1990 - The Simpsons first appear on TV

1990 - First biodegradable plastics launched by ICI

1990 - Nelson Mandela freed from prison

1993 - Alessi designs its first all plastic product: the Gino Zuchhino sugar pourer designed by Guido Venturini

1994 - Channel Tunnel opens

1994 - Smart car, with lightweight flexible integrally coloured polycarbonate panels, introduced

1995 - Damien Hurst's half cow wins the Turner Prize

1997 - Death of Princess Diana

1998 - Amorphous free standing Zanussi Oz fridge, with insulation and outer-skins made in one process from polyurethane foam, launched

1999 - Solar eclipse visible in Britain