To me, the 1990's begun with the end of the cold war, which can be dated to three dates: *9 November 1989 - Berlin Wall demolished. A major symbol of the Cold War. *3 October 1990 - Germany re-united. *25 December 1991 - The break-up of the USSR
Instead, nationalism rose. Czechoslovakia was also split in 1993 (without violence) and Yugoslavia (with violence) in stages between 1991 and 2006.
Living around 1990 looks like a beautiful view, with a future with anything looking possible. Dictators were removed from office, and replaced with democarcies.
In popular culuture, the late 1980's TMNT and video game boom continuted (console wars between Nintendo and SEGA). In popular music, global popular acts were Madonna, Michael Jackson, Roxette and the Guns & Roses, between 1991-1994 even Grunge.
When the home computer and the Internet became more common around 1995, the world soon became a global village.
And I think the 1990's end on 11 September 2001, when two aeroplanes hit the World Trade Center. After that, it looked like society has been running backwards. But I think the 2010's beugn in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected US president.
You have to mention Nickelodeon or people will have a crapfest in their pants.
The internet didn't become more mainstream until the late 90s and early 00s. I didn't have it until at least 99.
You had a lot of school shootings like Columbine and terrorist attacks like the Oklahoma City bombing and first attempt on the twin towers. You also had odd events like the Waco disaster.
Some important movies-Jurassic Park, Shindler's List, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Basic Instinct, Saving Private Ryan, The Sixth Sense, Aladdin and The Lion King for kids.
You had a lot more fun films and blockbusters in the 90s
For tv-sitcoms were the norm, shows like NYPD Blue or Law and Order were groundbreaking and fresh.
Fashions-the 90s was an amalgam of different fashion styles from each decade. Men wore suits with suspenders on occasion (in a very 40s-like way imo) or just regular business suits. People wore straight jeans and plain t shirts until the later 90s when 60s fashions came back. Women were more professional looking with bobs and professional attire. I remember a lot of girls (embarrassingly I admit myself) wearing dresses with boots, overalls were really popular for teens and kids. During the later part of the decade baggy pants and shirts were in, girls wore bell bottoms or wide leg jeans. Khakis and cargo pants also were quite popular in the late 90s
I also agree that 90s culture died due to 9/11, before that there was a sense of security and freedom. Back then the biggest thing to happen to a president, worthy of canceling the season/series finales of shows just to air reports on it, was the president getting caught in bed with another woman. In the 00s, it was a terrorist attack, the president getting rid of due process of law, an unnecessary war, and a global economic meltdown...ah that's only the surface.
Don't know if that's relevant or good info, good luck with your report!