On This Day

Historical Events in June 1989

  • Jun 1 62nd National Spelling Bee: Scott Isaacs wins spelling spoliator

Film Premiere

Jun 2 "Dead Poets Society" film starring Robin Williams premieres

  • Jun 2 14 year old Scott Isaacs spells spoliator to win 1989 Spelling Bee
  • Jun 2 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle

Goddess of Democracy

Jun 2 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy

Tiananmen Square Massacre

Jun 3 Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing

  • Jun 3 Houston Astros beat LA Dodgers, 5-4, in 22 innings (7:14:09)
  • Jun 3 Leaking pipe in Asha, USSR, causes 2 trains to catch fire; 460 die

Sports History

Jun 3 Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season & 11th overall

Sports History

Jun 3 Sportscasting legend Vin Scully broadcasts 23 innings in two different cities on one day

  • Jun 4 2nd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $770,000
  • Jun 4 43rd Tony Awards: Heidi Chronicles & Jerome Robbin's Broadway win
  • Jun 4 Beijing policeman shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping
  • Jun 4 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • Jun 4 Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s
  • Jun 4 Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary
  • Jun 4 Red Sox lead Blue Jays 10-0 in 7th, but lose 12-11 in 12 for Blue Jays 12th consecutive victory at Fenway
  • Jun 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000

Music City News Awards

Jun 5 23rd Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton & Randy Travis win

  • Jun 5 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt", his eighth solo studio album, featuring the Elvis Costello collaboration "My Brave Face"
  • Jun 5 Toronto Blue Jays Skydome stadium opens, Milwaukee Brewers win 5-3
  • Jun 6 Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4
  • Jun 7 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires
  • Jun 7 Atlanta Fulton County Comm approves $210M stadium for the Falcons
  • Jun 7 For one second this morning, the time is 01:23:45, 6-7-89
  • Jun 7 Suriname SLM-173 (DC-8) crashes near Paramaribo Airport killing 173

Sports History

Jun 7 Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart (MVP) Trophy in 10 years

  • Jun 7 1st Baseball game to start outdoors & end indoors, as Toronto Blue Jays stadium closes roof during game at 8:48, & beat Brewers 4-2
  • Jun 8 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season
  • Jun 9 "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" premieres in USA
  • Jun 9 Rare tornado in Philadelphia kills 1
  • Jun 10 "Tales From The Crypt" TV Anthology debuts on HBO

Sports History

Jun 10 121st Belmont: Pat Day aboard Easy Goer wins in 2:26

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain wins her first Grand Slam singles title; beats Steffi Graf 7-6, 3-6, 7-5

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: American Michael Chang wins lone career Grand Slam title; beats Stefan Edberg of Sweden 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; at 17 years, 110 days, becomes youngest male to win a Grand Slam singles title

  • Jun 11 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Sawgrass: Orville Moody wins by 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Charles Coody
  • Jun 12 "Doctor Doctor", TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV
  • Jun 12 Canadian Olympian Ben Johnson admits using steroids
  • Jun 13 43rd NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons sweeps LA Lakers in 4 games
  • Jun 13 Houston's Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd game (most by a Canadian)

Music History

Jun 13 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Jun 13 "Licence to Kill", 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • Jun 14 Groundbreaking begins in Minnesota on world's largest mall
  • Jun 14 Nolan Ryan becomes 2nd pitcher to defeat all 26 teams
  • Jun 14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Film & TV History

Jun 14 Zsa Zsa Gabor arrested for slapping Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman

  • Jun 15 Baltimore Orioles pull their 9th triple play (vs Yankees)

Film Premiere

Jun 16 "Ghostbusters II" directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd premieres

  • Jun 16 Funeral for Imre Nagy, leader of Hungarian uprising in 1956
  • Jun 16 Only 17 holes-in-one recorded since US open began, today 4 more are made all on 6th hole (Weaver, Wiebe, Pate & Price)

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 16 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, and Suzanne Vega headline; other performers include: Bhundu Boys, Fairground Attraction, Hothouse Flowers, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, Yossou N'Dour, Pixies, The Proclaimers, Throwing Muses, The Waterboys, Lucinda Williams, Womack & Womack, and Flaco Jiménez

  • Jun 17 US beats Guatemala 2-1 in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Jun 18 "Starmites" closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC after 60 performances

US Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Curtis Strange wins by 3 from Scott Simpson for first back-to-back Open titles since Ben Hogan 1950-51

  • Jun 18 Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko at perihelion
  • Jun 19 Barry Switzer resigns as head coach of Oklahoma's football team

Sports History

Jun 19 Mets Dwight Gooden wins his 100th game (100-37)

  • Jun 21 Carlton Fisk becomes AL catcher HR hitter, 307th at Yankee stadium
  • Jun 21 Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression

Sports History

Jun 21 Yankees trade Rickey Henderson to A's for Plunk, Cadaret & Polonia

  • Jun 22 Business Day reports that SA is about to test an intermediate range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads

Appointment of Interest

Jun 24 Jiang Zemin appointed the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

  • Jun 25 "Day By Day" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 25 1st US postmark dedicated to Lesbian & Gay Pride (Stonewall, NYC)
  • Jun 25 Mets' defense does not record a single assist in a 5-1 win over Phils
  • Jun 26 Canada updates its with a new portrait of the Queen
  • Jun 26 Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 29 Emmy 16th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 10th time

  • Jun 29 South Africa's National Party adopts five year programme of its objectives, including a political "reform" plan to give Black majority role in national and local government; ANC responds it would consider only a one-man, one-vote system
  • Jun 30 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny in Gdynia, Poland
  • Jun 30 US Attorney General Thornburgh orders Joseph Doherty deported to UK
  • Jun 30 US Congressman Donald Lukens found guilty of having sex with a 16 year old girl
  • Jun 30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Santiago, Chile & Guam
  • Jun 30 NY State Legislature passes Staten Island secession bill
  • Jun 30 Sudan suspends interim constitution following coup