On This Day

What Happened on December 22, 1989

Historical Events

Historic Event

After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu

  • Cold wave: -6°F in Tulsa, Oklahoma; -12°F in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; -18°F in Denver, Colorado; -23°F in Kansas City, Missouri; -42°F in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; -47°F in Hardin, Montana; and -60°F in Black Hills, South Dakota
  • Republic of Chad (Africa) adopts its Constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona

Famous Deaths

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett, Irish-French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

1989 Highlights

About December 22, 1989

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 11 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn