What Happened on August 5, 1989

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 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
  • General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so

Famous Deaths

  • Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), dies of a heart attack at 67