1990 in History – What happened in year 1990

In history, year 1990 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1990.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1990:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 januaryUnited States invasion of Panama-General Manuel Noriega, the deposed 'strongman of Panama', surrendered to American forces.
13 januaryDouglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
14 januaryFamous golf player, Perez de Cuellar says that he has lost all hope for peace in Gulf.
18 januaryIn a sting operation conducted by the FBI, Mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Barry was arrested for possession of crack cocaine.
20 januaryThe Soviet Red Army violently cracked down on Azeri pro-independence demonstrations in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR.
25 januaryAvianca Flight 52 ran out of fuel on approach to New York'sJohn F. Kennedy International Airport and crashed into the village ofCove Neck, resulting in the deaths of 73 people.
28 januaryLondon started publishing the magazine “Independent on Sunday” in the year 1990.
02 februaryPresident F.W. de Klerk declared the end of apartheid in SouthAfrica.
11 februaryAnti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, was released from Victor Verster Prison near Paarl, South Africa.
14 februaryThe Voyager 1 space probe took an iconic photograph of planetEarth that later became famous as Pale Blue Dot.
09 marchThe first female U.S surgeon has sworn in. Dr. Antonia Novello has become the first female US surgeon general.
11 marchMaggie won the Desert Inn LPGA Golf International Championship.
15 marchIraqi authorities hanged freelance Iranian reporter FarzadBazoft for spying for Israel.
20 marchRomanian first post-communist presidential and parliamentary elections were held on May 20, 1990. Ion Iliescu won the election with 90% of the votes and became the first elected President of Romania.
04 aprilThe current flag of Hong Kong was adopted for post-colonial useduring the Third Session of the Seventh National People's Congress.
07 april110 people were killed in a ferry accident near Norway astonishingly, 30 died in a ferry flip in Burma on Saturday same day. The soviet sub sank in the Norwegian Sea. About 12 people were killed in the accident.
08 aprilAspects of Love was released at the broad KURST theatre in the New York City. It ran housefull For 377 days.
12 aprilJim Gary became the only sculptor to present a solo show at theSmithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History inWashington, D.C., featuring his trademark dinosaur sculptures made of automobile parts.
16 aprilThe 94th Boston Marathon was won by Gelindo Bordin from Italy. He completed the race in 2 hours 8min 19 seconds.
17 aprilA Gas cylinder exploded in a passenger train in Kumrahar, India. About 80 people lost their lives.
20 april8 2/3 Inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A’s is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips.
21 aprilCartoon All Stars to Rescue' shown on all 4 TV networks.
24 aprilThe Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in mission STS-31.
25 aprilA shuttle discovery was held. By this a shuttle space settle was placed into the orbit.
25 aprilVioleta Chamorro took office as the President of Nicaragua, thefirst woman elected in her own right as a head of state in the Americas.
27 aprilThe 50th annual barbershop quartet singing convention held in Michigan.
04 mayThe Declaration ‘On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia’ was adopted on May 4, 1990 by the Supreme council of the Republic of Latvia. 4th May is celebrated as public holiday in Latvia for restoration of Independence Day from Soviet Union.
04 mayThe Supreme Soviet of the Latvian SSR declared the restorationof independence of Latvia, stating that the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pactand the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940 were illegal.
15 mayVincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet was sold at auctionin Christie's New York office for a total of US$82.5 million, at thetime the world's most expensive painting.
17 mayThe General Assembly of the World Health Organization removed Homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases on May 17, 1990. India is one of those countries where homosexuality is illegal.


Famous birthdays in the year 1990:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 DecemberTomáš Tatar / Ice Hockey Player / Slovakia
02 March Rauno Alliku / Footballer / Estonia
08 SeptemberMatt Barkley / Footballer / United States of America
08 March Petra Kvitová / Tennis Player / Czech Republic
08 SeptemberTokelo Rantie / Footballer / South Africa
10 January Ishiura Masakatsu / Wrestler / Japan
11 JulyAdam Jezierski / Actor / Poland
12 DecemberNixon Chepseba / Runner / Kenya
13 AugustBenjamin Stambouli / Footballer / France
14 January Áron Szilágyi / Fencer / Hungary
15 AugustNyusha / Writer / Russia
16 MayThomas Brodie-Sangster / Actor / United Kingdom
19 AprilKim Chiu / Actress / Philippines
20 AugustVenelin Filipov / Footballer / Bulgaria
21 February Mattias Tedenby / Ice Hockey Player / Sweden
24 MayMattias Ekholm / Ice Hockey Player / Sweden
24 JuneMichael Del Zotto / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
25 February Jefferson Alves Oliveira / Footballer / Brazil
27 OctoberOktovianus Maniani / Footballer / Indonesia
27 March Erdin Demir / Footballer / Turkey

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1990:

YearName / Profession / Country
02 MarchTiger Shroff / Actor / India
05 February Bhuvneshwar Kumar / Cricketer / India
22 AugustDevoleena Bhattacharjee / Actress / India
27 JulyKriti Sanon / Actress / India
29 JulyElli Avrram / Actress / India
17 MarchSaina Nehwal / Player / India
01 MarchCrystal D"Souza / Actress / India
28 JuneJasmin Bhasin / Actress / India
17 SeptemberNiya Sharma / Actress / India
17 MarchSaina Nehwal / Badminton Player / India
14 FebruaryDiksha Seth / Actress / India
01 MayHarshika Poonacha / Actress / India
17 March Saina Nehwal / Badminton Player / India

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