January 1989 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from $1.00 to $1.15
  • Jan 1 Year of the Young Reader begins
  • Jan 2 UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game
  • Jan 2 "Superwoman" single released by Karyn White (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • 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 7 Akihito becomes the 125th Emperor of Japan
  • Jan 7 International Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris
  • 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 11 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Ex-dictator of Uganda Idi Amin expelled from Zaire

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • Jan 13 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • 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 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 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
  • Jan 16 USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
  • 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 18 Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC)
  • Jan 18 IBM announces earnings up 10.4% in 1988
  • Jan 20 George H. W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President, Dan Quayle becomes 44th Vice President
  • Jan 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 23 Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court
  • 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
  • Jan 26 AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988
  • Jan 26 Madison Square Garden announces 2-year $100m 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 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 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 Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 29 USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit
  • 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 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.

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 Baby lion-tailed macaques, at Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle)
  • Jan 14 Sextuplets, (to a 29-year-old woman), born in Paris, France

Weddings in History

  • Jan 18 Candace Thomas marries Steve Garvey

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • Jan 3 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60
  • Jan 6 Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign
  • Jan 10 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • Jan 17 Sterling A Brown, US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 23 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), dies of heart failure at 84

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali

BattleExecution

Jan 24 Ted Bundy, American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Jan 26 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • Jan 27 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)