TODAY we look back just 22 years to 1990 – a year that changed the world with a new era dawning in politics.
Mikhail Gorbachev was elected to a five-year term as the first ever President of the Soviet Union in March and by that autumn was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize.
East and West Germany merged to become one country again and the eastern bloc was breaking up with both Latvia and Estonia breaking away from Soviet control.
Elsewhere in politics, Mary Robinson was elected the first female president of Ireland. Iraq invaded Kuwait, sparking the run-up to the first Gulf War.
On the sports front England came as close as they had since 1966 in the World Cup, losing out to West Germany in a penalty shoot-out. The Germans then went on to defeat Argentina 1-0 to lift the trophy.
Martina Navratilova won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon with Stefan Edberg winning the men’s crown.
On the music front Madonna was sparking controversy with her raunchy Blond Ambition tour.
Meanwhile, in Huddersfield schools were fundraising to buy their first computers and pupils were getting interested in green issues. Our front page picture shows Almondbury and Rawthorpe High schools turning waste paper into cash in a bid to preserve part of a central American rainforest.
Pictured gathering the waste are (front, from left) Almondbury High teacher Keith Hilton, pupils John McNamara, David Marsden and Sarah Wilson and Rawthorpe headteacher Glen Wood. The money raised was enough to buy two acres of forest in Belize.
The schools were due to be sent regular news on the forest and photographs of the area from conversation group ARC. The project was part of environmental studies at the schools.