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January 10 – Time Warner is formed from the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc.
January 13 – Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
January 18 – In Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
January 22 – Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the Morris worm.
January 25 – Avianca Flight 52 crashes into Cove Neck, Long Island, after a miscommunication between the flight crew and JFK Airport officials.
January 29 – The trial of Joseph Hazelwood, former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, begins in Anchorage, Alaska. He is accused of negligence that resulted in America's worst oil spill to date.
January 31 – Cold War: The first McDonald's in Moscow, Russia opens.
February 14: Pale Blue DotFebruary 11 – James "Buster" Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson to win the World Heavyweight Boxing crown.
February 13 – Drexel Burnham Lambert files for bankruptcy protection, Chapter 11.
February 14 – The Pale Blue Dot picture was sent back from the Voyager 1 probe after completing its primary mission, it was about 6 billion km (3.7 billion miles) from Earth.
February 27 – Exxon Valdez oil spill: Exxon and its shipping company are indicted on five criminal counts.
MarchMarch 1 – Steve Jackson Games is raided by the U.S. Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
March 6 – An SR-71 sets a U.S. transcontinental speed record of 1 hour 8 minutes 17 seconds, on what is publicized as its last official flight.
March 9 – Antonia Novello is sworn in as Surgeon General of the United States, becoming the first female and Hispanic American to serve in that position.
March 18 – Twelve paintings, collectively worth from $100 to $300 million, are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts by 2 thieves posing as police officers. This is the largest art theft in US history, and the paintings (as of 2007[update]) have not been recovered.
March 25 – In New York City, a fire due to arson at an illegal social club called "Happy Land" kills 87.
March 26 – The 62nd Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, with Driving Miss Daisy winning Best Picture.
March 27 – The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba.
March 28 – U.S. President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
April 24: Hubble Space Telescope in orbitApril 6 – Robert Mapplethorpe's "The Perfect Moment" show of nude and homosexual photographs opens at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, in spite of accusations of indecency by Citizens for Community Values.
April 7 – Iran Contra Affair: John Poindexter is found guilty of 5 charges for his part in the scandal; the convictions are later reversed on appeal.
April 9 – Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. was established.
April 20 – STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
April 24 – The Space Shuttle Discovery places the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit.
MayMay 22 – Microsoft releases Windows 3.0.
May 24 – The Edmonton Oilers defeat the Boston Bruins in the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals for their fifth Stanley Cup.
JuneJune 1 – Cold War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Chemical Weapons Accord to end chemical weapon production and begin destroying their respective stocks.
June 2 – The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 88 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12; 37 tornadoes occur in Indiana, eclipsing the previous record of 21 during the Super Outbreak of April 1974.
June 7 – Universal Studios Florida opens to the public.
June 14 – 1990 NBA Finals: The Detroit Pistons defeat the Portland Trail Blazers.
June 26 – President George H. W. Bush reneges on his 1988 "no new taxes" campaign pledge in a statement accepting tax revenue increases as a necessity to reduce the budget deficit. This later becomes a factor in the 1992 presidential election.
July 26 – U.S. President George H. W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act, designed to protect disabled Americans from discrimination.
AugustAugust 2 – Gulf War: Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
August 6 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to its invasion of Kuwait.
August 12 – "Sue", the best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found, is discovered in South Dakota.
August 19 – Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
August 28 – The Plainfield Tornado (F5 on the Fujita scale) striles the towns of Plainfield, Crest Hill, and Joliet, Illinois, killing 29 people (the strongest tornado to date to strike the Chicago Metropolitan Area).
September 28: Washington National Cathedral completedSeptember 11 – Gulf War: President George H. W. Bush delivers a nationally televised speech in which he threatens the use of force to remove Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait.
September 12 – Cold War: The two German states and the Four Powers sign the Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany in Moscow, paving the way for German reunification.
September 18 – The International Olympic Committee awards the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta, Georgia.
September 29 – Washington National Cathedral is completed after 83 years of construction.
September 30 – The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible is published in the United States.
OctoberOctober 9 – Leonard Bernstein announces his retirement from conducting after 47 years.
October 14 – Leonard Bernstein dies at the age of 72 as a result of pneumonia. He was also suffering from emphysema.
October 25 – Evander Holyfield defeats James "Buster" Douglas to become the heavyweight boxing champion.
NovemberNovember 5 – President George H. W. Bush signs the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, which includes tax increases despite his "no new taxes" pledge.
November 5 – Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the far-right Kach movement, is shot dead after a speech at a New York City hotel.
November 11 – Stormie Jones, the Texas girl who had been the world's first recipient of both a heart and a liver transplant in 1984, died at a Pittsburgh hospital, at age 13.
November 15 – STS-38: Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched on a classified military mission.
November 29 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes UN Security Council Resolution 678, authorizing military intervention in Iraq if that nation does not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.
December 11: John Gotti arrestedDecember 3 – At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 (a McDonnell Douglas DC-9) collides with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 (a Boeing 727) on the runway, killing 8 passengers and 4 crewmembers on Flight 1482.
JanuaryJanuary 7 – Camryn Grimes, American actress
January 7 – Liam Aiken, American actor
January 8 – Maci Wainwright, American singer-songwriter
January 15 – Chris Warren Jr., American actor
January 26 – Christopher Massey, American actor
January 30 – Jake Thomas, American actor
FebruaryFebruary 3 – Sean Kingston, American singer
February 9 – Camille Winbush, American Actress
February 10 – Craig Sorger, American murder victim (d. 2003)
February 14 – Emily Mae Young, American actress
MarchMarch 4 – Andrea Bowen, American actress
March 8 – Abigail and Brittany Hensel, American conjoined twins
AprilApril 9 – Kristen Stewart, American actress
April 16 – Lorraine Nicholson, American actress
April 19 – Brittany Robertson, American actress
April 23 – Matthew Underwood, American actor MayMay 2 – Kay Panabaker, American actress
May 24 – Joey Logano , American race car driver
May 30 – Dean Collins, American actor
 JulyJuly 6 – Jeremy Suarez, American actor
July 24 – Daveigh Chase, American actress
July 27 – Nick Hogan, American television personality
July 28 – Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, American rapper
August 31 – Oliver Adams, American actor
SeptemberSeptember 8 – Matt Barkley, American football player
September 13 – Jamie Anderson (snowboarder), American snowboarder
September 19 – Patrick Breeding, American singer
September 21 – Christian Serratos, American actress
September 21 – Allison Scagliotti-Smith, American actress
OctoberOctober 18 – Carly Schroeder, American actress
October 22 – Jonathan Lipnicki, American actor
October 23 – Stevie Brock, American singer
October 25 – Austin Peralta, American jazz musician and composer
DecemberDecember 20 – JoJo, American singer/actress
December 23 – Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, American actress
December 28 – David Archuleta, American singer