Back In My Day…

Happy Birthday to Me!

I share my birthday with Isaac Asimov. (I, Robot) πŸ™‚

I thought it would be fun to look back at the year 1990 and see what was happening in the world around me. It was the year I turned 18, the year I legally became an ‘adult’. It’s freaky to think that was 21 years ago! Eeek!

The amount of material I found was insane, I’ve highlighted some things here that seemed familiar or I find interesting now… but by no means is my little post here exhaustive. Check out the source links at the end of the post for more information…

Not much was happening on this actual day, January 2, 1990, except maybe my friends and I realizing school started tomorrow.

Here’s a fun fact, it is very likely that Jan 3rd or 4th, 1990, my taste-tester and I officially met (unofficially, we think we met sometime the year before). But second semester our senior year, he was in my English class… it is very likely that he came into my class that Jan 3rd or 4th. Rather interesting, to me at least. πŸ˜‰

But what was happening in the world in the year 1990?

According to a few sources, referenced with footnotes, here’s what I found out…

Since I’ve been driving since I was 16 (1988), and had a job a few months later, I thought that it would be interesting to know about how much things cost: 1, 2, 3, 6

median household income: $29,943.00
new home: $149,800.00
new car: $9,437.00
gallon of milk: $2.78
bread: $0.72
dozen eggs: $1.00
gallon of regular gas: $1.16
first-class stamp: $0.25
minimum wage*: $3.80
unemployment: 5.6%

* I remember making $3.35/hour… this minimum wage increase occurred in 1990 after having been $3.35 since 1981.

** I searched high and low for the price of a can of coke in 1990, I found a site that claimed it was $1.20 4, but didn’t give the size of the coke. This seems too high for a can of coke… plus it doesn’t say what size, maybe this was for a 2L bottle? I remember getting 12oz. cans of coke out of vending machines for $0.50, and then one day it was $1.00… but that, to me, seems like it was well after 1990… maybe I’m wrong.

Fun Facts 1

New TV shows include The Simpsons and Seinfeld.
The car brands Infiniti, Saturn and Lexus are all new.
Caller ID system is introduced.
Cheers is #1 on the ‘America’s Top 20 TV Favorites’.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss was on the Fiction Best Sellers list.

Movies 1

Home Alone $285,016,000
Ghost $217,631,306
Total Recall $119,394,839
Die Hard 2: Die Harder $117,323,878

History 5

    World Population 5,263,593,000

    January 7 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public due to safety concerns.
    January 10 – Time Warner is formed from the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc.

    February 2 – Apartheid: In South Africa, President F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to legally function again and promises to free Nelson Mandela.
    February 11 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, South Africa, after 27 years behind bars.
    February 27 – Exxon Valdez oil spill: Exxon and its shipping company are indicted on 5 criminal counts.

    March 1 – Steve Jackson Games is raided by the U.S. Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
    March 6 – An SR-71 sets a U.S. transcontinental speed record of 1 hour 8 minutes 17 seconds, on what is publicized as its last official flight.
    March 15 – Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
    March 18 – Cold War: East Germany holds its first free elections.

    April 24 – The Space Shuttle Discovery places the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit.

    May 17 – The World Health Organization removes homosexuality from its list of diseases.
    May 22 – Microsoft releases Windows 3.0.

    June 1 – Cold War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to end chemical weapon production and begin destroying their respective stocks.
    June 2 – The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 88 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12; 37 tornadoes occur in Indiana, eclipsing the previous record of 21 during the Super Outbreak of April 1974.
    June 7 – Universal Studios Florida opens to the public.
    June 26 – U.S. President Bush breaks his 1988 ‘no new taxes’ campaign pledge, accepting tax revenue increases as a necessity to reduce the budget deficit. This will greatly decrease his popularity in subsequent years.

    August 2 – Gulf War: Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
    August 12 – “Sue”, the best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found, is discovered in South Dakota.

    September 11 – Gulf War: President George H. W. Bush delivers a nationally televised speech in which he threatens the use of force to remove Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait.

    October 3 – Cold War: East Germany and West Germany reunify into a single Germany.
    October 15 – Cold War: Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and reform his nation.
    October 17 – The Internet Movie Database is launched by Col Needham, giving internet users the opportunity to search for film information online.

    November 22 – Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister after 11 years in power.

    December 1 – Establishing the first land connection between the United Kingdom and the mainland of Europe for around 8,000 years, Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the English Channel seabed.

More History 6, 7, 8
☀ A Formal Ban on the Trade of Ivory is introduced.
Tim Berners-Lee publishes a more formal proposal for the World Wide Web and
the first web page is written.
☀ A 16 megabit chip is shown for the first time.
☀ The First Known Case of AIDS is traced back to 1959.
☀ 18 years after its launch the US Space Probe Pioneer reaches a distance of
46.5 billion miles beyond all planetary orbits.
☀ Depletion of the Ozone Layer is discovered above the North Pole.
☀ The First in-car Satellite Navigation System is sold by Pioneer.
☀ The Sci/Fi Channel on Cable TV starts transmitting.
☀ Lynn Jennings runs world record 5K indoor at 15:22.64.
☀ Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident.
☀ Milli Vanilli admits to lip-synching and has their Grammy award revoked.

Deaths 5
January 6 – Pavel Cherenkov, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
January 22 – Roman Vishniac, Russian-American photographer (b. 1897)
January 25 – Ava Gardner, American actress (b. 1922)
April 8 – Ryan White, American AIDS activist (b. 1971)
April 15 – Greta Garbo, Swedish actress (b. 1905)
May 16 – Sammy Davis Jr., American actor, dancer, and singer (b. 1925)
May 16 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer and filmmaker (b. 1936)

Whew! That was a lot of data! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did… so what was happening in the world when you became an ‘adult’?

Until next time…

1 1990’s Flashback
2 Federal Minimum Wage Rates, 1955–2009
3 Trivia facts
5 Wikipedia
6 Information Please
7 The Year 1990 from the People History
8 Brainy History


5 thoughts on “Back In My Day…

  1. I love history lessons. Random, I remember being in Indiana at my dad law office at the time when I heard about Gloria Estefan. I was never a huge fan of hers but I remember that one thing for some reason, it’s weird how the mind works.

    How freaky, weird, whatever you want to call it are the median household income and home prices? Times are achangin….

  2. Pingback: Trust Myself… « The Auspicious Squirrel

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