The Big Event: 1998 – Mark McGwire Hits #62

This isn’t a TV moment in the general sense because it’s not a scene from a ’90s sitcom or drama. That being said, Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run during the 1998 home run season is one of the most iconic sports moments of the 90s since it broke Roger Maris’ 37-year-old single-season home run recordContinue reading “The Big Event: 1998 – Mark McGwire Hits #62”

The Big Event: 1992 – Hurricane Andrew

On August 24, 1992, a hurricane pummeled South Florida and its surrounding regions. Hurricane Andrew was so devastating that the name “Andrew” was retired from the Atlantic hurricane list for any hurricane season following. It killed 65 people and caused more that $26 billion dollars worth of damage. According to the Huffington post, this isContinue reading “The Big Event: 1992 – Hurricane Andrew”

The Big Event: 1992 – The L.A. Riots

*The four officers acquitted of using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King Looting. Fires. People being beaten. Police nowhere to be found. That was the 1992 L.A. Riots in a nutshell. When the powder keg is brimming, it is only a matter of time before it explodes. After the four officers that beatContinue reading “The Big Event: 1992 – The L.A. Riots”

The Big Event: 1992 Presidential Election

Bill Clinton was the first President of the Democratic party to be elected for a second term since Franklin D. Roosevelt since 1937. Before that, however, Clinton had to win an intense presidential campaign in 1992 that pitted him first against a strong group of Democratic candidates before having to face George Bush Sr. inContinue reading “The Big Event: 1992 Presidential Election”

The Big Event: 1990 – The Gulf War

  It’s hard to argue the biggest event in America of 1990 was the Gulf War. Considering the country would not enter the war until January 1991, it says a lot about the impact that Iraq invading Kuwait had on international relations. How did it begin? It’s complicated. Saddam Hussein accused Kuwait of illegally drainingContinue reading “The Big Event: 1990 – The Gulf War”

The Big Event: 1990 – Happy Land Fire

  In recent memory, a terrible fire broke out in the Ghost Ship, a warehouse converted into an artist collective in Oakland, California. The fire killed 36 people. The tragedy evoked painful memories of an even deadlier fire that occurred on March 25, 1990 at a place called Happy Land Social Club, in the BronxContinue reading “The Big Event: 1990 – Happy Land Fire”

The Big Event: 1990 – Buster Douglas Knocks out Mike Tyson

On February 11, 1990, Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson is one sports’ greatest upsets in history. One does not need to be a boxing fan nor a sports fan to understand¬†just how huge Douglas’ victory was. This was David versus Goliath and David somehow won. To put it in perspective, Buster Douglas was a 42-1Continue reading “The Big Event: 1990 – Buster Douglas Knocks out Mike Tyson”

The Big Event: 1991 – The Announcement

  In the 1980s and early 90s, three superstars elevated the NBA to a new level: Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson. By 1991, Johnson was easily the most successful of the three. He had won five championships compared to Bird’s three and zero for Jordan. On November 7, 1991 Magic shocked the worldContinue reading “The Big Event: 1991 – The Announcement”

The Big Event: 1991 – The Rodney King Beating

  It remains one of the most disturbing police beatings ever recorded on camera.¬†An African American man being beaten senselessly by four police officers while a crowd of other cops stood there and watched. Caught on videotape, the incident would shock the country and was the main culprit for what started the 1992 L.A. Riots.Continue reading “The Big Event: 1991 – The Rodney King Beating”

The Big Event: 1991 – Latasha Harlins’ Death

  The 1992 Los Angeles Riots (also known as the Rodney King Riots) were born from years of police brutality against African Americans. Two incidents in March of 1991, however, are linked to the riots more than anything else. The first is the beating of Rodney King on March 3, an act that was videotapedContinue reading “The Big Event: 1991 – Latasha Harlins’ Death”