In 1990, the duo Milli Vanilli lost their Grammy award for best new artist when they admitted they did not sing on their album or in concerts.
Anti-aparteid activist Nelson Mandela was freed on Feb. 11, 1990, after more than 27 years behind bars.
NASA successfully launched the Hubble Telescope aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990.
Convicted mob boss John Gotti was arrested in 1990. His trial would last two years. One of Gotti's top men, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, made a deal with the government and testified against his boss. Gotti was found guilty on all counts. Gotti died June 10, 2002, of throat cancer at the age of 61.
The Gulf War Begins
Iraq President Saddam Hussein, left, is photographed with his son Odai, in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1990, demanding Kuwait should forgive the debts Iraq had built up during the Iran war, and driven by dreams of regional dominance, Saddam Hussein invaded his tiny neighbor, leading to the first Gulf War.
Helping The Saudis
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, greets U.S. Marines attached to British troops in Saudi Arabia.President George H.W. Bush ordered "Operation Desert Shield." U.S. troops were deployed to protect Saudi Arabia at the Saudis' request.
World Wide Web?
Tim Berners-Lee is reputed to have invented "The World Wide Web," paving the way for a communication revolution via personal computers.
Donatello, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, holds up a pizza. "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie" was released in theaters in 1990, ushering in toys, clothes, and several movie sequels about the beloved pizza-eating turtles.