1989 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 477

  • Feb 24 US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini offers a $1-3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Feb 25 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms
  • Feb 25 Javed Miandad scores 271 v NZ at Eden Park
  • Feb 25 Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)
  • Feb 26 Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • Feb 27 German war criminals Aus der Funten and Fischer freed in Holland
  • Feb 27 Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo.
  • Feb 28 Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
  • Mar 1 Ben Johnson's coach testifies Johnson began using steroids in 1981
  • Mar 1 Comet du Toit at perihelion
  • Mar 1 The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Mar 2 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
  • Mar 2 Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
  • Mar 3 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • Mar 3 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra
  • Mar 4 Eastern Airlines machinists strike
  • Mar 5 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
  • Mar 5 Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)
  • Mar 6 Yanks beat Mets 6-4 in exhibition game (1st meeting since 1985)
  • Mar 7 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
  • Mar 7 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
  • Mar 9 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy

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Mar 9 US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Mar 9 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • Mar 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 12 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 12 Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election
  • Mar 13 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • Mar 13 FDA orders recall of all Chilean fruit in US
  • Mar 13 US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • Mar 15 Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
  • Mar 17 Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
  • Mar 18 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
  • Mar 18 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
  • Mar 18 In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • Mar 19 Boeing B-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by E Gordeeva & S Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • Mar 19 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)
  • Mar 20 Richard J Kerr replaces Robert M Gates as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 21 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Mar 22 US Supreme Court upholds 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate
  • Mar 23 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • Mar 23 Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 yrs for killing his adopted daughter
  • Mar 24 Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 26 1st free elections in USSR; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Mar 29 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)
  • Mar 29 I M Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris
  • Mar 29 Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

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Apr 2 Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Apr 2 Yanks beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor's trophy series in 2 games
  • Apr 3 "Sunrise" a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • Apr 3 Mets win 11th consecutive home opener 8-4 over St Louis at Shea Stad
  • Apr 5 Orel Hershiser ends his 59 consecutive scoreless pitched inning streak
  • Apr 5 Solidarity grants legal status in Poland
  • Apr 6 Orel Hershiser ends his record 59 consecutive scoreless streak
  • Apr 7 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • Apr 9 Wash DC march supporting 1973 Roe vs Wade decision (allow abortions)
  • Apr 10 Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip
  • Apr 11 Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5
  • Apr 12 Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through
  • Apr 14 1,100,000,000th Chinese born
  • Apr 14 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury
  • Apr 15 96 crushed to death at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield England
  • Apr 15 Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
  • Apr 15 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
  • Apr 16 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • Apr 17 18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33
  • Apr 17 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
  • Apr 17 Polish labor union granted legal status
  • Apr 17 Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros
  • Apr 19 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • Apr 19 Republic Day in Sierra Leone
  • Apr 19 Violent assault and rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park. Known as the Central Park jogger incident it became according to the NY Times "one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s."
  • Apr 21 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • Apr 23 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 Wine merchant William Sokolin breaks a bottle of 1787 Château Margaux, possibly belonging to Thomas Jefferson, worth $500,000 at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • Apr 24 10s of thousands of student strikes in Beijing, China
  • Apr 24 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • Apr 26 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • Apr 27 Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China
  • Apr 27 Hurricane in Bangladesh kills 500
  • Apr 27 Mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in Italy
  • Apr 28 Argentina, hit by rocketing inflation, runs out of money
  • Apr 28 Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
  • Apr 29 2nd government of Lubbers falls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 1 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to public
  • May 1 US Supreme Court rules employees have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
  • May 4 Junior Felix of Toronto becomes 53rd to hit HR on 1st at bat
  • May 4 NASA launches Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • May 4 US space shuttle STS-30 launched
  • May 7 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • May 8 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • May 9 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • May 9 VP Quayle say in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
  • May 10 Gen Manuel Noriega's government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin

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Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 153 of 153

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 12 William Shockley, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)

Physicist William Shockley
William Shockley
  • Aug 13 Larkin Smith, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (b. 1944)
  • Aug 18 Luis Carlos Galan, Colombian presidential candidate, murdered
  • Aug 23 R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (anti-psychiatry), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Aug 23 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY in a racially motivated attack
  • Aug 23 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • Aug 26 Henk Heidweiller, ambassador of Suriname, dies
  • Aug 26 Irving Stone, US writer (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), dies
  • Aug 29 Peter Scott, English explorer, naturalist, and painter (b. 1909)
  • Aug 30 Joe De Santis, dies at 80
  • Aug 30 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • Sep 1 Tadeusz Sendzimir, American inventor (b. 1894)
  • Sep 4 Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director (Maigret), dies at 86
  • Sep 4 Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian (b. 1903)
  • Sep 12 Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • Sep 13 Yamada Koun, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies at 82
  • Sep 15 Robert Penn Warren, American writer (b. 1905)
  • Sep 17 Jay Stewart, annoucer on Lets Make a Deal, commits suicide
  • Sep 21 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
  • Sep 26 Pavlos Bakoyannis, Greek parliament leader, murdered in Rome

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 28 Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines (1965-86), dies in Honolulu at 72

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 29 Gussie Busch, American brewing magnate (b. 1899)
  • 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)
  • Nov 6 Dickie Goodman, creator of "break-in" records (b. 1934)
  • Nov 8 Andre Kloos, Dut trade union leader (NVV)/chairman (VARA), dies at 67
  • Nov 16 Jean-Claude Malépart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
  • Nov 17 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)
  • Nov 18 Henry de Vries, painter/poet (Toovertuin), dies
  • Nov 22 Rene Muawad, assassinated 17 days after elected president of Lebanon
  • Nov 22 C. C. Beck, American cartoonist (b. 1910)
  • Nov 24 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio host, dies at 85
  • Nov 25 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • Nov 26 Ahmed Abdallah, president of Comores, dies
  • Nov 30 Alfred Herrhausen, German CEO (Deutsche Bank), murdered at 59
  • 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


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)