As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rocket Software, we thought it might be fun to take a look back at what the world was like in 1990–the year Rocket was founded. A lot has changed! Here are just a few of the things that happened 25 years ago:
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the year at 2633 – today it’s over 17,500.
- Michael Bolton, Vanilla Ice, Paula Abdul, and Wilson Phillips topped the US Billboard music charts.
- A gallon of gas was $1.34 in the US (in the UK a litre of petrol cost 49.4p).
- Bob Hawke was Prime Minister of Australia.
- There was still an East Germany.
- Japan’s “lost decade” was still a year away.
- The 16-megabit chip made its debut.
- The Hubble Space Telescope went into orbit.
- The first Web page was written.
- Lech Walesa became Prime minister of Poland
- Rowan Atkinson debuted the Mr. Bean character.
- The Simpsons debuted on television.
- Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
- McDonald’s opened its first location in Russia.
- Imelda Marcos went on trial for corruption-related offenses.
- The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI in Toronto.
- Grunge music pioneer Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone died shortly before the genre went mainstream thanks to Pearl Jam, Nirvana and other Seattle bands.
- Octavio Paz and Mikhail Gorbachev won Nobel Prizes.
- Ghost, Home Alone, and Pretty Woman were the top-grossing films of the year.
- Heeding the advice of The Beat (known as “The English Beat” in the US), British Prime minister Margaret Thatcher stood down.
What other notable events do you remember taking place in 1990? Let us know in the comments!
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