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22 1990s History quizzes and 230 1990s History trivia questions.
  1990s Post USSR Republics    
Collection Quiz
 15 Qns
Fifteen post-Soviet states were established after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
Easier, 15 Qns, sw11, Oct 21 23
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Oct 21 23
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  World Events in 1990    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In 1990, the Soviet Union was on the verge of collapse leading to the end of the Cold War. The Communist governments from several countries were overthrown, leading to free elections in these countries.
Average, 10 Qns, sw11, Jul 20 23
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Jul 20 23
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  Quiz Like it's 1999   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
People were saying goodbye to the 20th Century (a year early) and preparing for the 21st. What do you know about 1999, besides the Prince song?
Average, 10 Qns, Oddball, Jan 27 13
10512 plays
  What Happened in ...? (1990s edition)   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here we are--the last decade of the 20th century. I hope you enjoy your short trip back through time!
Average, 10 Qns, john_sunseri, Jul 15 13
7213 plays
  Events of the Nineties    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the event with the year in which it happened. This will cover the '90s decade. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Gispepfu, Jan 29 23
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Jan 29 23
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  Revisiting The 90s   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The 1990s will forever be remembered as the decade that changed the world with the booming of the internet. Here are questions about ten other things the 1990s will be remembered for.
Easier, 10 Qns, Anton, Aug 08 13
2153 plays
  It Happened in 1993   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I was born in 1993, so that makes me eminently qualified to ask you what happened during that year, because I sure don't remember.
Average, 10 Qns, eburge, Aug 27 16
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  Fun Facts About the Year 1990   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Please find the fifth quiz in this series. Today we focus on the events and happenings from the year that was 1990. I hope you join me in a voyage to the near past.
Average, 10 Qns, adam36, Sep 28 13
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  Where did this Happen?: 1990s Edition   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The 1990s were an eventful decade. From the fall of the Soviet Empire to the creation of the World Wide Web, this decade saw it all. Guess the country where each memorable event took place.
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Apr 06 19
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Apr 06 19
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  A Slice in Time: 1990s World History   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
See how much you know about the people, places and events of the last decade of the 20th century.
Average, 10 Qns, brewster76, Jan 26 11
5103 plays
trivia question Quick Question
In 1999, what famous football club achieved the first treble in the history of English football?

From Quiz "20th-Century History in the 1990s"

  Sequel to "We Didn't Start the Fire"    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
I have created a song following the layout of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" and picked up where he left off, in 1990. I will give you a verse and then a phrase/hint and you can guess what it corresponds to. Good luck!
Average, 15 Qns, superferd, Sep 20 23
Sep 20 23
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  I Love the 90s: 1990    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you remember the wonderful year of 1990? You do? Well, let's see how much you actually know.
Average, 10 Qns, spamster101, May 24 14
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  20th-Century History in the 1990s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In the 1990s, the fallout of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia initiated the founding of many new nations. Euro was introduced into the financial system in the late 1990s.
Average, 10 Qns, sw11, May 16 21
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May 16 21
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  News of the 1990's    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your short-term memory with this newsy quiz. One question for each year of the 1990's.
Tough, 10 Qns, sportcon, Apr 18 11
9478 plays
  I Love the 90's: 1991    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I love 1991! So much happened that year! Enjoy.
Tough, 10 Qns, Spamster101, Feb 29 12
2198 plays
  The Years 1986 to 2003    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz spans the years of 1986-2003. Have fun.
Average, 10 Qns, wingdingval, Aug 31 15
3574 plays
  Things That Happened in July 1998    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Where were we in 1998? Take this quiz and see if you remember!
Difficult, 10 Qns, Gatsby722, May 02 21
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May 02 21
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  Where Were You in 1992?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you remember about events that happened in 1992? Take my quiz and see!
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, littlewoman2, May 15 10
Very Difficult
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Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much attention were you paying in 1999?
Difficult, 10 Qns, elizabethmc, Aug 14 13
2416 plays
  Heaven's Gate: Apocalyptic Suicides    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
At the close of the 1990s, many waited with anxiety for the new millennium's arival. For some the beginning of the millennium signified the apocalypse, and they felt compelled to commit suicide. What do you know about the group called Heaven's Gate?
Tough, 10 Qns, Federation, Apr 20 12
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  Timeline Questions from the 1990's    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Now let's try and see if you know the years to these facts from the 1990's. Good luck!
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, jlp937, Jan 01 11
Very Difficult
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  Events From the 1990s    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will give you an event from a year in the 1990s, and you tell me on what date that event happened.
Difficult, 10 Qns, blake_aus_nsw, Jul 28 21
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1990s History Trivia Questions

1. In 1990, what Eastern European country was the first to denounce its state socialist economy?

From Quiz
20th-Century History in the 1990s

Answer: Poland

On 1st January 1990, Poland became the first Eastern European country to break off from the socialist economy. The country also withdrew from the Warsaw Pact.

2. On what date in 1990 was the Hubble space telescope placed into orbit?

From Quiz Events From the 1990s

Answer: 24th April 1990

The Hubble space telescope was placed into orbit by space shuttle Discovery. It was supposed to be launched in 1983, but the project was hampered by technical issues, finance issues, and the Challenger disaster in 1986. It was built by the United States space agency NASA with contributions from the European Space Agency. Spacecraft properties: manufacturer - Lockheed Martin (spacecraft) Perkin-Elmer (optics) dimensions; 13.2 m x 4.2 m (43 ft x 14 ft).

3. On 25 January 1990 a female Head of State became the first in recent times to give birth while holding office. Which country was she leading at the time?

From Quiz Where did this Happen?: 1990s Edition

Answer: Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto was the daughter of former Pakistani Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. When she was elected as the Prime Minister of the country in 1988, she became the first woman to head a Muslim majority democracy. She went on to serve two separate terms as the 11th and 13th Prime Minister. On 25 January 1990 she gave birth to a daughter while the Prime Minister, becoming the first female Head of State to do so in modern times. It took nearly three decades for this feat to be repeated when New Zealand's Prime Minster Jacinda Arden gave birth while holding office in 2018.

4. In an event that has occasionally been referred to as the Velvet Divorce, which former country split into two in January 1993?

From Quiz It Happened in 1993

Answer: Czechoslovakia

It was on the very first day of the year that Czechoslovakia ceased to exist, dissolving into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Czechoslovakia was formed in 1918, after World War I came to end and, with it, the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Although there was support for a continued federation of the two nations, the Slovaks declared in July 1992 their intention to become independent and negotiations began. The entire process was peaceful, leading to it gaining the "Velvet Divorce" moniker, similar to the peaceful Velvet Revolution of 1989.

5. What man born in the tiny town of Privolnoye, Russia won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reduce the possibility of a third world war?

From Quiz Fun Facts About the Year 1990

Answer: Mikhail Gorbachev

One of the most important men of the 20th century, Mikhail Gorbachev, was born on March 2, 1931 in Privolnoye, Russia to a poor family. Gorbachev's father was an agricultural mechanic on a collective farm in a village of 3,000 people. Young Mikhail was lucky enough to impress the local Communist party officials who sponsored him to enroll in the Moscow University School of Law at the age of 19. After joining the Party in 1952 Gorbachev quickly rose through the ranks becoming the youngest member of the ruling Politburo in 1980. In 1985 Gorbachev became the General Secretary of the Communist Party and de facto ruler of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev inherited an empire weighed down by poor economic performance, heavy debt, and massive costs associated with Cold War hostilities. He tried to modernize the government through perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness). Gorbachev established positive ties to leading Western leaders, canceled development of new long range nuclear weapons and granted Soviet citizens greater freedoms of movement and liberty. Slowly Gorbachev desired to open Soviet society and transition from a centralized planned economy envisioned by Stalin to a form of market driven socialism. However the pace of domestic economic change was both slow and painful and by the end of the 1980s severe food shortages and inflation doomed his economic policies and emboldened submerged nationalists within the USSR to break away from the Union. In the end Gorbachev can be seen as the captain leading the USSR to dissolution. However, his steadfast unwillingness to destabilize the world with Soviet arms or take back the hard won freedom of its citizens earned him international appeal and the well deserved 1990 Nobel Peace Prize.

6. In 1990, what legendary South African man was released from a lengthy prison term?

From Quiz Revisiting The 90s

Answer: Nelson Mandela&Mandela

Feb. 11, 1990 marked the day Nelson Mandela was freed from prison due to political reasons. He then became a driving force in ending Apartheid across South Africa.

7. 1990: On March 1 the Royal New Zealand Navy stopped its daily ration of what commodity to sailors?

From Quiz A Slice in Time: 1990s World History

Answer: Rum

The New Zealand Navy was the last of the former fleets of Her Majesty to stop the "rum tot." Canada ended it in 1972.

8. *Literature* What Tom Clancy book came out in 1991?

From Quiz I Love the 90's: 1991

Answer: The Sum of All Fears

"The Sum of All Fears" was part of the "Jack Ryan" series, along with "The Hunt for Red October" (1984) and "Patriot Games"(1987). It was also the fourth book of this series to be made into a film. The film starred Morgan Freeman and Ben Affleck and was released May 31, 2002.

9. He was a rarity in the Arab world - a supporter of the West and of Israel. He was one of the longest reigning kings in the region until his death February 7, 1999. Who was he?

From Quiz Quiz Like it's 1999

Answer: Hussein I bin Talal

King Hussein of Jordan ruled from 1952, upon the resignation of his father, King Talal, until his death in 1999. During that time, he oversaw the supression of an attempted military coup by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (known as 'Black September in Jordan'), refused to support Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War (1991) and made a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. He was reportedly a great fan of the 'Austin Powers' movies, and loved to do impressions of the character 'Dr. Evil'.

10. Music: Charlotte Nilsson won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999 for which country?

From Quiz 1999

Answer: Sweden

Charlotte Nilsson's "Take Me to Your Heaven" received 163 points in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999, earning her first place. Selma Björnsdóttir from Iceland came second with 146 points singing "All out of luck", the German entrants Sürpriz with "Reise Nach Jerusalem" came close third with 140 points and Doris Dragoviæ from Croatia got 118 points and came fourth with her song "Marija Magdalena". However, Croatia's points were reduced by a third to 79 because the song used synthesised male backing voices. Her place in fourth was, however, unaffected.

11. On January 22, 1992, Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first woman from this country to enter space. Which was it?

From Quiz Where Were You in 1992?

Answer: Canada

Dr. Bondar flew on the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery during Mission STS-42, January 22-30, 1992, during which she performed experiments in the Spacelab. (Source:

12. Heaven's Gate was a group of people who believed among other things that with the coming of the millennium came the total annihilation of earth. Where was the group Heaven's Gate based?

From Quiz Heaven's Gate: Apocalyptic Suicides

Answer: San Diego, California, USA

Specifically, the group Heaven's Gate was located in Rancho Santa Fe, a very affluent neighborhood in San Diego.

13. In 2002, what film was the top grossing *independent* comedy of all time?

From Quiz The Years 1986 to 2003

Answer: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

This little independent film became a bombshell in the box office. Tom Hanks also co-produced the movie. With a $1 million budget, the movie far exceeded anyone's hopes.

14. "William Clinton, Desert Storm, Marion Barry, Moseley-Braun, Norman Schwarzkopf, Boris Yeltsin, Seattle 90s Grunge". Hint: First African American Woman to be elected into the Senate.

From Quiz Sequel to "We Didn't Start the Fire"

Answer: Moseley-Braun

Carol Moseley-Braun was elected into the Senate in 1992 breaking yet another color barrier. She introduced 14 separate bills and more than half became law!

15. "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice topped the U.S. singles charts in which year?

From Quiz Timeline Questions from the 1990's

Answer: 1990

This was the first rap record to go all the way to #1. Vanilla Ice cooled off after this single, not having another hit on the billboard charts in the 1990's.

16. A TV celebrity's son had been murdered and, on July 7 1998, someone was convicted for doing the horrible deed. Whose son was killed?

From Quiz Things That Happened in July 1998

Answer: Bill Cosby

Mikail Markhasev was convicted of killing Ennis W. Cosby. O'Connor's son committed suicide and Raphael's daughter died, but neither in 1998. As for Robert Blake, well...

17. The so-called Gulf War began on August 2, 1990, with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The conflict ended when Iraq accepted a cease-fire on March 3, 1991. The ground war began on February 23, 1991. How long did it last?

From Quiz News of the 1990's

Answer: 100 hours

On February 28, 1991, President Bush ordered a cease-fire, which allowed the surviving Iraqi troops to escape back into southern Iraq.

18. On January 3, 1990, the USA invaded what country and captured its leader?

From Quiz World Events in 1990

Answer: Panama

"Operation Just Cause" was codenamed in mid-December 1989 during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. The operation was to remove General Manuel Noriega from power, who was wanted by the American authorities for racketeering and drug trafficking. The U.S force with about 27000 soldiers started the invasion on December 20, 1989. The Panamanian force were quickly overran. Noriega managed to elude capture for several days and finally he went to seek for refuge in the Holy See diplomatic mission in Panama City. He was captured on January 3, 1990, and was deported to United States where he was tried, convicted and sentenced to 40-year jail term.

19. In 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, a ten-day war was fought in what region?

From Quiz 20th-Century History in the 1990s

Answer: Slovenia

On 25th June 1991, Slovenia declared independence from former Yugoslavia. This was followed by a brief war from 27th June to 7th July 1991 between the Slovenian Territorial Defence and the Yugoslav People's Army. The Brioni Accords were signed on 7th July 1991 to end the brief conflict.

20. On what date in 1991 did The Warsaw radio mast, the tallest structure in the world at the time, collapse?

From Quiz Events From the 1990s

Answer: 8th August 1991

The Warsaw radio mast was a radio mast located near G¹bin, Poland. Its 2 MW transmitters could send out signals that could be received almost all over the globe. The mast was initially constructed to replace the Raszyn radio transmitter. The height of the Warsaw radio mast was 646.38m (2,120.67 ft).

21. In late 1991, an asset price bubble collapse in which country marked the beginning of a stagnant economic period dubbed as the "Lost Decade"?

From Quiz Where did this Happen?: 1990s Edition

Answer: Japan

After the end of the Second World War, Japan undertook an extensive rebuilding of the country's economy. This led to a strong growth till the end of the 1980s. This coupled with relatively loose lending policies led to the creation of an asset price inflation. When this bubble burst suddenly in late 1991, it brought the economy to a grinding halt. Without sufficient global or local experience to draw on in dealing with this crisis, the stagnation continued for many years leading to this period becoming known as the "Lost Decade".

22. Later in January 1993, which American politician succeeded George H W Bush and became the forty-second President of the USA?

From Quiz It Happened in 1993

Answer: Bill Clinton

Then-incumbent Republican president George H W Bush was running for a second term in office, having held the position since 1989. However, Bill Clinton, the Democratic party candidate, prevailed in the election, edging out Bush by less than 6% of the vote. Clinton went on to serve two terms in office, before being succeeded by George W Bush, the son of Clinton's predecessor, returning the Republican party to government.

23. Which nation's troops invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990 starting the First Gulf War?

From Quiz Fun Facts About the Year 1990

Answer: Iraq

Kuwait was a part of the Ottoman Empire until becoming a British protectorate 1899. The British ruled both Iraq and Kuwait and did not set firm borders until 1923. Kuwait became independent in 1961 and joined the Arab League. Iraq pressed a claim that Kuwait was part of their territory but did not receive any regional or international support, so the matter was set aside. Large oil reserves fueling a highly prosperous economy caused Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to revive Iraq's claim to Kuwait. Saddam Hussein used this claim as the excuse to invade the neighboring country on August 2, 1990. The attack caught the US, Kuwait and other regional forces by surprise. Within hours the Iraqi military were only a few miles form the Kuwaiti capital city. Iraqi forces set up a perimeter at the border between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. At the urgings of both the Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian governments the US and supporting allies agreed to mount a counter-attack to liberate Kuwait. US forces entered combat under the operational name Desert Storm on January 16, 1991. Using a combination of troops, tanks and a devastating air attack, all of which was broadcast by news outlets across the globe, the US and coalition forces quickly routed the Iraqis and by February 28, 1991 had liberated Kuwait. The short "war" had cost the Iraqi's over 100,000 lives against less than 500 by the coalition. Unfortunately, the coalition mandate did not include removing Saddam Hussein from power. Despite the outcome of the war, Saddam Hussein remain the leader of Iraq until the Second Gulf War in 2003.

24. 1991: What ceased to exist on December 31?

From Quiz A Slice in Time: 1990s World History

Answer: The USSR

Michail Gorbachev officially resigned as President of the USSR on December 25, 1991 and the office became extinct. Powers were handed over to Boris Yeltsin, as President of Russia. On December 26 the the USSR's ruling government body, the Supreme Soviet, dissolved itself. This date is often seen as the true end of the nation formerly known as the United Soviet Socialist Republic, which became official on December 31. Magdalene College, in the University of Cambridge, began admitting women in 1988, the last Cambridge college to do so. The end of white rule in South Africa began with gradual reforms in the late 1980s and is said to have ended in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela as president.

25. *Music* Which band performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the wonderful year of 1991?

From Quiz I Love the 90's: 1991

Answer: Nirvana

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was Nirvana first and biggest hit. This song was nominated for two Grammy Awards, but it lost both. Bummer! It also was number one on VH1's "Best Songs of the 90s". Awesome!

26. *Literature* Which author got his/her idea for his/her book on a train in 1990?

From Quiz I Love the 90s: 1990

Answer: J.K. Rowling

Of course, we all know Harry Potter is popular worldwide, both in the books and the movies. Who doesn't love Harry Potter? The train (from Manchester to London) was badly delayed and by time J K Rowling reached her apartment in south London she had already formed the idea of a school of wizardry and mental outlines of some of the characters.

27. One of television's biggest game shows debuted in the U.S. on August 16, 1999, hosted by perennial host Regis Philbin. What was the show?

From Quiz Quiz Like it's 1999

Answer: 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'

The rules were simple: answer increasingly difficult trivia questions to get to the Grand Prize Question worth 1 million U.S. dollars. It took until November 19 of that year before John Carpenter of Hamden, Connecticut became the first to win the Grand Prize.

28. Literature: Who won the Whitbread Best Book Award in 1999?

From Quiz 1999

Answer: Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney won the Whitbread Poetry Award then went on to win the Best Book Award with "Beowulf". Tim Lott won the First Novel Award with "White City Blue", Rose Tremain won the Novel Award with "Music and Silence", David Cairns won the Biography Award with "Berlioz, Volume 2" and J K Rowling won the Children's Book Award with "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban".

29. Where was the 1992 World's Fair held?

From Quiz Where Were You in 1992?

Answer: Genoa, Italy and Seville, Spain

Several countries competed for the honor of hosting the 1992 World's Fair, and it was held in both Genoa, Italy and Seville, Spain - an unusual arrangement.

30. The founder of Heaven's Gate was a former music professor at a Texas College. His name was:

From Quiz Heaven's Gate: Apocalyptic Suicides

Answer: Marshall Herff Applewhite

Marshall Herff Applewhite, the leader of the group was 66 when he died. As one of the leaders of the group, it is believed that he was one of the last ones to commit suicide.

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