On This Day

What Happened on January 13, 1989

Historical Events

  • "Ryan's Hope" ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV

Television Debut

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
Hugh Laurie
  • Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq
  • Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence

Famous Birthdays

  • Bryan Arguez, American soccer player
  • Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian pop singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Viljandi, Estonia

Famous Deaths

  • Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
1989 Highlights

About January 13, 1989

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 32 years, 9 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Capricorn