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In 1990, The Men in Black premiered in comics with Men in Black #1. The short comic series was a science fiction story that featured agents who investigated and dealt with paranormal phenomena, such as aliens, demons, and monsters.

In 1990, FCC impliments “SYNDEX” giving independent stations more rights over cable TV outlets for exclusive syndicated programs.

In 1992, ESPN Radio Network was launched featuring 16 hours a week of sports news and information

In 1993, Mike Ovitz and Bob Wright meet in Aspen, Colorado to discuss David Lettermanʹs future with NBC. Ovitz then calls Peter Lassally and Robert Morton and relates Wrightʹs laundry lists of complaints NBC has with Dave; a deal with NBC is more distant than it was two weeks ago.

In 1993, The country of Czechoslovakia dissolved with the New Year, replaced by separate Czech Republic and Slovak states. The split was the result of the Velvet Revolution in late 1989.

In 1993, Tired of being treated like a woman (which, fortunately, she is), Michaela Quinn (Jane Seymour) leaves Boston, answering a newspaper ad to treat the sick in Colorado Springs, where she inherits a passel of telegenic youngʹuns, a (presumed-disease free) strappin' mountain man and the mantle of “Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman.”

In 1994, Howard Sternʹs New Yearʹs Eve Beauty Pageant.

In 1994, On the cover of TV Guide: “Tim Allen”. Other Articles: Judith Light, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

In 1994, R.C., “Addams Family (Whoomp!)” by Tag Team peaked at #84 on the pop singles chart.

In 1994, The North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States, took effect. Former President H.W. Bush signed the NAFTA agreement in 1992 before he left office.

In 1995, Actors Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner are married in Los Angeles.

In 1995, The last “The Far Side” appeared as cartoonist Gary Larsen retired the strip begun in 1980.

In 1995, The professional, if occasionally inaccurate, “fan” guide “Daveʹs World: The Unofficial Guide to the Late Show With David Letterman” by Michael Cader is published.

In 1995, “A Tuna Christmas” closes at Booth Theater New York City 20 performances. Sounds fishey to me. It opened December 15, 1994.

In 1996, Alan Jackson released "I'll Try" which became his thirteenth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. The track was the second single lifted from his 1995 compilation album The Greatest Hits Collection.

In 1996, Betty Rubble makes her long awaited debut after a 27-year delay as a Flintstone vitamin; the rag-topped Flintmobile vitamin is history. No word whether weʹll see Weird Al Yankovic on a vitamin in any form!

In 1996, On “Melrose Place,” Sydney slips her sister Jane a Mickey, but the drugged drink carries a more powerful punch than intended as Jane suffers a stroke.

In 1997, The Dishonor List of Banished Words and Phrases was issued this day. The Doublespeak Award went to (the envelope please…) Lake Superior State University for the phrase, “The patient did not fulfill his wellness potential.” Or, in other words…he died.

In 1997, The TV networks began using the new TV ratings system: TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-M similar to those used in the movies.

In 1998, copyrighted works created in the year 1922 had entered the public domain. Due to the passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act, it won't be until the year 2019 when copyrighted works created in the year 1923 go into the public domain.

In 1999, Alyssa Milano married Cinjun August Tate, lead of the rock group Rene Zero in Louisiana. (CNN and AP says January 1, 1999, ET says December 31, 1998) Guests included the Milanoʹs “Charmed” co-stars, Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs. They divorced 11 months later.

In 1999, The euro, the new single currency of 11 European countries (later 13), officially came into existence with the start of the New Year. (The euro became legal tender on this date in 2002.)

In 1999, “Timon and Pumbaa” returned to be airing new episodes on Toon Disney.

U.S. 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, ✪ “Addams Family (Whoomp!)” by Tag Team peaked at number 84 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Fast As You” by Dwight Yoakam peaked at number 70 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Higher Ground” by UB40 peaked at number 45 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Real Muthaph**kkin G's” by Eazy-E peaked at number 42 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” by U2 peaked at number 61 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “The Song Remembers When” by Trisha Yearwood peaked at number 82 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “What's My Name?” by Snoop Dogg (as Snoop Doggy Dogg) peaked at number 8 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Yours” by Shai (U.S.) peaked at number 63 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

U.K. 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Daughter” by Pearl Jam peaked at number 18 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Down The Drain” by Stakka Bo peaked at number 64 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Remembering Christmas” by Exeter Bramclean Boys Choir peaked at number 46 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Your Love” by Diana Ross peaked at number 14 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

France 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Queen Of The Night” by Whitney Houston peaked at number 47 on the France pop singles chart.

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