Historical Events in October 1989

  • Oct 1 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • Oct 1 Dallas Cowboy, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, records his 1,000th NFL tackle
  • Oct 1 Thousands of East Germans flee to West Germany
  • Oct 1 US Post Officeissues a stamp labeling an apatosaurus as a brontosaurus
  • Oct 1 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
  • Oct 2 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

BattleCoup d'├ętat

Oct 3 Panamanian Defense Force attempted coup of Manuel Noriega fails

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

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Oct 7 Howard Stern's US Open Sores Tennis match

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

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