College costs: 1990

Average cost of a movie ticket was $4.22 in 1990. That's $7.64 in 2014. ("Pretty Woman" released by Touchstone Pictures)

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Adjusted to 2014 dollars: The median U.S. household income in 1990 was $54,235, with families spending 16.6% of their income on public university ($9,030 sticker price, annually) or 44.3% on private university ($24,049 sticker price, annually).

Also in 1990...

  • General Manuel Noriega surrenders to American forces in Panama
  • The first McDonald's opens in the Soviet Union (they will get a Pizza Hut later the same year)
  • Nelson Mandela is released after 27 years behind bars
  • Exxon and its shipping company are indicted on criminal charges stemming from the Exxon Valdez oil spill
  • The Hubble Space Telescope is launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery
  • The World Health Organization removes homosexuality from its list of diseases
  • JK Rowling begins writing "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"
  • Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War
  • Tim Berners-Lee begins his work on the World Wide Web, and soon after the first known web page is written at CERN - See it here
  • "Driving Miss Daisy" wins best picture
  • The #1 song of 1990 was "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips

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