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Wicked Sweet 90s: What Life Was Like in 1990

Written by Emily Rokke

We all loved the 90s and 1990 was the start of it all. For fun facts, history, and a whole lot of reminiscing, here you go!

TV Shows

  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire
  • Seinfeld
  • The Simpsons
  • Full House
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Cheers
  • Roseanne
  • Law and Order
  • The Cosby Show
  • The Wonder Years
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Family Matters
  • Blossom
  • The Golden Girls


  • Home Alone
  • Pretty Woman
  • Misery
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Back to the Future III
  • Die Hard 2
  • Kindergarten Cop
  • RocoCop 2
  • Ghost
  • Rocky 5
  • It
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Jetsons: The Movie

People That Were Born in 1990

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Jonathan Lipnicki
  • Sarah Hyland
  • Emma Watson
  • JoJo
  • Sean Kingston
  • Soulja Boy
  • Chris Colfer


  • The world population in 1990 was just over 5.2 billion. The United States alone had almost 250 million at the time.

World News

  • Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 28 years.
  • Industrialized countries agreed to stop dumping waste into the oceans of the world.
  • A Formal Ban on the Trade of Ivory was introduced.
  • The demolition of the Berlin Wall began in June 1990.
  • The ESA/NASA launched the space probe, Ulysses.
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to visitors for the first time due to fears of it falling over.

Fun Facts

  • In 1990, you could get a loaf of bread ($.70,) a pound of bacon, and a dozen eggs for under $5. What a steal for breakfast.
  • 70% of Americans live in the city.
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the Hubble Space Telescope on board.
  • General Motors introduced the Saturn line of cars in 1990.
  • The Simpsons premiered on Fox. (This is the longest running animated series on tv.)
  • A nintendo game boy cost $89.97 in 1990.George H. W. Bush was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year.

What was your favorite part about 1990? Do you wish we could just return to the 90s sometimes?

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