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May 17, 1990

May 17, 1990, was a Thursday. It was 33 years, 10 months, and 28 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on May 17, 1990:

  • Manchester United win the FA Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
  • The World Health Organization removes homosexuality from its list of diseases.
Birthdays

Born on May 17, 1990

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 17, 1990:

  • United States: "Vogue" by Madonna
  • United Kingdom: "Killer" by Adamski

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 17, 1990

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
  • Vogue - Madonna
  • I Wanna Be Rich - Calloway
  • All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You - Heart
  • How Can We Be Lovers - Michael Bolton
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.
Pretty Woman

Top movie

The movie "Pretty Woman" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 12,386 days ago. Approximately 413 months have passed. It was the 137th day of 1990, in week 20. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on May 17, 1990, are now 33 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. We have gone through approximately 138 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to May 17, 1990

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is May 17, 1990, and it's a Thursday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1990 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished.

In America, the song "Vogue" by Madonna is at the top of the singles charts, while "Killer" by Adamski is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Pretty Woman 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 "Cheers", "MacGyver", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and "The Wonder Years". 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.

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. Rapper Ice Cube has just released his solo debut album "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted". This is the rapper's first album since his bitter split with N.W.A. Tributes are pouring in for singer Sammy Davis Jr., who recently died from throat cancer.

Jim Henson, who created "the Muppets", has passed away at the age of 53 from pneumonia. The World Health Organization has officially removed homosexuality from its list of diseases. Meanwhile, in soccer, Manchester United have won the FA Cup after defeating Crystal Palace 1-0 in a replay. The winning goal came from left-back Lee Martin. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roald Dahl, John Bardeen, and Miles Davis would all still be alive.

People are playing video games such as "Duck Hunt", "SimCity", "Super Mario Land", and "World Cup Italia '90". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Fireman Sam", "Beetlejuice", "Doogie Howser, M.D.", and "Nellie the Elephant". Children are playing with toys such as Mr Frosty, Sylvanian Families, Popples, and Polly Pocket.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 17, 1990.

  • Eurovision 1990.

    Eurovision 1990

    The 1990 Eurovision song contest was held in Zagreb, Croatia. Italy won the contest with the song "Insieme: 1992" by Toto Cutugno.
  • 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".
  • 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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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 17, 1990.

  • April 24, 1990: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched into space.
  • April 27, 1990: The video game "Final Fantasy III" is released.
  • May 4, 1990: Latvia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
  • May 14, 1990: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer moves into Apartment 213 on 924 North 25th Street.
  • May 16, 1990:
    • Ice Cube releases his debut album "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted".
    • "The Muppets" creator Jim Henson dies from pneumonia at the age of 53.
    • American singer Sammy Davis Jr. dies from cancer at the age of 64.
  • This date: May 17, 1990
  • May 21, 1990: The last episode of the sitcom Newhart is aired.
  • May 23, 1990: Football: A.C Milan win the European Cup after defeating Benfica 1-0.
  • May 25, 1990:
    • Back to the Future Part III (1990) is released in cinemas.
    • The Witches (1990) is released.
  • May 29, 1990: Investor Warren Buffet becomes a billionaire.
  • June 7, 1990: The Nickelodeon Studios open.
  • June 8, 1990:
    • The 1990 FIFA World Cup starts in Italy.
    • World Cup 1990: Cameroon causes a huge upset by beating Argentina 1-0.
  • June 14, 1990: The Detroit Pistons win the 1990 NBA Finals after they defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 4-1.
  • June 15, 1990: Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) is released.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 17, 1990, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • 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 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 17, 1990 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Early 1990s fashion

Photographs of early 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV series on May 17, 1990

People in May 1990 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from May 1990.

Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
One Foot in the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
Family Matters
Family Matters
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Roseanne
Roseanne
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
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 May 1990

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

In Living Color
In Living Color
Round the Twist
Round the Twist
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
Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice
Saved by the Bell
Saved by the Bell
Hey Dude
Hey Dude
Babar
Babar
Toys

Toys in 1990

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Fear Street books
Fear Street books
Yo-yo
Yo-yo
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)
Jenga
Jenga
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1990.

Phantasy Star II 1990
Phantasy Star II
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
DuckTales
Super Mario Land 1989
Super Mario Land
SimCity 1989
SimCity
RoboCop 1988
RoboCop

Were you born on May 17, 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 May 17, 1996, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 17.

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper

Actor Deceased
Born on May 17, 1936
He turned 54 on this day in 1990.

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

Actor Deceased
Born on May 17, 1955
He turned 35 on this day in 1990.

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Comedian / Actor Deceased
Born on May 17, 1956
He turned 34 on this day in 1990.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxer
Born on May 17, 1956
He turned 34 on this day in 1990.

Enya

Enya

Irish singer
Born on May 17, 1961
She turned 29 on this day in 1990.

Tahj Mowry

Tahj Mowry

Actor
Born on May 17, 1986
He turned 4 on this day in 1990.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on May 17:

USA

US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on May 17, 1990.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 17, 1990 was most likely conceived around August 24, 1989.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 17, 1990 is close to February 7, 1991.

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Stats for May 17, 1990

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 17, 1990:

  • 12,386 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,769 weeks have passed.
  • 1,070,150,400 seconds have passed since May 17, 1990.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,248,508,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 552,197,606,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 178,358,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 92,032,934 steps. That's roughly 40,904 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,841,805 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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