What Happened in October 1989

Historical Events

  • 1st Beth Daniel wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1st Dallas Cowboy, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, records his 1,000th NFL tackle
  • 1st Thousands of East Germans flee to West Germany
  • 1st US Post Officeissues a stamp labeling an apatosaurus as a brontosaurus
  • 1st Batting titles decided on final day Puckett goes 2-for-5 edges Carney Lansford .339 to .336, Gwynn's 3-for-4 edges Will Clark .336 to .333
  • 2nd TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

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3rd Panamanian Defense Force attempted coup of Manuel Noriega fails

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 4th Giants Will Clark hits 1st NLCS grand slam since 1977
  • 4th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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7th Howard Stern's US Open Sores Tennis match

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

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7th Rickey Henderson steals a record 8 bases in a play off (5 games)

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 8th Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • 8th MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 9th 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea wins
  • 9th 27th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Tokyo Japan (3-0)
  • 9th Penthouse Magazine's Hebrew edition hits newstands
  • 9th 1st NFL game coached by an African American (Art Shell), his LA Raiders beat NY Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football
  • 9th MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1
  • 12th Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Vikings for 12 players
  • 12th Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • 13th Bob Quinn resigns as NY Yankee VP/GM & replaced by Harding Peterson
  • 13th Dow Jones down 190.58 points
  • 14th Dave Stewart is 1st since 1976 to start consecutive World Series openers
  • 14th Texas A&I, Johnny Bailey sets NCAA season rush record at 6,085 yards

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15th Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood Blvd

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham
  • 15th South Africa President FW de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu & 4 other political prisoners

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15th Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howes as NHL's all time top scorer

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 16th Bikenibau Paeniu installed as premier of Tuvalu
  • 16th Jan Syse becomes premier of Norway
  • 17th Earthquake in SF (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67
  • 18th East German state/party leader Erich Honecker, resigns
  • 18th Hungary revises its constitution after the fall of its Communist regime
  • 18th US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit
  • 19th "Dangerous Games" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 19th Astor Piazzolla & Wm Finn's musical "Dangerous Games" premieres in NYC
  • 19th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 20th Pakistan win Sharjah Trophy over India & WI on round-robin
  • 20th US Senate impeaches US District Judge Alcee L Hastings
  • 21st "Dangerous Games" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 21st Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in SF earthquake
  • 21st Houston becomes 1st major college team to gain 1000 yards in a game
  • 21st Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,
  • 22nd Denver Nuggets beat Jugoplastika Split 135-129 in 3rd McDonald Open
  • 22nd Red Khmer occupies Pailin in Cambodia
  • 23rd Browns' Bernie Kosar sets club record with a 97-yard TD pass

Music releaseAlbum Release

23rd George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 23rd Hungary proclaims itself a republic & declares communist rule ended
  • 23rd US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) returns from space
  • 23rd William Nicholson's "Shadowlands" premieres in London
  • 24th After a weeks delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played
  • 24th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 24th Rev Jim Bakker is sentenced to 50 years for fraud
  • 28th Oakland A's sweep SF Giants in earthquake/BART series
  • 29th Colleen Walker wins LPGA Nichirei Golf International
  • 29th NYC MTA opens 63rd street extension to subway
  • 29th Ozzie Newsome ends NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • 30th August A Busch III becomes CEO of St Louis Cards
  • 30th Smith Dairy at Orrville Ohio, makes largest milk shake (1,575.2 gal)
  • 31st AR Gurney's "Love Letters" premieres in NYC
  • 31st France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 31st Turgat Ozal elected president of Turkey
  • 31st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Brie Larson [Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers], actress (Room), singer and director, born in Sacramento, California
  • 4th Dakota Johnson, American actress and daughter of Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson, born in Austin, Texas
  • 4th Lil Mama, American rapper
  • 4th Kimmie Meissner, American figure skater
  • 11th Henry Lau, member of Korean Boy Band Super Junior M
  • 11th Michelle Wie, American golfer
  • 17th Phoebe Tonkin, Australian actress
  • 24th Eliza Taylor-Cotter, Australian actress
  • 25th Seth Mumy, actor (3 Wishes)
  • 30th Nastia Liukin, American gymnast

Famous Weddings

  • 7th Radio talk show host Larry King weds Julie Alexander

HeartWedding of Interest

14th Novelist Sidney Sheldon (72) weds Alexandra Sheldon in Las Vegas, Nevada

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon

HeartWedding of Interest

27th Actor John Goodman (37) weds Annabeth Hartzog (21) in New Orleans

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier, Neth's 1st female advisor of State, dies
  • 3rd Joseph Wybran, Belgian physician/Jews foreman, murdered
  • 3rd Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • 4th Graham Chapman, comedian (Monty Python), dies of cancer at 48
  • 4th Norman Yardley, cricketer (England captain 1947-50), dies
  • 4th Secretariat, American race horse (b. 1970)

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6th Bette Davis, US actress (All About Eve, White Mama), dies at 81

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • 9th Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • 11th Paul Shenar, actor (Deadly Force, Dream Lover), dies at 53
  • 11th M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (b. 1904)
  • 12th Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • 12th Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends), dies at 69 of kidney cancer
  • 14th Michael Carmine, actor (Batteries Not Included), dies at 30
  • 16th Cornel Wilde, actor (Saadia, Comic, Beach Red, Gargoyles), dies at 74
  • 20th Anthony Quayle, actor (Moses, Operation Crossbow), dies at 76
  • 21st Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • 22nd Roland Winters, actor (Jet Pilot, Meet Millie), dies at 84
  • 23rd Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • 25th Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies
  • 25th Mary McCarthy, author (Group), dies, at 77
  • 26th Andrew Roberts, cricketer (7 Tests for New Zealand 1976), dies
  • 26th Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 31st Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88