On This Day

What Happened on December 25, 1989

Historical Events

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

BattleExecution

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.

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu

Famous Deaths

  • Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies

Person of interestBilly Martin

Billy Martin, 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

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73
  • Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, dies at 80
Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
1989 Highlights

About December 25, 1989

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 4 months and 5 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