1990 in history

1990 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1990, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1990.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1990 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1990 in Britain too.

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1990

  • Home Alone, Dances with Wolves, Edward Scissorhands, Driving Miss Daisy, Ghost and Pretty Woman were released in this year.

  • Mr Bean, Beverly Hills 90210, Have I Got News For You, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, One Foot In The Grave, Art Attack, Twin Peaks and Keeping Up Appearances aired on TV for the first time.

  • A Usenet page [old discussion forum] was created in this year listing 'actresses with beautiful eyes'. It went on to become the massive movie website 'IMDb'.

  • The Renault Clio was sold for the first time.

  • George H. W. Bush was serving as President of the US, and in this year he made his famous speech about broccoli - good for audio

  • Marathon became Snickers to create a global brand.

  • Milli Vanilli had their Grammy award revoked after four days. The recording skipped in front of an audience of 80,000 people at a supposedly live MTV performance. An estimated 10 million buyers of their music were eligible to claim a refund.

  • Aldi opens its first British store in Stechford, Birmingham.

  • British and French construction workers met for the first time in the Channel Tunnel.

  • John Major replaced Margaret Thatcher as the Prime Minister.

  • The World Cup was held in Italy. The Republic of Ireland did especially well, progressing to the last eight, despite not winning a match. Its penalty shoot-out with Romania produced commentator George Hamilton's famous "the nation holds its breath" quote - good for audio

  • Paul Gascoigne was seen crying after being ruled out the World Cup final.

  • Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of imprisonment in South Africa, and awarded the freedom of Dublin.

  • The Irish Pound coin was introduced into circulation to replace the note of the same denomination.

  • Mary Robinson was elected the seventh President of Ireland, and the first female, replacing Patrick Hillery.

  • The Western Parkway opened. It would become the first part of the M50; the part between Blanchardstown and Tallaght.


While these facts about 1990 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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