What Happened in January 1989

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 105

  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from $1.00 to $1.15
  • Jan 1 Year of the Young Reader begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 1st Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Helena Suková & Miloslav Mečíř win inaugural event for Czechoslovakia; beat Australian pair Hana Mandlíková & Pat Cash 6-2, 6-4 for 2-0 victory

Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • Jan 2 Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship
  • Jan 2 UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game
  • Jan 2 75th Rose Bowl: #11 Michigan beats #5 Southern California, 22-14
  • Jan 2 55th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #7 Auburn, 13-7
  • Jan 2 18th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Notre Dame beats #3 West Virginia, 34-21
  • Jan 2 55th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #6 Nebraska, 23-3
  • Jan 2 "Superwoman" single released by Karyn White (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Jan 3 Russian newspaper Izvestia gets its 1st commercial advertisement
  • Jan 4 Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion
  • Jan 4 US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 George H. W. Bush is 1st Vice President since Martin Van Buren to declare himself President of the United States

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • Jan 5 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • Jan 5 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Akihito becomes the 125th Emperor of Japan

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
  • Jan 7 International Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris
  • Jan 7 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11)
  • Jan 7 Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Jan 8 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • Jan 8 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater in NYC after 761 performances
  • Jan 8 Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die
  • Jan 8 Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
  • Jan 8 Beginning of Japanese Heisei era.
  • Jan 8 AFC Championship, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills, 21-10
  • Jan 8 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 28-3
  • Jan 9 "Pat Sajak Show" premieres on CBS

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 9 Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 LA Kings center Wayne Gretzky becomes NHL’s all-time leading scorer in combined regular season & playoff points; 4 assists in 5-4 home win over Edmonton brings his total to 2,011, 1 more than Gordie Howe

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jan 11 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
  • Jan 11 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • Jan 11 Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
  • Jan 12 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Ex-dictator of Uganda Idi Amin expelled from Zaire

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • Jan 13 "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV
  • Jan 13 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • Jan 13 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • Jan 13 Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq
  • Jan 13 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 13 British comedy sketch show series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie debuts on BBC1

Actor, Comedian and Writer Stephen Fry
Actor, Comedian and Writer
Stephen Fry
Actor Hugh Laurie
Actor
Hugh Laurie

  • Jan 14 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • Jan 14 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses" in Bradford, England
  • Jan 14 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris
  • Jan 14 Former Belgian premier Paul Vanden Boeynants kidnapped
  • Jan 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Jan 15 Big John Studd wins WWF's 2nd Royal Rumble
  • Jan 15 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
  • Jan 15 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins the Golden CableACE for "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"
  • Jan 16 USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
  • Jan 16 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • Jan 17 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
  • Jan 17 Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
  • Jan 17 Murden & Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)
  • Jan 17 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • Jan 18 Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC)
  • Jan 18 IBM announces earnings up 10.4% in 1988
  • Jan 18 West Indies beat Australia in a rain-affected 3rd final in Sydney to win cricket's World Series Cup Tri-Series, 2-1; match reduced to 18 overs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 20 George H. W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President, Dan Quayle becomes 44th Vice President
  • Jan 20 Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Reagan becomes 1st US President elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Pittsburgh center Mario Lemieux becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50 goals in less than 50 games; #50 in 44th game as the Penguins lose 7-3 to the Jets in Winnipeg

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Jan 21 A woman is assaulted and raped in room of an Oklahoma football player
  • Jan 21 Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer
  • Jan 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 22 Super Bowl XXIII, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF, WR

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 22 After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Jan 23 Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court
  • Jan 23 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak
  • Jan 23 100s feared dead after a powerful earthquake strikes the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan
  • Jan 24 1st reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex
  • Jan 25 Augusto Alcalde, 1st South American Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Michael Jordan scores his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 25 NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner meets with Pope John Paul II
  • Jan 25 Mario Lemieux scores a goal and 3 assists in Penguins' 5-4 win over Winnipeg in Pittsburgh; sets NHL record by picking up a point in 14 consecutive games; record stands for 10 years
  • Jan 26 "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances
  • Jan 26 AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988
  • Jan 26 Allan Border takes 7-46 against the West Indies at the SCG
  • Jan 26 Madison Square Garden announces 2-year $100m renovation plan
  • Jan 26 Test debut of Mark Taylor, Australia v West Indies, Sydney
  • Jan 26 US computer security expert warns of catastrophic virus
  • Jan 27 German war criminals Fischer & Aus der Funten freed
  • Jan 27 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Jan 27 Okla linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Ok grad student

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Detroit center Steve Yzerman becomes the 4th NHL player to record 100 points in 50 games or less with a goal and 2 assists as Red Wings beat Toronto, 8-1

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 28 46th Golden Globes: "Rain Man", Dustin Hoffman, & Jodie Foster win

  • Jan 28 David Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany beats Czech Helena Suková 6-4, 6-4 for her 6th career Grand Slam title and her 2nd Australian singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jan 29 Cleveland's Chris Dudley misses 5 free throws during 1 foul attempt
  • Jan 29 Dow jumps 38.06 recoups 508-pt loss since Oct 1987; index at 2,256.43
  • Jan 29 Episcopal Church of the United States appoints Barbara Harris as its first female bishop
  • Jan 29 L I preacher Gene Profeta pleads guilty to tax-evasion
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 34-3; MVP: Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia Eagles, QB
  • Jan 29 Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 29 USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ivan Lendl wins his first Australian title; beats fellow Czech Miloslav Mecii 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Jan 29 5th Sundance Film Festival: "True Love" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis and George Michael win

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Marvin Austin, American football player
  • Jan 3 Anya Rozova [Anya Kop], Russian American model and America's Next Top Model contestant, born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Jan 3 Alex D. Linz, American actor, born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jan 3 Kōhei Uchimura, Japanese gymnast (Olympic Champion 2012, 2016), born in Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Jan 4 Graham Rahal, American race car driver, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Jan 5 Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer, born in Győr, Hungary
  • Jan 6 Baby lion-tailed macaques, at Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle)
  • Jan 7 Emiliano Insúa, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 9 Michaella Krajicek, Dutch tennis player, born in Delft, Netherlands
  • Jan 13 Bryan Arguez, American soccer player
  • Jan 13 Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian singer
  • Jan 14 29-year-old Marie Claude Adam gives birth to sextuplets by Caesarean section in Port Royale, France
  • Jan 20 Nick Foles, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl LII MVP), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 23 Yani Tseng, Taiwanese golfer (5 major titles; British Open 2010-11), born in Guishan, Republic of China
  • Jan 25 Sheryfa Luna, French R&B singer, born in Évreux, France
  • Jan 26 Emily Hughes, American figure skater
  • Jan 30 Khleo Thomas, American actor & rapper, born in Anchorage, Alaska

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 7 MLB player Greg Maddux (22) weds Kathy Ronnow

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Jan 18 Candace Thomas marries Steve Garvey
  • Jan 21 "Falcon Crest" actor Lorenzo Lamas (31) weds actress Kathleen Kinmont (23) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • Jan 3 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60
  • Jan 5 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, dies at 82

Person of interestHirohito

Jan 7 Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1922-89) dies at 87 after a 62-year reign

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Jan 8 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
  • Jan 8 Ken McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of liver failure at 56
  • Jan 9 Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 10 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • Jan 10 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • Jan 13 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • Jan 15 Wilf Slack, English cricketer, dies while playing cricket in Gambia at 34
  • Jan 16 Pierre Boileau, French screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Romo Vincent, actor (Naked Jungle), dies
  • Jan 16 Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • Jan 17 Sterling A Brown, American poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49
  • Jan 19 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • Jan 20 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • Jan 20 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • Jan 20 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)

Person of interestSalvador Dali

Jan 23 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), dies of heart failure at 84

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali

BattleTed Bundy

Jan 24 Ted Bundy, American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Jan 24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Jan 26 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • Jan 27 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 29 Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • Jan 31 Jack Douglas, English comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63