Highest Grossing Films in 1990
News and statistics from 1990
- Nobel Peace Prize: Mikhail S. Gorbachev (USSR)
- General Manuel Noriega surrenders in Panama(Jan. 3).
- Yugoslav Communists end the 45-year monopoly of power (Jan. 22).
- Communist Party relinquishes sole power in Soviet government (Feb. 7).
- South Africa frees Nelson Mandela, imprisoned 27½ years (Feb. 11).
- US-Soviet summit reaches accord on armaments (June 1).
- Western Alliance ends the Cold War and proposes joint action with the 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).
- President: George Bush
- Vice President: J. Danforth Quayle
- Population: 249,438,712
- Life expectancy: 75.4 years
- Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 58.2
- Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 50.9
- US Supreme Court upsets law banning flag burning (June 11).
- US Appeals Court overturns Oliver North's Iran-Contra conviction (July 20).
- Republicans set back in midterm elections (Nov. 8).
- The Hubble Space Telescope is launched (Apr. 25).
- President Bush signs the Clean Air Act, mandating a variety of pollution-reducing changes in the automobile and fuel industries.
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $5,743.80 billion
- Federal spending: $1252.52 billion
- Federal debt $3206.6 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $29,943 billion
- Consumer Price Index: $130.7
- Unemployment: 5.6%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.25
- Super Bowl - San Francisco d. Denver
- World Series - Cincinnati d. Oakland A's (4-0)
- NBA Championship - Detroit d. Portland
- Stanley Cup - Edmonton d. Boston
- Wimbledon - Women: Martina Navratilova d. Z. Garrison (6-4 6-1); Men: Stefan Edberg d. B. Becker (6-2 6-2 3-6 3-6 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Champion - Unbridled
- NCAA Basketball Championship - UNLV d. Duke
- NCAA Football Champions - Colorado (AP, FW, NFF) (11-1-1) & Georgia Tech (UPI) (11-0-1)
- World Cup - W. Germany d. Argentina
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy (Warner Bros.)
- Record of the Year: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler
- Album of the Year: Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt (Capitol)
- Song of the Year: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler
- Miss America: Debbye Turner (MO)
- 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 It's True," and has its Grammy award revoked.
- Seinfeld debuts on NBC.
- Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands.
- B.F. Skinner
- Jim Henson
- Greta Garbo
- Sammy Davis, Jr.