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Cell Phones

1990 - 2000

Although the cell phone was available before the 1990s, the cell phone became more compact and transformed into designs that influence our modern day cell phones. For example, the first blackberry was introduced in the late 90s and had access to the internet. Another step forward in cell phone technology was the invention of text messaging in the mid 90s.

World Wide Web launched

1990

Launched by Tim Berners-Lee. Originally developed in the 1960s, the internet was not available to households until the early 1990s. The internet was originally used for instant transmittal of text, images, and sound.

Gulf War

1990 - 1991

Iraq invaded Kuwait because it had a lot of oil and they needed it.

End of the Cold war

1990 - 1991

The Cold War was an arms race that involved the United States, Russia, and Germany. They wanted to have the best weapons.

Hubble Space Telescope

April 24, 1990 - 2014

Launched by NASA to see farther, deeper, and see more into space. Launching a telescope into space omitted the interruption of the Earth's atmoshpere in viewing images from telescopes on Earth. The Hubble Space Telescope is still in use today, and has gathered over 45 terabytes of data

Tiger Woods

03/09/1992 - 04/10/1997

In 1992 Tiger Woods played in his first PGA at the Riviera Country Club, he was 16 years of age at the time. In 1997 Woods wins the Masters Tournament in Georgia.

Gangsta Rap

04/28/1992 - 04/29/1992

Gangsta rap acted as an outlet so these marginalized and victimized people could express themselves angrily and not in fear that they were going to be silenced for telling the truth. They used gangsta rap to tell their stories, which were not always pretty. Gangsta rap told stories of crime and drugs.

NAFTA

1993

NAFTA means North American Free Trade Agreement, the parties involved were U.S. Canada, and Mexico. NAFTA has removed trade barriers, enlarged investment opportunities, and established methods to resolve trade disagreements.

The World Trade Center Bombing

1993 - 1995

A 1,200 lb bomb was in a truck underneath the world trade center and was detonated.The blast made a 200 x 100 square foot hole. Most of the people who planned it got arrested and only a couple of people went into hiding, but got arrested later.

Grunge

08/04/1994 - 08/05/1994

Inspired by hardcore punk and heavy metal, grunge is generally made of heavy electric guitars, contrasting song dynamics, growling vocals and or anger-filled lyrics. The grunge is stripped-down compared with other forms of rock music, and many grunge musicians were noted for their unkempt appearances and rejection of theatrics.Grunge fuses elements of hardcore punk and heavy metal, although some bands performed with more emphasis on one or the other. The music shares with punk a raw sound.

Ebay

1996

Ebay started with a young man named Pierre Omidyar around September, 1995. Before it became Ebay it was meant to be a code concerning software for apple. Ebay actually started out as “AuctionWeb” this was connected to the same server as Pierre’s page which was about the ebola virus.
By 1996 the company had expanded to the point where it needed real skill in order to continuously progress, this is where Jeffrey Skoll came in. With tremendous growth, Ebay succeeded, outshining many other auction sites that dotted the dot-com bubble.

Matthew Shepard

10/06/1998 - 10/12/1998

Matthew Shepard, a University student, was beaten by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. People think it was an Ani-gay attack, others think it was because McKinney's need for money.

Dot-Com bubble

March 10, 2000

From 1995 - 2001 the stock markets of the U.S. and other western nations observed swift growth stimulated by the internet sector and related fields. The dot-com bubble officially reached its climax on March 10, 2000. The main impact was geared toward the enhancement of the computer and internet especially after the stock market crash.