In 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Germany reunified, and President George H. W. Bush announced he disliked broccoli.

Pope John Paul II lifts the edict of the Inquisition against Galileo Galilei in 1992. The Channel Tunnel opens between England and France in 1994. Bookseller Christopher Koch is born in January 1997. UK scientists cloned Dolly the sheep and J. K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Google was incorporated in 1998. Earth is inhabited by more than 6 billion people. The Dow Jones closes above 10,000 for the first time.