On This Day

What Happened on December 29, 1989

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show
  • Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Václav Havel is selected to be president of Czechoslovakia by the Federal Assembly shortly after the Velvet Revolution

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by the Associated Press

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Famous Birthdays

  • Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player (11 singles titles, only Japanese player ranked in top 10), born in Matsue, Japan
  • Nathan Forbes, English football player, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom