January 1990 calendar

January 1990

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

But much more happened on January 1990: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1990?


  • 01 Jan 1990 New York City MTA stops token redemption at subway stations
  • 02 Jan 1990 Sting joins wrestlings 4 Horsemen
  • 03 Jan 1990 Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrenders to American forces.
  • 04 Jan 1990 Two trains collide in Sangi, Pakistan, killing between 200 and 300 people and injuring an estimated 700 others.
  • 05 Jan 1990 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of Canadian Football League.
  • 06 Jan 1990 New York Lotto pays US$35 million to one winner (numbers are 18-25-26-32-42-44).
  • 07 Jan 1990 Tower Of Pisa closed to the public after leaning too far
  • 09 Jan 1990 64th US manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) launches into orbit
  • 10 Jan 1990 Les Miserables, opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
  • 11 Jan 1990 Actor Joseph Cotton undergoes vocal cancer operation at 84
  • 12 Jan 1990 Civil Rights activist Reverand Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
  • 13 Jan 1990 1st elected US black Governor inaugurated
  • 14 Jan 1990 Simpsons premiered on Fox-TV
  • 15 Jan 1990 6th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Knots Landing wins
  • 17 Jan 1990 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin
  • 18 Jan 1990 Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
  • 19 Jan 1990 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, versus Australia at Adelaide.
  • 20 Jan 1990 47th Golden Globes: Born on Fourth of July, Driving Miss Daisy win.
  • 21 Jan 1990 Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association executive director.
  • 22 Jan 1990 17th American Music Awards: Milli Vanilli.
  • 23 Jan 1990 Allen Larkin Collins, guitarist, dies of pneumonia at age 37. Collins was one of the founding members and guitarists of Southern US rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • 24 Jan 1990 Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon.
  • 25 Jan 1990 Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami Florida jail.
  • 26 Jan 1990 Annular eclipse visible over Antarctica and South Atlantic.
  • 28 Jan 1990 Independent on Sunday begins publishing in London
  • 29 Jan 1990 Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill
  • 31 Jan 1990 1st ever all-sports daily National begins publishing
  • 01 Jan 1990 David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City's first black mayor.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Another Day In Paradise
  2. - How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
  3. - Rhythm Nation
  4. - Pump Up The Jam
  5. - Don't Know Much

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Ice Ice Babyyoutube
  2. - Hangin' Tough
  3. - Saviour's Day
  4. - Tears On My Pillow
  5. - When You Come Back To Me


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1990?

A Brief History Of Time by Stephen W. Hawking

A Brief History Of Time


Stephen Hawking is known as one of the greatest theoretical physicists since Einstein. This landmark book shares Hawking's brilliant intellect with all nonscientists, and guides us expertly.

The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base

The Eleventh Hour


Horace, the elephant's eleventh birthday, celebrates with style by inviting his exotic friends along to a spectacular costume party. There is something more to the mystery, though.

The Tempting Of America by Robert H. Bork

The Tempting Of America


Judge Bork gives a personal account of his nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also shares his views on politics and the law.

Megatrends 2000 by John Naisbitt and  Patricia Aburdene

Megatrends 2000


This book offers predictions and modern "soothsayings," for the 1990s and beyond. It attempts to chart the future changes in culture, religion, and politics.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club


Four mothers, four daughters and four families, whose histories change with the winds according to who is "saying" them.