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Events and trends

The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining a similar mindset. The 90s were marked with rapid progression of globalization and global capitalism following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

While optimism and hopes were high following the collapse of Communism, the backlash of the Cold War's effect was only beginning, precipitating the continuation of terrorism in Third World regions that were once the frontlines for American and Soviet foreign politics, particularly in Asia. However, during the 1990s many First World economies such as the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and South Korea experienced steady economic growth for nearly the entire decade. Even less affluent nations such as Malaysia saw tremendous improvements in economic prosperity and quality of life during the 1990s. With the Cold War over, "Roaring" 90's prosperity, and September 11 having no negative connotations applied to it, this decade is often held in high regard for people in many of these nations.

Many countries, institutions, companies, and organizations also viewed the 90s decade as "a prosperous time", meaning that almost all of them rebounded after many years of failure. Some examples include Apple Computer's revival of power after being at the edge of bankruptcy, breakthroughs in many fields of technology that includes the Internet, compact disc, virtual reality, etc., the discovery of oil and gas on many countries and Pope John Paul II's papacy reached its peak.

Regardless, the 1990s brought tragic conflicts as well, like the Balkan Wars, the Rwandan genocide, the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia and the first Gulf War.


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War, peace and politics



Fads and fashion

Other significant events


World leaders



See also: 1990s in film

Books & Literature

Sports figures

American Football 
Troy Aikman
Terrell Davis
John Elway
Brett Favre
Jim Kelly
Dan Marino
Joe Montana
Jerry Rice
Bruce Smith
Emmitt Smith
Barry Sanders
Reggie White
Steve Young
Sergey Bubka
Linford Christie
Haile Gebrselassie
Hicham El Guerrouj
Michael Johnson
Australian Rules Football 
Tony Lockett
Roger Clemens
Derek Jeter
Greg Maddux
Mark McGwire
Cal Ripken Jr
Sammy Sosa
Larry Walker
Charles Barkley
Larry Bird
Kobe Bryant
Tim Duncan
Kevin Garnett
Allen Iverson
Michael Jordan
Karl Malone
Shaquille O'Neal
Scottie Pippen
David Robinson
Dennis Rodman
John Stockton
Oscar De La Hoya
George Foreman
Evander Holyfield
Mike Tyson
Curtly Ambrose
Allan Donald
Ian Healy
Brian Lara
Glenn McGrath
Muttiah Muralitharan
Mark Taylor
Sachin Tendulkar
Courtney Walsh
Shane Warne
Steve Waugh
Marco Pantani
Lance Armstrong
Miguel Induráin
Dennis Bergkamp
Ryan Giggs
Oliver Kahn
Jurgen Klinsmann
Paolo Maldini
Alan Shearer
George Weah
Zinedine Zidane
Tiger Woods
Ice Hockey 
Wayne Gretzky
Motor Sport 
Dale Earnhardt
Jeff Gordon
Michael Schumacher
Ayrton Senna
Steve Redgrave
Matthew Pinsent
Rugby Football 
Andrew Johns
Jonah Lomu
Michelle Kwan
Nancy Kerrigan
Alpine Skiing  
Alberto Tomba
Nordic Skiing 
Bjørn Dæhlie
Andre Agassi
Jennifer Capriati
Steffi Graf
Martina Hingis
Anna Kournikova
Pete Sampras
Monica Seleš
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

See also

External links

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