1990s Trivia Questions

Nineties Facts

Nineties trivia may be viewed as less difficult by some Trivial Pursuit players, but this can often depend on when the individual was born. Baby boomers and later members of Generation Y may find this decade to be a challenge, while members of Generation X will likely revel in questions about grunge music and the birth of the Internet. In either case, however, testing your proficiency at '90s trivia is a fun way to increase your overall knowledge of the world around you.

While a large number of Trivial Pursuit editions cover some element of the 1990s, there are a few that concentrate on the decade. If you're not interested in the '60s, '70s, or '80s trivia, you might want to give these sets a try.

1992 Year-In-Review -- This Trivial Pursuit edition focuses on the year 1992. With a total of 1,320 questions, it's considered one of the easiest versions of the game. Categories include: Personalities, In the News, Entertainment, Around the World, Sports & Leisure, and Wild Card.

1993 Year-In-Review -- While this version of Trivial Pursuit includes the same categories and number of cards, it's considered more difficult than the 1992 edition.

20th Anniversary -- Released for Trivial Pursuit's 20th birthday, this edition is designed to cover people and events from 1982 to 2002. The set includes 3,600 cards with the following categories: News, Global View, Sound & Screen, Innovations, Written Word, and Game Time.

1990s -- Released in 2004, this edition is perfect for anyone seeking out games about '90s trivia. 2,400 questions are included in the set, and it's considered one of the easiest editions of the game. Categories include Wired, Oops, Trends, Viewing, Hangin, and Important.

The '90s UK -- While the standard 1990's edition was hitting shelves in the United States, European trivia buffs were able to pick up this version that focused on events across the Atlantic. 1,800 questions are available in the set, and categories include Global Village, Breaking News, The A-List, Sound & Vision, Retail Therapy, and Winners & Losers.

1995 UK -- The title for this Trivial Pursuit set is misleading, as the game actually focuses on 1994 events in the United Kingdom. There are 1,500 challenging questions in categories such as Glitz & Glamour, Home Headlines, Gossip Column, International News, All Action, and Collected Clippings.

Since humanity has yet to perfect the art of teleportation, you'll have to wait at least a day or two to receive any of these Trivial Pursuit games in the mail. In the meantime, kick back and test your knowledge of the '90s with the following 15 questions:

What was the name of the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell?

Dolly was born in Scotland in 1996 and has been called "the world's most famous sheep."

Her name is a tribute to singer Dolly Parton, as the cell used for cloning was taken from a mammary gland.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly known by what name?

Zaire. The name was changed following the events of the First Congo War, which lasted from 1996 to 1997.

In July of 1997, the United Kingdom ceded control of which region to the People's Republic of China?

Hong Kong. It had become a colony of the British Empire during the First Opium War (1839-1842).

Who is the oldest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing?

George Foreman. Following a successful career in the 1970s, "Big George"� came out of retirement and regained the title in 1994 at the age of 45.

The Grunge movement led to the popularity of what kind of shirts?

Flannel shirts. Throughout the 1990s, these shirts were popular among young people of both sexes.

Over the course of 100 days in 1994, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people were murdered in what nation?

Rwanda. The event was known as the Rwandan Genocide, and it's estimated that 20% of the nation died during this period of ethnic cleansing by the government.

Jennifer Aniston helped popularize which trendy women's haircut in the 1990s?

The Rachel. Named after her "Friends"� character Rachel Green, the layered haircut would be worn by Aniston during the first two seasons of the show, although the actress personally disliked the look.

From 1992 to 1997, what children's author penned 62 books in the Goosebumps series?

R.L. Stine. The series has sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

Who won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992?

The Pittsburgh Penguins led by Mario Lemieux.

Which video game character debuted in 1996 and became a sex symbol thanks to her khaki shorts and British accent?

Lara Croft, the star of the Tomb Raider franchise.

Who became the first black leader of South Africa in 1994?

After serving 30 years in prison, Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa and brought the era of Apartheid to a close.

Which prominent Russian was in attendance for the 1990 opening of the first McDonald's in Moscow?

Boris Yeltsin. He was the head of the Russian parliament at the time, but he would become the first President of the Russian Federation a year later following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Who won the most Super Bowls in the 1990s?

The Dallas Cowboys. They won titles in 1993, 1994, and 1996 led by future Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.

Who won consecutive Oscars for Best Actor in 1993 and 1994?

Tom Hanks. He was awarded Academy Awards for his work in "Philadelphia"� and "Forrest Gump."

Which company introduced the Pentium microprocessor on March 22nd, 1993?

Intel. This microprocessor would become a mainstay in the world of personal computing.

That concludes our look at '90s trivia, especially as it relates to the game of Trivial Pursuit. Since I graduated high school in 1990, I've always found that questions about this decade are easier than most. I'm not, however, content to just fill my brain with facts about the '90s, which is why I try to expand my mind by playing Trivial Pursuit games centering on other periods in history. I hope you're ambitious enough to do the same.

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