Historical Events in January 1989

  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Fransisco 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.