Humble ISD History
1990s Major Events of the Decade
- Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.
- East and West Germany are reunited after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
- One of the most completed T. Rex fossils is found in South Dakota and is named "Sue" after the paleontologist that discovered it.
- The Internet becomes available for unrestricted commercial use.
- The lead singer of the band Queen, Freddie Mercury, dies from AIDS.
- Democrat Bill Clinton is elected as the United States President.
- The Mall of America opens in Minnesota.
- Euro Disney is opened in France.
- The Hubble Telescope is repaired in space by a crew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
- NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) is signed into law.
- Intel introduces the Pentium Microprocessor.
- Nelson Mandela becomes President of South Africa after being elected in the country's first multi-racial elections.
- The 1994 Major League Baseball season is cancelled when the Players Association goes on strike.
- OJ Simpson flees police in his white Ford Bronco.
- The American Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir Space Station for the first time.
- The online auction website Ebay is founded.
- The 55 MPH limit imposed during the Middle East Crisis in 1973 / 1974 is ended.
- Princess Diana and Prince Charles get divorced.
- The internet search engine "Ask Jeeves" is created.
- In 12 months number of Internet hosts computers goes from 1 million to 10 million.
- The first Harry Potter book is published by author J.K. Rowling.
- Scientists at the Roslin Institute unveil "Dolly" the first successfully cloned sheep.
- Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield's ear during a match and is suspended by boxing.
- The search engine Google is founded.
- Apple Computers reveal the iMac computer.
- The United States has a budget surplus for the first time in thirty years.
- President Bill Clinton faces impeachment proceedings.
- The file-sharing service Napster is created.
- The year 2000 problem known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug was the most important thing on most companies minds in 1999. Critical industries (such as electricity or financial) and government functions could stop working at 12:00 AM, January 1, 2000. This fear was fueled by the press coverage and other media speculation, as well as corporate and government reports. All over the world, companies and organizations checked and upgraded their computer systems.