What Happened on July 2, 1989

Historical Events

  • American jockey Steve Cauthen wins Irish Derby on Old Vic to become the first rider in history to sweep the world's 4 major Derbies (Kentucky, Epsom, French, Irish)

Canadian Women's Open

Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Tammie Green wins her only LPGA major title with a 1 shot victory over fellow Americans Pat Bradley & Betsy King

  • South African Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela's musical "Sarafina!", based on the Soweto Uprising against apartheid, closes at the Cort Theater, NYC;, after 597 performances

Event of Interest

Tiananmen Square student leader Wang Dan arrested and imprisoned for spreading counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement (trial not till 1991)

  • US Open Senior Men's Golf, Laurel Valley GC: Orville Moody wins by 2 from Frank Beard, 20 years after his US Open triumph in 1969
1989 History

Famous Birthdays

Alex Morgan (34 years old)

American soccer player (Orlando Pride) and co-captain of the US women's national soccer team, born in San Dimas, California

Born in 1989

Famous Deaths

  • Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)

About July 2, 1989

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 2 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Cancer

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals
  • UK #1 Song: Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) - Soul Ii Soul Featuring Caron Wheeler