On This Day

What Happened on March 1, 1989

Historical Events

  • Charlie Francis, coach of disqualified sprinter Ben Johnson tells federal inquiry into Canada's greatest sports scandal Johnson knowingly used steroids since 1981; Johnson first across line Olympic 100m 1988
  • Comet du Toit at perihelion
  • The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

Famous Birthdays

  • Carlos Vela, Mexican soccer winger (72 caps; Real Sociedad, Los Angeles FC), born in CancĂșn, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Sonya Kitchell, American singer

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

"Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff (37) divorces actress Catherine Hickland (33) after nearly 5 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Julianne Philips & Bruce Springsteen divorce

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen

Famous Deaths

  • Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist & VARA radio host, dies at 64
  • Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress & director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), dies at 71
1989 Highlights

About March 1, 1989

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 7 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Pisces