Historical Events in August 1989

  • Aug 1 Australia take 3-0 series lead over England to regain Cricket Ashes
  • Aug 2 NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24
  • Aug 3 5th jockey to win 6,000 races (Jorge Valesquez)
  • Aug 3 Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 3 Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 steals in 9 seasons

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds send record 20 men to bat with a record 16 hits in 1 inning as they score 14 runs in 1st inning
  • Aug 3 22nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • Aug 4 Blue Jays Dave Steib's perfect game broken up in 9th with 2 outs by NY Yankee Roberto Kelly
  • Aug 5 NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so
  • Aug 5 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • Aug 6 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
  • Aug 6 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
  • Aug 6 Boston Red Sox retire Carl Yastrezemski's #8
  • Aug 6 Jaime Paz Zamora inaugurated as president of Bolivia
  • Aug 6 Pilot Union tells pilots okay to cross Eastern picket lines
  • Aug 6 Twenty former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws
  • Aug 7 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
  • Aug 8 US space shuttle STS-28 launched
  • Aug 10 A's bat out of order against White Sox in 3rd inning
  • Aug 10 Australia 0-301 at end of day one, 5th Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
  • Aug 11 "Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child" premieres
  • Aug 11 Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor complete 329 opening stand v England
  • Aug 11 Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
  • Aug 13 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 13 71st PGA Championship: Payne Stewart shoots 276 at Kemper Lakes GC Ill

  • Aug 13 US space shuttle STS-28 lands
  • Aug 14 President PW Botha of South Africa resigns
  • Aug 15 Frederik de Klerk becomes president of South Africa
  • Aug 15 Giorgio Lamberti swims world record 200m free style (1:46.69)

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Aug 15 In 2nd start since after cancer treatment, Giants Dave Dravecky breaks his pitching arm while throwing to Tim Raines

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Aug 16 Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
  • Aug 16 A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market.
  • Aug 17 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½

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Aug 17 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Aug 18 Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin
  • Aug 18 Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green as NY Yankee manager
  • Aug 18 Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
  • Aug 19 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
  • Aug 20 Dredger "Bow Belle" collides with pleasure boat "Marchioness" on the River Thames in central London; the "Marchioness" sinks in 30 seconds, drowning 51

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 20 Howard Johnson joins Barry Bonds & Willie Mays to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases

MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 20 Janet B Evans swims female world record 800m freestyle (8:16.22)
  • Aug 20 Said Aouita runs world record 3,000 m (7:29.45)
  • Aug 21 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune
  • Aug 22 1st complete ring around Neptune discovered

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Aug 23 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 1-0, in 22 innings (Rick Dempsey HR)
  • Aug 23 Lewis/Everett/Burrell/Heard run world record 4x200 m (1:19.38)
  • Aug 24 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain

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Aug 24 Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 24 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
  • Aug 25 After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloudtops of Neptune & its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps
  • Aug 25 Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.
  • Aug 26 Trumbull, Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS
  • Aug 27 100 march through Bensonhurst protesting racial killings
  • Aug 27 89th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Chris Patton
  • Aug 27 Betsy King wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
  • Aug 27 Tina Barrett wins LPGA Mitsubishi Motors Ocean State Golf Open
  • Aug 28 1st regular-season matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners
  • Aug 28 Frank Viola & Mets outduel Orel Hershiser & Dodgers 1-0
  • Aug 31 Arbitrator T Roberts orders owners to pay $105 million for collusion