On This Day

What Happened on April 19, 1989

Historical Events

  • Central Park Five: Violent rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park becomes one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. Five teenagers are wrongfully convicted and spend between 6-12 years in prison.
  • Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • Republic Day in Sierra Leone

Famous Birthdays

  • Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian Celtic vocalist (The Cottars), born in Albert Bridge, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • Simu Liu, Canadian actor (Kim's Convenience, Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings), born in Harbin, China

Famous Deaths

  • Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
1989 Highlights

About April 19, 1989

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 2 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Like A Prayer - Madonna
  • UK #1 Song: Eternal Flame - Bangles