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1990

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U.S. Facts

  • President: George Bush
  • Population: 249,438,712
  • Life Expectancy: 75.4 years
  • Unemployment: 5.6%
  • Average Annual Salary: $28,960
  • Minimum Wage: $3.80 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile:
  • Gasoline: $1.34 per gallon
  • House: $123,000
  • Bread: per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.25

Major U.S. Events

  • U.S. Appeals Court overturns Oliver North's Iran-Contra conviction
  • Rhode Island celebrates its bicentennial statehood
  • U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to end chemical weapon production and start destroying each of their nation's stockpiles

Major World Events

  • South Africa frees Nelson Mandela, imprisoned 27½ years
  • West & East Germany agree to merge currency and economies on July 1
  • Iraq invades Kuwait

January-March

  • The trial of the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, Joseph Hazelwood, begins in Anchorage, Alaska. He is accused of negligence that resulted in America's worst oil spill. Later Exxon indicted on five criminal counts
  • A massive poll tax demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London turns into a riot. 417 people injured, 341 arrested

April-July

  • The Space Shuttle Discovery places the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit
  • In the Philippines, an earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter Scale kills over 1600

August-December

  • The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait
  • The U.N. passes U.N. Security Council Resolution 678, authorizing military intervention in Iraq if that nation did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by Tuesday, January 15, 1991

Top Songs

  • Because I Love You by Stevie B
  • Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
  • The Power by Snap
  • I Wish It Would Rain Down by Phil Collins
  • Hold On by Wilson Phillips

Other New Songs

  • Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
  • Step by Step by New Kids On The Block
  • Can't Touch This by M.C. Hammer
  • Vogue by Madonna
  • Downtown Train by Rod Stewart

Top Movies

  • Dances With Wolves
  • Ghost
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Pretty Woman
  • GoodFellas

Top Books

  • Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy
  • The Burden of Proof by Scott Turow
  • The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
  • The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Version by Stephen King
  • Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro

Top TV Shows (1989-90)

  • The Cosby Show
  • Roseanne
  • Cheers
  • A Different World
  • Golden Girls
  • Empty Nest

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Cincinnati Reds d. Oakland Athletics

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers d. Denver Broncos

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Edmonton Oilers d. Boston Bruins

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Detroit Pistons d. Portland Trail Blazers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Colorado Buffoloes
  • Basketball: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels

Other Champions

  • Golf: Nick Faldo is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Unbridled wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Arie Luyendyk wins Indianapolis 500
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