On This Day

Historical Events in November 1989

  • Nov 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Curran Theatre, San Francisco
  • Nov 1 Despite 107 from Desmond Haynes, Saleem Malik with 71 leads Pakistan to 4 wicket win v West Indies in cricket's Nehru Cup Final in Kolkata, India
  • Nov 1 Scandinavian Airlines System bans smoking on many flights
  • Nov 2 Musical "Meet Me In St Louis", based on the 1944 film, opens at Gershwin Theater, NYC; runs for 253 performances

Television Finale

Nov 2 "Blackadder Goes Forth" final episode "Goodbyeee" airs on BBC-TV starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

  • Nov 3 100s of Bulgarian demonstrate in Sofia for democratic rights

Sports History

Nov 3 Lou Piniella is named manager of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Pete Rose, banned for life for gambling on MLB games

  • Nov 3 NBA expansion Minnesota Timberwolves make NBA debut; lose 106-94 against SuperSonics at Seattle Center Coliseum; Tyrone Corbin T-Wolves top scorer with 20 points
  • Nov 3 Šarūnas Marčiulionis and Alexander Volkov become first Russians to play in a regular season NBA game; Marciulionis scores 19 as Golden State lose 136-106 to Phoenix; Volkov held scoreless in Atlanta's 126-103 defeat by Indiana
  • Nov 4 First NBA game at Orlando Arena, Orlando Magic loses to NJ Nets, 111-106
  • Nov 4 Rene Muawad elected president of Lebanon
  • Nov 4 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Gulfstream Park; winners: Bayakoa, Dancing Spree, Go for Wand, Prized, Rhythm, Steinlen, Sunday Silence
  • Nov 4 The congress of the Solidarity Party is inaugurated in Sweden. The congress decides, contrary to the proposal of the central committee, not to disband the party.
  • Nov 4 Alexanderplatz demonstrations for political reforms draw over half a million people in East Berlin, significant event that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Nov 5 Revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil's "Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 65 performances
  • Nov 5 19th NYC Women's Marathon won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway in 2:25:30
  • Nov 5 20th NYC Marathon won by Juma Ikangaa in 2:08:01
  • Nov 5 Browns' Bernie Kosar sets club record of 16 cons pass completions
  • Nov 5 US plays El Salvador in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup

Sports History

Nov 5 French McLaren driver Alain Prost withdraws early in wet Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from teammate Ayrton Senna

  • Nov 6 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WJPL in Brooklyn
  • Nov 7 Baltimore Orioles Gregg Olson is 1st relief pitcher to win AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 7 NYC elects it's 1st African American mayor (David Dinkins) & 1st female comptroller (Elizabeth Holtzman)
  • Nov 8 Cubs Jerome Walton wins the NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 8 Douglas Wilder wins election for Governor of Virginia, 1st African-American elected to the office in any state
  • Nov 8 Hong Kong's MTR Lam Tin Station comes into service
  • Nov 8 "Byker Grove" begins broadcasting on the BBC
  • Nov 9 East Berlin opens its borders
  • Nov 10 Bulgarian party president Todor Zjikov resigns
  • Nov 10 Germans begin demolishing the Berlin Wall
  • Nov 10 Word Perfect 5.1 is shipped
  • Nov 11 Don Sebesky and Gloria Nissenson's musical "Prince of Central Park", starring Jo Anne Worley, closes at Belasco Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Nov 11 Romanian students protest in Bucharest before the Communist Party congress, shouting "we want reforms", in a sign of the revolution to come
  • Nov 12 George Forrest's musical "Grand Hotel" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 1018 performances and wins 5 Tony Awards
  • Nov 12 Brazil holds its 1st free presidential election in 29 years

Music History

Nov 13 Paul McCartney releases "Figure of 8" & "Ou Est Le Soleil"

  • Nov 14 Padres reliever Mark Davis wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 15 "Batman" film is released on video tape
  • Nov 15 "Few Good Men" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 497 performances
  • Nov 15 Bret Saberhagen wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Sports History

Nov 15 Test Cricket debut of Waqar Younis & Sachin Tendulkar at Karachi

  • Nov 15 Walter Davis (Denver) begins NBA free throw streak of 53 games
  • Nov 16 "Gypsy" opens at St James Theater NYC for 477 performances
  • Nov 16 Six Jesuit priests including Ignacio Ellacuría and two others are assassinated killed by Salvadoran army - one of the most notorious acts of the Salvadoran civil war

Historic Event

Nov 16 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces scrapping of Separate Amenities Act

  • Nov 16 UNESCO adopts the Seville Statement on Violence at the twenty-fifth session of its General Conference.
  • Nov 17 Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year KC Royal contract
  • Nov 17 Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29
  • Nov 18 Pennsylvania is first to restrict abortions after US Supreme Court gave states the right to do so
  • Nov 19 US beats Trinidad, 1-0 qualifing for 1990 world soccer cup finals it was US' 1st qualification since 1950
  • Nov 19 39th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Rusty Wallace wins

Sports History

Nov 19 German tennis No. 1 Steffi Graf regains the WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Martina Navratilova 6–4, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2

  • Nov 20 Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Robin Yount wins AL MVP

Historic Event

Nov 21 Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by US President George H. W. Bush

  • Nov 21 TV cameras permitted in British House of Commons
  • Nov 22 Aneta Kreglicka of Poland, 24, crowned 39th Miss World
  • Nov 22 Conjunction of Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, and the Moon

Contract of Interest

Nov 22 MLB center fielder Kirby Puckett signs record $3,000,000 per year contract with Minnesota Twins

  • Nov 22 US 63rd manned space mission STS 33 (Discovery 9) launches into orbit
  • Nov 22 Eastern Airlines pilots and flight attendants end their strike, but most are not rehired
  • Nov 23 Pilots Union give up sympathy strike against Eastern Airlines
  • Nov 23 Xenophon Zolotas is sworn in as premier of Greece

Sports History

Nov 23 The "Bounty Bowl": Philadelphia Eagles defeat Dallas Cowboys 27-0 at Thanksgiving in an ill-tempered game, after which Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accuses Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing bounties on players

  • Nov 24 Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia
  • Nov 24 Elias Hrawi elected president of Lebanon
  • Nov 24 Sachin Tendulkar scores a Test Cricket fifty aged 16 years 214 days, a record

Sports History

Nov 25 David Boon scores 200 v NZ at cricket WACA

  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, SkyDome, Toronto: Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 43-40 on Dave Ridgway's field goal winner was known as 'The Kick'
  • Nov 26 Comores coup under Bob Benard
  • Nov 26 Luis Alberto Lacalle becomes President of Uruguay
  • Nov 26 Rafael Callejas installed as president of Honduras

Election of Interest

Nov 26 India's Congress Party led by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi loses the general election to an opposition front led by V. P. Singh

  • Nov 27 Colombian jetliner bombed killing 107
  • Nov 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Music History

Nov 27 George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" & "Poor Little Girl"

  • Nov 27 Luis Alberto Lacelle elected president of Uruguay
  • Nov 27 US 63rd manned space mission STS 33 (Discovery 9) returns from space

Contract of Interest

Nov 28 Rickey Henderson signs record $3,000,000 per year Oak A's contract

Album Release

Nov 28 Queen Latifah releases her debut hip hop album "All Hail the Queen" featuring single "Ladies First"

  • Nov 29 8th Largest wrestling crowd UFW U-Cosmos (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • Nov 29 Rajiv Gandhi resigns as Prime Minister of India after losing national elections
  • Nov 30 Deutsche Bank board member Alfred Herrhausen is killed by a Red Army Faction terrorist bomb