Stroustrup worked on C++ from 79 - 83 when the first version came out. Of which, it wasn't till 89(i think) till walter bright(the guy doing D) released the first c++ compiler that wasn't just a C translater. And even then c++ didn't become that widely used till the early/mid 90s. And really the only reason it was accepted that fast was because it was just a superset of C.
Technically the first verson of D isn't even out as its features aren't quite finalized yet. There are many people(including myself) who are still waiting for a final version before spending any real ammount of time with it.