June 1989 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 62nd National Spelling Bee: Scott Isaacs wins spelling spoliator
  • Jun 2 14 year old Scott Isaacs spells spoliator to win 1989 Spelling Bee
  • Jun 2 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
  • Jun 3 Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing
  • Jun 3 Leaking pipe in Asha, USSR, causes 2 trains to catch fire; 460 die
  • Jun 4 2nd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $770,000
  • Jun 4 43rd Tony Awards: Heidi Chronicles & Jerome Robbin's Broadway win
  • Jun 4 Beijing policeman shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping
  • Jun 4 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • Jun 4 Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s
  • Jun 4 Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary
  • Jun 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000.
  • Jun 7 Atlanta Fulton County Comm approves $210M stadium for the Falcons
  • Jun 7 For one second this morning, the time is 01:23:45, 6-7-89
  • Jun 7 Suriname SLM-173 (DC-8) crashes near Paramaribo Airport killing 173
  • Jun 9 Rare tornado in Philadelphia kills 1
  • Jun 12 Ben Johnson, Canadian Olympian, admits using steroids
  • Jun 13 Houston's Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd game (most by a Canadian)
  • Jun 14 Ground breaking begins in Minn on world's largest mall
  • Jun 14 Zsa Zsa Gabor arrested for slaping Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman
  • Jun 16 "Ghostbusters II" premieres
  • Jun 16 Funeral for Imre Nagy, leader of Hungarian uprising in 1956
  • Jun 18 Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko at perihelion
  • Jun 19 Barry Switzer resigns as head coach of Oklahoma's football team
  • Jun 19 Mets Dwight Gooden wins his 100th game (100-37)
  • Jun 21 Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression
  • Jun 22 Business Day reports that SA is about to test an intermediate range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads
  • Jun 24 Cards Vince Coleman steals record 39th & 40th consecutive bases
  • Jun 25 1st US postmark dedicated to Lesbian & Gay Pride (Stonewall, NYC)
  • Jun 25 Mets' defense does not record a single assist in a 5-1 win over Phils
  • Jun 26 Canada updates coins with a new potrait of the Queen
  • Jun 26 Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty
  • Jun 29 Emmy 16th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 10th time
  • Jun 29 The National Party adopts a five year programme of its objectives which included a political "reform" plan to give South Africa's Black majority a role in national as well as local government spheres; the African National Congress (ANC) said that it would consider nothing less than a one-man, one-vote system
  • Jun 30 US Attorney General Thornburgh orders Joseph Doherty deported to UK
  • Jun 30 Congressman Lukins found guilty of having sex with a 16 year old girl
  • Jun 30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Santiago, Chile & Guam
  • Jun 30 NY State Legislature passes Staten Island secession bill
  • Jun 30 Sudan suspends interim constitution following coup

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 2 Freddy Adu, Ghanaian-American footballer
  • Jun 7 Michael Joseph Tamboli, Eldesburg Md, born 01:23:45 PM on 6-7-89
  • Jun 11 Jeff Linton Osbourne, son of Jeffrey & Sheri

Weddings in History

  • Jun 18 John Wayne Bobitt marries Lorena L Gallo
  • Jun 26 Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson marry for 2nd time

Deaths in History

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Jun 3 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jun 4 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • Jun 9 Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • Jun 9 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • Jun 9 George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • Jun 15 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 17 Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), dies plane crash at 59
  • Jun 18 I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • Jun 19 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • Jun 19 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • Jun 22 Lucien Saulnier, Canadian politician (b. 1916)
  • Jun 23 Werner Best, German jurist and nazi leader (b. 1903)
  • Jun 27 Alfred J Ayer, English philosopher (Logical Positivism), dies
  • Jun 28 Joris Ivens, director (Indonesia), dies at 90