January 5, 1990

January 5, 1990, was a Friday. It was 34 years, 6 months, and 18 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on January 5, 1990?

  • Genesee River Killer: Serial killer Arthur Shawcross is arrested.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 5, 1990:

  • United States: "Another Day In Paradise" by Phil Collins
  • United Kingdom: "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid II

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 5, 1990

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins
  • Don't Know Much - Linda Ronstadt (Featuring Aaron Neville)
  • We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel
  • Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson
  • With Every Beat Of My Heart - Taylor Dayne
Play the top singles from 1990
A Spotify playlist of songs from 1990. Take a trip back to the days of Roxette, George Michael, UB40 and Sinéad O'Connor.
The War of the Roses

Top movie at the box office

The movie "The War of the Roses" was at the top of the box office on January 5, 1990.


This date occurred 12,619 days ago. Approximately 421 months have passed. It was the 5th day of 1990, in week 01. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on January 5, 1990, are now 34 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 140 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to January 5, 1990

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is January 5, 1990, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Many people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

People are starting to return back to work and school after the Christmas holidays. In America, the song "Another Day In Paradise" by Phil Collins is at the top of the singles charts, while "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid II is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie The War of the Roses is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Sherlock Holmes", "Charles in Charge", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and "In the Heat of the Night". Texting is not a thing yet. Instead, people are using landline phones and pagers. Furthermore, most people have never heard of the Internet.

In fashion, many of the trends from the late 80s are still popular. Colored tights, denim overalls, leotards, flannel shirts and shoulder pads are all fashionable at the moment. A toy called "Polly Pocket" has become the latest craze. It's 1990, so the airwaves are being dominated by music artists such as Sinéad O'Connor, Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson, Vanilla Ice, Mariah Carey, Stevie B, Madonna and MC Hammer.

Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega has surrendered himself to US authorities after being on the run. In the United Kingdom, a new series called "One Foot in the Grave" has made its television debut on BBC One. A man called Arthur Shawcross has been arrested on suspicion of being the serial killer behind the murders of 12 women in Rochester, New York.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Sammy Davis, Jr, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roald Dahl, and John Bardeen would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Gain Ground", "Herzog Zwei", "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse", and "Batman: The Video Game". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Smurfs", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers", and "Saved by the Bell".

Children are playing with toys such as My Little Pony (figures), Popples, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures, and Yo-yo.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 5, 1990.

  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate

    Pagers achieved mainstream popularity during the 1990s. These small devices allowed the owner to receive messages. More often than not, the message was a short memo or a phone number that they were supposed to call back.
  • Bart Simpson t-shirts.

    Bart Simpson t-shirts

    15 million Bart Simpson t-shirts were sold in 1990. The t-shirts and their "cheeky" quotes became so popular that a number of schools decided to ban them.
  • 1990 in music.

    1990 in music

    Popular artists in 1990 included Vanilla Ice, Adamski, Elton John, Sinead O'Connor, Robert Plant, Madonna, ZZ Top, Snap!, INXS, Maria McKee, Ice Cube, MC Hammer and The Beautiful South.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1990?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1990?

    In 1990, the best NBA players were Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Akeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Tom Chambers, Kevin Johnson, James Worthy, Chris Mullin, David Robinson, Clyde Drexler and Joe Dumars.
  • Early 1990s fashion.

    Early 1990s fashion

    Early 1990s fashion was largely a continuation of the 1980s. Popular outfits included colored tights, denim overalls, black leather jackets with shoulder pads, neon-colored tops, flannel shirts, plaid skirts, and ripped jeans.
  • 1990 in movies.

    1990 in movies

    Movies released in 1990 included Ghost, Home Alone, Pretty Woman, Total Recall, Dances with Wolves, Back to the Future Part III, Kindergarten Cop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Presumed Innocent, Die Hard 2, Gremlins 2 and Predator 2.
  • Best football players in 1990.

    Best football players in 1990

    The best football players in 1990 were Lothar Matthäus, Diego Maradona, Salvatore Schillaci, Andreas Brehme, Paul Gascoigne, Franco Baresi, Enzo Scifo, Jürgen Klinsmann, Roberto Baggio, Frank Rijkaard and Guido Buchwald.
  • Dances with Wolves.

    Dances with Wolves

    "Dances with Wolves" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1990.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, sales of wallpaper started to decline. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, people were beginning to opt for minimalist, painted walls.
  • George H. W. Bush.

    George H. W. Bush

    US President George H. W. Bush was named Time Person of the Year in 1990.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".
  • Polly Pocket.

    Polly Pocket

    At the start of 1990, a new toy called "Polly Pocket" started to grow in popularity.
  • Bette Midler - "From a Distance"

    Bette Midler - "From a Distance"

    "From a Distance" by Bette Midler would go on to win a Grammy for 1990's Song of the Year.
  • The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis

    The Sega Genesis was one of the most popular video game consoles. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.
  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy

    A hand-held game console called the "Game Boy" was all the rage. The console boasted games such as Super Mario Land, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Kirby's Dream Land, and a number of Pokémon releases.
  • VCRs have become a common household item.

    VCRs have become a common household item

    VCRs became a common household item in the mid-1980s. By that stage, prices had started to drop. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 5, 1990.

  • December 6, 1989: 14 women are killed after Marc Lépine goes on a shooting spree at the École Polytechnique engineering school in Montreal, Canada.
  • December 11, 1989: Bulgarian leader Petar Mladenov announces that the Communist Party in Bulgaria will abandon its monopoly on power.
  • December 14, 1989: The film Glory (1989) is released.
  • December 15, 1989: The comedy-drama film "Driving Miss Daisy" is released.
  • December 16, 1989: The Romanian Revolution begins when protests break out in the city of TimiÈ™oara.
  • December 17, 1989:
    • The first episode of The Simpsons is aired.
    • Romanian Revolution: Rioters break into the Communist Party's District Committee building in TimiÈ™oara.
  • December 20, 1989: The United States invades Panama.
  • December 21, 1989: Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu gives his final speech, during which he is booed and forced to retreat.
  • December 22, 1989:
    • Irish novelist Samuel Beckett passes away at the age of 83.
    • Romania: The communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu is ended after he flees his palace by helicopter.
  • December 25, 1989:
    • The BFG (1989 film) is released.
    • Former Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu is executed.
  • January 1, 1990: The first episode of "Mr. Bean" is aired.
  • January 2, 1990: American actor Alan Hale dies from cancer at the age of 68.
  • January 3, 1990: Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrenders to the US military.
  • January 4, 1990: The first episode of British sitcom "One Foot in the Grave" is aired.
  • This date: January 5, 1990
  • January 6, 1990: Scottish actor Ian Charleson dies from AIDS.
  • January 8, 1990: The song "Nothing Compares 2 U" is released by Irish singer Sinead O'Connor.
  • January 15, 1990: Former FBI informant William O'Neal is killed after he runs into traffic on Interstate 290 in Illinois.
  • January 18, 1990: Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession.
  • January 19, 1990: Tremors (1990) is released.
  • January 20, 1990:
    • The song "I Wish It Would Rain Down" is released by Phil Collins.
    • American actress Barbara Stanwyck passes away at the age of 82.
  • January 25, 1990: The Burns' Day storm reaches north-western Europe, causing 97 fatalities.
  • January 28, 1990: Super Bowl XXIV: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Denver Broncos by 55-10 at the Louisiana Superdome.
  • January 31, 1990: The first McDonald's fast-food outlet is opened in the Soviet Union.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 5, 1990, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1990 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 5, 1990 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Early 1990s fashion

Photographs of early 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1990s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in January 1990

Television shows that people were watching in January 1990:

TV shows from January 1990.

One Foot in the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
Family Matters
Family Matters
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night
The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Full House
Full House
My Two Dads
My Two Dads
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children

Cars in 1990

1990 saw the introduction of cars such as the Honda Inspire, the Nissan Primera, the Toyota Previa, the Ford Explorer, the Renault Clio, and the Audi S2.

Cars in 1990.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 1990

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Mr. Bean
Mr. Bean
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser, M.D.

Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Saved by the Bell
Saved by the Bell
Hey Dude
Hey Dude
Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers
Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers

Toys in 1990

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Fear Street books
Fear Street books
Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates
Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket
The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Game Boy
The Game Boy
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball
Boglins (hand puppets)
Boglins (hand puppets)
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in January 1990.

World Cup Italia '90 1990
World Cup Italia '90
Super Mario World 1990
Super Mario World
Batman: The Video Game 1989
Batman: The Video Game
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 1989
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Herzog Zwei 1989
Herzog Zwei
The Revenge of Shinobi 1989
The Revenge of Shinobi
Golden Axe 1989
Golden Axe
DuckTales 1989
Super Mario Land 1989
Super Mario Land
SimCity 1989
RoboCop 1988
Gain Ground 1988
Gain Ground

Were you born on January 5, 1990?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1990.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 5, 1996, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 5.

Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall

Born on January 5, 1931
He turned 59 on this day in 1990.

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

Born on January 5, 1969
He turned 21 on this day in 1990.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper

Born on January 5, 1975
He turned 15 on this day in 1990.



Music producer
Born on January 5, 1981
He turned 9 on this day in 1990.



National holidays and famous events that fall on January 5:


US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on January 5, 1990.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 5, 1990 was most likely conceived around April 14, 1989.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 5, 1990 is close to September 28, 1990.

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Stats for January 5, 1990


Here are some interesting statistics about January 5, 1990:

  • 12,619 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,802 weeks have passed.
  • 1,090,278,000 seconds have passed since January 5, 1990.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,271,991,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 562,583,448,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 181,713,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 93,763,908 steps. That's roughly 41,673 miles.
  • 13,083,336 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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