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The 1990s, also known as "the Nineteen Nineties" or abbreviated as "the Nineties" or "the '90s", was the decade that began on January 1, 1990, and ended on December 31, 1999. It was the tenth and final decade of the "20th century and the last full decade of the "2nd millennium (which both ended on December 31, 2000).

The '90s is often considered the true dawn of the "Information Age. Though info-age technologies predate the 1980s, it was not until the late 1980s and the 1990s that they became widely used by the general public. A combination of factors, including the mass mobilization of capital markets through "neoliberalism, the beginning of the widespread proliferation of "new media such as the Internet, and the "dissolution of the Soviet Union led to a realignment and reconsolidation of economic and political power across the world, and within countries.

The 1990s is often considered the end of "modernity and the dawn of the "postmodern age, even though the first traces of postmodernity took place as far back as the 1940s. Some contemporary theorists have proposed that the 1990s actually marked the end of modernity, which scholars claim peaked during the 1980s. The economies and living standards of some countries such as "South Korea and "Ireland improved to such an extent that they were considered "First World nations by the decade's end.

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"The Big Lebowski is a 1998 "comedy film written and directed by "Joel and Ethan Coen. "Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski, an unemployed "Los Angeles "slacker and avid bowler, who is referred to (and also refers to himself) as "The Dude". After a case of mistaken identity, The Dude is introduced to a "millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski. When the millionaire Lebowski's "trophy wife is later "kidnapped by "nihilists, he commissions The Dude to deliver the "ransom to secure release. The plan goes awry when The Dude's friend Walter Sobchak ("John Goodman) schemes to keep the full ransom. "Steve Buscemi, "Philip Seymour Hoffman, "David Huddleston, "Julianne Moore, "Tara Reid, and "John Turturro co-star in the film, which is narrated by a "cowboy known only as "Stranger," played by "Sam Elliott.

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Mexico, the United States, and Canada respectively at the initialing of the draft North American Free Trade Agreement

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Selena Quintanilla–Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995), known as simply Selena, was an "American "singer-songwriter, "actress and "fashion "designer. She was named the "Queen of "Tejano music" and was also known as the "Mexican "Madonna". She released her first "LP record at the age of 12 with her "Selena y Los Dinos band. At the 1987 "Tejano Music Awards, she won the Female Vocalist of the Year award. She won this award eight times in a row. Selena signed a record agreement with "EMI Latin in 1989. She released five "Spanish-language albums with them, each having chart and sales success. ""Como La Flor" became one of her "signature songs after it got to number six on the US "Billboard "Hot Latin Tracks chart in 1992. The next year, "Selena Live! won a "Grammy Award for Best Mexican/American Album. In 1994, "Amor Prohibido was released and five of the singles became number one hits. Selena became the first "Hispanic singer to do this. The album became the fastest-selling Latin album of all time. In late 1994, "Charles Koppelman, the "chairman of EMI Latin, believed that Selena was ready to release a "cross over album. Selena would then begin recording songs in English instead of Spanish, which would expand her career. On 31 March 1995, Selena was "killed by "Yolanda Saldívar, a friend and former "manager of her "clothing stores. Selena's death affected people in "Hispanic communities. Many "candlelight vigils took place, as well as other memorials from fans. Her crossover album "Dreaming of You, which was not finished, was released on 18 July 1995.


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