On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1989

Historical Events

  • American Janet Evans swims female 800m freestyle world record 8:16.22 in the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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

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
  • Said Aouita runs world record 3,000 m (7:29.45)

Famous Deaths

  • George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya at 82
1989 Highlights

About August 20, 1989

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 11 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo