December 1990 calendar

December 1990

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1990.
The US president was George H. W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Sir John Major (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1990: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1990?


  • 01 Dec 1990 New York Knicks' Patrick Ewing scores 50 points beating Charlotte Hornets 113-96.
  • 02 Dec 1990 1st parlimentary election in newly reunified Germany
  • 03 Dec 1990 At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 (a McDonnell Douglas DC-9) collides with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 (a Boeing 727) on the runway, killing 8 passengers and 4 crewmembers on Flight 1482.
  • 04 Dec 1990 Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in New York City, New York.
  • 05 Dec 1990 Blue Jays trade F McGriff and T Fernandez to SD for R Alomar and J Carter
  • 06 Dec 1990 Saddam anounces release of all foreign hostages.
  • 07 Dec 1990 Ted Turner and Jane Fonda announce their engagement
  • 08 Dec 1990 Galileo Earth-1 Flyby.
  • 09 Dec 1990 Houston scores most points against Cleveland, Oilers 58, Browns 14
  • 10 Dec 1990 Space Shuttle STS 35 (Columbia 11) lands
  • 11 Dec 1990 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) returns from space
  • 12 Dec 1990 US ambassador to Kuwait, Nathaniel Howell, leaves Kuwait.
  • 13 Dec 1990 Peter Pan opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 14 Dec 1990 Right to Die case permits Nancy Cruzan to have her feeding tube removed, she dies 12 days later
  • 15 Dec 1990 Rocker Rod Stewart marries supermodel Rachel Hunter.
  • 16 Dec 1990 KUSW, Salt Lake City Utah, final shortwave radio transmissions
  • 17 Dec 1990 KTBN, Salt Lake City Utah, begins shortwave radio transmissions
  • 18 Dec 1990 NL releases short list of teams for 1993 NL expansion
  • 20 Dec 1990 Pentagon warns Saddam Hussein that US air power is ready to attack on January 15.
  • 22 Dec 1990 Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen.
  • 23 Dec 1990 Lettice & Lovage closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 284 performances
  • 24 Dec 1990 Ramsewak Shankar is ousted as President of Suriname by a military coup .
  • 25 Dec 1990 Godfather III premieres
  • 26 Dec 1990 Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship
  • 28 Dec 1990 Two die in a New York City subway accident.
  • 29 Dec 1990 Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton weds Shannon Kelley.
  • 30 Dec 1990 Miser closes at Circle in the Square Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 31 Dec 1990 United Somali Congress seizes Presidential Palace.
  • 06 Dec 1990 A military jet of the Italian Air Force, abandoned by its pilot after an on-board fire, crashed into a high school near Bologna, Italy, killing 12 students and injuring 88 other people.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1990?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - I'm Your Baby Tonightyoutube
  2. - Because I Love You (The Postman Song)youtube
  3. - Love Takes Timeyoutube
  4. - From A Distance
  5. - Justify My Loveyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Ice Ice Babyyoutube
  2. - Saviour's Day
  3. - Unbelievableyoutube
  4. - Justify My Loveyoutube
  5. - Unchained Melody


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1990?

Powershift by Alvin Toffler



Toffler asserts that headlines often focus on global power shifts but there are also significant changes in the everyday world, such as supermarkets, banks, hospitals, and television.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park


This is the classic thriller about science-run amok, written by the man behind Sphere, Timeline, and Congo. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Wonderful.

Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger

Friday Night Lights


This 25th anniversary edition is the #1 New York Times Bestseller and Sports Illustrated's Best Football Book of All Time.

The Cat And The Curmudgeon by Cleveland Amory

The Cat And The Curmudgeon


This collection of humorous stories tells the story of Polar Bear, a white cat named Polar Bear, and the old man who is ill-tempered.

Dazzle by Judith Krantz



"Captivating. Krantz's most erotic book yet... Dazzle sizzles." -- Daily News, Los Angeles. Now, Judith Krantz is the best-selling author Scruples, Mistral’s Daughter.