What Happened in August 1989

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Australia beats England by 9 wickets in the 4th Test at Old Trafford, taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead to regain the Ashes
  • Aug 2 NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24
  • Aug 3 Jorge Velásquez wins aboard Maddie Bumpo in the 3rd at Arlington International Racecourse to become only the 5th jockey in the world to ride 6,000 career winners
  • Aug 3 Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 stolen bases in 9 of his first 11 seasons in MLB

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds set MLB record for most hits in 1st inning of a game with 16 for 14 runs in an 18-1 rout of Houston Astros
  • Aug 3 22nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • Aug 5 NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so
  • Aug 5 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • Aug 5 First ever dead heat in harness racing's Hambletonian; Park Avenue Joe and Probe tie the 3rd and final heat; Park Avenue Joe wins series on count back
  • Aug 6 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
  • Aug 6 Boston Red Sox retire Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder, 1st baseman Carl Yastrezemski's #8
  • Aug 6 Jaime Paz Zamora inaugurated as president of Bolivia
  • Aug 6 Pilot Union tells pilots okay to cross Eastern picket lines
  • Aug 6 Twenty former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws
  • Aug 7 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.

  • Aug 8 US space shuttle STS-28 launched

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Aug 8 New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange resigns after 5 years on a no confidence issue

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
  • Aug 10 A's bat out of order against White Sox in 3rd inning
  • Aug 10 Australia 0-301 at end of day one, 5th Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
  • Aug 11 "Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child" premieres
  • Aug 11 Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor complete 329 opening stand v England
  • Aug 11 Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
  • Aug 13 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 13 PGA Championship, Kemper Lakes GC: Payne Stewart wins first of 3 major titles by 1 from Andy Bean, Mike Reid & Curtis Strange

  • Aug 13 US space shuttle STS-28 lands

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Aug 14 President P. W. Botha of South Africa resigns

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

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Aug 15 F. W. de Klerk becomes President of South Africa

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Aug 15 Giorgio Lamberti swims world record 200m free style (1:46.69)

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Aug 15 In 2nd start since after cancer treatment, Giants Dave Dravecky breaks his pitching arm while throwing to Tim Raines

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Aug 16 Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
  • Aug 16 A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market.
  • Aug 17 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½

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Aug 17 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Aug 18 Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin
  • Aug 18 Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green as NY Yankee manager
  • Aug 18 Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
  • Aug 18 ArenaBowl III, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26, George LaFrance MVP
  • Aug 19 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
  • Aug 20 Dredger "Bow Belle" collides with pleasure boat "Marchioness" on the River Thames in central London; the "Marchioness" sinks in 30 seconds, drowning 51

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 20 Howard Johnson joins Barry Bonds & Willie Mays hitting 30 HRs & steal 30 bases

MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 20 Janet B Evans swims female world record 800m freestyle (8:16.22)
  • Aug 20 Said Aouita runs world record 3,000 m (7:29.45)
  • Aug 21 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune
  • Aug 22 1st complete ring around Neptune discovered

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 22 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Aug 23 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 1-0, in 22 innings (Rick Dempsey HR)
  • Aug 23 Lewis, Everett, Burrell and Heard run world record 4x200 m (1:19.38)
  • Aug 24 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain

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Aug 24 Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 24 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
  • Aug 25 After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloudtops of Neptune & its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps
  • Aug 25 Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.
  • Aug 26 Trumbull, Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS
  • Aug 27 100 march through Bensonhurst protesting racial killings
  • Aug 27 89th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Chris Patton
  • Aug 27 Tina Barrett wins LPGA Mitsubishi Motors Ocean State Golf Open
  • Aug 28 1st regular-season matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners
  • Aug 28 Frank Viola & Mets outduel Orel Hershiser & Dodgers 1-0
  • Aug 31 Arbitrator T Roberts orders owners to pay $105 million for collusion

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 3 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, born in Nice (d. 2015)
  • Aug 4 Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas)
  • Aug 8 Sesil Karatantcheva, Bulgarian tennis player
  • Aug 9 Stefano Okaka Chuka, Italian footballer
  • Aug 10 Ben Sahar, Israeli footballer
  • Aug 10 Sam Gagner, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 14 Kyle Turris, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 15 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 15 Tiffanie Anderson, American singer, dancer
  • Aug 15 Joe Jonas, American singer (Jonas Brothers)
  • Aug 19 Romeo, American rapper
  • Aug 21 Hayden Panettiere, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Palisades, New York
  • Aug 26 James Harden, American basketball forward (NBA MVP 2018 Houston Rockets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 28 Cécile McLorin Salvant, American jazz vocalist (Cecile, WomanChild), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 28 Trixie Mattel [Brian Firkus], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality (The Trixie & Katya Show), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Director Kathryn Bigelow (38) weds fellow director James Cameron (35)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • Aug 23 "The Cars" lead singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek (40) weds model Paulina Porizkova (24)
  • Aug 30 Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 3 Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor and pianist, dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Aug 7 Mickey Leland, (Rep-D-Tx), & 15 others dies in plane crash in Ethiopia
  • Aug 11 John Meillon, actor (Wild Duck, Crocodile Dundee), dies

Person of interestWilliam Shockley

Aug 12 William Shockley, American physicist who helped invent the transistor (1956 Nobel), who was also known for his racist eugenics views, dies of prostate cancer at 79

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley
  • Aug 12 Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Aug 13 Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS at 34
  • Aug 13 Larkin Smith, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (b. 1944)
  • Aug 15 F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian/director (IISG), dies
  • Aug 16 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • Aug 18 Bert Oosterbosch, Dutch cyclist, dies at 32
  • Aug 18 Luis Carlos Galan, Colombian presidential candidate, murdered
  • Aug 20 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya at 82
  • Aug 21 Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • Aug 22 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • Aug 22 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), dies at 85
  • Aug 22 Johannes "Jan" Teulings, Dutch actor (Lentelied, The Three Wishes), dies of natural causes at 84
  • Aug 23 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • 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 25 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Henk Heidweiller, ambassador of Suriname, dies
  • Aug 26 Irving Stone, American writer (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), dies
  • Aug 28 Joseph Alsop, American political newspaper columnist (Men Around the President), dies at 78
  • Aug 29 Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer, dies at 79
  • Aug 30 Joe De Santis, dies at 80
  • Aug 30 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • Aug 30 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), dies at 86