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1990 Newspaper Headlines

Our range of 1990 newspaper articles features devastating, surprising, and heartwarming stories from all over the world. Which 1990 headlines were so shocking that they made it into the headlines of the nation’s biggest newspapers? Find out with an original 1990 newspaper chronicling the events as the happened through first hand accounts by journalists and photographers who were there at the time. It was during this year that Margaret Thatcher left her position as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, bringing an end to her 15 year long conservative party leadership. Other notable events include Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, an event which would act as a catalyst for the Gulf War, the freeing of political prisoner Nelson Mandela, and The launch of the Hubble Telescope into space.

7th January 1990The Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public due to safety concerns.
2nd February 1990Apartheid: President F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to legally function again in South Africa. He also promises to free Nelson Mandela.
11th February 1990James "Buster" Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson to win the World Heavyweight Boxing title.
11th February 1990Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, after twenty-seven years in jail.
9th March 1990Police seal off Brixton in South London following protests against poll tax.
15th March 1990Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
21st March 1990After seventy-five years of South African rule, Namibia becomes independent.
1st April 1990The longest prison riot in Britain's history begins at Strangeways Prison in Manchester. It lasts for over three weeks.
2nd May 1990In London, a man brandishing a knife robs courier Nicholas Lane of bearer bonds worth £292 million.
1st June 1990U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to end chemical weapon production and begin destroying their respective stocks.
8th July 1990West Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 to win the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
2nd August 1990Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
24th August 1990Northern Ireland writer Brian Keenan is released from Lebanon after being held hostage for almost five years.
3rd October 1990East Germany and West Germany reunify into a single Germany.
15th October 1990Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and reform his nation.
28th November 1990Margaret Thatcher resigns as Prime Minister; John Major succeeds her as Party Leader and is appointed Prime Minister by the Queen.
1st December 1990Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet forty metres beneath the English Channel seabed, establishing the first ground connection between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe since the last Ice Age.
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