Historical Events in 1989

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  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from $1.00 to $1.15
  • Jan 1 Year of the Young Reader begins
  • Jan 2 Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship
  • Jan 2 UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game
  • Jan 2 75th Rose Bowl: #11 Michigan beats #5 Southern California, 22-14
  • Jan 2 55th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #7 Auburn, 13-7
  • Jan 2 18th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Notre Dame beats #3 West Virginia, 34-21
  • Jan 2 55th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #6 Nebraska, 23-3
  • Jan 3 Jim & Tammy Bakker return to TV (Oy Vey!)
  • Jan 3 Russian newspaper Izvestia gets its 1st commercial advertisement
  • Jan 4 Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion
  • Jan 4 US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 George H. W. Bush is 1st Vice President since Martin Van Buren to declare himself President of the United States

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • Jan 5 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • Jan 5 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • Jan 7 Akhito becomes emperor of Japan
  • Jan 7 International Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris
  • Jan 7 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11)
  • Jan 7 Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Jan 8 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • Jan 8 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 761 performances
  • Jan 8 Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die
  • Jan 8 Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
  • Jan 8 Beginning of Japanese Heisei era.
  • Jan 8 AFC Championship Game: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills 21-10
  • Jan 8 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 28-3
  • Jan 9 "Pat Sajak Show" premieres on CBS

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 9 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 11 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
  • Jan 11 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • Jan 11 Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
  • Jan 12 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)
  • Jan 12 Idi Amin expelled from Zaire
  • Jan 13 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV
  • Jan 13 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • Jan 13 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • Jan 13 Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq
  • Jan 13 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence
  • Jan 14 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • Jan 14 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses" in Bradford, England
  • Jan 14 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris
  • Jan 14 Former Belgian premier Paul Vanden Boeynants kidnapped
  • Jan 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Jan 15 Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
  • Jan 15 Big John Studd wins WWF's 2nd Royal Rumble
  • Jan 15 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
  • Jan 15 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • Jan 16 Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague
  • Jan 16 USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
  • Jan 16 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 17 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
  • Jan 17 Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
  • Jan 17 Murden & Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)
  • Jan 17 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • Jan 18 Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC)
  • Jan 18 IBM announces earnings up 10.4% in 1988
  • Jan 18 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup Australian Tri-Series)

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Jan 19 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
  • Jan 20 George H. W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President & Dan Quayle becomes 44th Vice President
  • Jan 20 Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 20 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 21 A woman is assaulted & raped in room of an Oklahoma football player

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Jan 21 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 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Rock Vocalist George Michael
Rock Vocalist
George Michael
  • Jan 30 Five Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
  • Jan 30 Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter
  • Jan 30 Last day of 1st class cricket for Dav Whatmore
  • Jan 30 Olympian, Bruce Kimball, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 2 teenagers in a drunk driving accident
  • Jan 30 The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
  • Feb 1 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
  • Feb 1 Diana, Princess of Wales visits NYC
  • Feb 1 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • Feb 2 0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states

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Feb 2 F. W. de Klerk replaces P. W. Botha as South Africa's National Party leader

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Feb 3 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • Feb 3 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
  • Feb 3 Start 1st Test Cricket, NZ v Pak, washed out
  • Feb 4 Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • Feb 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
  • Feb 6 Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government
  • Feb 7 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton

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

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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

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

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna