What Happened in June 1989

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 62nd National Spelling Bee: Scott Isaacs wins spelling spoliator

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Jun 2 "Dead Poets Society" starring Robin Williams premieres

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • Jun 2 14 year old Scott Isaacs spells spoliator to win 1989 Spelling Bee
  • Jun 2 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle
  • Jun 2 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
  • Jun 3 Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing
  • Jun 3 Houston Astros beat LA Dodgers, 5-4, in 22 innings (7:14:09)
  • Jun 3 Leaking pipe in Asha, USSR, causes 2 trains to catch fire; 460 die

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Jun 3 Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season & 11th overall

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

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Jun 3 Sportscasting legend Vin Scully broadcasts 23 innings in two different cities on one day

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Vin Scully
  • Jun 4 2nd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $770,000
  • Jun 4 43rd Tony Awards: Heidi Chronicles & Jerome Robbin's Broadway win
  • Jun 4 Beijing policeman shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping
  • Jun 4 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • Jun 4 Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s
  • Jun 4 Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary
  • Jun 4 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • Jun 4 Red Sox lead Blue Jays 10-0 in 7th, but lose 12-11 in 12 for Blue Jays 12th consecutive victory at Fenway
  • Jun 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000.
  • Jun 5 23rd Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton & Randy Travis
  • Jun 5 Billy Smith, last original NY Islander, retires

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Jun 5 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Jun 5 Toronto Blue Jays Skydome stadium opens, Milwaukee Brewers win 5-3
  • Jun 6 Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4
  • Jun 7 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires
  • Jun 7 Atlanta Fulton County Comm approves $210M stadium for the Falcons
  • Jun 7 For one second this morning, the time is 01:23:45, 6-7-89
  • Jun 7 Suriname SLM-173 (DC-8) crashes near Paramaribo Airport killing 173

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Jun 7 Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart (MVP) Trophy in 10 years

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jun 7 1st Baseball game to start outdoors & end indoors, as Toronto Blue Jays stadium closes roof during game at 8:48, & beat Brewers 4-2
  • Jun 8 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season
  • Jun 9 "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" premieres in USA

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Jun 9 Michael Chang's French Open tennis win makes him youngest male to go to finals

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • Jun 9 Rare tornado in Philadelphia kills 1
  • Jun 10 "Tales From The Crypt" TV Anthology debuts on HBO
  • Jun 10 121st Belmont: Pat Day aboard Easy Goer wins in 2:26
  • Jun 11 7th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Orville Moody
  • Jun 11 Robin Hood 16 wins LPGA Planters Pat Bradley Points Golf International
  • Jun 11 88th Men's French Open: Michael Chang beats Stefan Edberg (6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 88th Women's French Open: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario beats Steffi Graf (7-6, 3-6, 7-5)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jun 12 "Doctor Doctor," TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV
  • Jun 12 Ben Johnson, Canadian Olympian, admits using steroids
  • Jun 13 43rd NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons sweeps LA Lakers in 4 games
  • Jun 13 Houston's Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd game (most by a Canadian)

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Jun 13 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jun 13 "Licence to Kill", 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • Jun 14 Ground breaking begins in Minn on world's largest mall
  • Jun 14 Nolan Ryan becomes 2nd pitcher to defeat all 26 teams

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Jun 14 Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (honorary knighthood)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jun 14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jun 14 Zsa Zsa Gabor arrested for slaping Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman
  • Jun 15 Balt Orioles pull their 9th triple play (vs Yankees)
  • Jun 16 "Ghostbusters II" premieres
  • Jun 16 Funeral for Imre Nagy, leader of Hungarian uprising in 1956
  • Jun 16 Only 17 holes-in-one recorded since US open began, today 4 more are made all on 6th hole (Weaver, Wiebe, Pate & Price)
  • Jun 17 US beats Guatemala 2-1 in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Jun 18 "Starmites" closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Jun 18 89th US Golf Open: Curtis Strange shoots a 278 at Oak Hill CC NY
  • Jun 18 Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko at perihelion
  • Jun 18 Laura Davies wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jun 19 Barry Switzer resigns as head coach of Oklahoma's football team
  • Jun 19 Mets Dwight Gooden wins his 100th game (100-37)
  • Jun 21 Carlton Fisk becomes AL catcher HR hitter, 307th at Yankee stadium
  • Jun 21 Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression

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Jun 21 Yankees trade Rickey Henderson to A's for Plunk, Cadaret & Polonia

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jun 22 Business Day reports that SA is about to test an intermediate range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads
  • Jun 23 Movie "Batman" premieres
  • Jun 24 Cards Vince Coleman steals record 39th & 40th consecutive bases
  • Jun 25 "Day By Day" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 25 1st US postmark dedicated to Lesbian & Gay Pride (Stonewall, NYC)
  • Jun 25 Betsy King wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • Jun 25 Mets' defense does not record a single assist in a 5-1 win over Phils
  • Jun 26 Canada updates coins with a new potrait of the Queen
  • Jun 26 Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty
  • Jun 29 Emmy 16th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 10th time
  • Jun 29 The National Party adopts a five year programme of its objectives which included a political "reform" plan to give South Africa's Black majority a role in national as well as local government spheres; the African National Congress (ANC) said that it would consider nothing less than a one-man, one-vote system
  • Jun 30 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny, Gdynia
  • Jun 30 US Attorney General Thornburgh orders Joseph Doherty deported to UK
  • Jun 30 Congressman Lukins found guilty of having sex with a 16 year old girl
  • Jun 30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Santiago, Chile & Guam
  • Jun 30 NY State Legislature passes Staten Island secession bill
  • Jun 30 Sudan suspends interim constitution following coup

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 2 Freddy Adu, Ghanaian-American footballer
  • Jun 3 Katie Hoff, American swimmer
  • Jun 7 Michael Joseph Tamboli, Eldesburg Md, born 01:23:45 PM on 6-7-89
  • Jun 8 Gary Wilson, Scottish Musician
  • Jun 11 Jeff Linton Osbourne, son of Jeffrey & Sheri
  • Jun 13 Lisa Tucker, American singer
  • Jun 14 Lucy Hale, American actress
  • Jun 14 Courtney Halverson, American actress
  • Jun 18 Renee Olstead, American singer and actress
  • Jun 20 Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor
  • Jun 27 Matthew Lewis, English actor
  • Jun 27 Travis Curtis, American Artist/ Amateur Skateboarder

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 2 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman marries Mandy Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 2 Actor James Woods (42) weds horse trainer Sarah Owen (26) in Beverly Hills, California

  • Jun 3 Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 10 Detroit Red Wings NHL player Steve Yzerman (24) weds Lisa Brennan

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 16 Actor Hugh Laurie (30) weds theatre administrator Jo Green in Camden, London

  • Jun 18 John Wayne Bobitt marries Lorena L Gallo
  • Jun 26 Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson marry for 2nd time

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 1 Robin Givens & Mike Tyson granted final divorce in NJ

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 15 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (4 Tests 1928-32), dies

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Jun 3 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jun 3 John McCauley, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • Jun 4 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • Jun 4 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • Jun 7 Percy Stuart, Suriname/Dutch sports journalist, dies
  • Jun 7 Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Jun 9 Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • Jun 9 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 9 George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • Jun 10 Richard Quine, director/actor (Babes on Broadway), dies at 68
  • Jun 12 Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Lou Monte, American singer (b. 1917)
  • Jun 13 Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • Jun 14 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • Jun 15 Ray McAnally, actor (My Left Foot, Empire State), dies in Dublin at 63
  • Jun 15 Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • Jun 15 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 17 John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38
  • Jun 17 Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), dies plane crash at 59
  • Jun 18 I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • Jun 19 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • Jun 19 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • Jun 21 Lee Quencey Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1956, 60), dies at 56
  • Jun 21 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist/TV host, dies at 70
  • Jun 22 Bengt Viktor Johansson, composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 22 Lee Calhoun, hurdler (Olympics-gold-56, 60), dies at 66
  • Jun 22 Lucien Saulnier, Canadian politician (b. 1916)
  • Jun 23 Werner Best, German jurist and nazi leader (b. 1903)
  • Jun 27 Alfred J Ayer, English philosopher (Logical Positivism), dies
  • Jun 27 Jack Beutel, actor (The Outlaw), dies
  • Jun 28 Joris Ivens, director (Indonesia), dies at 90