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What Happened in ...? (1990's edition)
"Here we are--the last decade of the 20th century. I hope you enjoy your short trip back through time!"
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What happened in 1990? Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait, the guys in Milli Vanilli lost their Grammy when they admitted lip-synching their hits, and Janet Adkins, a Portland, Oregon woman, became the first to do what?
Became first female President of Ireland
Participate in a legal lesbian marriage in America
Go through the Channel Tunnel
Commit suicide with Jack Kevorkian's help
What happened in 1991? Rodney King was beaten by four Los Angeles police officers, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the United States Congress, Boris Yeltsin became the Russian President, and a world-famous basketball player announced that he had contracted HIV. Who was it?
(One Word, Last Name Only)
What happened in 1992? George H.W. Bush vomited into Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa's lap, Pope John Paul II lifted the Inquisition findings against Galileo (better late than never), Andrei Chikatilo (the Butcher of Rostov) was found guilty of 52 murders and sentenced to death for each one, and the Maastricht Treaty was signed. What did this signify?
Universal suffrage in Scandinavia
End of the Hundred Years' War
Creation of the European Union
Agreement to curb global warming among industrialized nations
What happened in 1993? Intel released the first Pentium chips, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands in the White House Rose Garden to signal peace accords (they didn't work), the BATF besieged the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and Ty Warner, Inc. began selling a line of toys that would become a huge cultural hit. What toys?
Tickle Me Elmos
Cabbage Patch Kids
What happened in 1994? Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" won seven Oscars, singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide in Lake Washington, Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were murdered in Los Angeles, and Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was captured. What was he better known as?
Carlos the Jackal
What happened in 1995? Aum Shinrikyo killed twelve people by releasing sarin gas into the Tokyo subways, 168 people died in Oklahoma City during the Murrah Building bombing, Cal Ripken, Jr. played in his 2131st consecutive baseball game (beating Lou Gehrig's record), and a band that had played over 2300 live concerts since they were founded in 1965 played their last gig in Chicago. What was the band?
The Grateful Dead
The Jackson 5
What happened in 1996? Dolly the sheep was the first cloned mammal, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced, the Taliban took control of Kabul, and something called "Deep Blue" did something unprecedented. What was it?
Left the solar system
Reached the lowest point of the Mariana Trench
It became self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th.
Won a chess game against the World Champion
What happened in 1997? Madeleine Albright became the first female American Secretary of State, the Toyota Prius went on sale in Japan, Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets (who would all survive infancy) in Iowa, and two of the most famous women in the world died within a week of each other. Who were they?
Ella Fitzgerald and Mary Leakey
Princess Diana and Mother Theresa
Ginger Rogers and Lana Turner
Jacqueline Kenndey Onassis and Jessica Tandy
What happened in 1998? Bill Clinton denied that he'd had sexual relations with intern Monica Lewinsky, "Titanic" won eleven Oscars (and "My Heart Will Go On" played eleventy zillion times on the radio), the United Kingdom abolished the death penalty, and former actor Charlton Heston became the president of what organization?
National Organization for Women
The Sierra Club
The National Rifle Association
What happened in 1999? The world prepared for the Y2K bug, which some people thought would cause civilization to crash and burn, Hugo Chávez became President of Venezuela, the population of the world hit the 6 billion mark, and Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting rampage in which community?
Bath Township, Michigan
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