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In 1990, Ukraine declares independence.

In 1990, “Into The Night with Rick Dees” premieres following “ABC News Nightline.” Naturally, the hardest part of planning this dud was finding someone “whiter” than Alan Thicke.

In 1990, “Letʹs Make a Deal” returned to be airing new episodes on NBC.

In 1990, “The Match Game” returns to the airwaves, this time on ABC with panelist Charles Nelson Reilly, but with Ross Shafer as host. What the blank?

In 1992, A train carrying 2,200 tons of New York garbage that spent three weeks wending its way through the Midwest headed home for burial in a Staten Island landfill.

In 1992, Governor William Clinton of Arkansas, launching what he calls the “New Covenant”, accepts the democratic nomination for president. Following the 54-minute speech, the convention cheers and rocks to Fleetwood Macʹs “Donʹt Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)”

In 1992, The movie “Batman Returns” opened in movie theaters in Germany.

In 1992, To the dismay and anger of supporters, Ross Perot announced he would not be running for president (however, he later changed his mind.).

In 1993, After falling into a coma after accidentally being injected with cleaning fluid “Days of Our Lives” doctor Carly Manning “dies.” But itʹs really just a ruse from villainess Vivian Allimain whoʹs under the influence of rare Chinese herbs which have turned her insane, but allowed her to walk again after faking her own death. What are Vivʹs plans? Why, to bury Ms. Manning alive and talk to her through a specially designed coffin with lights an air tank and two way speaker phone! Weird, eh? Bob Ricci watched the show.

In 1993, The Walt Disney Pictures live-action feature film, “Hocus Pocus” opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1993, “Boom! Shake The Room” single by Dj Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince was released

In 1993, “Free Willy” starring Jason James Richter opened in theaters in the U.S.

In 1993, “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded the funny songs “Jurassic Park”, “Achy Breaky Song”, “Bedrock Anthem”, and “Talk Soup” for his Alapalooza CD.

In 1994, On the cover of TV Guide: “Cindy Crawford”. Other Articles: Dean Martin, Steven Banks

In 1994, The first of 21 asteroids, major fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy Nine broken-up two years earlier, hit Jupiter, creating a 1200-mile wide fireball 600 miles high to the joy of astronomers awaiting the celestial fireworks.

In 1995, Amazon opened up its website for business with consumers for the first time as it began selling books online.

In 1996, on General Hospital, news of Steve Hardy's death spread through the hospital.

In 1997, Today in Late Show w/ Letterman History: Letterman proves that honesty is the best policy when he talks to very honest New York City cab driver, Qurbe Tirinizi, who found and returned 71-year-old Gwendoline Weeksʹ purse containing nearly $33,000 in the backseat of his taxi. For his heroism, Letterman gave Tirinizi an autographed photo of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (in drag) and a beaded seat cover.

In 1997, “George of the Jungle,” the TV cartoon about an inept Tarzan gets a movie treatment, opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1997, “Hereʹs Your Sign” single by Bill Engvall was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1997, “Wayneʹs World” album soundtrack was certified Multi Platinum 2.00 by the RIAA

In 1998, For the first time ever, the “Late Show with David Letterman” tries to put an audience member to sleep on purpose, as North Dakotan Gary Zick is hooked up to sleep monitoring equipment. Itʹs such a large network “Time Killer” that the scheduled debut of “Pat and Kenny Read Oprah Transcripts” (featuring “Delta Burke”) is delayed a week.

In 1998, Matt Drudge becomes the first superstar from the Internet (after David Tanny does (evil grin)) when he anchors the new “Fox Files” also with Catherine Crier and Jon Scott.

In 1998, Today in Late Show w/ Letterman History: The LATE SHOW debuts a new, popular segment, featuring stagehands Pat Farmer and Kenny Sheehan reading transcripts from “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Also, during “Know Your Current Events” (dubbed by Letterman as “Americaʹs fastest growing quiz sensations”), Letterman asks audience member Gary Zick if he would like to participate in an experiment to see if he can fall asleep in the Ed Sullivan Theater while the show continues taping. Zick obliges and proceeds to be hooked up to sleep monitoring equipment. He eventually drifts off to sleep.

In 1999, The movie “The Blair Witch Project” was first seen in a Hillcrest theater in San Diego, but Iʹm not sure if this is the earliest appearace of the movie in any theater in the U.S.A.

In 1999, The movies “The Wood”, “Lake Placid”, and “Eyes Wide Shut”, the late director Stanley Kubrickʹs final motion picture starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1993, "Benefit of the Doubt" was released by Miramax Films; Jonathan Heap (director); Jeffrey Polman, Christopher Keyser (screenplay); Donald Sutherland, Amy Irving, Rider Strong, Christopher McDonald, Graham Greene, Theodore Bikel, Gisela Kovach, Ferdy Mayne, Julie Hasel, Patricia Tallman, Ralph McTurk, Shane McCabe, Margaret Johnson, Heinrich James; Thriller; Live Action

In 1993, "Free Willy" was released by Warner Bros. Pictures; Simon Wincer (director); Keith A. Walker, Corey Blechman (screenplay); Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Jayne Atkinson, August Schellenberg, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside, Mykelti Williamson, Danielle Harris, Richard Riehle, Michael Bacall; Family, Drama; Live Action

In 1993, "Hocus Pocus" was released by Walt Disney Pictures; Kenny Ortega (director); Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert (screenplay); Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, Sean Murray, Jason Marsden, Doug Jones, Charles Rocket, Stephanie Faracy, Amanda Shepherd, Larry Bagby, Tobias Jelinek, Steve Voboril, Norbert Weisser, Kathleen Freeman; Family, Horror, Comedy; Live Action

In 1997, "George of the Jungle" was released by Walt Disney Pictures / Mandeville Films; Sam Weisman (director); Dana Olsen, Audrey Wells (screenplay); Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Holland Taylor, John Bennett Perry, Richard Roundtree, Greg Cruttwell, Abraham Benrubi, John Cleese, Keith Scott, Frank Welker, Lauren Bowles, Samantha Harris, Mayor Willie Lewis Brown Jr., Nameer Ed-Kadi, Philip Tan, Leif Tilden, Kelly Miracco, Abdoulaye N'Gom, Michael Chinyamurindi, Lydell M. Cheshier, Afton Smith, Noah John Cardoza, Benjamin John Cardoza, Tom Fisher, Jody St. Michael; Comedy, Family; Live Action

In 1999, "Eyes Wide Shut" was released by Warner Bros. Pictures; Stanley Kubrick (director/screenplay); Frederic Raphael (screenplay); Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Todd Field, Marie Richardson, Sky du Mont, Rade Serbedzija, Vinessa Shaw, Fay Masterson, Alan Cumming, Leelee Sobieski, Leon Vitali, Julienne Davis, Abigail Good, Jackie Sawiris, Leslie Lowe, Peter Benson, Michael Doven, Togo Igawa, Sam Douglas, Angus MacInnes, Brian W. Cook, Cindy Dolenc, Treva Etienne, Cate Blanchett, Christiane Kubrick, Katharina Kubrick; Drama; Live Action

In 1999, "Lake Placid" was released by 20th Century Fox / Fox 2000 Pictures / Phoenix Pictures; Steve Miner (director); David E. Kelley (screenplay); Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White, Meredith Salenger, David Lewis, Tim Dixon, Natassia Malthe, Mariska Hargitay, Jed Rees, Richard Leacock, Jake T. Roberts, Ty Olsson, Adam Arkin; Comedy, Horror; Live Action

In 1999, "The Wood" was released by Paramount Pictures / MTV Productions; Rick Famuyiwa (director/screenplay); Todd Boyd (screenplay); Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, LisaRaye McCoy, De'Aundre Bonds, Antwon Tanner, Aubrey Allen, Sean Nelson, Duane Finley, Trent Cameron, Malinda Williams, Tamala Jones, Jascha Washington; Comedy, Romance; Live Action

U.S. 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Captain Save A Hoe” by E-40 peaked at number 94 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “I'll Remember You” by Atlantic Starr peaked at number 55 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind” by Stevie Nicks peaked at number 57 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Old To The New” by Nice And Smooth peaked at number 59 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “The Place Where You Belong” by Shai (U.S.) peaked at number 34 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “What's Up?” by DJ Miko peaked at number 58 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Willing To Forgive” by Aretha Franklin peaked at number 26 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Wink” by Neal McCoy peaked at number 91 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Any Time, Any Place” by Janet Jackson peaked at number 20 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Shine” by Collective Soul peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Wild Night” by John Mellencamp With Me'shell N'degéocello peaked at number 2 on the Canada pop singles chart.

Alt-Canada 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Any Time, Any Place” by Janet Jackson peaked at number 21 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Don't Turn Around” by Ace Of Base peaked at number 1 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Moving On Up” by M People peaked at number 23 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Shine” by Collective Soul peaked at number 6 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Silent Scream” by Richard Marx peaked at number 17 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, ✪ “Everybody Gonfi-Gon” by Two Cowboys peaked at number 7 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “90's Girl” by Blackgirl peaked at number 23 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Ain't Nobody” by Jaki Graham peaked at number 44 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Car Song” by Madder Rose peaked at number 68 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Feenin'” by Jodeci peaked at number 18 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Happy Day” by Blink peaked at number 57 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Love Is Strong” by The Rolling Stones peaked at number 14 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “On Point” by House Of Pain peaked at number 19 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Rock Bottom” by Babyface peaked at number 50 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Smalls Like Teen Spirit” by Abigail peaked at number 29 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “The Pandemonium Single” by Killing Joke peaked at number 28 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Turn It Up” by DJ Duke peaked at number 31 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, ✪ “The Winner Is...” by Southend With Nik Fish peaked at number 9 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Love Is Strong” by The Rolling Stones peaked at number 47 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Shaka Jam” by Kulcha peaked at number 7 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1994, “The Real Thing” by 2 Unlimited peaked at number 39 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Ease My Mind” by Arrested Development peaked at number 11 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1994, “High On A Happy Vibe” by Urban Cookie Collective peaked at number 48 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Jessie” by Joshua Kadison peaked at number 15 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Just A Step From Heaven” by Eternal peaked at number 29 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Leavin'” by Tony! Toni! Toné! peaked at number 30 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Many Rivers” by 3 The Hard Way peaked at number 10 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Swamp Thing” by The Grid peaked at number 41 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1994, “The Red Strokes” by Garth Brooks peaked at number 34 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Anytime You Need A Friend” by Mariah Carey peaked at number 11 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Dreams (Will Come Alive)” by 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor Featuring Des'Ray And D-Rock peaked at number 1 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Il mare calmo della sera” by Andrea Bocelli peaked at number 31 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Inside” by Stiltskin peaked at number 7 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1994, “No More (I Can't Stand It)” by Maxx peaked at number 5 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Sweden 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Blues ABC” by Nisse And Peps peaked at number 30 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1994, “I Swear” by All-4-One peaked at number 1 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Love Is Strong” by The Rolling Stones peaked at number 27 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Oh Susie!” by This Perfect Day peaked at number 23 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1994, “U And Me” by Cappella peaked at number 15 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

Austria 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Inside” by Stiltskin peaked at number 2 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Jessie” by Joshua Kadison peaked at number 6 on the Austria pop singles chart.

France 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Black Betty” by Ram Jam peaked at number 2 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Groove Thang” by Zhané peaked at number 42 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1994, “How Could I Find Love?” by Silja peaked at number 34 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1994, “I Got To Give It Up” by Masterboy peaked at number 41 on the France pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “7 Seconds” by Youssou N'Dour Featuring Neneh Cherry peaked at number 1 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1994, “It Takes Me Away” by Marusha peaked at number 18 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Move Your Body” by Odyssey [1990s] peaked at number 38 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Visions Of Love” by Intrance Featuring D-Sign peaked at number 41 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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