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Douglas Wilder

First African-American governor, elected in 1990.


Marion Barry

Mayor of D.C., investigated by the FBI in 1990 after they uncovered a video of him smoking crack cocaine.


Moscow McDonald's

In 1990 a McDonald's was opened in Moscow, signaling the beginning of the end for communism.


Smoking bans

Beginning in 1990, smoking bans began going into effect, making it illegal to smoke on flights, in restaurants, bars, and eventually, hotels.


TV Martí

A Spanish language TV station which began broadcasting to Cuba in 1990.


"The Perfect Moment"

Robert Mapplethorpe's 1990 homoerotic art show that was protested by Citizens for Community Values.


1990 Chemical Weapons Accord

Signed by Bush, Sr. and Gorbachev in D.C., both countries agreed to end chemical weapon production and begin destroying their respective stocks.


Read my lips: no new taxes

A phrase spoken by Pres. Bush, Sr. at the 1988 Republican National Convention. Unfortunately, it would hurt him in re-election, as he signed necessary tax increases in 1990 to prevent inflation.


Early 1990s recession

Pres. Bush, Sr.'s presidency was hurt by this economic event. It also encouraged people to shop at discount stores, as a result, KMart and Wal-Mart became the nation's most profitable retailers.


David Durenberger

A U.S. senator denounced in 1990 for unethical economic activities.


Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Sign by Pres. Bush, Sr: it is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability.


Barney Frank

Most prominent gay politician in the U.S., in 1990 he was rebuked by the U.S. Legislative branch for engaging in sex with a male prostitute.


Floyd H. Flake

U.S. representative indicted in 1990 on numerous economic violations.


Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany

An international treaty signed in 1990 paving the way for German reunification.


New Revised Standard Version

A version of the bible released in the U.S. in 1990 that contained changed with regards to gendered language.


Michael Dugan

The Air Force Chief of Staff fired by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in 1990 in the days leading up to the Gulf War, after Dugan blabbed to reporters about plans to assassinate Saddam Hussein.


Clean Air Act

Passed in 1990, to prevent toxic rain. The Clean Air Act was the first major environmental law in the United States to include a provision for citizen suits.


Lisa Olson

She is an American sportswriter. In 1990, Olson claimed that she had been sexually harassed by New England Patriots football players in the team's locker room. Olson sued the team, and the players involved were punished.


United Nations Security Council Resolution 678

A 1990 UN Resolution threatening military intervention in Iraq if they did not leave Kuwait.


John Gotti

When this crime boss was arrested in 1990, it signaled the end of traditional mafia rule.


McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger II

A proposed attack aircraft cancelled by Secretary of Defense Cheney in 1991 after learning it would cost $57 billion.


Tariq Aziz

Iraq's Foreign Minister during the Gulf War, he claimed America's motives were "oil and Israel."


Aileen Wuornos

A female serial killer and prostitute sentenced to death in 1991.


Operation Desert Storm

The combat part of the Gulf War which occurred in 1990- a coalition of nations lead by the U.S.. The war was marked by the introduction of live news broadcasts from the front lines of the battle, principally by the U.S. network CNN. Early 1990s recession ended during this time.



Missiles used successfully by Iraq against the U.S. during Operation Desert Storm.


Rodney King

An American construction worker who rose to notoriety in 1991 after a video surfaced of five officers surrounding King, several of them striking him repeatedly, while other officers stood by.


Mount Pleasant riot

A 1991 riot sparked by the shooting of a Salvadoran man.


Jeffrey Dahmer

A gay serial killer arrested in 1991.



The largest and most complex arms control treaty in history, and its final implementation in late 2001 resulted in the removal of about 80 percent of all strategic nuclear weapons then in existence. It was drafted by Pres. Reagan and signed by Pres. Bush in 1991.


Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

The independence of these three countries was recognized by the U.S. in 1991.