1990s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1990s?
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Last updated: January 2, 2020
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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 56
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 74
Jan 2, 2020
Please accept "exoplanets", too.
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2020
Okay
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Level 87
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 81
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 60
Jan 4, 2020
I kept typing Hulu. SMH.
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Level 81
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 84
Jan 4, 2020
Less famous than Mother Teresa, but still an eminent conductor.
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Level 67
Mar 26, 2022
It's a crude metric to measure fame, but Googling "George Solti" returns 870,000 results. Meanwhile "Mother Teresa" returns nearly 10 times as many with "8,170,000".
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Level 76
Jan 2, 2020
Toy Story was released in 1995
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2020
Okay
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Level 60
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 61
Mar 28, 2022
But that's not his name.
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Level 83
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 70
Mar 26, 2020
And memes
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Level 83
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 67
May 13, 2020
Yeah, the structure definitely wasn't rotting out from beneath or anything.
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Level 83
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 ∞
Jan 29, 2022
The peak of the American golden age.
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Level 83
Jun 4, 2022
Definitely on the ascent. Not sure about the peak. The peak may have been sometime around 1997-1999 (and arguably up to 4 decades earlier), but I think it could have also been as late as 2008-2015. Depends on what factors you're looking at.
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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 83
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 61
Feb 11, 2022
By this definition, George Bush and Tony Blair, attacking civilian targets in Iraq, are also terrorists. Would you agree?
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Level 83
Mar 26, 2022
I did not provide a definition for terrorist in my comment above so I hope you were replying to someone else whose comment has since gone missing and not to me, or else you'd look silly, or at least over-eager to make inferences to try and prove some point.

If the hypothetical person you were responding to did provide a definition for "terrorist" that applied to Tony Blair, then, they were using a poor definition of the word.

If the definition of "terrorist" that you imagined I was giving was one you inferred to be "person who advocates and organizes attacks against civilian non-military targets"... then... no. This obviously does not apply to George Bush or Tony Blair. Flawed politicians as they both were, they never did that. Implying that they did, in a way similar to Arafat, is absurd.

You can find my preferred, precise, and superior definition for terrorism on this quiz

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Level 83
Mar 26, 2022
A case can be made that Bush and Blair are both war criminals. Not a particularly compelling case... but... a case can be made.

However, being a war criminal doesn't make one a terrorist.

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Level 45
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 83
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 49
Mar 26, 2022
Planets and dwarf planets are not the same thing. Dwarf planets should not be accepted.
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Level 67
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 59
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 74
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 70
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.

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Level 34
Mar 26, 2022
The Spice Girls and OJ Simpson aren't most or least guessed... What are you talking about?
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Level 72
Nov 26, 2021
Also Kalbahamut, your definition of terrorist would have to include Mandela - who thinks that?
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Level 83
Mar 26, 2022
and which definition for terrorist are you imagining that I gave that I did not give?

I honestly don't know enough about all of the activities that Mandela was involved in prior to becoming president for me to say he was or was not a terrorist. He may have been. He may not have been. Seriously, I don't know. But in either case, I still have not given a definition for terrorist in this comments section and you're the 2nd person who implied I had. Click on the linked quiz I left above and you can find a good (in fact, the best) definition for terrorism. By this definition, Yasser Arafat absolutely was a terrorist. And this is not controversial amongst serious persons who care what words mean.

I don't know about Mandela. I'd have to read more on the subject.

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Level 66
Mar 26, 2022
"In fact, the best." That's rather oxymoronic, don't you think? "Best" is an opinion, no matter how much it's supported with evidence/justification, and therefore can never be a fact. Whereas you may think your definition of terrorist is the best, it doesn't make it so. In your opinion, it's the best. In others' opinions, it might not be, no matter how strongly you think otherwise. Conversely, there's also not a "worst" definition of terrorist out there.
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Level 83
Mar 27, 2022
No, my definition is in fact the best. I could explain why at length if I felt like it, with logical proofs and mathematical formulas if you wanted me to.
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Level 61
Feb 11, 2022
I agree, Alex, and I think the wording of the question about Arafat is way too loaded, and biased
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Level 69
Mar 26, 2022
Fun fact, Kerensky was briefly president of Russia in the 1910s but was not elected to that position (i.e. the quiz is right).
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2022
Can't a freedom fighter also be a terrorist at the same time?
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Level 62
Mar 26, 2022
I'm concerned about what appears to be a pattern across several quizzes where the language is pretty unabashedly anti-Palestinian while remaining mostly neutral on other fronts. Is Jetpunk taking an official stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by these language choices, which don't add up with the neutral language it uses to address other global conflicts, or is this a simple mistake by the quiz's creator? I would appreciate clarification on this question.

Alexquiz17 is right that the same logic that would indict Arafat as a terrorist would also indict Mandela. And yet Mandela (correctly) is not called one on this quiz. There are many possible word choices that are similarly neutral on the question of Arafat--"political figure," or "controversial political figure," even, and I think the quiz's current wording is dishonest at best, unless Jetpunk truly wishes to pick sides on this issue.

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Level 62
Mar 26, 2022
kalbahamut's discussion a few comment threads above with multiple users about the meaning of the word "terrorist" proves, if nothing else, that the word is loaded and shouldn't be used haphazardly without careful prior consideration. Given that a significant portion of the world--myself included--would not lump in Arafat with, say, Timothy McVeigh, and would actually find the comparison quite offensive, I'm somewhat uncomfortable with the lapse in Jetpunk's usual neutrality.
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Level 83
Mar 27, 2022
Using the term to describe McVeigh and not Arafat, because it offends people, would be the haphazard thing to do. That's the thing that leads to the word being loaded, political, and in effect meaningless. Applying it to those you dislike and rejecting the fair application to those you do.

The careful, deliberate, and fair thing to do would be to use an objective and consistent standard and a precise, carefully-worded definition most consistent with popular historical usage. In every case. Regardless of personal feelings, politics, or popularity.

And, if you do that, then Arafat is definitely a terrorist. When he and Fatah renounced terrorism, they were renouncing the things that they used to commonly do... even Arafat knew that Arafat was a terrorist. Look on the quiz I linked to above and the explanation for the Oklahoma City bombing question (which I do count as terrorism) to see why, actually, McVeigh is closer to not being a terrorist than Arafat is.

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Level 62
Mar 26, 2022
As a small side note, my suggested wording is actually a bit problematic, since both suggested alternatives would also include Rabin as a possible answer. Perhaps the term "Palestinian political leader" could be used instead, although it does give away a little bit more of the answer in the question itself.
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Level 65
Mar 28, 2022
Not quite sure why Pulp Fiction was in the running for anything. I have watched it twice now, and I don't see the appeal.
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Level 83
May 22, 2022
It's one of my all-time least favorite Tarantino films, and as a teenager (when the film came out) I also thought it was very overrated, but as I grew up and matured I came to at least appreciate why it was generally so well regarded. If my development as a thinking individual had been completely arrested somewhere around sophomore year of high school I think I'd have a lot more in common with some of the posters on the site that disagree with me most ardently. That was when I was at my most religious and priggish, as well.
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Level 67
May 7, 2022
i agree with everyone, referring to Yasser Arafat as a terrorist is extremely biased on an objective quiz.
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Level 32
May 23, 2022
Decided not to continue with this quiz after seeing Yasser Arafat being referred to as a terrorist.
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Level 83
Jun 17, 2022
good. Go away.
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Level 32
May 24, 2022
The real terrorist is Yitzhak Rabin who was the head of an apartheid state
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Level 83
Jun 17, 2022
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