Historical Events in August 1989

  • Aug 1 Australia beats England by 9 wickets in the 4th Test at Old Trafford, taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead to regain the Ashes
  • Aug 2 NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24
  • Aug 3 Jorge Velásquez wins aboard Maddie Bumpo in the 3rd at Arlington International Racecourse to become only the 5th jockey in the world to ride 6,000 career winners
  • Aug 3 Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 stolen bases in 9 of his first 11 seasons in MLB

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds set MLB record for most hits in 1st inning of a game with 16 for 14 runs in an 18-1 rout of Houston Astros
  • Aug 3 22nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • Aug 5 NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so
  • Aug 5 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • Aug 5 First ever dead heat in harness racing's Hambletonian; Park Avenue Joe and Probe tie the 3rd and final heat; Park Avenue Joe wins series on count back
  • Aug 6 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
  • Aug 6 Boston Red Sox retire Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder, 1st baseman Carl Yastrezemski's #8
  • Aug 6 Jaime Paz Zamora inaugurated as president of Bolivia
  • Aug 6 Pilot Union tells pilots okay to cross Eastern picket lines
  • Aug 6 Twenty former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws
  • Aug 7 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
  • Aug 8 US space shuttle STS-28 launched

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Aug 8 New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange resigns after 5 years on a no confidence issue

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
  • Aug 10 A's bat out of order against White Sox in 3rd inning
  • Aug 10 Australia 0-301 at end of day one, 5th Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
  • Aug 11 "Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child" premieres
  • Aug 11 Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor complete 329 opening stand v England
  • Aug 11 Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
  • Aug 13 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 13 PGA Championship, Kemper Lakes GC: Payne Stewart wins first of 3 major titles by 1 from Andy Bean, Mike Reid & Curtis Strange

  • Aug 13 US space shuttle STS-28 lands

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Aug 14 President P. W. Botha of South Africa resigns

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

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Aug 15 F. W. de Klerk becomes President of South Africa

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Aug 15 Giorgio Lamberti swims world record 200m free style (1:46.69)

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Aug 15 In 2nd start since after cancer treatment, Giants Dave Dravecky breaks his pitching arm while throwing to Tim Raines

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Aug 16 Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
  • Aug 16 A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market.
  • Aug 17 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½

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Aug 17 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Aug 18 Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin
  • Aug 18 Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green as NY Yankee manager
  • Aug 18 Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
  • Aug 18 ArenaBowl III, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26, George LaFrance MVP
  • Aug 19 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
  • Aug 20 Dredger "Bow Belle" collides with pleasure boat "Marchioness" on the River Thames in central London; the "Marchioness" sinks in 30 seconds, drowning 51

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 20 Howard Johnson joins Barry Bonds & Willie Mays hitting 30 HRs & steal 30 bases

MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 20 Janet B Evans swims female world record 800m freestyle (8:16.22)
  • Aug 20 Said Aouita runs world record 3,000 m (7:29.45)
  • Aug 21 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune
  • Aug 22 1st complete ring around Neptune discovered

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 22 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Aug 23 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 1-0, in 22 innings (Rick Dempsey HR)
  • Aug 23 Lewis, Everett, Burrell and Heard run world record 4x200 m (1:19.38)
  • Aug 24 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain

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Aug 24 Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 24 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
  • Aug 25 After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloudtops of Neptune & its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps
  • Aug 25 Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.
  • Aug 26 Trumbull, Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS
  • Aug 27 100 march through Bensonhurst protesting racial killings
  • Aug 27 89th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Chris Patton
  • Aug 27 Betsy King wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
  • Aug 27 Tina Barrett wins LPGA Mitsubishi Motors Ocean State Golf Open
  • Aug 28 1st regular-season matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners
  • Aug 28 Frank Viola & Mets outduel Orel Hershiser & Dodgers 1-0
  • Aug 31 Arbitrator T Roberts orders owners to pay $105 million for collusion