Here’s what the world was like the last time the Red Wings missed the playoffs

Yeah, 1990 was a long time ago.
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The Detroit Red Wings will not make the NHL playoffs this season for the first time since 1990.

So that’s 27 years and 25 seasons (lockouts, etc.) in a row. In other words, a very long time. Steve Yzerman scored 62 goals that season, and Sergei Fedorov made his NHL debut after defecting from the Soviet Union.

Does anyone even remember 1990? Here’s a look at what the world was like the last time the Red Wings missed the postseason.

In 1990...

• George H.W. Bush was president

• The Communist Party of the Soviet Union voted to dissolve its monopoly and pave the way for elections, and Gorbachev became president that March

• Nelson Mandela had just gotten out of prison

• ​Donald Trump walked off a CNN interview when asked tough questions about his casino

• The Hubble Space Telescope was launched

• The average cost of a gallon of gas in the U.S. was $1.30

• Liverpool F.C. won its most recent English top flight title

• J.K. Rowling began writing the first Harry Potter book

• Satoshi Tajiri began creation of the first Pokémon video game

• Iraq invaded Kuwait, eventually starting the Gulf War

• Sinead O’Connor’s version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” was the biggest song of the year

• The first known web page was written

Home Alone hit theaters in November and became one of the most successful comedies ever

• Total Recall opened in June and made more than $25 million in its opening weekend, tops of the year

• Robert Griffin III was born

• The author of this post was not yet alive.