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The very first issue of Entertainment Weekly hit newsstands on Feb. 16, 1990. Singer k.d. lang was featured on the first cover, alongside coverage of the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards and the latest take on Zorro.
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air made its debut on NBC on Sept. 10, 1990. The premiere episode introduced viewers to Will "The Fresh Prince" Smith and the Banks family, who would continue to play new material on air for six years.
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Goodfellas arrived in theaters in September 1990, introducing viewers to Martin Scorsese's take on Nicholas Pileggi's 1985 book Wiseguy. Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco, among others, the flick was nominated for six Academy Awards.
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Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby"
On July 2, 1990, Vanilla Ice kicked it with the VIPs, dropping his famed hit single, "Ice Ice Baby." The lead singer off of the rapper's debut studio album, To the Extreme, "Ice Ice Baby" made its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum.
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Richard Gere and Julia Roberts made cinematic gold with the March 23, 1990 release of Pretty Woman. With a little help from the Roy Orbison classic, the movie quickly became a fan favorite (though we admittedly weren't initial fans), earning more than $463 million at the worldwide box office.
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The former child star turns 25 on Nov. 24. Born in Manhattan in November 1990, the Modern Family actress earned her first film credits when she was just 7 years old.
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss' classic children's book hit stores on January 22, 1990, just 18 months before the famed author passed away at the age of 87. A time-honored gift for recent grads, the colorful tale is one of Seuss' most beloved titles.
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The Aussie actor celebrated his 25th on Jan. 13. Hemsworth was born in Melbourne in January 1990, relocating to the U.S. in 2009 as his acting career took off.
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Beverly Hills, 90210
Viewers across the country were transported to Southern California on Oct. 4, 1990, when Beverly Hills, 90210 aired its series premiere on FOX. The drama about West Beverly Hills High brought stars such as Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, and Shannen Doherty to the forefront, and earned an Emmy nomination during its 10-year run.
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The Wolf of Wall Street actress Robbie was born in Australia on July 2, 1990. The Tarzan star celebrated her 25th birthday this summer, ringing in the big day on the set of her upcoming movie, Suicide Squad.
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Sinéad O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
O'Connor dropped I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got in March 1990, earning her best-selling album to date. The singer's sophomore project went multiplatinum, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and introduced listeners to the hit single "Nothing Compares 2 U."
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Child star Macaulay Culkin became a national treasure on Nov. 16, 1990, when Home Alone arrived in theaters. The holiday-themed comedy earned more than $476 million at the worldwide box office and was followed by various big-screen and made-for-TV sequels.
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Law & Order
Law & Order mixed up the offerings of network TV with its Sept. 13, 1990 premiere episode. The long-running show aired the stories of legal professionals for nearly 20 years before it wrapped in May 2010.
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Born in London on April 23, 1990, Patel celebrated his 25th birthday earlier this year. After rising to fame with his role in 2008's Slumdog Millionaire, Patel picked up major roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Newsroom.
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Johnny Depp became Edward Scissorhands with the Dec. 7, 1990 debut of the Tim Burton flick. The offbeat drama was a hit with fans and critics and earned Depp a Golden Globe nomination for his turn as the title character.
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Sonic Youth's Goo
Kim Gordon's no wave rock band, founded with her ex-husband Thurston Moore, dropped Goo on June 26, 1990. The record introduced the single "Kool Thing," and was one of the most critically acclaimed projects from the group in its decades-long run.
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Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze took a seat at the pottery wheel together for July 1990's Ghost. The supernatural romance inspired many imitators and stunned at the worldwide box office with a $505 million total gross.
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Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park
In November 1990, Crichton's sci-fi novel Jurassic Park arrived in stores, inspiring decades of pop culture history. The seven-part book was famously adapted for the big-screen with 1993's Jurassic Park, and reinvented as recently as June of this year with the debut of the Chris Pratt-starring Jurassic World.
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Hogwarts' brightest graduated into her mid-twenties when she turned 25 on April 15. Born in Paris in April 1990, Watson moved to England as a child before she landed her famed role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies.
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Following his turn as Conan the Barbarian, Arnold Schwarzenegger booked a memorable gig as Douglas Quaid in June 1990's Total Recall. Starring alongside Sharon Stone, the future politician made $261 million at the worldwide box office and preceded a 2012 iteration of the story, which featured Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale, among others.
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Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet
The men of Public Enemy dropped their third studio album on April 10, 1990, introducing listeners Fear of a Black Planet. The critical darling, which was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2005, hit No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum.
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Born in Clovis, Calif, Glee star Chris Colfer celebrated his 25th birthday on May 27. The '90s baby made his network debut days before his 19th birthday with Glee's May 19, 2009 premiere.
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Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ultimatum
One of the best-selling books of 1990, Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ultimatum was published on Feb. 25, 1990. The sequel to The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy was Ludlum's last contribution to the series.