30 Years of Adam: 1990

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

Well, here we are, all the way up to 1990. I'm pretty sure this is the year we went to a New Britain Red Sox game for my birthday, but I can't be sure of that (I pretty much suck at remembering my birthday, which might explain why, for the most part, I don't really enjoy celebrating on the 17th).

While I was busy watching minor league baseball (I think), Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev met with Lithuanian prime minister Kazimiera Prunskiene for the first time since Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union. In Soviet Russia, Lithuania leaves you!

In the NBA playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-97 to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference Semifinal series. Portland eventually won the series and went on to reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Pistons in 5 games.

The Mets were off on the 17th, probably a good thing since they were already below .500 and 5.5 games back of the Pirates in the NL East. This was pretty much how Mets baseball went for the '90s, after a pretty good run in the mid-to-late '80s.

Notable May 17, 1990 births:
- Australian actress Stephany Avila