Every decade has its ups and downs, its treasure chest of serious but also wacky moments. The 1990s are no different! They’re often remembered as a decade of relative peace and prosperity.
The Soviet Union fell, ending the decades-long Cold War, and the rise of the Internet lead to a new era of communication and entertainment. The quality of television radically improved. ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘The Simpsons’ reached their popularity in the ’90s along with ‘Friends’, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘NYPD Blue’. In feature films, it was the decade of ‘Pulp Fiction’ and the indie movement. So many historical moments! Serious or wacky these facts about the 1990s are here to take you back in time. Enjoy!
Tight choker necklaces were the fashionable thing to wear.
Perhaps one of the most identifiable clothing fads of the 1990s was the slap bracelet that was created by a high school shop teacher Stuart Anders.
More than 76 million Tamagotchis (handheld digital pets) were sold around the world during the ’90s.
According to a national survey conducted in the 1990s, children readily identified Mario, Nintendo’s leading man, while most struggled to point out Mickey Mouse.
The four-door Ford Taurus was the best-selling car in the ’90s and chances are that you, or at least someone you knew, owned one of these dependable and affordable cars.
Baywatch’s famous slow-motion footage of scantily clad lifeguards running towards danger has become a trademark of the ‘90s.
Floppy disks, the colorful plastic squares were how you loaded your favourite game in computer class or how you saved your essay.
Before the days of lightning-speed Internet, users had to endure the painful process of connecting to the Internet through dial-up, a process that seemed to take forever.
During the VHS tapes’ final days of popularity, Aladdin, undoubtedly one of the most popular films of the decade, sold a staggering $1,058,376,296 worth of VHS tapes.
Michael Jordan won 6 NBA titles in 8 years (1991-1993, 1996-1998).
In 1991 the lead singer of the band Queen, Freddie Mercury, died from AIDS.
There were no openly gay teen characters on TV until 1992 when Ryan Phillippe played the first one on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live.
“Macarena” the greatest one-hit wonder of all was released by Los Del Río in 1993.
The Floppy Disk
Nirvana MTV Unplugged happened on the 18th of November, 1993.
The sounds of the super scary t-rex from Jurassic Park (1993) that had everyone on the edge of their seats, was voiced by… a Jack Russell Terrier!
The Alchemist by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was translated into English and published again in the United States in 1993, when it became an instant success, appearing on theNew York Times best-seller list for more than 300 weeks.
In 1994, pagers were the precursor to today’s smartphones. An estimated 61 million people were using the devices at one point.