What Happened in April 1989

Historical Events

  • 1st 1st NY Met-NY Yankee game in NYC since 1983, Yanks win 4-3
  • 1st A Bartlett Giamatti replaces Ueberroth as 7th commissioner of baseball
  • 2nd 18th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • 2nd 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn 76-60

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2nd Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 2nd Yanks beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor's trophy series in 2 games
  • 3rd "Sunrise" a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • 3rd 51st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich beats Seton Hall 80-79 (OT)
  • 3rd Mets win 11th consecutive home opener 8-4 over St Louis at Shea Stad

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4th Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

  • 4th NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2

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5th David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 5th Orel Hershiser ends his 59 consecutive scoreless pitched inning streak
  • 5th Solidarity grants legal status in Poland
  • 6th Orel Hershiser ends his record 59 consecutive scoreless streak
  • 7th Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • 7th NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • 8th 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • 8th 143rd Grand National: Jimmy Frost aboard Little Polveir wins

Sport awardGolf Major

9th 53rd Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 283 after Scott Hoch chokes on an 18 inch putt

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

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9th Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 9th Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic

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9th Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY's 4-3 loss to Clev

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 9th Wash DC march supporting 1973 Roe vs Wade decision (allow abortions)

Music awardsMusic Awards

10th 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 10th Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip

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11th 1st playoff goal scored by a goalie, Ron Hextall of Philadelphia

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • 11th Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5
  • 12th 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win
  • 12th Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through
  • 13th "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 14th 1,100,000,000th Chinese born
  • 14th In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury
  • 15th 96 crushed to death at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield England
  • 15th Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
  • 15th Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
  • 15th Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
  • 16th 1st Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins
  • 16th Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • 16th Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 16th Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
  • 16th Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
  • 17th 18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33
  • 17th 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:06 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:33
  • 17th Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
  • 17th Polish labor union granted legal status
  • 17th Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros
  • 19th Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • 19th Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • 19th Republic Day in Sierra Leone
  • 19th Violent assault and rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park. Known as the Central Park jogger incident it became according to the NY Times "one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s."
  • 21st George W Bush & Edward W Rose become CEO of Texas Rangers
  • 21st Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • 22nd "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 23rd Betsy King wins LPGA USX Golf Classic
  • 23rd Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker

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23rd Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 23rd Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
  • 23rd CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children

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23rd Wine merchant William Sokolin breaks a bottle of 1787 Château Margaux, possibly belonging to Thomas Jefferson, worth $500,000 at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 23rd 1989 NFL Draft: Troy Aikman from UCLA first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 24th 10s of thousands of student strikes in Beijing, China
  • 24th Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • 25th Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany NY
  • 25th Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period
  • 26th AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • 26th Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany
  • 27th "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 27th Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China
  • 27th Hurricane in Bangladesh kills 500
  • 27th Mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in Italy
  • 28th Argentina, hit by rocketing inflation, runs out of money
  • 28th Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
  • 29th 2nd government of Lubbers falls
  • 30th Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
  • 30th Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

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30th Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 30th US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Vietoris Krisztián, German racecar driver
  • 3rd Israel Falou, Australian Rugby League player
  • 7th Franco Di Santo, Argentine Footballer
  • 8th Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer
  • 18th Alia Shawkat, American actress
  • 19th Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian vocalist (The Cottars)
  • 23rd Nicole Vaidišová, Czech tennis player

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25th Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, 11th Panchen Lama, born in Lhari County, Tibet, China

11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
11th Panchen Lama
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
  • 25th Robbie Tarrant, Australian football player
  • 27th Emily Rios, American actress

Famous Weddings

  • 8th Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
  • 15th South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
  • 29th Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

30th Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) weds nanny Marsha Garces at a private ceremony in Lake Tahoe, California

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Henk Gortzak, Dutch MP (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • 3rd Norman Woolard, actor (Guilty, Saul & David, Medeleine), dies at 79
  • 5th María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • 7th Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • 10th Joan Barry, dies at 85
  • 11th Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • 12th Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52

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12th Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 12th Gerald Flood, British actor (b. 1927)
  • 14th Lance Pierre, cricketer (Test WI v Engl 1948, DNB, 7 overs 0-28), dies
  • 15th Charles Vanel, dies at 96
  • 15th Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • 15th Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • 16th Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • 17th Charles Lampkin, dies
  • 19th Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • 21st James Kirkwood, actor/writer (Devil's Holiday), dies at 64
  • 21st Princess Dukhye of Korea (b. 1912)
  • 22nd Huey Newton, US, Black Panther leader, shot dead at 47

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22nd Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist and Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • 25th George Coulouris, actor (Papillon, Runaway Bus), dies at 85

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26th Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
  • 27th Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (b. 1894)
  • 28th Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • 30th Sergio Leone, Italian director (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 60
  • 30th Yi, Bang-ja, Crown Princess of Korea (b. 1901)