To recap: This is a series of posts that will cover each year of my life since my birth in 1987; mainly the things that interest me that happened/were released or conceived that particular year. This will include happenings in the world of music, video games, literature and television that are of particular importance or nostalgia to me. I’m hoping that this will give my followers a better idea of where my interests and passions in life lie 🙂
Check out the previous post for 1989 here.
On to 1990!
- January 7 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public because of safety concerns.
- February 2 – Apartheid in South Africa: F. W. de Klerk announces the unbanning of the African National Congress and promises to release Nelson Mandela.
- March 31 – “The Second Battle of Trafalgar“: A massive anti-poll tax demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London, turns into a riot; 471 people are injured, and 341 are arrested.
- May 17 – The World Health Organization removes homosexuality from its list of diseases. This marked the beginning of a slow change towards public acceptance of homosexuality which is still ongoing.
- June – Joanne Rowling gets the idea for Harry Potter while on a train from Manchester to London Euston railway station. She begins writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which will be completed in 1995 and published in 1997.
- June 13 – Cold War – The destruction of the Berlin Wall by East Germany officially starts, 7 months after it was opened the previous November.
- August 2
- November 22 – Margaret Thatcher announces she will not contest the second ballot of the leadership election for the Conservative Party (UK).
- January 13 – Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor (the equally attractive brother of Chris 😉 )
- April 15 – Emma Watson, English actress
- April 23 – Dev Patel, British actor
- May 16 – Thomas Brodie-Sangster, British actor (Game of Thrones)
- September 21 – Allison Scagliotti, American actress (Claudia Donovan in the fantastic series Warehouse 13)
- May 16 – Jim Henson, Muppets creator, American puppeteer and filmmaker (b. 1936)
- November 23 – Roald Dahl, Welsh writer (b. 1916) : I loved Dahl’s books growing up, the first I read, I believe was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s great that his work has built such a legacy over the years, the numerous film/TV adaptations of various books of his helping greatly, that the children of today can enjoy them too.
Jon Bon Jovi: Blaze of Glory (Blaze of Glory, 1990)
This song featured on Bon Jovi’s first solo album of the same name, however it actually debuted as the theme for the movie Young Guns II, also released this year. Apparently the film’s star, Emillio Estevez, had requested the song “Wanted Dead or Alive” for use in the film, however Bon Jovi did not feel it was a good fit and composed a new song especially instead. It actually ended up winning the award for ‘Best Original Song’ in the 1990 Golden Globe Awards. I’ve not seen the film myself, but the song is decent for one of his first solo efforts – it may have a similar intent as ‘Dead or Alive’ – i.e. the lyrics even proclaim ‘I’m a wanted man’ and ‘I’m a devil on the run’, but its still a good song in it’s own right, the western influence obvious but still unmistakably Bon Jovi. It has that signature balance of triumph and tragedy seen in most of his songs; a blaze of glory it may be, but there is also the powerful words of ‘I’ve seen love come, I’ve seen it shot down, I’ve seen it die in vain’ – and the final wish to ‘let this boy die like a man’ and to ‘make my final stand’. Yet it still feels like it goes out on an uplifting note as well. Well deserving of that Golden Globe Award, I say.
March 9 – The Handmaid’s Tale released
Based on the Margaret Atwood novel, which is one of my favourite books (and the first of hers I read, back in English Lit. class in sixth form college). Upon seeing the film, I don’t recall being too impressed – and neither was the screenplay writer himself, apparently (details in the linked Wiki article). I think one of the main problems is the concept of adapting Atwood’s work to film in the first place – given the amount of interior monologue, in this book especially. I haven’t seen it in several years, however, so I may give it another go for curiosity’s sake…
November 2 – Frankenstein Unbound released
Based on the Brian Aldiss novel, which coincidentally I just finished reading, discovering there was a film adaptation while putting this post together. Having enjoyed the book, I’ll be checking this film out, although the critical reception doesn’t seem to be too favourable – oh well, only one way to find out, as they say!
In Video Games:
- October 6, Sega Game Gear released in Japan, launched in North America in 1991 and Europe and Australia in 1992.
Ah, the Game Gear. While I have fond memories of this handheld, most of them are of playing it at home, with it plugged into the mains, rather than taking it on any car journeys or trips away – mainly because the thing sucked batteries dry in no time at all, a cost of it’s full colour display (compared to the green and black of the Game Boy). Despite its failure to truly function as a handheld, it still had some good games to boot – including its own unique series of Sonic games and spin-offs. There are hidden treasures within that chunky black brick, I can assure you 😉
And that, ladies and gentlemen, wraps up 1990. See you next time!
Previous entries in ‘Years of My Life’:
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