1990s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1990s?
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Who became the first black President of South Africa?
Nelson Mandela
In what city did Princess Diana die?
Paris
What famous person died just 5 days after Princess Diana?
Mother Teresa
Who became the first democratically-elected President of Russia?
Boris Yeltsin
On what religious holiday was an important Northern Ireland peace treaty signed?
Good Friday
What disease infected 180,000 British cows?
Mad Cow
What city's Petronas Towers became the world's tallest buildings?
Kuala Lumpur
What was the only thing that Amazon.com sold when it started in 1994?
Books
What tribe committed genocide against the Tutsis?
The Hutus
What became, in 1995, the first full-length CGI film to hit theaters?
Toy Story
Who was elected Prime Minister of the U.K. in 1997?
Tony Blair
What was the name of the cloned sheep, the first of her kind, who was born in 1996?
Dolly
What city experienced riots after the police officers who beat Rodney King were acquitted?
Los Angeles
What nerve gas killed 13 people in the Tokyo subway?
Sarin
What country gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993?
Eritrea
Whose trial for murder in 1995 was dubbed "the trial of the century" by U.S. media?
O.J. Simpson
What was detected outside of the solar system for the first time?
Planets
What terrorist (to some, a freedom fighter) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after signing
the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords?
Yasser Arafat
What British musical group popularized the slogan "Girl Power"?
Spice Girls
What groundbreaking film by Quentin Tarantino lost out to "Forrest Gump"
at the 1994 Academy Awards?
Pulp Fiction
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Level 54
Dec 20, 2015
Surprised that Magic Johnson's 1991 HIV announcement isn't on this! I thought it would for sure be one of the top 10 things to happen in the 1990's!
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Level 73
Jan 2, 2020
Please accept "exoplanets", too.
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2020
Okay
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Level 85
Jan 2, 2020
Hutus requires the "s"? I scratched my head for a while wondering why "Hutu" didn't work.
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Level 79
Jan 2, 2020
Agreed - it says "what tribe" and the tribe is called the Hutu tribe.
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2020
Hutu (singular) will work now.
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Level 55
Jan 4, 2020
I kept typing Hulu. SMH.
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Level 79
Jan 2, 2020
Georg Solti also died five days after Princess Diana.
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Level 70
Jan 2, 2020
"famous" ;-)
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Level 83
Jan 4, 2020
Less famous than Mother Teresa, but still an eminent conductor.
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Level 75
Jan 2, 2020
Toy Story was released in 1995
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2020
Okay
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Level 58
Jan 21, 2020
Hutu should be called an ethnic group or a people but not a tribe.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
Perhaps accept Jeltsin? Using an Y never occured to me, couldnt figure out what was wrong
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Level 82
Mar 26, 2020
All around better times.. except maybe for the quality of the comic book movies. And Internet speeds.
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Level 67
Mar 26, 2020
And memes
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Level 82
Mar 26, 2020
The 90s was a time before the meaning of this interesting word and concept had been corrupted to mean something very silly, so I disagree. The 90s were a better time for memes.
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Level 57
Mar 26, 2020
And technological advancement
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Level 82
Mar 26, 2020
in total? Yeah I guess.
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Level 60
May 13, 2020
Yeah, the structure definitely wasn't rotting out from beneath or anything.
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Level 82
Aug 25, 2020
So better to live in the collapsed pile of rot? Yeah that makes as much sense as most of your comments.
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Level 65
Mar 27, 2020
I don't think Aafat was ever called a terrorist in Spain, he was just the Palestinian leader (at least in the 90s). I guess it's an American thing to call terrorists those whose fights you don't like.
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Level 76
Mar 27, 2020
I translate from German Wikipedia: "In 1957 he co-founded and later led the Palestinian Fatah, which carried out numerous terrorist and bomb attacks on Israeli, Jordanian, and Lebanese targets."
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2020
Arafat is absolutely a terrorist by definition, although everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the subject.
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Level 82
Mar 27, 2020
Calling people "whose fights you don't like" terrorists, as well as asserting that text-book definition terrorists are not terrorists if their fight is one you do like, is a form of rank stupidity exhibited by people all over the world, including in but certainly not exclusive to America. Which also apparently happens in Spain.

On the other hand, calling Arafat a terrorist is not a form of this stupidity. Arafat is definitely a terrorist. He advocated and helped organize attacks against civilian non-military targets. Decades after founding Fatah, originally a terrorist organization, even Arafat and the organization itself renounced the previous MO that they helped pioneer and popularize, being so undeniably reprehensible that it became a disadvantage to their political goals as it was.

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Level 44
Apr 1, 2020
Come on,dont call Arafat terrorist,he was one of the few from both sides that tried to make the things better

On the other hand we can call the majority of the Israel presidents as terrorists with their actions against that poor and destroyed nation

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Level 82
Aug 25, 2020
He didn't renounce violence until the late 80s. And then only so that he could try and secure the destruction of Israel through peaceful, rather than violence means. A change in tactics. Before this he was definitely unambiguously a terrorist.
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Level 31
Apr 9, 2020
Should really be accepting dwarf planets or as someone said earlier, exoplanets. Just 'planets' is such a vague answer.

Also Foot and Mouth disease should work aswell for Mad Cow disease. Whilst they are different disseases both of them killed British cows in the 1990's, frustrated me that.

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Level 60
May 13, 2020
Ah yes — the 1996 Russian election was definitely super-democratic and certainly not rife with blatant meddling or massive fraud at all.
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Level 48
Feb 22, 2021
I am surprised that the downfall of Yugoslavia wasn't mentioned at all..., especially what happened in Bosnia. Every life lost matters, but aren't thousands of lives lost more memorable than 13?

Anyways, not a bad quiz. I guess it is hard to summarize a decade

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Level 73
Mar 5, 2021
Is it not curious that the two most inspiring people in this quiz are currently the most-guessed and the least-guessed?
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Level 63
Jun 29, 2021
Mother Teresa wasn't inspiring.

She let people with curable diseases die in her hospices, because she thought treating those diseases was an affront to God's plans. She thought that suffering existed to provide a platform for compassion, to the point where she valued suffering so highly she would not allow it to be alleviated.

Any doctor who treated their patients as she did would be barred from practising medicine, and likely jailed.