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1990

Jan15 Thousands storm the Stasi HQ in Berlin in an attempt to view their records
Jan18 In Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry is arrested by FBI agents after being videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room
Jan25 The Berlin Wall starts to come down - on Feb 14 the borders are opened and 1.5 million make a dash for the West
Jan31 First McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonalds
Feb7 Soviet leaders agree to surrender the Communist Party's 72 year monopoly on power.
Feb11 South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. The South African government had recognised the ANC nine days earlier and had released other political prisoners. 
  In a stunning upset, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was knocked out in the tenth round of his fight with Buster Douglas in Tokyo.
Feb26 American pop singer Del Shannon shot himself
Mar6 The Soviet Parliament approves a property law that gives private citizens the right to own the means of production and other business enterprises -- for the first time since the early 1920s.
Mar9 Police seal off Brixton South London after another night of protest against the imposition of a poll-tax. Civil protest and disturbance  has taken place throughout Britain in the last week as local councils set the tax rates
Mar10 American Jennifer Capriati, at 13 years and 11 months, became the youngest player ever to reach the final of a professional tennis tournament at an event in Florida.
Mar15 Iraq executed London-based journalist Farzad Bazoft, whom it had accused of spying.
  Mikhail Gorbachev was elected executive President of the USSR.
Mar18 East Germany hold their first free elections since 1932
Mar21 A massive demonstration in Trafalgar Square against the Tory government's Poll tax turns into large scale rioting with 417 people injured and 341 people arrested.
Mar22 Anchorage jury clears Captain of Exxon Valdez for Alaskan Oil Spillage
Mar27 Namibia becomes a State independent of South Africa
Apr4 Latvia declares independence. Earlier on Mar 11 the Estonian Parliament demands independence
Apr7 Scandinavian Star, a Bahamas-registered ferry operated by the Da No Line, caught fire while on a journey between Norway and Denmark; 158 people were killed.
Apr13 Soviet Union accepted responsibility and apologized for the World War Two murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest, a massacre the USSR had previously blamed on the Nazis.
Apr24 West and East Germany to merge currency and economies on July 1st
Apr25 The Hubble Space Telescope was launched form the Space Shuttle and began sending back pictures on May 20, 1990.
May19 Agriculture Mnister John Gummer feeds a hamburger to his five year old daughter to counter rumours about the spread of BSE and its transmission to humans. Campaigners brand the Minister irresponsible
Jul2 Pilgrims visiting Mecca block a pedestrian tunnel leading to the deaths of 1426
Jul7 Martina Navratilova beats Zina Garrison for record ninth Wimbeldon title
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  Germany beats Argentina 1-0 in soccer's 14th World Cup Final in Rome
  Italy beats England in soccer's World Cup consolation game
Jul21 Pink Floyds' "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood 
Jul22 Greg LeMond won his third Tour de France.
Jul30 Conservative MP Ian Gow, close aide of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was killed by a car bomb planted by Irish Republicans.
Aug2 Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait precipitating the onset of the Gulf War
Aug3 The highest temperature ever recorded in England - 37.1 C at Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. It is also the highest temperature ever recorded anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Aug10 US's Magellan Spacecraft lands on Venus
Sep12 USA, England, France, USSR, East & West Germanys sign agreements allowing the two Germanys to merge after 43 years of division - on October 3rd they unify
Nov1 Last of Margaret Thatcher's original cabinet resigns, Deputy PM Sir Geoffrey Howe
Nov18 Andrei Tjikatilo the "Red Ripper" is arrrested on suspicion of multiple murder and rape
Nov25 Lech Walesa wins in Poland's first popular election and becomes President 22.12.90
Nov22 Margaret Thatcher resigns as Conservative party leader (and Prime Minister).
Nov23 Roald Dahl dies in an Oxford hospital
Nov27 John Major won the second ballot for leadership of the Conservative Party.and in doing so becaame Prime Minister
Dec1 Engineers digging a railway tunnel under the Channel broke through the last dividing rock and joined Britain to mainland Europe for
the first time since the Ice Age.
 
Dec6 Saddam Hussein releases the Western hostages
Dec9 Milosevic becomes President of Serbia
Dec6 Durham are admitted to first-class cricket, the first new county side for 90 years.
Dec26 Romania expelled ex-King Michael only hours after he had returned from exile after 43 years. King Michael of Romania was forced to abdicate when the Romanian People's Republic was proclaimed in 1947.

 

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