Browsing: 1990s

January 01 – David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City’s first black mayor. 02 – World population passes five billion. In 1960 it…

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January 02 – Rebels in El Salvador shoot down an American Army helicopter and kill all three crew members. It is believed that two crew…

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January 01 – Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is renamed the Russian Federation and becomes…

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January 01 – Czechoslovakia is peacefully divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in the so-called “Velvet Divorce”. 01 – The European single market is…

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January 01 – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. 01 – American actor Cesar Romero – famous as The Joker from…

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January 01 – Fred West, the Gloucestershire builder charged with 12 murders, commits suicide in his prison cell. Prison officers discover the 53-year-old’s body hanging…

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January 02 – US peacekeepers pour into Bosnia to keep the peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims, following the signing of the Dayton peace plan…

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January 01 – American folk singer Townes Van Zandt dies aged 52. 04 – Randy California, founding member of experimental West Coast rock band, Spirit, disappears after…

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January 01 – A new law comes into effect in California, prohibiting people from smoking in bars and restaurants. 05 – Sonny Bono (of Sonny…

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January 01 – 11 European countries replace their national currencies with the newly created ‘Euro’, a single European currency. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium,…

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The recession of 1990, after the boom of the 1980s, provided a rather inauspicious beginning to the new decade. By the end of the year,…

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