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May 1, 2022

Celebrate 30 Years of The Republic of Tea with a Look Back at 1992

Thirty years ago today, on May 1st, 1992, The Republic of Tea was founded by three visionaries: Mel Ziegler, Patricia Ziegler and Bill Rosenzweig. During that first year, they sparked a tea-drinking revolution by releasing twenty-one premium teas that had never before been available to American tea drinkers.

While our mission of sharing the finest, most innovative, delicious teas and herbs from around the globe has not changed during the past three decades, the world around us certainly has.

In celebration of The Republic of Tea’s 30th anniversary, we invite you to walk down memory lane with us — all the way back to 1992. As our founders were working hard to transform the American tea market, here is what else was happening thirty years ago:

  • January 1: Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is renamed the Russian Federation and formally becomes the successor state of the Soviet Union.
  • January 11: Kristi Yamaguchi wins the US female Figure Skating championship. The following month, she goes on to win gold at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
  • January 26: The Washington Redskins defeat the Buffalo Bills during Super Bowl XXVI. Singer Gloria Estefan, the Pride of Minnesota marching band and former Olympic champions Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill perform during the halftime show.
  • February 21: The US lifts trade sanctions against China, after concerns regarding the sale of missiles and missile technology to the Middle East.
  • March 1: The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina declares independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • March 19: Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York announce their separation.
  • April 6: The American children’s television series Barney & Friends debuts on PBS.
  • April 23: McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in China.
  • April 27: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, consisting of Serbia and Montenegro, is established.
  • May 7: Space Shuttle Endeavour embarks on its maiden voyage, landing safely on May 16.
  • May 22: Johnny Carson hosts NBC’s The Tonight Show for the last time after a twenty-year career. Jay Leno becomes the show’s new host.
  • June 3: 172 nations gather in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit.
  • June 19: Batman Begins is released, starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Danny DeVito as the Penguin.
  • June 30: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, joins the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.
  • July 22: Pablo Escobar escapes from prison and goes into hiding.
  • July 23: Bruce Springsteen begins his world tour.
  • July 25: The 1992 Summer Olympics commence in Barcelona, Spain. This is the last time the Summer and Winter Olympic games will take place during the same year.
  • August 11: The Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States, opens its doors in Minneapolis, MN.
  • August 24: Hurricane Andrew hits Florida. It is the most destructive hurricane ever to hit Florida in terms of structures damaged and destroyed.
  • September 4: Oprah presents the TV special Scared Silent. It is the first non-news program to air on three television networks (CBS, NBC and PBS) at the same time.
  • September 12: Mae Jemison becomes the first Black woman to go into space.
  • October 1: The cable television network Cartoon Network premieres.
  • October 9: A meteorite, known as the Peekskill meteorite, lands in the driveway of the Knapp residence, destroying their 1980 Chevrolet Malibu. It is among the most historic meteorite events on record.
  • October 11: The first three-way presidential debate takes place between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot.
  • November 3: Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd President of the United States.
  • November 3: Dolly Parton’s cover of “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston is released.
  • November 11: The Church of England allows female priests to be ordained.
  • November 25: Walt Disney Pictures releases Aladdin. It goes on to become the highest-grossing film of the year and the highest-grossing animated film of all time (at the time).
  • December 17: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

We hope you have enjoyed this journey back in time to 1992. While much has changed since then, we are proud to say that we are still led by the same guiding principle of sharing the finest, tastiest teas from around the world.

Thank you, Citizens, for joining us in celebrating thirty years of The Republic of Tea!