The 90's

  • 1990

    The Year 1990
    •The Gulf war begins after Saddam Hussein accuses Kuwait of stealing oil from Iraq. Iraq invades Kuwait and the US send half a million soldiers to defend Saudi Arabia against invasion. •South African antiapartheid activist, Nelson Mandela is freed after spending 27 years as a political prisoner. Resources:
  • 1991

    The Year 1991
    •The Soviet Union is dissolved and the 15 separate republics (including Russia) are now independent. Maps will never look the same. •Magic Johnson tests HIV positive and retires from the NBA Resources:
  • 1992

    The Year 1992
    •Riots erupt in South Central LA following the acquittal of four white police officers who were caught on video beating speeding suspect Rodney King. During the riots, 55 people were killed, 2,300 people were injured and 1,100 buildings were destroyed. Resources:
  • 1993

    The Year 1993
    •After seven years together, New Kids On The Block go their separate ways, proving that perhaps they did not have The Right Stuff after all. •Michael Jordan retires from the NBA to play minor league baseball. He returns to the NBA 17 months later. Resources:
  • 1994

    Justin Bieber was born.
  • 1995

    The Year 1995
    •The trail of former NFL star OJ Simpson begins. He is accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman. OJ is later found not guilty. •A federal building in Oklahoma City is bombed and 168 people are killed. Later, two anti-government, American terrorists - Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols - were convicted of the bombing. Timothy McVeigh has since been executed. Terry Nichols is now facing more charges in Oklahoma and could be sentenced to death as well.
  • 1996

    The Year 1996
    •A bomb explodes at the Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. One person is killed, but no one is ever charged in the crime.
    •Also in the US, "The Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is arrested. Kaczynski killed three people and injured many more with mail bombs Resources:
  • 1997

    The Year 1997
    •Dolly the cloned sheep is born at the Roslin Institute in Scotland. She is the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.
    •The movie Titanic, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is released. It goes on to become the highest grossing movie of all time.
  • 1998

    I was born :)
  • 1999

    •Two students go on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. They kill 13 people and then themselves.
    •While the world parties like it's 1999 (if you read that and thought, "Huh?" ask your 'rents about a dude named Prince), computer geeks freak out about the "Y2K Bug." It turns out that the world didn't end. Go figure.