On This Day

What Happened on December 29, 1989

Historical Events

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

Historic Event

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

Sports History

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jane Levy, American actress (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player (11 singles titles, only Japanese player ranked in top 10), born in Matsue, Japan
1989 Highlights

About December 29, 1989

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 11 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn