What Happened in 1989

Significant Events

  • Feb 6 Solidarity union leader Lech Wałęsa begins negotiating with Polish government
  • Apr 21 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • May 13 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
  • 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 4 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • Jun 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000
  • Nov 10 Germans begin demolishing the Berlin Wall
  • Dec 3 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over
  • Dec 22 After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolae Ceausescu
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Did You Know?

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

On March 26, 1989


World Leaders in 1989

Famous People in 1989

Would You Believe?

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

On April 23, 1989

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay
  • Jan 7 MLB player Greg Maddux (22) weds Kathy Ronnow
  • Jan 18 Candace Thomas marries Steve Garvey
  • Jan 21 "Falcon Crest" actor Lorenzo Lamas (31) weds actress Kathleen Kinmont (23) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • Feb 9 NBA power forward Charles Barkley (26) weds legal aide Maureen Blumhardt in Elkton, Maryland

Famous Divorces

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