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January 20th, 1990.

January 20th, 1990, was a Saturday. It was day 20 of 1990. The decade was the 1990s.

31 years, 9 months and 1 days have passed since January 20th, 1990.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On this day.

What happened on January 20th, 1990?

  • American actress Barbara Stanwyck passes away at the age of 82.
  • The song "I Wish It Would Rain Down" is released by Phil Collins.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 20th, 1990.

  • United States: How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - Michael Bolton
  • United Kingdom: Hangin' Tough - New Kids on the Block
Play the top hits 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.
Born on the Fourth of July

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Born on the Fourth of July" was at the top of the box office on January 20th, 1990.

Take me back to January 20th, 1990!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 20th, 1990 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

In America, the song How Am I Supposed To Live Without You by Michael Bolton is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Hangin' Tough by New Kids on the Block is the number one hit song. George W. Bush Snr. is currently the President of the United States and the movie Born on the Fourth of July is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. Texting is not a thing yet. Instead, people are using landline phones and pagers. Furthermore, the vast majority of people still have no idea what "the Internet" is. 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. In music, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has just released her song "Nothing Compares 2 U".

Douglas Wilder has just become the first African American to be elected as a governor in the United States. The Soviet Union is continuing to unravel. In Lithuania, 300,000 people have taken to the streets to demonstrate for independence from the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, in Bulgaria, the National Assembly has voted to end one party Communist rule. The Mayor of the District of Columbia, Marion Barry, has recently been arrested for drug possession.

The horror comedy film "Tremors", starring Kevin Bacon, is currently being shown in movie theaters. 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 be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Cheers", "Who's the Boss?", "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Seinfeld".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "The Revenge of Shinobi", "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse" and "World Cup Italia '90". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Growing Pains", "The Real Ghostbusters", "Married... with Children" and "Fireman Sam". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, Micro Machines, Jenga and Yo-yo.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 20th, 1990.

  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate.

    During the 1990s, pagers achieved mainstream popularity. 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 are all the rage.

    Bart Simpson t-shirts are all the rage.

    During the year 1990, 15 million Bart Simpson t-shirts were sold. 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 saw a continuation of the 1980s. Popular outfits included clothes such as coloured tights, denim overalls, black leather jackets with shoulder pads, neon coloured 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.

  • Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    Although wallpaper is still common, it is beginning to go out of fashion.

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, wallpaper started to decline in popularity. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, many people opted for minimalist plain-colored walls.

  • George H. W. Bush.

    George H. W. Bush.

    U.S. President George H. W. Bush. was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1990.

  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie.

    During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.

  • 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 games console during this period. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.

  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy.

    During this time, a hand-held games 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.

    From the mid-80s onward, VCRs started to become a common household item. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 31 years, 9 months and 1 days have passed since January 20th, 1990.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 03 of 1990.
  • Leap Year: 1990 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 20th, 1990, will be 31 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1990 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 632793600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 20th, 1990.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 20th, 1990, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1990 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 20th, 1990 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of early 1990s fashion.

Photographs of early 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 1990s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from January, 1990.

  • One Foot in the Grave - British sitcom following the life of Victor Meldrew.
  • Family Matters - Sitcom starring Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Otis Winslow.
  • Saved by the Bell - Comedy series about a group of friends in high school.
  • Seinfeld - Comedy sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Quantum Leap - TV show about a scientist that finds himself inside the body of a different person each week.
  • Roseanne - Comedy TV show about a working class family called the Conners.
  • In the Heat of the Night - Drama series starring Carroll O'Connor as police chief Bill Gillespie and Howard Rollins as detective Virgil Tibbs.
  • The Wonder Years - A TV show that was set in the late sixties.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Animated series about a team of four teenage turtles.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.
  • Full House - Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.
  • My Two Dads - Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.
  • 21 Jump Street - TV series starring Johnny Depp.
  • Married... with Children - Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.
  • Matlock - Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.
  • ALF - Sitcom about an alien called ALF.
  • MacGyver - TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.
  • The Golden Girls - Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.
  • Charles in Charge - TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.
  • Murder, She Wrote - Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

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.

Kid's TV shows on January 20th, 1990.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1990.

  • Nellie the Elephant
  • The Simpsons
  • Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Hey Dude
  • Babar
  • Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers
  • Noozles
  • Roseanne
  • Garfield and Friends
  • Count Duckula
  • The Wonder Years
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Fireman Sam
  • Full House
  • DuckTales
  • Adventures of the Little Koala
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Married... with Children
  • ALF
  • The Real Ghostbusters
  • Pingu
  • Growing Pains
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The Cosby Show
  • Muppet Babies
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Danger Mouse
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Popular toys and games in 1990.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1990.

  • Yo-yo
  • Lego Pirates
  • Polly Pocket
  • The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
  • The Game Boy
  • Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
  • The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
  • Jenga
  • Micro Machines
  • Popples
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Transformers
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • Water Ring Toss
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • World Cup Italia '90 1990

    World Cup Italia '90
    Soccer game for the Sega Mega Drive.

  • Super Mario World 1990

    Super Mario World
    Released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

  • Batman: The Video Game 1989

    Batman: The Video Game
    Released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

  • Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 1989

    Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
    Released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

  • Herzog Zwei 1989

    Herzog Zwei
    Real-time strategy video game for the SEGA.

  • The Revenge of Shinobi 1989

    The Revenge of Shinobi
    Platform game by SEGA.

  • Golden Axe 1989

    Golden Axe
    Conan the Barbarian-style beat 'em-up game.

  • Super Mario Land 1989

    Super Mario Land
    Released for the Game Boy.

  • SimCity 1989

    SimCity
    A city-building simulation game developed by Maxis.

  • Gain Ground 1988

    Gain Ground
    Action-strategy arcade game.

  • Duck Hunt 1984

    Duck Hunt
    Light gun shooter game.

1990 - TV stations, commercials and shows.

A nostalgic video that emulates what television was like back in 1990.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out January 20th, 1996 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 20th.

Jeffrey Epstein

Financier. Deceased
Born on January 20th, 1953
He turned 37 on this day in 1990.

Bill Maher

Talkshow host.
Born on January 20th, 1956
He turned 34 on this day in 1990.

Rainn Wilson

Actor.
Born on January 20th, 1966
He turned 24 on this day in 1990.

Gary Barlow

Singer.
Born on January 20th, 1971
He turned 19 on this day in 1990.

Weather on January 20th, 1990.

Historical weather information for January 20th, 1990.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 11.7 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 28.0 degrees Fahrenheit. -2.22 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 8.06 degrees Celsius.

US President.

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on January 20th, 1990.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 20th, 1990.

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 20th, 1990 was most likely conceived around the 12th of April, 1989.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 20th, 1990 is close to the 30th of October, 1990.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 20th, 1990.

  • A total of 11,598 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,656 weeks have passed.
  • 1,002,063,600 seconds have passed since the January 20th, 1990.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,169,074,200 times.
  • Since January 20th, 1990, the earth has travelled approximately 517,064,817,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 167,010,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 86,177,470 steps. That's about 38,301 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,024,763 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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