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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actor Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 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 1972), dies
1989 Highlights

About May 20, 1989

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Taurus