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The children born in this year and subsequent are the millennials of today. The heavy metal band Judas Priest was involved in a multimillion-dollar suit after a boy committed suicide after listening to their song “Better by you Better than Me.” Metallica won their first Grammy award for the Best Metal Performance for their song “One.”
Ghost a movie starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg was the highest-grossing film at the box office.
Three days before Valentine’s Day, Nelson Mandela walked free out of prison. A court sentenced him to 27 years in prison with hard labor in 1964. Mandela served the first 18 years in a prison on Robben Island in a cell that had neither a bed nor plumbing. He would send and receive a letter once every six months with one 30-minute visitation per year as per to the restrictions of the sentencing. F. W. de Klerk became South Africa’s president in 1989 and set about abolishing apartheid and top on his agenda were the freedom of Mandela. Mandela and de Klerk won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in ending apartheid.
Hardly a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germans from the East and West came together for Unity Day on October 3, 1990. A divided Germany was the playing ground of the cold war. The unification of the country was a significant indication that the cold war was ending.
On July 2, a stampede left over 1,400 dead at a pedestrian tunnel in Mecca. The stampede involved Muslim pilgrims in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. This was another of tragedies that have happened at the pilgrimage. The cause of the incident points at law enforcement lacking proper organizational plans and the massive number of people that turned up.
As at 1990, technology advancement was becoming common and more people had color televisions in their homes. It is the same year that Satoshi Tajiri began creating the world-famous Pokémon game.
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