What Happened on December 25, 1989

Historical Events

  • Japanese scientist achieve -271.8°C, coldest temperature ever recorded

Music History

Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus to celebrate fall of the Berlin Wall. Broadcast worldwide to audience of 100 million.


Show trial of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena on charges of genocide and personal enrichment. The couple are found guilty and executed by firing squad the same day.

Famous Deaths

  • Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies

Billy MartinBilly Martin (1928-1989)

American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), killed in a car accident at 61

  • Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73
  • Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Jean-Etienne Marie, French composer of microtonal music and electroacoustics, dies at 72

Nicolae CeausescuNicolae Ceausescu (1918-1989)

Communist dictator of Romania (1967-89), executed at 71

  • Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
1989 Highlights

About December 25, 1989

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 32 years, 11 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Christmas (India), Christmas Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins
  • UK #1 Song: Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II