Historical Events in 1989 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 897

  • Mar 2 Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
  • Mar 3 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • Mar 3 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for pleading guilty to whitholding information from Congress in Iran-Contra illegal arms-for-hostages affair
  • Mar 4 Eastern Airlines machinists strike
  • Mar 4 Javier Sotomayor high jumps indoor world record (2.43m)

Louvre Pyramid

Mar 4 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President François Mitterrand in Paris

  • Mar 5 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
  • Mar 5 Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)
  • Mar 6 Yanks beat Mets 6-4 in exhibition game (1st meeting since 1985)

Sports History

Mar 7 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

Historic Event

Mar 7 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"

  • Mar 7 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
  • Mar 8 "Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • Mar 8 Roger Kingdom runs indoor world record 60m hurdles (7.37 secs)
  • Mar 9 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • Mar 9 Roger Kingdom runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.36 sec)
  • Mar 9 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • Mar 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Mar 9 US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

  • Mar 12 10th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 88-79

Film and TV Awards

Mar 12 15th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

  • Mar 12 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 12 30th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Florida, 72-60
  • Mar 12 36th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 North Carolina beats #7 Duke, 77-74

Historic Event

Mar 12 Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee submits his first proposal for an "information management system" to his boss at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) who finds it “vague, but exciting”

  • Mar 12 Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election
  • Mar 13 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • Mar 13 FDA orders recall of all Chilean fruit in US
  • Mar 13 US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • Mar 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
  • Mar 15 NY Rangers retire goalie Eddie Giacomin's #1 uniform
  • Mar 15 US Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
  • Mar 17 "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • Mar 17 Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
  • Mar 18 27th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Discovery 8 (STS-29), returns to Earth
  • Mar 18 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
  • Mar 18 Dino Ciccarelli sets Washington Capital record of 7 pts in a game
  • Mar 18 In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops
  • Mar 19 Boeing V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • Mar 19 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs World Championship at Paris won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)

Sports History

Mar 19 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)

PGA Players Championship

Mar 19 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tom Kite wins the title in gusty conditions, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Chip Beck

  • Mar 19 Wales beats England, 12-9 at Cardiff Arms Park to allow France to claim it's 9th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 19 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)

Sports History

Mar 20 Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation

  • Mar 20 Richard J Kerr replaces Robert M Gates as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 21 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Mar 22 Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat.

Sports History

Mar 22 Pete Rozelle announces retirement as NFL commissioner after 29 years

  • Mar 22 US Supreme Court upholds 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate
  • Mar 23 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • Mar 23 Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 yrs for killing his adopted daughter
  • Mar 24 Exxon tanker Valdez spills 10.8 million gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound, near Tatitlek, Alaska

Film & TV History

Mar 24 NBC rebroadcasts Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard's 1960 version of "Peter Pan" for the first time since 1973

  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
  • Mar 27 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Mar 27 Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 28 New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • Mar 29 1st Soviet hockey players are permitted to play for the NHL
  • Mar 29 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
  • Mar 29 61st Academy Awards: "Rain Man" - Best Picture, Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Director (Barry Levinson) and Screenwriting; and Jodie Foster win
  • Mar 29 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Cocktail" wins

Historic Event

Mar 29 I. M. Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris

  • Mar 29 Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

Historic Event

Mar 31 Donald Trump purchases Eastern's Northeast Shuttle

Sports History

Apr 1 A. Bartlett Giamatti replaces Peter Ueberroth as 7th commissioner of Major League Baseball; dies suddenly of a heart attack 5 months later

  • Apr 2 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn, 76-60; Lady Vols forward Bridgette Gordon MOP
  • Apr 2 Calgary Flames right wing Joe Mullen sets new NHL record for most points in a season by a American-born player, with a goal and 2 assists in a 4-2 win over Edmonton Oilers gives him 110 points
  • Apr 2 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster leads wire-to-wire to win her second DS event, 5 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner and Tammie Green

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania V, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Hulk Hogan beats Randy "Macho Man" Savage for WWF Heavyweight title

  • Apr 3 "Sunrise" a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • Apr 3 51st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan beats Seton Hall, 80-79 (OT); Wolverines first title; small forward Glen Rice named tournament MOP
  • Apr 3 Mets win 11th consecutive home opener 8-4 over St Louis at Shea Stad

Sports History

Apr 4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

Sports History

Apr 4 NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2

Sports History

Apr 5 Los Angeles Dodger Orel Hershiser's consecutive scoreless streak of 59 innings ends

Television Debut

Apr 5 NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman" becomes 1st network TV show broadcast in Dolby Stereo

  • Apr 5 Poland grants legal status to trade union Solidarność (Solidarity)
  • Apr 7 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • Apr 7 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • Apr 8 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • Apr 8 143rd Grand National: Irish 12-year-old Little Polveir, ridden by jockey Jimmy Frost wins by 7 lengths from West Tip

US Masters Golf

Apr 9 53rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Englishman Nick Faldo wins the first of his 3 Masters titles after a final round 65 (−7) and a birdie on the 2nd hole of a sudden-death playoff with Scott Hoch

Sports History

Apr 9 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car

Baseball Record

Apr 9 Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY's 4-3 loss to Clev

  • Apr 9 Washington, D.C. march supporting 1973 Roe vs Wade decision (allow abortions)

Music Awards

Apr 10 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

Historic Event

Apr 10 Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip

Sports History

Apr 11 1st playoff goal scored by a goalie, Ron Hextall of Philadelphia

  • Apr 11 Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5
  • Apr 12 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win
  • Apr 12 Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through
  • Apr 13 "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 14 1,100,000,000th Chinese born

Historic Event

Apr 14 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury

  • Apr 15 96 crushed to death and 766 injured at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, England, during FA semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest
  • Apr 15 Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
  • Apr 15 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
  • Apr 15 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois

Sports History

Apr 16 1st The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Don Bies wins his lone career Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Gary Player

  • Apr 16 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • Apr 16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Apr 16 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
  • Apr 17 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia takes men's race in 2:09:06; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins her 2nd women's title in 2:24:33
  • Apr 17 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
  • Apr 17 Polish labor union granted legal status
  • Apr 17 Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros
  • Apr 19 Central Park Five: Violent rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park becomes one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. Five teenagers are wrongfully convicted and spend between 6-12 years in prison.
  • Apr 19 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • Apr 19 Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • Apr 19 Republic Day in Sierra Leone

Sports History

Apr 21 George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose become joint CEOs of the Texas Rangers

  • Apr 21 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • Apr 22 "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Apr 23 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children
  • Apr 23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores 10 points in his last game as a Laker in a 121-117 win over Seattle SuperSonics at the LA Forum
  • Apr 23 NFL Draft: UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman first pick by Dallas Cowboys

Sports History

Apr 23 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning

  • Apr 23 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts

Historic Event

Apr 23 Wine merchant William Sokolin breaks a bottle of 1787 Château Margaux, possibly belonging to Thomas Jefferson, worth $500,000 at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York

  • Apr 24 10s of thousands of student strikes in Beijing, China
  • Apr 24 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • Apr 25 Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period
  • Apr 26 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • Apr 26 Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York
  • Apr 27 "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Apr 27 Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China
  • Apr 27 Hurricane in Bangladesh kills 500
  • Apr 27 Mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in Italy
  • Apr 28 Argentina, hit by rocketing inflation, runs out of money
  • Apr 28 Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
  • Apr 29 Second Lubbers government falls in the Netherlands
  • Apr 30 Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show

Beatification

Apr 30 Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar

  • Apr 30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Apr 30 World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee
  • May 1 135 acre Disney's MGM studio theme park officially opens to public in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • May 1 American jockey Chris Antley's record 64-day consecutive winning streak ends when he fails with 5 mounts at Aqueduct, NY; streak includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
  • May 1 Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: US Supreme Court rules employers have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting

Album Release

May 2 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1990)

  • May 4 Junior Felix of Toronto Blue Jays becomes 53rd MLB player to hit HR on 1st at bat
  • May 4 NASA launches Magellan probe to Venus from Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • May 4 NASA launches space shuttle Atlantis (STS-30) from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • May 5 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
  • May 6 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
  • May 6 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne
  • May 7 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet

Historic Event

May 7 Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency

Sports History

May 8 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans

  • May 8 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • May 9 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • May 9 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • May 9 NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
  • May 9 NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
  • May 9 VP Quayle says in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
  • May 10 FC Barcelona of Spain win 29th European Cup Winner's Cup against Sampdoria of Italy 1-0 in Bern
  • May 10 General Manuel Noriega's Panama government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin
  • May 10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 217th & final episode of TV soap "Dynasty" is aired
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 11 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds
  • May 11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • May 11 US President George H. W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
  • May 12 "Entertainment Tonight" makes its 2,000th TV performance
  • May 12 Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired
  • May 12 Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
  • May 13 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China

Sports History

May 13 Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

  • May 13 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • May 14 1st time since 1948 a player hit 6 consecutive doubles (Kirby Puckett)
  • May 14 1st Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta)
  • May 14 Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square
  • May 14 Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs on NBC with a 36 million audience
  • May 14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • May 15 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • May 15 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • May 15 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers

Summit of Interest

May 15 Soviet President Gorbachev visits Beijing for the 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 years

  • May 15 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • May 16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift
  • May 17 Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles costs $16,000!

Historic Event

May 17 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

Film Premiere

May 19 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 19 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1

TV Show Appearance

May 19 Sue Ellen's (Linda Gray) last appearance on TV show "Dallas"

  • May 20 114th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8
  • May 20 China declares martial law in Beijing

Film Premiere

May 20 Premiere of sports fantasy drama film "Field of Dreams", based on W. P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe", starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster in his final film role

Film & TV History

May 20 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"

  • May 20 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mt Everest top

LPGA Championship

May 21 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins her 3rd LPGA C'ship by 3 strokes from Ayako Okamoto of Japan

  • May 23 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone

Cannes Film Festival

May 23 42nd Cannes Film Festival: "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d'Or

  • May 23 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe
  • May 23 Cleve loses & drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place (AL East)
  • May 23 Lincoln Square in Bronx named

Film Premiere

May 24 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg, and produced by George Lucas premieres

  • May 24 33rd European Cup: Milan beats Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 at Barcelona
  • May 24 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice