The 1990’s was a decade that saw a lot of changes. The inventions of cable television and the internet made the world more connected than it ever had been and helped spread grunge, the rave scene and hip hop to young people across the globe.
The dot com bubble brought unprecedented wealth to young techies, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union saw the economic and political international landscape change in new ways. Ethnic conflicts in Africa and the Balkans led to the iconic and tragic Rwandan and Bosnian genocides, and despite the progress of the Oslo Accords, violence between Israel and the Arab world persisted.
For the first time in many young people’s lives, America found itself at war with Iraq in what became known as the Gulf War. Many Americans also experienced another first with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing shining new spotlight on both domestic and international terrorism.
One of the most epic political events of the decade was the release of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela after thirty years of imprisonment. He would wind up being elected as President of South Africa in 1994 becoming the first black President in South African history. Another notable political event was the Monica Lewinsky scandal which saw then president Bill Clinton impeached by the House of Representatives.
Other notable events include the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the Columbine High School massacre, the Jonbenet Ramsey case, the Major League Baseball strike, the success of the sitcom Friends, and many more.
The following video is a WatchMojo reflection on the 1990s and the top ten trends from the decade. Check it out to take a look back in time at how the world was most influenced by this decade of change.