December 1989 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 "Day Without Art" - Artists demonstrate against AIDS
  • Dec 1 East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution
  • Dec 1 Mark Langston signs record $3.2 million per year Cal Angels contract

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Dec 1 USSR Pres Mikhail S Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Dec 2 KHJ-TV in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KCAL-TV
  • Dec 2 Vishwanath Pratap Singh sworn in as the 8th Prime Minister of India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Dec 5 France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph
  • Dec 6 Mafia drug kingpin bombs security force at Bogota, kills 52
  • Dec 6 Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal
  • Dec 8 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Dec 10 President Gustav Husak of Czechoslovakia, resigns
  • Dec 13 The last issue of Gnistan (The Spark), the organ of the Solidaritetspartiet, is published in Sweden.
  • Dec 16 Geoff Marsh completes 355* for WA against South Australia
  • Dec 16 Protest breaks out in Timişoara in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor, László Tőkés.
  • Dec 17 Brazil elects conservative Fernando Collor de Mello as president
  • Dec 18 "I Love Lucy" Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years
  • Dec 18 Athol Fugard's "My Children, My Africa" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 19 American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline's Latin American route
  • Dec 20 Premier Lubbers sees CDA-party leader Elco Brinkman as successor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Dec 21 VP Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon
  • Dec 21 New Zealand is the first country to set a formal inflation target (0-2%) for how much prices should rise each year. Similar targets are subsequently adopted by most developed countries.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolae Ceausescu

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Dec 22 Chad adopts its Constitution
  • Dec 22 Cold wave: -4°F in Oklahoma City, -6°F in Tulsa, -12°F in Pittsburgh, 18°F in Denver, -23°F in KC Mo, -42°F in Scottsbluff Nebraska, -47°F in Hardin Mont & -60°F in Black Hills South Dakota
  • Dec 24 Charles Taylor enters Liberia to unseat President Samuel K Doe
  • Dec 24 Panama's dictator, Manual Noriega, seeks asylum at Vatican embassy
  • Dec 25 Japanese scientist achieve -271.8°C, coldest temperature ever recorded
  • Dec 25 Show trial of Romanian Commuinst dicator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena on charges of genocide and personal enrichment. The couple are found guilty and executed by firing squad the same day.
  • Dec 28 Alexander Dubček elected Chairman of the Federal Assembly (Parliament) of Czechslovakia
  • Dec 28 Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 Václav Havel is selected to be president of Czechoslovakia by the Federal Assembly shortly after the Velvet Revolution

Politician and author Václav Havel
Politician and author
Václav Havel
  • Dec 29 Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • Dec 30 10th United Negro College Fund raises $12,000,000
  • Dec 31 Fog Bowl: Heavy fog rolls in on Bears 20-12 victory over Eagles

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 20 Virgilio Falco, Italian politician

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 20 Business magnate Richard Branson (39) weds Joan Templeman in British Virgin Islands

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Explorer Edmund Hillary (70) weds June Mulgrew

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary

Deaths in History

  • Dec 8 Hans Hartung, German/French painter, dies
  • Dec 11 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 14 Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist/dissident (Nobel 1975), dies at 68

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Dec 19 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English journalist and author (Cold Comfort Farm), dies at 87

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 22 Samuel Beckett, Irish French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Dec 25 Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies
  • Dec 25 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73

BattleExecution

Dec 25 Nicolae Ceausescu, Communist dictator of Romania, executed at 71

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Dec 25 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
  • Dec 28 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (b. 1894)
  • Dec 30 Lenore Lemmon, wife of George Reeves (b. 1923)