BBC Scotland – BBC Scotland – Nine reasons humans may have accidentally peaked in 1990

BBC Scotland – BBC Scotland – Nine reasons humans may have accidentally peaked in 1990

Walls are, of course, back on the menu in today’s world politics restaurant — but back in 1990 they were coming down rather than going up.

45 years after they were first divided into capitalist West and communist East, Germany marked its official unification on 3 October.

The official dismantling of the Berlin Wall began and 3 October has been the national day of German ever since.

After 11 years as Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher left Downing Street in tears on 28 November.

In the 1980s, she had been referred to as the most powerful woman in the world.

But with falling popularity, she was essentially ousted by her fellow Conservative party members and made way for John Major.

In what is likely one of the most important moments in race relations history, 1990 was also the year that Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of imprisonment in South Africa.

He would soon go on to become the country’s first black president and a figure of peace, determination and hope for millions around the world.

Take That bouncing around on BBC North West Tonight

Ok, so we didn’t really invent boy bands — but Take That certainly started something.

Formed in Manchester in 1990, Take That were Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams. They were intended to be a Britain’s answer to New Kids on The Block.

18 years later, in November 2008, Take That’s original now-40-something-year-old fans came out in force to take a reformed Take That back to the UK number 1 slot with Greatest Day.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly first appeared on-screen together in the second series of Byker Grove, set in a youth club in Newcastle.

Life imitated art when they became best friends, like their on screen characters PJ & Duncan. The pals proved so popular they became presenting megastars of British TV.

Since these humble beginnings, they have both won BAFTAs, National Television Awards and been awarded OBEs.

Scotland’s national rugby union side claimed a famous victory at Murrayfield, winning the Calcutta Cup, the Triple Crown, the Grand Slam and the Five Nations Championship by beating England 13–7.

It was the first time Flower of Scotland, by the Corries, was sung by the players as a pre-match anthem.

If you have any Scottish blood, you might want to have a wee tissue at the ready for this clip.