Life in the 1990s
12 February 2017
Picking up from the 1980s, we now move into the decade in which our founders were born! But what else notable happened…
Nelson Mandela was freed in 1990 (as we previously mentioned in our 60s blog post) and South Africa went on to repeal their Apartheid laws in 1991. The same year also saw the Gardner Heist where thirteen pieces of artwork, including three Rembrandts and five Degas, valued at $500 million, were stolen in a yet unsolved mystery.
In 1994 the Channel Tunnel opened, connecting Britain and France. It was a year also marked by some darker events however and on April 6th, 1994 the Rwandan genocide began. Lasting 100 days, the genocide left approximately 800,000 Tutsis dead. This tragic event coincided with the Bosnian genocide that lasted approximately three years following the independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina from Yugoslavia; resulting in approximately 100,000 deaths.
1996 saw the birth of the first ever cloned mammal, Dolly the Sheep, who was born using the process of nuclear transfer. This marked an incredibly poignant moment in scientific history.
History was also created with the emergence of the World Wide Web. This ‘point and click’ version of the internet would go on to fundamentally revolutionise the way in which we live, work and communicate with each other. Indeed, without it, you would not be reading this post…
The amount of content on the internet grew rapidly throughout the decade, from a single website in 1991 to nearly 17.1 million websites by 2000.
This was also the decade that JK Rowling brought us Harry Potter, the magical young wizard that captured the nations, and indeed the worlds, imagination. It is estimated that by 2013, more than 500 million copies had been sold worldwide in 73 different languages, making Harry and his friends part of the best-selling book series in history.
A notable death during this decade was of…
- Joe DiMaggio, baseball legend, who won nine World Series titles and set a record 56-game hitting streak in 1941, died March 8, 1999.
A notable birth during this decade was of…
- Rather fittingly, Emma Watson, a star of the movie production of the Harry Potter series, who was born on April 15, 1990.
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