1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar.
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- January 3 - Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrenders to American forces.
- January 7 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public due to safety concerns.
- January 9 - Lt Gen Bazilio Olara Okello, the man who led the coup against Dr Apolo Milton Obote's government, dies in Ormduruman Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan.
- January 10 - Time Warner is formed from the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc.
- January 11 - Massive (200,000) demonstration in favor of Lithuanian independence.
- January 13 - Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
- January 15 - Thousands storm the Stasi HQ in Berlin in an attempt to view their records.
- January 16 - Alternative rock band They Might Be Giants releases their third album, Flood.
- January 18:
- January 22 - Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet worm.
- January 25
- Avianca Flight 52 crashed into Cove Neck, Long Island, after a miscommunication between the flight crew and JFK airport officials.
- The Berlin Wall starts to come down.
- January 29 - The trial of the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, Joseph Hazelwood, begins in Anchorage, Alaska. He is accused of negligence that resulted in America's worst oil spill.
- January 31 - The first McDonald's opens in Moscow, Russia.
Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress, is set free from prison by the South African government, signalling the end of Apartheid in South Africa
- October 3 - German re-unification, East Germany became part of Germany
- October 5 - After one hundred and fifty years, ten months and two days (Friday, January 3, 1840 - Friday, October 5, 1990), The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne, Australia is published for the last time as a separate newspaper. Founded in 1840 as The Port Phillip Herald, it is merged with its morning tabloid sister paper The Sun News-Pictorial and the first issue of the new Herald Sun, described by owner Rupert Murdoch as "The world's first 24-hour newspaper", with morning and afternoon editions, is published on the 8th
- October 8 - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: In Jerusalem, Israeli police kill 17 Palestinians and wound over 100 near the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount
- October 13 - Lebanese Civil War: Syrian military forces invade and occupy Mount Lebanon, ousting General Michel Aoun's government. This effectively consolidates Syria's 14 year occupation of Lebanese soil.
- October 15 - Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation
- October 27 - Supreme Soviet of Kyrgyzstan choses Askar Akayev as republic's first president
- October 27 - New Zealand general election returns National with record number of seats - 67; Labour 29, NewLabour 1
- January 7 - Liam Aiken, child actor
- January 21 -Jacob William Smith , child actor
- January 30 - Jake Thomas, actor (Lizzie McGuire)
- February 13 - Erdini Qoigyijabu, eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, according to the Chinese government
- February 28 - Anna Muzychuk, Ukrainian chess player
- March 8 - Abigail and Brittany Hensel, conjoined twins
- March 16 - James Bulger, toddler murdered in Merseyside, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
- March 24 - Keisha Castle-Hughes, actress
- April 15 - Emma Watson, actress (Harry Potter series)
- April 25 - Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, according to the Government of Tibet in Exile
- May 16 - Thomas Sangster, actor
- July 17 - Mattie Stepanek, young poet (d. 2004)
- July 24 - Daveigh Chase, actress
- August 6 - JonBenét Ramsey
- September 30 - Tobi Atkins, actor
- October 19 - Janet Leon, pop singer (PLAY )
- October 22 - Jonathan Lipnicki, child actor
- November 7 - Marisa Siketa, actress (Neighbours)
- November 30 - Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess player
- December 20 - JoJo (born Joanna Noelle Levesque), pop singer
- December 24 - Joshua Bryant, went missing in 2001 Body found July, 4 2004.
- January 2 - Alan Hale Jr., American actor (b. 1918)
- March 13 - Karl Münchinger, German conductor (b. 1915)
- April 17 - Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (b. 1926)
- May 16 - Jim Henson, American creator of the Muppets (b. 1936)
- May 16 - Sammy Davis Jr., American actor, dancer, and singer (b. 1925)
- July 7 - Bill Cullen, American game show host (b. 1920)
- August 27 - Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarist (b. 1954)
- September 16 - Len Hutton, English cricketer (b. 1916)
- September 26 - Alberto Moravia, Italian novelist (b. 1907)
- October 14 - Leonard Bernstein, American composer and conductor (b. 1918)
- Alice Tepper Marlin , Bernard Lédéa Ouedraogo , Felicia Langer and ATCC (Asociación de Trabajadores Campesinos del Carare)
For a brief while in early 1990, Romania had a civil war in the aftermath of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, the opposition was for Nicolae Ceausescu and the Communist regime, and those for the new regime.
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