January 20, 1990

January 20, 1990, was a Saturday. It was 34 years, 4 months, and 30 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on January 20, 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.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on January 20, 1990:

  • United States: "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" by Michael Bolton
  • United Kingdom: "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 20, 1990

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - Michael Bolton
  • Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic Featuring Felly
  • Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins
  • Everything - Jody Watley
  • Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
Play the top songs 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

The top movie on this day was "Born on the Fourth of July".


This date was 12,570 days ago. Approximately 419 months have passed. It was the 20th day of 1990, in week 03. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 34 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 140 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to January 20, 1990

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Saturday, January 20, 1990. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aquarius. The work week is over and Saturday has finally come, so people are spending time with their kids, going to bars, shopping, playing video games, and watching sports.

The holiday season of 1989 seems like a distant memory. New year's resolutions are already being abandoned, and many are eagerly awaiting their first paycheck after Christmas In America, the song "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" by Michael Bolton is at the top of the singles charts, while "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Born on the Fourth of July is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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. 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 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 still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Dallas", "Only Fools and Horses", and "In the Heat of the Night".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Super Mario Land", "DuckTales", and "Golden Axe". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Adventures of the Gummi Bears", "Full House", "Garfield and Friends", and "Roseanne". Popular toys at the moment include Cabbage Patch Kids, Pogo ball / Lolo ball, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Game Boy.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 20, 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 20, 1990.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to January 20, 1990.

  • 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.
  • January 5, 1990: Genesee River Killer: Serial killer Arthur Shawcross is arrested.
  • 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.
  • This date: January 20, 1990
  • 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.
  • February 7, 1990: The Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power.
  • February 11, 1990:
    • Boxing: Buster Douglas causes an upset by defeating Mike Tyson in Tokyo, Japan.
    • Nelson Mandela is freed from prison.
  • February 14, 1990: The famous "Pale Blue Dot" photograph of Earth is sent back by Voyager 1.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 20, 1990, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • 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 20, 1990 falls under the Otter.
  • 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

TV series on January 20, 1990

People in January 1990 were watching the following TV series:

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

Kids TV shows on January 20, 1990

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1990:

Nellie the Elephant
Nellie the Elephant
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

Popular toys and games in 1990

Toys and games that were popular in 1990:

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 20, 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 20, 1996, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein

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

Bill Maher

Bill Maher

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

James Denton

James Denton

Born on January 20, 1963
He turned 27 on this day in 1990.

Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson

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

Nicky Wire

Nicky Wire

Manic Street Preachers
Born on January 20, 1969
He turned 21 on this day in 1990.

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

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

Evan Peters

Evan Peters

Born on January 20, 1987
He turned 3 on this day in 1990.



Born on January 20, 1997
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.


US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on January 20, 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 20, 1990 was most likely conceived around April 29, 1989.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 20, 1990 is close to October 13, 1990.

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Stats for January 20, 1990


Here are some interesting statistics about January 20, 1990:

  • 12,570 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,795 weeks have passed.
  • 1,086,044,400 seconds have passed since January 20, 1990.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,267,051,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 560,398,910,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 181,007,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 93,399,818 steps. That's roughly 41,511 miles.
  • 13,032,533 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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