1990 events in history

Jan 1 David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City's first black mayor
Jan 3 Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrenders to American forces
Jan 4 In Pakistan's deadliest train accident an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train, resulting in 307 deaths and 700 injuries
Jan 7 The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public for safety reasons
Jan 10 Time Warner is formed by the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications
Jan 13 Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia
Jan 18 Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting
Jan 20 On Black Saturday, the Red Army kills Azerbaijani civilians in Baku
Jan 22 Robert Tappan Morris is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet Computer worm
Jan 24 Japan launches Hiten, the country's first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976, and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States
Jan 25 Avianca Flight 52 crashed into Cove Neck, New York due to fuel exuasion
Jan 31 The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow
Feb 1 Humanitas publishing house is founded in Bucharest, shortly after the Romanian Revolution, by the philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu
Feb 2 Apartheid: F. W. de Klerk announces the unbanning of the African National Congress and promises to release Nelson Mandela
Feb 7 Dissolution of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power
Feb 11 Buster Douglas, a 40-1 underdog, knocks out Mike Tyson in ten rounds at Tokyo to win boxing's world Heavyweight title and cause one of the largest upsets in sports history
Feb 11 Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner
Feb 12 Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female Premier in Australian history when she becomes Premier of Western Australia
Feb 13 German reunification: An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany
Feb 14 Ninety-two people are killed aboard Indian Airlines Flight 605 at Bangalore, India
Mar 1 Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Mar 2 Nelson Mandela is elected deputy President of the African National Congress
Mar 6 Ed Yielding and Joseph T. Vida set the transcontinental speed record flying a SR-71 Blackbird from Los Angeles to Virginia in 64 minutes, averaging 2,124 mph
Mar 10 In Haiti, Prosper Avril is ousted 18 months after seizing power in a coup
Mar 11 Lithuania declares itself independent from the Soviet Union
Mar 11 Patricio Aylwin is sworn in as the first democratically elected President of Chile since 1970
Mar 15 Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union
Mar 18 In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 18 Germans in the German Democratic Republic vote in the first democratic elections in the former communist dictatorship
Mar 19 The ethnic clashes of Târgu Mureş begin four days after the anniversary of the Revolutions of 1848 in the Habsburg areas
Mar 20 Ferdinand Marcos's widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering
Mar 21 Namibia becomes independent after 75 years of South African rule
Mar 25 The Happy Land fire was an arson fire that kills 87 people trapped inside an illegal nightclub in The Bronx, New York City
Mar 27 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí, an anti-Castro propaganda network, to Cuba
Mar 28 President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal
Mar 29 The Czechoslovak parliament is unable to reach an agreement on what to call the country after the fall of Communism, sparking the so-called Hyphen War
Mar 31 Approximately 200,000 protestors take to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax
Apr 7 A fire breaks out on the passenger ferry M/S Scandinavian Star, killing 158 people
Apr 7 Iran Contra Affair: John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal)
Apr 11 Customs officers in Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq
Apr 12 Jim Gary's "Twentieth Century Dinosaurs" exhibition opens at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.. He is the only sculptor ever invited to present a solo exhibition there
Apr 16 The "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide
Apr 23 Namibia becomes the 160th member of the United Nations and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations
Apr 24 STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery. Shuttle mission STS-31 lifts off, carrying Hubble into orbit
Apr 24 Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine
Apr 25 Violeta Chamorro takes office as the President of Nicaragua, the first woman to hold the position
May 1 The former Philippine Episcopal Church (supervised by the Episcopal Church of the United States of America) is granted full autonomy and raised to the status of an Autocephalous Anglican Province and renamed the Episcopal Church of the Philippines
May 4 Latvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation
May 17 The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases
May 18 In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3 km/h (320.2 mph)