On This Day

What Happened on December 1, 1989

Historical Events

  • "Day Without Art" - Artists demonstrate against AIDS
  • East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution
  • Mark Langston signs record $3.2 million per year Cal Angels contract
  • Romanian 5-time Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Nadia Com─âneci arrives in NYC requesting political asylum to the United States; granted

Meeting of Interest

USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican


Famous Deaths

  • Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
1989 Highlights

About December 1, 1989

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 32 years, 5 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Blame It On The Rain - Milli Vanilli
  • UK #1 Song: You Got It (The Right Stuff) - New Kids On The Block