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In 1990, The Sci-Fi Channel/Network is scheduled to began transmitting, but with only about 1.5 million subscribers, itʹs unable to get off the launch pad. The channel would need five and seven million subscribers (or about 10% of the U.S. subscription base) to survive financially, so while the logo is designed, and satellite space has been reserved, the channel wonʹt officially launch until September 24, 1992, (with a showing of “Star Wars”) after favorable cable industry legislation has been passed by Congress.

In 1991, Gilbert OʹSullivan won his lawsuit against rapper Biz Markie for using a sample of his song “Alone Again (Naturally)” for Markieʹs song “Alone Again.” The case changed the rules of sampling by requiring that all samples be cleared before releasing them on another record.

In 1991, The Soviet Union dies.

In 1992, On Bold and the Beautiful, Brooke gave birth to Bridget.

In 1992, The nation of Czechoslovakia was formally dissolved; preparations were made for the country to be divided into the republic of Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

In 1993, Today in Late Show w/ Letterman History: On a special New Yearʹs Eve broadcast, Calvert DeForest greets the New Year by bursting out of a large cake dressed as Baby New Year.

In 1994, on All My Children, Erica remarried Dimwitri, er, I mean Dimitri. Sorry. My bad.

In 1994, R.C., “The Santa Claus Boogie” by The Tractors peaked at #91 on the pop singles chart.

In 1995, Andy Richter and the denizens of NBCʹs “Friday Night” usher in the New Year live from Times Square for NBC. Well, at least it wasnʹt pretaped months earlier like some other show…

In 1995, The Great American Country TV channel was launched with Garth Brooks' video "The Thunder Rolls" as the first video.

In 1995, The syndicated comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” created by Bill Watterson, came to an end after a ten-year run.

In 1996, Paul McCartney became the first Beatle to be knighted.

In 1996, “Wannabe” single by Spice Girls was released. the great Luke Ski parodied it into “Wanna Be a Slayer” in 2002.

In 1996, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and a group he parodied “Lump” into “Gump”, The Presidents of the United States of America, appeared on “Dick Clarkʹs 25th Rockin' New Years Eve” special on ABC-TV.

In 1997, In an attempt to nudge its Microsoft Network into a more competitive position, Microsoft announced the purchase of Hotmail, the free Web-based e-mail service.

In 1997, Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268.

In 1997, on Bold and the Beautiful, Jacob Young made his daytime debut as Rick Forrester.

In 1997, “Men in Black” star Will Smith married actress Jada Pinkett in a New Yearʹs Eve ceremony in Baltimore.

In 1999, ABC 2000 celebrated New Yearʹs Day for almost 24 hours covering the worldʹs New Years Eve celebrations as each of the time zones rang in the year 2000. Well, that had to be the most uneventful 24 hours of “event TV” ever. And wasnʹt it wonderful? No terrorist attacks, no power failures, no airplane or computer crashes. Instead, New Yearʹs Eve offered a day of celebratory TV. It was a grand party, and there was no better host than ABC, led by a relaxed, appealingly avuncular and emotional Peter Jennings.Though cableʹs 24-hour newscasts all offered coverage, Jennings and ABC best captured the shifting mood of the day. At first, as he waited to see whether problems would arise, Jennings exuded caution and a bit of uncertainty. As Australian drag star Dame Edna told him, it was as if we were all having “terrible problems summoning up the right emotions” for the millennial shift. But as the day progressed without disaster, you could almost hear Jennings lead a communal sigh of relief.

In 1999, Itʹs the end of the millenium! David Tanny is not Y2K compliant, so he will expire!

In 1999, People around the world celebrated the arrival of the year 2000, mistakenly thinking that it was the end of the millennium.

In 1999, The Artist (formerly known as Prince) retired his 1982 smash 1999 after an all-star New Yearʹs Eve performance originating from his Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis. “I was aware of the impact (1999) would have when I wrote it,” the performer said in a statement. “I knew my place in the musical community at the time, and I have always sought to be a leader, not a follower.” The anthem for the millennium will end its purple reign with a funky farewell featuring Lenny Kravitz, George Clinton, Larry Graham, and Morris Day and The Time. The Artistʹs Rave Un2 the Year 2000 party was available on pay-per-view for — you guessed it — $19.99.

In 1999, This is the last day ever that you can say the current year whose first two digits begin with a “19” in your lifetime because by the time the year 19,000 rolls around, weʹve been dead for almost 17,000 years!

In 1999, With the expiration of the Panama Canal Treaty of 1979, the Republic of Panama assumed full control of the Panama Canal. The U.S. Panama Canal Commission ceased to exist.

In 1999, “Sunset Beach” TV soap opera had its last broadcast on NBC. It featured the double wedding of Ben and Meg, and Michael and Vanessa.

In 1997, "Oscar and Lucinda" was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures; Gillian Armstrong (director); Laura Jones (screenplay); Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Richard Roxburgh, Clive Russell, Bille Brown, Josephine Byrnes, Barnaby Kay, Barry Otto, Linda Bassett, Peter Whitford, Geoffrey Rush, Adam Hayes, James Tingey, Polly Cheshire; Romance, Drama; Live Action

U.S. 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Blind Man” by Aerosmith peaked at number 48 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “I Wanna Be Down” by Brandy peaked at number 6 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

U.K. 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Heartbeat” by Heartbeat Country peaked at number 75 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Let The Healing Begin” by Joe Cocker peaked at number 32 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Whatever” by Oasis peaked at number 3 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Sweden 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “About A Girl [MTV Unplugged Version]” by Nirvana peaked at number 20 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1994, “Circle Of Life” by Elton John peaked at number 3 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

France 1990s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1994, “Living In Danger” by Ace Of Base peaked at number 36 on the France pop singles chart.

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