On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1989

Historical Events

  • 114th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8
  • China declares martial law in Beijing

Film & TV History

Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"

  • Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mt Everest top

Famous Deaths

  • Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), dies at 70
  • Erzs├ębet Galgoczi, Hungarian writer, dies at 58
  • Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies of ovarian cancer at 42
  • John R. Hicks, English economist (Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences 1972), dies at 85
1989 Highlights

About May 20, 1989

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 32 years, 6 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Taurus