The 1990's

The 1990's saw the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it also saw the beginnings of U.S. targeted terror attacks by Islamic radicals.

Just in 1990 alone...

  • Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union
  • Latvia declared independence from the Soviet Union
  • Estonia declared independence from the Soviet Union
  • German re-unification


  • End of Cold War declared at Conference on Security and Co-operation
  • Channel Tunnel workers from France and UK met
  • First free all-German elections won by Helmut Kohl
  • Lech Walsea wins Poland's first presidential elections

The Rest of the Decade

  • Operation Desert Storm (the first Gulf War)

  • Warsaw Pact dissolved
  • Soviet Union dissolved (1991)
  • European Union Treaty signed
  • U.S. lead UN peacekeepers land in Somailia
  • World Trade Center bombing by 4 Islamic terrorists (1993)

  • NATO involvement in Bosnian War
  • Rwanda genocide


  • Nelson Mandela becomes first black President of South Africa
  • Terrorist Carlos the Jackal captured
  • Last Russian forces leave Berlin (1994)
  • Japanese terrorists release Sarin gas on railway trains in Tokyo
  • The Internet (invented by Al Gore) becomes a household item


  • Taliban take over Afganistan
  • Heaven's Gate cult commits mass suicide
  • Clinton/Lewinsky scandal

  • FDA approves Viagra
  • U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania bombed by terrorists
  • U.S. budget surplus largest in 3 decades (1998)
  • Columbine High School tragedy
  • Musharraf led military coup overthrows Pakistani government
  • Dolly the sheep becomes first cloned mammal
  • Communist China takes over Hong Kong
  • World-wide stock markets crash (1997)
  • Euro currency introduced (1999)

And don't forget these two unforgettable movies that had everyone talking about them


             Schindler's List


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