What Happened on May 17, 1989

Historical Events

  • Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles costs $16,000!

Historic Event

Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

Famous Deaths

  • Dan Alderson, American scientist (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and sci-fi fandom figure, dies of diabetes at 47
1989 Highlights

About May 17, 1989

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 33 years, 8 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Taurus

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
  • UK #1 Song: Ferry 'Cross The Mersey - Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman