- What was happening in 1990

I am always looking for 1985 - 1990 Facts and Memorabilia. If you have something from 1990 that should be in this section, please email to Jeff

Do you remember where you were in 1990? Who you were with? What you were wearing? What you were watching on TV? For me, I had just gotten out of the service and was starting college. Started flipping burgers at Wendys, where I met my first real girlfriend, Debbie Sanmartino. My boss at Wendys owned a mint 1986 IROC-Z. He let me borrow it to take Debbie on our first date. 

This section is to let you all reminisce back to those great years of the IROC-Z and relive a little of what went on back then. The 80's were a fantastic time for me. The best decade I ever lived through. I am still lost in the 80's.

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1990 Tidbits 1990 US Statistics
1990 Economic Information 1990 Sports History
1990 Top TV Shows Movies & Books 1990 Entertainment
1990 Pulitzer Prizes 1990 Oscar Awards
1990 Emmy Awards 1990 Tony Awards
1990 Grammy Awards  

1990 News Tidbits

General Manuel Noriega surrenders in Panama (Jan. 3).

Communist Party relinquish sole power in Soviet government (Feb. 7). Background: Dissolution of the USSR

South Africa frees Nelson Mandela, imprisoned 27 years (Feb. 11).

Iraqi troops invade Kuwait, setting off the Persian Gulf War (Aug. 2 et seq.). Background: The Persian Gulf War

East and West Germany reunited (Aug. 31 et seq.).

Margaret Thatcher resigns as British Prime Minister (Nov. 22); John Major succeeds her (Nov. 28).

US Supreme Court upsets law banning flag burning (June 11).

US Appeals Court overturns Oliver North's Iran-Contra conviction (July 20).

1990 US Statistics

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

1990 Economic Information

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $5,743.80 billion
Federal spending:   $1252.52 billion
Federal debt:   $3206.6 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   130.7
Unemployment:   5.3%

Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.25

1990 Sports History

In 1990...

MLB Baseball - The Cincinnati Reds won the Major League Baseball World Series beating the Oakland Athletics 4 games to 0.

NBA Basketball - The Detroit Pistons beat the Portland Trailblazers for the NBA Basketball Championship 4 games to 1.

College Basketball - UNLV defeated Duke 103-73 for the NCAA Basketball title.

Boxing - Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson beats ?

NFL Football - The San Francisco 49'ers beat the Denver Bronco's 55-10 for the Super Bowl title.

PGA Golf - ? won the Masters Golf Tournament.

NHL Hockey - The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL's Stanley Cup by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1.

Tennis - Martina Navratilova and Stefan Edberg won Wimbledon.

The Top 20 TV Shows of 1990

The Top Movies of 1990

The Top Books of 1990
1 Cheers 1 Home Alone 1 The Plains of Passage, Jean M. Auel
2 60 Minutes 2 Ghost 2 Four Past Midnight, Stephen King
3 Rosanne 3 Dances with Wolves 3 The Burden of Proof, Scott Turow
4 A Different World 4 Pretty Woman 4 Memories of Midnight, Sidney Sheldon
5 The Cosby Show 5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 5 Message from Nam, Danielle Steel
6 NFL Monday Night Football 6 The Hunt for Red October 6 The Bourne Ultimatum, Robert Ludlum
7 America's Funniest Home Videos 7 Total Recall 7 The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition, Stephen King
8 Murphy Brown 8 Die Hard 2 8 Lady Boss, Jackie Collins
9 America's Funniest People 9 Dick Tracy 9 The Witching Hour, Anne Rice
10 Designing Women 10 Kindergarten Cop 10 September, Rosamunde Pilcher
11 Empty Nest 11 Back to the Future 3 11 A Life on the Road, Charles Kuralt
12 Golden Girls 12 Presumed Innocent 12 The Civil War, Geoffrey C. Ward
13 Murder, She Wrote 13 Days of Thunder 13 The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Heritage: Recipes You Should Have Gotten from Your Grandmother, Jeff Smith
14 Unsolved Mysteries 14 Another 48 Hours 14 Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
15 Full House 15 Three Men 2 15 Financial Self-Defense: How To Win the Fight for Financial Freedom, Charles J. Givens
16 Family Matters 16 Bird on a Wire 16 Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, John Bradshaw
17 Coach 17 Godfather: Part III 17 Wealth Without Risk: How To Develop a Personal Fortune Without Going Out on a Limb, Charles J. Givens
18 Matlock 18 Flatliners 18 Bo Knows Bo, Bo Jackson & Dick Schaap
19 In the Heat of the Night 19 Misery 19 An American Life: An Autobiography, Ronald Reagan
20 Major Dad 20 Edward Scissorhands 20 Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990s, John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene


1990 Entertainment Awards

Record of the Year: Phil Collins, "Another Day in Paradise"
Album of the Year: Quincy Jones, Back on the Block

1990 Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Oscar Hijeulos
Music: Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Mel Powell
Drama: The Piano Lesson, August Wilson

1990 Oscars


1990 Emmy Awards


1990 Tony Awards