Information for the Year 1990

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  • General Manuel Noriega surrenders in Panama (Jan. 3).
  • Yugoslav Communists end 45-year monopoly of power (Jan. 22).
  • Communist Party relinquish sole power in Soviet government (Feb. 7).
  • South Africa frees Nelson Mandela, imprisoned 27 years (Feb. 11).
  • Western Alliance ends Cold War and proposes joint action with Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (July 6).
  • Iraqi troops invade Kuwait, setting off the Persian Gulf War (Aug. 2)
  • East and West Germany reunited (Aug. 31)
  • Margaret Thatcher resigns as British Prime Minister (Nov. 22); John Major succeeds her (Nov. 28).
  • Lech Walesa wins Poland's runoff Presidential election (Dec. 9).
  • Population:  5.276 billion
  • Nobel Peace Prize:  Mikhail S. Gorbachev (USSR - Russia)
  • US Supreme Court upsets law banning flag burning (June 11).
  • US Appeals Court overturns Oliver North's Iran-Contra conviction (July 20).
  • Republicans set back in midterm elections (Nov. 8).
  • President:  George Bush
  • Vice President:  J. Danforth Quayle
  • Population:  249,438,712
  • Life expectancy:  75.4 years
  • US GDP (1998 dollars):  $5,743.80 billion
  • Federal spending:  $1252.52 billion
  • Federal debt:  $3206.6 billion
  • Median Household Income(current dollars):$29,943
  • Consumer Price Index:   130.7
  • Unemployment:   5.6%
  • Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.25
  • Super Bowl  San Francisco 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos (SCORE 55-10)
  • World Series of Baseball  Cincinnati Red Socks defeated the Oakland A's
  • National Basketball Association Championship  Detroit defeated Portland
  • National Hockey League Stanley Cup  Edmonton Oilers defeated Boston Red Wings
  • Women Wimbledon Tennis  Martina Navratilova defeated Z. Garrison (6-4 6-1)
  • Men Wimbledon Tennis  Stefan Edberg defeated B. Becker (6-2 6-2 3-6 3-6 6-4)
  • Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion   Unbridled
  • National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship  UNLV defeated DUKE (SCORE 104-73)
  • National College Athletic Association Football Champions  Colorado (RECORD 11-1-1) and Georgia Tech (RECORD 11-0-1)
  • World Cup Soccer  West Germany defeated Argentina
  • Ninety-nine percent of U.S. households have at least one radio, with the average owning five.
  • The Simpsons debuts on Fox and becomes an instant hit.
  • Euro dance band Milli Vanilli admits to lip-synching hits such as "Girl You Know Its True," and has its Grammy award revoked.
  • Seinfeld debuts on NBC.
  • Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands.
  • Academy Award, Best Picture:  Driving Miss Daisy
  • Grammy Award - Record of the Year  Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
  • Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy  MURPHY BROWN - CBS
  • Miss America:  Debbye Turner (Missouri)
  • The Hubble Space Telescope is launched (Apr. 25).
  • President Bush signs the Clean Air Act, mandating a variety of pollution-reducing changes in the automobile and fuel industries.

 

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