90s Trivia Game: A Celebration of All Things 90s

Want to test your knowledge or take a trip down memory lane and tell us about your favourite 90s things. Either way, we've got the perfect 90s quiz for you!

The 1990s were a decade of revolutionary socio-economic change in the world. The 1990s were also a decade of amazing movies, TV shows, cartoons and video games. We see so many movies come out each year that it’s sometimes hard to remember what happened 20 years ago! But this trivia game is here to help you celebrate all things 90s by quizzing you on your knowledge from that era!


90s quiz

  1. Of which financially-troubled computer company did Microsoft buy a $150m share in 1997: Apple, Compaq or Nixdorf? 
  2. Which TV series’ theme tune was I’ll Be There for You? 
  3. Who was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president on 10 May 1994?  
  4. From which musician did Rachel Hunter separate after eight years of marriage in January 1999? 
  5. Name the 1991 Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy comedy-drama about a particular kind of fruit served at the Whistle Stop Café?
  6. What kind of animal was Dolly, the world’s first cloned mammal: a sheep, a human or a cow? 
  7. Who played Kevin McCallister in the 1990 movie Home Alone?
  8. Who did France face in the final of the 1998 FIFA World Cup? Brazil, the Netherlands or Argentina? 
  9. Which Scottish author published The Crow Road in 1992? 
  10. What was Patsy’s surname in Absolutely Fabulous, which debuted in 1992? 
  11. Which actor, best known for playing the title roles in both Perry Mason and Ironside, died aged 76 in September 1993? 
  12. President George HW Bush announced the end of five years of sanctions against which country in July 1991 after it stopped segregating on the basis of skin colour? 
  13. Which British musical artist releases an album of covers at the end of 1999 called Songs from the Last Century? 
  14. Who announced that he was leaving Genesis to focus on his solo musical career in March 1996: Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel? 
  15. Did construction of the International Space Station begin in 1994, 1996 or 1998? 
  16. Who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990: Margaret Thatcher, George HW Bush, Boris Yeltsin or Mikhael Gorbachev? 
  17. What was the name of Stephen Fry’s first novel, published in 1991: The Liar, The Hippopotamus or Making History? 
  18. Who won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in a 1998 film? Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth, or Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love?
  19. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky retired in 1999. Which team did he play for at the time of his retirement?
  20. In 1992, George Bush became ill and vomited on the prime minister of which country?
  21. Which American businessman became the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon in 1995?
  22. Who was the only NHL player to win consecutive Most Valuable Player awards (Hart Trophy) in the 1990s?
  23. Which company manufactured Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug that became widespread in the 1990s?
  24. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 masterpiece Schindler’s List was based on a novel by which author?
  25. Which popular sitcom, set in Manhattan, debuted on September 22, 1994?
  26. The Petronas Towers, the world’s highest twin towers that were completed in 1997, are located in which city?
  27. Which former CIA employee was convicted in 1994 of spying for the Soviet Union?
  28. Which controversial 1994 Oliver Stone film starred Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis?
  29. In 1997, which woman became the first female Secretary of State in the U.S.?
  30. Which filmmaker won a Best Director Academy Award for his 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs?
  31. What was the full name of the Unabomber, who was responsible for killing three people between 1978 and 1995?
  32. The Chicago Bulls won the NBA Championship six times in the decade of the 1990s (1991-1993, 1996-1998). In how many of those NBA finals was Michael Jordan named MVP?
  33. In which Paris tunnel did Diana, Princess of Wales, die in a car crash on August 31, 1997?
  34. Which powerful telescope did the Space Shuttle Discovery carry into orbit in 1990?
  35. What was the name of the terrorist group that released Sarin gas on the Tokyo subway on March 20, 1995, killing 13 people?
  36. In which year did Hong Kong transfer its sovereignty from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China?
  37. Which Israeli politician was assassinated in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995?
  38. On January 25, 1990, who became the first modern head of a government to give birth to a child while still in office?
  39. Which Columbian drug lord, the head of the Medellin Cartel, was killed on December 2, 1993?
  40. Which female tennis player was stabbed in the back by a deranged fan during a 1993 match in Germany?
  41. Which two Ph.D. candidates formed the company Google in 1998?
  42. At which game did IBM’s computer, Deep Blue, beat champion Garry Kasparov?
  43. Which Republican representative ran against Bill Clinton (and lost to him) in the 1996 US presidential election? Bob Dole, George W Bush or Al Gore? 
  44. From which 1994 movie does the iconic line “Life is like a box of chocolates” come?
  45. Which country hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics: South Korea, Russia or Japan?
  46. Which intergalactic television series was thought up by Gene Roddenberry, who died in October 1991? 
  47. In which film, based on a story by Truman Capote, did George Peppard, who died in 1994, play Paul Varjak? 
  48. Who played Deloris Wilson, a lounge singer who seeks protective custody in a convent in the 1992 film Sister Act? 
  49. How wide were the 36 spaceships that the aliens deployed around Earth in the 1996 movie Independence Day: 15 metres, 1.5 miles, 15 kilometres or 15 miles? 

90s trivia game

  1. Which country was allowed to take part in the 1992 Summer Olympics for the first time following a suspension from the games that had begun in 1960? 
  2. From which country did Croatia and Slovenia declare independence on 25 June 1991?
  3. Which Superman actor was paralysed from the neck down after falling from his horse in May 1995? 
  4. In which 1990 film did characters played by Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin and Kevin Bacon induce near death experiences? 
  5. Which British singer, best known for the song Never Gonna Give You Up, retired from the music industry in 1993 at the age of 27? 
  6. Which space-based device for viewing distant stars was launched at the start of the 1990s and needed to be serviced because its main mirror was flawed and produced distorted images? 
  7. In which 1992 film did Gerard Depardieu play Christopher Columbus discovering the New World? 
  8. Which fashion designer was shot dead on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, aged 50, on 15 July 1997? 
  9. Which member of the Monty Python team appeared in several scenes of the 1998 Tom Hanks movie You’ve Got Mail, all of which were cut: Michael Palin or John Cleese? 
  10. Which British singer, whose career was kicked off by the 1963 song I Only Want to Be With You, and continued with You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man, died aged 59 In 1999? 
  11. What was the nationality of Linus Torvalds, who announced in August 1991 that he was working on a new operating system, which would become Linux: Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish or Danish? 
  12. What was founded through the signing of the Maastricht Treaty on 7 February 1992: The International Criminal Court, the European Space Agency or the European Union?
  13. Who did George Peppard, who died in May 1994, play in The A-Team? 
  14. In which 1991 movie about firefighters investigating arson starred Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland and Robert De Niro? 
  15. From which 1992 film is the quote “You can’t handle the truth!” taken? 
  16. Which American author, whose work included five novels featuring Tom Ripley, died in Switzerland in February 1995? 
  17. What was sent for the very first time on 3 December 1992? 
  18. Which former American footballer was found not guilty of double murder in October 1995? 
  19. Which royal died in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on 31 August 1997? 
  20. Which US pop artist released HIStory in 1995, his first ever double album? 
  21. Who announced he was quitting the Rolling Stones on 3 December 1992: Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood or Bill Wyman? 
  22. What was the name of the world’s first cloned mammal, a sheep, which was revealed in February 1997: Molly, Polly, Dolly or Holly
  23. In which city did the Petronas Twin Towers open in 1997, becoming the tallest buildings in the world at that time? 
  24. Which international publishing platform did CERN publicise for the first time in August 1991? 
  25. Which Middle Eastern 24-hour news channel launched on 1 November 1996? 
  26. Which of the following was the first part of the International Space Station, which launched in 1998, sent into orbit by Russia, Europe or the United States? 
  27. What was the name of Keanu Reeves’ character in 1999’s The Matrix: Neo, Nemo or Nero? 
  28. Who lost to Germany in the final of the UEFA Euro 96 football championship: Poland, Czech Republic or Slovakia? 
  29. Which 1998 film starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller tells the story of a man who uses a private detective to track down his high school sweetheart? 
  30. In which film series did Denholm Elliott, who died aged 70 in October 1992, play the part of Dr Marcus Brody? 
  31. Which American travel writer, now a long-time resident of the United Kingdom, wrote about his experiences of walking the Appalachian Trail in his 1998 book A Walk in the Woods? 
  32. In which 1993 movie did Bill Murray play a weatherman who was destined to live the same day again and again and again?

90s quiz game answers

  1. Apple 
  2. Friends 
  3. Nelson Mandela 
  4. Rod Stewart 
  5. Fried Green Tomatoes
  6. sheep 
  7. Macaulay Culkin
  8. Brazil
  9. Iain Banks 
  10. Stone 
  11. Raymond Burr 
  12. South Africa 
  13. George Michael 
  14. Phil Collins 
  15. 1998 
  16. Mikhail Gorbachev 
  17. The Liar 
  18. Cate Blanchett
  19. New York Rangers
  20. Japan
  21. Steve Fossett
  22. Dominik Hasek (1996-97 and 1997-98)
  23. Pfizer
  24. Thomas Keneally
  25. Friends
  26. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  27. Aldrich Ames
  28. Natural Born Killers
  29. Madeleine Albright
  30. Jonathan Demme
  31. Ted Kaczynski
  32. Six
  33. The Pont de l’Alma road tunnel
  34. The Hubble Space Telescope
  35. Aum Shinrikyo
  36. 1997
  37. Yitzhak Rabin
  38. Benazir Bhutto (Prime Minister of Pakistan)
  39. Pablo Escobar
  40. Monica Seles
  41. Sergey Brin and Larry Page
  42. Chess 
  43. Bob Dole 
  44. Forrest Gump 
  45. Japan 
  46. Star Trek 
  47. Breakfast at Tiffany’s 
  48. Whoopi Goldberg 
  49. 15 miles 
  50. South Africa 
  51. Yugoslavia
  52. Christopher Reeve 
  53. Flatliners 
  54. Rick Astley 
  55. Hubble Space Telescope 
  56. 1492: Conquest of Paradise 
  57. Gianni Versace 
  58. Michael Palin 
  59. Dusty Springfield 
  60. Finnish 
  61. European Union
  62. Hannibal Smith 
  63. Backdraft 
  64. A Few Good Men 
  65. Patricia Highsmith 
  66. Text message 
  67. OJ Simpson 
  68. Princess Diana  
  69. Michael Jackson 
  70. Bill Wyman 
  71. Dolly
  72. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
  73. World Wide Web 
  74. Al Jazeera 
  75. Russia 
  76. Neo 
  77. Czech Republic 
  78. There’s Something About Mary 
  79. Indiana Jones 
  80. Bill Bryson 
  81. Groundhog Day

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