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The 1990s was truly the electronic age. We would not have been able to publish our decades web site if it weren't for the Internet. The World Wide Web was born in 1992, changing the way we communicate, spend our money, and do business. By 1994, 3 million people were online. And by 1998, this figure increased to 100 million people.

The terms internet and World Wide Web (WWW) are used to describe the same thing: using your computer and a service provider to go online and access a seemingly endless number of "web pages" and "websites." Access to the WWW is provided by companies known as internet service providers. In 1992, the dial-up online services began to add WWW access to their regular internet offerings. Delphi was the first, followed by Prodigy, Compuserve, and America Online in 1995.

The late 90's brought some new problems. These included viruses and worms, fraudulent websites, spam and copyright infringement issues.The Year 2000 problem expected to happen on January 1, 2000 sorta fizzled out as everyone was pretty well prepared.

John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed when Kennedy's private plane crashes off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

The 1990s were marked by rapid progression of globalization following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. In the 1990's the United States played the role of world policeman, sometimes alone but more often in alliances. 1993 brought terrorism to the American shores as a bomb was detonated in the garage beneath the World Trade Center.

Violence seemed a part of life. In 1992 South-Central Los Angeles rioted after four white policemen were acquitted of video-taped assault charges for beating a black motorist, Rodney King.

Fads included in-line skates, beanie babies, Furby, Tickle Me Elmo, Yo-yos, tattoos and body piercing. Video games, paint balls, laser tag, snowboarding, and cosmic bowling were popular. Rock climbing, mountain biking, sky diving, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, windsurfing and rowing were big sports. 21-year-old Golfer Tiger Woods won the Masters Tournament by a record 12 strokes; becoming both the youngest and the first American of multiracial descent to win the Masters.

For youth, the fashion of the decade began with Grunge on one hand and preppie on the other. Hip Hop style was popular. Boys' jeans have grown bigger and bigger, worn low on the hips, and girls are wearing bellbottoms and poor boy tops reminiscent of the 70's.

Models Pamela Anderson and Anna Nicole Smith become major sex symbols during the 1990s. Cindy Crawford becomes the most successful supermodel of the decade. Many women were helped cosmetically speaking, by Lasik eye surgery, breast implants, soft disposable contacts, liposuction, skin laser resurfacing, chemical peels, collagen lip injections, Rogaine, and colored contact lenses.

Popular music became grunge, alternative or hip-hop. Country music was more popular than ever and became more mainstream. Latino music grew in popularity. Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men led the charts with "One Sweet Day." Other popular artists included Hootie & the Blowfish, Alanis Morrisette, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Celine Dion and Madonna. The Spice Girls were a group created by the music industry for their diversity and sex appeal.

The CD was introduced in 1982. By 1993, it was the #1 recording format, having surpassed record albums in 1988 and cassettes in 1993. By 1990, most record stores were selling their last remaining vinyl albums for $1 each to get rid of them.

There were big hits on Broadway and around the country. Andrew Lloyd Webber continued throughout the decade with Cats. Les Misérables continued to be popular in theaters

Popular TV shows included Cheers, 60 Minutes, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, E.R., Touched by an Angel, Friends, Veronica's Closet, NFL Monday Night Football, Frasier, Full House, Family Matters, Married With Children, Step By Step, Empty Nest, Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Nanny, Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, The Cosby Show, Grace Under Fire, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Hi Honey, I'm Home!, Davis Rules, and Major Dad, Murphy Brown, Coach, Ellen, The Golden Girls, Wings, Night Court, Cheers, Third Rock From The Sun, Caroline In The City, Northern Exposure, The Simpsons, South Park, America's Funniest Home Videos, America's Funniest People, Cops, Unsolved Mysteries, America's Most Wanted, Teletubbies, and Barney & Friends.

Talk shows were going strong with Conan O'Brien, Tonight Show, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Montel Williams, Jerry Springer, Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, Regis & Kathie Lee, Larry King Live, Sally Jessy Raphael, Rosie O'Donnell, and Arsenio Hall. Television's Martha Stewart, became the guru of home crafts and design.

At work, the old-fashioned metal and wooden desks were gone....now we had workstations. Dress down Fridays became commonplace and gradually developed into a more casual work dress code altogether. In 1995, cordless phones were owned by 59 percent of the population, and answering machines were owned by 60 percent. .

Beanie Babies were an incredible craze that died away because of the prices. Tickle Me Elmo was epic mass appeal for children. Barney, American Girls, Super-Soakers, Tamagotchi virtual pets, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had wide appeal.

By the late 90s, almost 70 percent of all households were subscribers to cable TV, and shows that appeared exclusively on cable were as popular as the network shows. Cell phone ownership increased dramatically in the 90's. In 1995, 23 percent of the population had a cell phone. This figure increased to 58 percent by 2000.

The dollar store became popular in the 90's. Large stores that specialize in a particular type of merchandise such as electronics, books, and home decor wer known as big-box retailers.

Sport Utility Vehicles became very popular among families, and effectively replaced the station wagon as the stereotypical family vehicle.


Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990; revolutionizes astronomy.
NASA's spacecraft Pathfinder lands on Mars and deploys a small roving vehicle.
The car brands Infiniti, Saturn and Lexus are all new 1990.
Caller ID system was introduced in 1990.
The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was in August 1990.
The Americans With Disabilities Act became, effective in July, 1990.
A law called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" introduced as a policy for the military in 1993.
The Moscow Coup and subsequent break-up of the Soviet Union in December 1991.
The WWW began operating in 1991, with 1 web server and 4 web pages.
Michael Jackson signs a $1.1 billion contract with Sony in 1992.
Clinton plays the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1992.
Green Tea is reported to contain a powerful anticancer agent in 1992.
Hurricane Andrew strikes South Florida in August 1992.
In 1992, the term "surfing the internet" was first used.
After 30 years, Johnny Carson retired as host of the Tonight Show in 1992.
Jay Leno succeeds Johnny Carson in 1992.
Larry Bird retires from basketball in 1992.
Andre Agassi wins Wimbledon in 1992.
Sears ends its mail-order catalog business in 1992.
In 1993 the United Nations established a website.
In 1993, the White House established website.
Two LA Police Officers Are Convicted Of Violating Rodney Kings Civil Rights 1993.
Steven Spielbegs "Schinderlers List " is a big movie hit.
The "Original 9" Beanie Babies were sold in the Chicago area in 1993.
Nintendo released the first 3-D styled video game Donkey Kong Country in 1994.
1994 Northridge Earthquake in Los Angeles causes major damage.
The Channel Tunnel across the English Channel opens in 1994.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was elected President of South Africa in 1994.
1994, Apple QuickTake 100, first affordable digital camera for use with computers.
"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump
1995 during an unsuccessful raid on the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco,
1995 as the football hero, O.J. Simpson, was tried for the murder of his ex-wife.
Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in1995.
The auction site known as eBay got its start in 1995 as AuctionWeb.
Jennifer Aniston is a hit on Friends and influences hairstyles in 1995.
Blue M&Ms are introduced to the other colors in 1995.
57 million people watch the O.J. Simpson Trial in 1995.
Car Bomb Destroys Federal Office Building In Oklahoma City 1995.
Former singer Sonny Bono becomes U.S. Congressman in 1995.
California voters passed law in 1996, to legalize cannabis only for medical purposes.
The Crocodile Hunter, a popular series starring Steve Irwin, began airing in 1996.
NASCAR Racing starts to become popular on US TV in the mid to late 1990s.
E-mail exceeds surface in mail 1996.
Ted Kaczynski Is Arrested As "Unabomber" 1996.
Clinton Wins Presidency, First Democrat Reelected Since FDR 1996.
George Burns dies at 100 in 1996.
TWA Flight 800 Crashes Into Atlantic Shortly After Takeoff, 230 Die 1996.
Denis Rodman, star for the Chicago Bulls, gains fame for unusual hair colors 1996.
Fatal "Mad Cow" disease forces England to destroy over 1 million cows 1996.
Dolly the cloned sheep was reported by global media on February 26, 1997.
Iowa mother, Bobbie McCaughey, gave birth to the first surviving septuplets in 1997.
The cost of PCs drops below $1000 from Compaq and Hewlett Packard in 1997.
In France, Princess Diana dies in a car accident in 1997.
Mother Teresa Dies In Calcutta At Age 87 in 1997.
The first MP3 Player, the MPMan, is released in late spring of 1998.
Titanic becomes the highest grossing film in history at $850 million in 1998.
Study proves PMS is biological rather than Psychological 1998.
US Attorneys Allege Microsoft Tried To Control Internet 1998.
Television graced 98% of the households in the U.S. in 1998.
Seinfeld becomes enormously popular lasting from 1989 to 1998.
14 students and 1 teacher were killed, 23 wounded at Columbine High School 1999.
1999 the United State returned control of the Panama Canal to Panama.
Pokemon sweeps kids across the US 1999.
Harry Potter books are the latest reading craze for both kids and adults in 1999.
Cell phones remain status symbols until they become common in the 2000s.
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