While kids born in the 1990s are still coming into their own, there are several who have already found breakout success in the entertainment industry. Case in point, Miley Cyrus, daughter of Country’s "Achy Breaky Heart" crooner Billy Ray Cyrus. She found stardom as Disney Channel darling Hannah Montanna. Then there’s also pop and R&B phenom Justin Bieber, who became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. Oh yeah, and scores of Bieberettes (teen and preteen girls) will scream their heads off at the mere mention of his name or quick view of his famous hair.
As with the passage of time, the 1990s saw the lives of many greats come to an end. There were the legends like Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Dr. Seuss, Mickey Mantle, Mother Teresa, Gene Autry, Harry Carrey, Allen Ginsberg, Ginger Rogers, Joe DiMaggio, Stanley Kubrick and DeForest Kelly. And then there were the heartbreaking deaths of Brandon Lee, Diana Spencer, River Phoenix, John Candy, Kurt Cobain, JonBenet Ramsey, Phil Hartman and JFK Jr. who passed away before their time.
As the decade that was the 90s drew to a close, a theme of death and foreboding surfaced. Dr. Jack Kevorkian (aka Dr. Death) brought the taboo topic of assisted suicide into the unwelcome light. Two students went postal on their fellow classmates in what came to be known as the Columbine Massacre. Television saw the start of the gangster drama The Sopranos (which had us discussing who will get whacked next) and the Law & Order spinoff, Special Victims Unit, which dealt with heinous sex crimes. The Blair Witch Project made us wonder what exactly is happing in those woods while The Sixth Sense had us seeing dead people. And to top it all off, everyone was in a panic over the Y2K Bug. Were there going to be computer glitches when the calendar rolled around to January 1, 2000? And would these malfunctions be severe enough to cause the end of civilization as we know it? Better stock your basement with beer, Slim Jims, Doritos and toilet paper just in case. Hey, you can never be too cautious.
The big headlines for 1998 were all about the Clinton sex scandal and the President’s relationship with then intern, Monica Lewinsky. It had the country in an uproar was asking: What is that stain on the blue dress and how did it get there? What’s the significance of the cigar? And probably the most crucial question of all, what the heck is up with that beret?
As Blur would say, "Woohoo!" It’s 1997.
1996 was filled with "Virtual Insanity." We pitted man against machine as Gary Kasparov played chess with IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer. We became engrossed with the trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez who were ultimately convicted of murdering their parents. And, we solved the 20 year mystery of the Unabomber with arrest of Theodore Kaczynski.
With the decade half over, 1995 did not leave us "High and Dry." It came to bat and has us all Waiting to Exhale.
1994 was all about action, comedy and breakouts. The action came from both the big screen and real life drama. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock got our hearts racing in Speed while O.J. Simpson had as glued to the TV for his white Ford Bronco low-speed chase and subsequent trail for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.
With the help of Björk, 1993 had us taking a look at human behavior.
Before diving into all the great happenings of 1992 (links above), let’s take a comic break to enjoy Saturday Night Live’s take on this great year by watching the very funny Andy Samberg as the Out of Breathe Jogger from 1992. The bicycle shorts are a nice touch.
The shakeup and change started in 1990 continues into 1991 with violence on both the world stage as well as at home (USA). The Gulf War both starts and ends with Operation Desert Storm, Rodney King’s brutal beating is caught on tape and sets off riots in L.A, and Jeffrey Dahmer (cannibal and serial killer) is arrested.
Let’s get this decade started! Choose from the links above to jump directly to your area of interest or scroll down the page and enjoy all that 1990 had to offer from current events to music, TV, movies and sports.