Historical Events in 1989

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  • Jan 1st NYC transit fare rises from $1.00 to $1.15
  • Jan 1st Year of the Young Reader begins
  • Jan 2nd Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship
  • Jan 2nd UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game
  • Jan 2nd 75th Rose Bowl: #11 Michigan beats #5 Southern California, 22-14
  • Jan 2nd 55th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #7 Auburn, 13-7
  • Jan 2nd 18th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Notre Dame beats #3 West Virginia, 34-21
  • Jan 2nd 55th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #6 Nebraska, 23-3
  • Jan 3rd Jim & Tammy Bakker return to TV (Oy Vey!)
  • Jan 3rd Russian newspaper Izvestia gets its 1st commercial advertisement
  • Jan 4th Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion
  • Jan 4th US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean
  • Jan 4th George H. W. Bush is 1st Vice President since Martin Van Buren to declare himself President of the United States
  • Jan 5th 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • Jan 5th Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • Jan 7th Akhito becomes emperor of Japan
  • Jan 7th International Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris
  • Jan 7th NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11)
  • Jan 7th Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Jan 8th "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • Jan 8th "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 761 performances
  • Jan 8th Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die
  • Jan 8th Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
  • Jan 8th Beginning of Japanese Heisei era.
  • Jan 8th AFC Championship Game: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills 21-10
  • Jan 8th NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 28-3
  • Jan 9th "Pat Sajak Show" premieres on CBS

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 9th Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jan 11th 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
  • Jan 11th Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • Jan 11th Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
  • Jan 12th 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)
  • Jan 12th Idi Amin expelled from Zaire
  • Jan 13th "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV
  • Jan 13th Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • Jan 13th Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • Jan 13th Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq
  • Jan 13th Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence
  • Jan 14th "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • Jan 14th 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses" in Bradford, England
  • Jan 14th 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris
  • Jan 14th Former Belgian premier Paul Vanden Boeynants kidnapped
  • Jan 15th "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Jan 15th Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
  • Jan 15th Big John Studd wins WWF's 2nd Royal Rumble
  • Jan 15th Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
  • Jan 15th 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • Jan 16th Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague
  • Jan 16th USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
  • Jan 16th 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 17th Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
  • Jan 17th Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
  • Jan 17th Murden & Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)
  • Jan 17th Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • Jan 18th Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC)
  • Jan 18th IBM announces earnings up 10.4% in 1988
  • Jan 18th West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup Australian Tri-Series)

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Jan 19th President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Jan 20th George H. W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President & Dan Quayle becomes 44th Vice President

US President George H. W. Bush
US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Jan 20th Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 20th Reagan becomes 1st pres elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 21st A woman is assaulted & raped in room of an Oklahoma football player

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Jan 21st Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • Jan 22nd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Jan 22nd Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

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Jan 22nd After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Fransisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Jan 23rd Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court
  • Jan 23rd NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak
  • Jan 23rd 100s feared dead after a powerful earthquake strikes the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan
  • Jan 24th 1st reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex
  • Jan 25th Augusto Alcalde, 1st South American Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission

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Jan 25th Michael Jordan scores his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 25th NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner meets with Pope John Paul II
  • Jan 26th "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances
  • Jan 26th AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988
  • Jan 26th Allan Border takes 7-46 against the West Indies at the SCG
  • Jan 26th Madison Sq Garden announces 2-year $100 M renovation plan
  • Jan 26th Test debut of Mark Taylor, Australia v West Indies, Sydney
  • Jan 26th US computer security expert warns of catastrophic virus
  • Jan 27th German war criminals Fischer & Aus der Funten freed
  • Jan 27th Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Jan 27th Okla linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Ok grad student

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28th 46th Golden Globes: Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman, & Jodie Foster win

  • Jan 28th Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG
  • Jan 29th Cleveland's Chris Dudley misses 5 free throws during 1 foul attempt
  • Jan 29th Dottie Mochrie wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
  • Jan 29th Dow jumps 38.06 recoups 508-pt loss since Oct 1987; index at 2,256.43
  • Jan 29th Episcopal Church of the United States appoints Barbara Harris as its first female bishop
  • Jan 29th L I preacher Gene Profeta pleads guilty to tax-evasion
  • Jan 29th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 34-3
  • Jan 29th Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 29th USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit

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Jan 29th Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29th 77th Men's Australian Open: Ivan Lendl beats Miloslav Mecii (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29th 77th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Helena Sukova (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jan 29th 5th Sundance Film Festival: "True Love" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30th 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis & George Michael wins

Rock Vocalist George Michael
Rock Vocalist
George Michael
  • Jan 30th Five Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
  • Jan 30th Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter
  • Jan 30th Last day of 1st class cricket for Dav Whatmore
  • Jan 30th Olympian, Bruce Kimball, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 2 teenagers in a drunk driving accident
  • Jan 30th The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
  • Feb 1st Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
  • Feb 1st Diana, Princess of Wales visits NYC
  • Feb 1st The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • Feb 2nd 0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states
  • Feb 2nd FW de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's National Party leader
  • Feb 3rd Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • Feb 3rd Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
  • Feb 3rd Start 1st Test Cricket, NZ v Pak, washed out
  • Feb 4th Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • Feb 5th Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
  • Feb 6th Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government
  • Feb 7th 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton

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Feb 7th Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Feb 8th 5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles
  • Feb 8th Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive winning days
  • Feb 8th US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
  • Feb 9th Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Feb 9th Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 10th Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • Feb 10th Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV
  • Feb 10th Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St Louis
  • Feb 10th Ron Brown chosen 1st African American chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • Feb 10th Test Cricket debut of Aaqib Javed, Pak v NZ age 16 years 189 days
  • Feb 10th Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
  • Feb 10th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 10th To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
  • Feb 10th 39th Berlin International Film Festival: "Rain Main" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11th Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
  • Feb 11th US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 12th 39th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-134 at Houston
  • Feb 12th 5 Pakistani Muslim rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
  • Feb 12th 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry
  • Feb 12th Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a US Episcopal church
  • Feb 12th Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
  • Feb 12th Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • Feb 12th US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
  • Feb 12th Loyalist paramilitary group kill Pat Finucane, a Belfast lawyer who represented republican hunger striker Bobby Sands, while he is having dinner with family
  • Feb 13th Kidnapped Belgian Premier Vanden Boeynants freed
  • Feb 13th Salvadoran army attacks Encuentros hospital, rapes, kills patients
  • Feb 13th Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison
  • Feb 14th African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam

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Feb 14th Ayatollah Khomeini orders Muslims to murder "Satanic Verses" novelist Rushdie

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Feb 14th Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
  • Feb 14th World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens
  • Feb 14th The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.
  • Feb 15th Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt
  • Feb 15th Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends
  • Feb 16th Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
  • Feb 16th Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs $7.9M-3 year contract

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Feb 16th Roger Clemens, Red Sox pitcher signs $7.5M-3 year contract

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Feb 16th William Hayden becomes governor-general of Australia
  • Feb 17th 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"

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Feb 17th Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Feb 17th Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
  • Feb 17th Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract
  • Feb 17th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 18th Sherri Turner wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open/Itoki Pro-Am
  • Feb 19th "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Feb 19th Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize
  • Feb 19th 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins (148.466 MPH)
  • Feb 20th Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancelled an April reunion because of deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
  • Feb 20th An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 21st Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Feb 21st US bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1B st value)
  • Feb 21st US capture record 820 lbs of heroin ($1 B street value)[dup]
  • Feb 22nd Finish ministry of Public health installs sex vacation to thwart stress
  • Feb 22nd NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50)

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Feb 22nd UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking
  • Feb 22nd US authors demonstrate against Iranian death threats against Salman Rushdee, author of "The Satanic Verses"
  • Feb 22nd 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
  • Feb 22nd 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
  • Feb 24th 150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found
  • Feb 24th Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley

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Feb 24th Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Feb 24th US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
  • Feb 24th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 24th Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini offers a $1-3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"
  • Feb 25th 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms
  • Feb 25th Javed Miandad scores 271 v NZ at Eden Park
  • Feb 25th Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 25th Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno

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Feb 26th Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Feb 26th "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 634 performances
  • Feb 26th Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am
  • Feb 26th Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • Feb 26th NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster
  • Feb 26th California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of- contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs
  • Feb 27th German war criminals Aus der Funten and Fischer freed in Holland
  • Feb 27th Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo.
  • Feb 28th Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA
  • Feb 28th Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
  • Feb 28th Red Schoendienst & Al Barlick elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Mar 1st Ben Johnson's coach testifies Johnson began using steroids in 1981
  • Mar 1st Comet du Toit at perihelion
  • Mar 1st The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Mar 2nd 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
  • Mar 2nd Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil

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Mar 2nd Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star