Historical Events in August 1989

  • Aug 1 Australia beats England by 9 wickets in the 4th cricket Test at Old Trafford, taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead to regain the Ashes

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

Aug 2 NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

  • Aug 3 22nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Omni Hotel
  • 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

Baseball 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

  • 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
  • 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 5 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • Aug 5 NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so
  • 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

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Aug 6 Revival of musical revue "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Edison Theater, NYC, after 5959 performances: Broadway’s longest-running musical revue

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 8 US space shuttle STS-28 launched
  • 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 two partial rings of Neptune
  • Aug 13 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed

PGA Championship

Aug 13 PGA Championship Men's Golf, 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 15 Giorgio Lamberti swims world record 200m free style (1:46.69)

Sports History

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

  • 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 16 Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
  • Aug 17 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½

Sports History

Aug 17 Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken plays in his 1,208th consecutive game, moves to 3rd place all-time, behind NY Yankees Lou Gehrig and Boston Red Sox/NY Yankees Everett Scott

  • Aug 18 ArenaBowl III, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26, George LaFrance MVP
  • 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 19 1st crack in the Iron Curtain when Hungary opens its borders to Austria for a pan-European picnic for a few hours
  • Aug 19 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
  • Aug 20 American Janet Evans swims female 800m freestyle world record 8:16.22 in the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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

Baseball Record

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

  • 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
  • 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 23 The Baltic Way - two million people form a human chain across Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in a peaceful pro-independence demonstration against Soviet occupation [1]
  • Aug 24 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain

Sports History

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

  • 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 28 1st regular-season matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners

Sports History

Aug 28 Frank Viola & Mets outduel Orel Hershiser & Dodgers 1-0

  • Aug 31 Arbitrator T Roberts orders owners to pay $105 million for collusion