1992 in history

1992 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1992, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1992.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1992 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1992 in Britain too.

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1992

  • Gladiators premiered on TV - good for audio

  • Heartbeat, Eldorado, Barney and Friends and Absolutely Fabulous were first shown on TV.

  • The Bodyguard, Melrose Place, Wayne's World, A Few Good Men, Death Becomes Her, Sister Act, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Batman Returns and Aladdin were all released.

  • The first text message ever was sent and said "Merry Christmas"- it had to be typed from a PC as phones didn't allow text entry.

    Text messaging was supposed to be a small feature to help deaf people. Creators didn't know how popular it would become until teenagers discovered how cheap and discreet it was.

  • CDs outsold cassettes for the first time. Vinyl records were withdrawn from sale in most shops.

  • After the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was announced in this year, all 72,000 tickets sold out in three hours, even though no performers were announced besides the remaining members of Queen.

  • 'November Rain' by Guns N' Roses became the longest ever Top 10 hit. Its video was the most expensive at the time, with a budget of over €1.5 million.

  • Dr Atkins' diet book was a popular fad.

  • President George H.W. Bush vomited on Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa during a state dinner.

  • A shipping container filled with 28,000 rubber ducks was lost in the Pacific Ocean. To this day, they're still being found around the world.

  • UEFA Champions League debuted with four opening day matches. It had previously been known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup.

  • John Major is re-elected in a surprise General Election result. The Sun claimed "It's The Sun Wot Won It".

  • The Olympic Games were held in Barcelona. Michael Carruth won Ireland's first gold medal in 36 years.

  • Mario Kart was released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

  • Singer Sinead O'Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.

  • Bill Clinton became the 42nd president of the United States.

  • Linda Martin won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland, with Why Me. She was the first of their three in a row.

  • Into the West released starring Gabriel Byrne and the iconic white horse, Tír na nÓg.

  • Albert Reynolds replaces Charles Haughey as an Taoiseach.


While these facts about 1992 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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Tedious about the author bit

Radio producer and travel historian. I write about travel patterns, urban development, heavy machinery and lists.

I love the places people pass through along their journey, and societies that have been shaped by our need to get around.

Producer experienced with entertainment and talk shows with an attitude described as "amusingly surly".

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