October 1989 in History

Events in History

  • 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

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
  • Oct 9 Penthouse Magazine's Hebrew edition hits newstands
  • Oct 12 Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Vikings for 12 players
  • Oct 13 Dow Jones down 190.58 points
  • Oct 15 South Africa President FW de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu & 4 other political prisoners
  • Oct 16 Bikenibau Paeniu installed as premier of Tuvalu
  • Oct 16 Jan Syse becomes premier of Norway
  • 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 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 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 22 Red Khmer occupies Pailin in Cambodia
  • Oct 23 Browns' Bernie Kosar sets club record with a 97-yard TD pass
  • 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 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Oct 24 Rev Jim Bakker is sentenced to 50 years for fraud
  • Oct 29 NYC MTA opens 63rd street extension to subway
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Dakota Johnson, American actress and daughter of Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson, born in Austin, Texas
  • Oct 11 Henry Lau, member of Korean Boy Band Super Junior M

Weddings in History

  • Oct 7 Radio talk show host Larry King weds Julie Alexander

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Novelist Sidney Sheldon (72) weds Alexandra Sheldon in Las Vegas, Nevada

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier, Neth's 1st female advisor of State, dies
  • Oct 3 Joseph Wybran, Belgian physician/Jews foreman, murdered
  • Oct 9 Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • Oct 11 M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (b. 1904)
  • Oct 12 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends), dies at 69 of kidney cancer
  • Oct 21 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • Oct 25 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies
  • Oct 25 Mary McCarthy, author (Group), dies, at 77
  • Oct 26 Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)