THE PEOPLE, THE TRENDS, THE
MUSIC, AND THE EVENTS.
“A DECADE OF DEVIENCE”
FACTS ABOUT THIS DECADE
Population: 281,421,906 (2000 Census)
Unemployment: 5.8 million, or 4.2% (Sept 99)
National Debt: $5,413.l Million (1997)
Average Salary: $13.37/hr (1999)
Teacher's Salary: $39,347 (1998)
Minimum Wage: $5.15/hr (1997)
Life Expectancy: Male 73.1 Female 79.1(1997)
1990 (The Year of Gulf War)
1991 (The Year the Soviet Union Collapses)
1992 (The Year of Buttafuoco Jokes)
1993 (The Year of Waco)
1994 (The Year OJ makes a break for it!)
1995 (The Year of the Okalahoma City Bombing)
1996 (The Year of the Olympic Park bombing)
1997 (The Year of the Cloned Sheep)
1998 (The Year of Clinton's admission)
1999 (The Year of the Columbine Shooting)
The Year 1990
The Gulf war begins after Saddam Hussein
accuses Kuwait of stealing oil from Iraq. Iraq
invades Kuwait and the US send half a million
soldiers to defend Saudi Arabia against
South African antiapartheid activist, Nelson
Mandela is freed after spending 27 years as a
The Year 1991
The Soviet Union is dissolved and the 15
separate republics (including Russia) are
now independent. Maps will never look the
Magic Johnson tests HIV positive and
retires from the NBA.
The Year 1992
Riots erupt in South Central LA following
the acquittal of four white police officers
who were caught on video beating
speeding suspect Rodney King. During
the riots, 55 people were killed, 2,300
people were injured and 1,100 buildings
The Year 1993
After seven years together, New Kids On
The Block go their separate ways, proving
that perhaps they did not have The Right
Stuff after all.
Michael Jordan retires from the NBA to
play minor league baseball. He returns
to the NBA 17 months later.
The Year 1994
In the first South African election in which black people
are allowed to vote, Nelson Mandela is elected
president. He is the first black South African president.
American figure skater, Nancy Kerrigan, is clubbed in
the knee one month before the Winter Olympics. It was
later discovered that the attack was organized by
associates of rival skater, Tonya Harding. Despite her
injury, Kerrigan still went on to win the silver metal at
the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway
The Year 1995
The trail of former NFL star OJ Simpson begins.
He is accused of murdering his ex-wife and her
friend Ron Goldman. OJ is later found not
A federal building in Oklahoma City is bombed
and 168 people are killed. Later, two anti-
government, American terrorists - Timothy
McVeigh and Terry Nichols - were convicted of
the bombing. Timothy McVeigh has since been
executed. Terry Nichols is now facing more
charges in Oklahoma and could be sentenced to
death as well.
The Year 1996
A bomb explodes at the Olympic Park in
Atlanta, Georgia. One person is killed, but
no one is ever charged in the crime.
Also in the US, "The Unabomber"
Theodore Kaczynski is arrested. Kaczynski
killed three people and injured many more
with mail bombs.
The Year 1997
Dolly the cloned sheep is born at the
Roslin Institute in Scotland. She is the
first mammal cloned from an adult cell.
The movie Titanic, featuring Leonardo
DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is released. It
goes on to become the highest grossing
movie of all time.
The Year 1998
Geri Halliwell (AKA Ginger Spice) leaves
the Spice Girls to become Solo Spice.
The Price it Right airs its 5,000th
The Year 1999
Two students go on a shooting spree at
Columbine High School in Colorado. They kill
13 people and then themselves.
While the world parties like it's 1999 (if you read
that and thought, "Huh?" ask your 'rents about a
dude named Prince), computer geeks freak out
about the "Y2K Bug." It turns out that the world
didn't end. Go figure
10. Pulp Fiction
9. Mrs. Doubtfire
8. The Sixth Sense
7. Forrest Gump
6. The Temp
5. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
3. Home Alone
2. Jurassic Park
1990 San Francisco d. Denver (55-10)
1991 NY Giants d. Buffalo (20-19)
1992 Washington d. Buffalo (37-24)
1993 Dallas d. Buffalo (52-17)
1994 Dallas d. Buffalo (30-13)
1995 San Francisco d. San Diego (49-26)
1996 Dallas d. Pittsburgh (27-17)
1997 Green Bay d. New England (35-21)
1998 Denver d. Green Bay (31-24)
1999 Denver d. Atlanta (34-19)
“I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL
RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN”
“ It depends on how you define "alone" ...
there were a lot of times when we were
alone, but I never really thought we
"It depends on what the meaning of the
word 'is' is"
- excerpts from Bill Clinton's grand jury
ONE MORE, JUST FOR FUN.
In his 1998 testimony, the former
president said, "When I was alone with
Ms. Lewinsky on certain occasions in early
1996 and once in early 1997, I engaged in
conduct that was wrong”
PLEASE DEFINE THE WORD “SEX”
Orenthal James "OJ" Simpson
married twice, first to Marguerite Whitley (6-24-1967 to 1979), then
to Nicole Brown (2-2-1985 to 1992); divorced
Aaren- deceased, daughter from first marriage
Arnelle- age 25, daughter from first marriage
Jason Lamar- age 24, son from first marriage
Justin- age 6, son from second marriage
Sydney- age 9, daughter from second marriage
Inmate Number: 4013970
Hugh Grant is the epitome of English
charm - but he did look foolish when he
was arrested with hooker Divine Brown in
In 1993 John Bobbitt testifies against wife
Lorena, recounting how she cut off his
penis in his sleep as punishment for his
MR. AND MRS. ALLEN
In 1997 director Woody Allen married
Soon Yi Previn. She is the Korean-born
adopted daughter of his former lover,
actress Mia Farrow.
Macarena: This hit, complete with it's own
dance, was written and performed by the
Spanish duo Los Del Rio. Luckily, this
craze is now over.
Grunge: Distorted guitars and growling
vocals - mainly made up of Seattle bands
such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains,
Tae Bo: Started by martial arts star Billy
Blanks, this trend was big among celebs
and involved sweating, kicking and
punching at air.
Music Hits of the 1990s
U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
I Want You Back - NSYNC
Getting Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
End of the Road - Boyz II Men
Crossroads - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Informer - Snow
“THE SPICE GIRLS”
In 1998 Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice,
anounced that she would be leaving the
Spice Girls due to differences in the band.
CARTMAN WAS VERY HAPPY!
The bands spoken view on such issues
American unemployment, homelessness
and the pro choice organization, made
them an industry standard that changed
the face of modern day music.
“THE GULF WAR”
Iraq invades Kuwait
Saddam Hussein accuses Kuwait of undercutting
Iraq's petroleum revenues and of stealing from a
border oil field. Kuwait's offers concessions
considered inadequate to Hussein, so he sends
in 100,000 troops. Kuwait's army flees along
with the king. Iraq is then condemned by the
Arab League, the Soviets and especially the US
who sends in 500,000 troops to defend Saudi
Arabia and prepare for an invasion.
The ATF raids the Branch Davidian
compound in Waco, Texas and a seige
results. The seige lasts for several weeks
until a fire breaks out ( Some reports say
that the Davidians themselves started it
and some reports that the Federal agents
started it) killing most of the cult members
including leader David Koresh and several
The Oklahoma City Bombing
April 19, 1995: 168 people, including 8
Federal Marshals, were killed in the
bombing of a federal building in
Okalahoma City. Timothy McVeigh and
Terry Nichols were charged and convicted
in this case. For their roles in the bombing
Terry Nichols received a life sentence and
Timothy McVey was sentenced to death.
April 20, 1999, two students go on a
shooting rampage in Columbine High
School in Littleton, Colorado. They kill 12
students, 1 teacher and themselves.
You Know the 90s Were Almost Over
*. Everyone used to joke about a
Starbucks on every corner, and now there
is a Starbucks on every corner.
*. People marked December 31st on their
calendar as "The End of the World."
*. Movie promos brag, "Funniest Movie of the
*. Parents complained to their college kids, "You
never e-mail us anymore.“
*. Clinton responds to all allegations with, "So
what are you gonna do about it?"
*. People tell you their salary followed by, "with
*. You're sick of receiving lists about the 90s