregory DeVictor 

      3 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Liz, thank you for the comment. I don’t remember “Home Alone,” but the graphic reminds me of my brother when he was that age. I was very interested in the poll-tax issue with ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. I have found that BBC is an excellent source of news events.

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      Louise Powles 

      3 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      That was really interesting to read. I didn't know how much was still going on in 1990. I love Home Alone. It's still one of my favourite films.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Another very interesting article. I remember the Home Alone movies well. In the UK the change of prime minister was a big thing towards the end of the year.

    • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

      Gregory DeVictor 

      3 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Mary, thank you for your comment. When I was choosing graphics for the article, I cracked up laughing about the image that depicts “Home Alone.” The picture of the scared little boy reminds me of my brother when he was that age. This is my eighth nostalgia article thus far. From what I can see, every one of those years brought about significant changes. However, 1990 stands out because that was the year when the first website went online. Thanks again for stopping by.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Now, I remembered many of these things and enjoyed the Golden Girls and Home Alone. What year had the most amazing of changes?

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