1990 Trivia

World Events

  • 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).
  • US-Soviet summit reaches accord on armaments (June 1).
  • 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 et seq.).
  • East and West Germany reunited (Aug. 31 et seq.).
  • 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).

U.S. Events

  • U.S. Supreme Court upsets law banning flag burning (June 11).
  • U.S. Appeals Court overturns Oliver North’s Iran-Contra conviction (July 20).
  • President: George Bush
  • Population: 249,438,712

Economics

  • Dow-Jones: High = 3,000, Low = 2,365
  • Cost of a first-class stamp = $0.25
  • Cost of a gallon of regular gas = $1.16
  • Cost of a dozen eggs = $1.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Milk = $2.78
  • Super Nintendo = $159.00

Entertainment

  • The X rating is replaced by NC-17 (no children under 17).
  • 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.
  • Top rated TV show: Cheers

Top 10 Songs

  1. Hold On – Wilson Phillips
  2. It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
  3. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
  4. Poison – Bell Biv Devoe
  5. Vogue – Madonna
  6. Vision Of Love – Mariah Carey
  7. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins
  8. Hold On – En Vogue
  9. Cradle Of Love – Billy Idol
  10. Blaze Of Glory – Jon Bon Jovi

Grammys

  • Record of the Year – “Wind Beneath My Wings”, Bette Midler
  • Album of the Year – “Nick of Time”, Bonnie Raitt
  • Song of the Year – “Wind Beneath My Wings”,  Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar, songwriters

Top 10 Movies (Gross)

  1. Home Alone
  2. Ghost
  3. Dances With Wolves
  4. Pretty Woman
  5. Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles
  6. The Hunt for Red October
  7. Total Recall
  8. Die Hard 2
  9. Dick Tracy
  10. Kindergarten Cop

Oscars

  • Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy
  • Best Actor: Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune
  • Best Actress: Kathy Bates, Misery
  • Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci, GoodFellas
  • Best Supporting Actress: Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost
  • Best Director: Kevin Costner, Dances With Wolves

Emmy Awards

  • Best Drama – L.A. Law (NBC)
  • Best Actor –  James Earl Jones, Gabriel’s Fire
  • Best Actress –  Patricia Wettig, thirtysomething
  • Supporting Actor – Timothy Busfield, thirtysomething
  • Supporting Actress –  Madge Sinclair, Gabriel’s Fire
  • Best Comedy – Cheers (NBC)
  • Best Actor – Burt Reynolds, Evening Shade
  • Best Actress –  Kirstie Alley, Cheers
  • Supporting Actor – Jonathan Winters, Davis Rules
  • Supporting Actress – Bebe Neuwirth, Cheers

Sports

  1. Super Bowl: San Francisco d. Denver (55-10)
  2. World Series: Cincinnati d. Oakland A’s (4-0)
  3. NBA Championship: Detroit d. Portland (4-1)
  4. Stanley Cup: Edmonton d. Boston (4-1)
  5. NCAA Basketball Championship: UNLV d. Duke (103-73)
  6. NCAA Football Champions: Colorado (AP, FW, NFF) (11-1-1) & Georgia Tech (UPI) (11-0-0)