On This Day

Historical Events in 1989 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 800 of 897

  • Aug 20 American Janet Evans swims female 800m freestyle world record 8:16.22 in the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 20 Said Aouita runs world record 3,000 m (7:29.45)
  • 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

Tennis Open

Sep 1 Chris Evert becomes the first player ever to win 100 matches in the US National/Open Tennis Championship by beating Patricia Tarabinia 6-2, 6-4

Musical Finale

Sep 1 Revival of Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 804 performances

  • Sep 1 Princess Anne & Mark Phillips announce their separation

Film Premiere

Sep 1 "Roger and Me", the first documentary directed by Michael Moore, premieres at the Telluride Film Festival

Historic Event

Sep 2 Reverend Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

  • Sep 3 American tennis star Chris Evert beats 15-year-old Monica Seles 6-0, 6-2 in a 4th round match for her 101st and last US Open singles victory

Musical Finale

Sep 3 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 764 performances and 3 Tony Award wins

  • Sep 3 Iljushin-62 crashes down on residential area of Havana, 170 die

Telethon

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219

  • Sep 4 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Monday demonstrations demanding political reforms begin at St Nicholas's church in Leipzig, East Germany, would later be replicated around the country
  • Sep 5 Chris Evert's final US Open tennis match; defeated by Zina Garrison 7-6, 6-2 in the quarter finals
  • Sep 5 Deborah Norville becomes news anchor of Today Show

Television Premiere

Sep 5 Daytime talk show "The Joan Rivers Show" hosted by Joan Rivers premieres on US TV

  • Sep 6 6th MTV Video Music Awards: Living Colour wins
  • Sep 6 Amateur Athletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
  • Sep 6 Police computer accuses 41,000 Parisians of murder/prostitution

Baseball Record

Sep 8 George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

  • Sep 8 Mausoleum of Beatrice of Brabant (1288) discovered in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Sep 8 Norwegian Convair 580 crashes at Jutland in sea (55 murder)

Sports History

Sep 10 Five days after hitting a HR for Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, MLB and NFL player Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, his first

  • Sep 10 Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
  • Sep 10 East Germans begin their flight to west (via Hungary and Czechoslovakia)

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his only US title; beats Czech Ivan Lendl 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6

  • Sep 10 Indianapolis running back Eric Dickerson rushes for 106 yards against San Francisco to become the fastest player to top the 10,000 yard plateau; 91st career game
  • Sep 11 Drexel formally pleads guilty to security fraud
  • Sep 11 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO
  • Sep 13 "Les Miserables" opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit

Historic Event

Sep 13 Archbishop Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa

  • Sep 13 Fay Vincent elected baseball's 8th commissioner
  • Sep 14 Calgary Flames become 1st NHL team to play in USSR, win 4-2
  • Sep 14 Jeff Reardon is 1st to record 30 saves in 5 consecutive seasons
  • Sep 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 15 The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson's continued captivity in Beirut.
  • Sep 16 Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • Sep 16 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Sep 17 41st Emmy Awards: "LA Law", "Cheers", Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win
  • Sep 17 Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62
  • Sep 17 NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ)
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico
  • Sep 19 Chase Manhattan Discovery Center at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens
  • Sep 19 French DC-10 crashes near Niger, 171 die
  • Sep 19 Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)

Television Debut

Sep 19 "Doogie Howser, M.D.", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC

Album Release

Sep 19 "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" 4th studio album by Janet Jackson is released (Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video 1990, Billboard Album of the Year 1990)

Music Premiere

Sep 20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

  • Sep 20 USAir overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in NYC, 2 people die
  • Sep 21 Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
  • Sep 22 MLB St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Leon Durham suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • Sep 22 IRA bomb kills 10 Royal Marines bandsmen in Kent

Television Debut

Sep 22 "Baywatch" starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC

  • Sep 23 Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning
  • Sep 24 Ryder Cup: US & Europe draw, 14-14 at The Belfry, England
  • Sep 24 ABC's premiere of "The Preppie Murder", based on 1986 murder in New York City of Jennifer Levin by ex prep school student Robert Chambers
  • Sep 25 Archaeologists open Titus of Rhine grave in Amsterdam
  • Sep 25 Ronald Harwood's play "Another Time" premieres in London
  • Sep 25 Boston Red Sox Wade Boggs is 1st to get 200 hits & 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons
  • Sep 26 Last Vietnamese soldiers leave Cambodia

Historic Event

Sep 26 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons

  • Sep 27 Oakland wins AL West & SF wins NL West title
  • Sep 27 Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash

Music History

Sep 29 Glenn Frey joins Eagles bandmate Don Henley on stage, for 1st time since 1981

Film & TV History

Sep 29 Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills

  • Sep 30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension
  • Sep 30 Nolan Ryan's perfect game broken in 8th, but gets his 300th strikeout
  • Sep 30 Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • Sep 30 Toronto Blue Jays wins AL East title
  • Sep 30 West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher grants escaping East Germans free passage to the West in speech from West German embassy balcony in Prague
  • Oct 1 Dallas Cowboy defensive end, Ed "Too Tall" Jones records his 1,000th NFL tackle in a 30-13 defeat to the New York Giants at Texas Stadium
  • Oct 1 Thousands of East Germans flee to West Germany
  • Oct 1 US Post Office issues a stamp labeling an apatosaurus as a brontosaurus

Sports History

Oct 1 MLB batting titles are decided on final day of regular season: AL, Kirby Puckett goes 2-for-5 edges Carney Lansford .339 to .336; NL, Tony Gwynn's 3-for-4 beats Will Clark .336 to .333

Historic Publication

Oct 1 Danielle Steel’s novel “Daddy” is published

Historic Event

Oct 1 US Army General Colin Powell becomes youngest Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's highest military position, at 52

  • Oct 2 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US

Coup d'état

Oct 3 Panamanian Defense Force attempted coup of Manuel Noriega fails

Sports History

Oct 3 Oakland Raiders promote 42 year old Art Shell as the first African-American to be an NFL head coach in modern times; takes over from Mike Shanahan

Hall of Fame

Oct 3 Darryl Sittler, Vladislav Tretiak, and Herbie Lewis are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as players, along with builders Alan Eagleson and Father David Bauer

  • Oct 4 MLB San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Will Clark hits first NLCS grand slam since 1977 in 11-3 win v Chicago Cubs; Clark goes 4-for-4 with 2 HRs to tie NLCS RBI record (6) for an entire series in less than 4 innings
  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports History

Oct 7 Howard Stern's US Open Sores Tennis match

Baseball Record

Oct 7 Rickey Henderson steals a record 8 bases in a play off (5 games)

  • Oct 8 Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • Oct 8 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 9 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea win
  • Oct 9 27th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Tokyo Japan (3-0)
  • Oct 9 Penthouse Magazine's Hebrew edition hits newsstands
  • Oct 9 First NFL game coached by an African American (Art Shell), his LA Raiders beat NY Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football
  • Oct 9 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1

Sports History

Oct 12 Dallas running back Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Minnesota Vikings for 5 players and 6 future draft picks including future stars Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson

  • Oct 12 Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • Oct 13 Bob Quinn resigns as NY Yankee VP/GM & replaced by Harding Peterson
  • Oct 13 Dow Jones down 190.58 points
  • Oct 14 Dave Stewart is 1st since 1976 to start consecutive World Series openers
  • Oct 14 Texas A&I, Johnny Bailey sets NCAA season rush record at 6,085 yards

Radio Premiere

Oct 15 American radio and television evangelist Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Boulevard, the first clergyman to be granted a star

Historic Event

Oct 15 South African President F. W. de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu and four other political prisoners

Sports History

Oct 15 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe as NHL's all time top scorer

  • Oct 16 Bikenibau Paeniu installed as premier of Tuvalu
  • Oct 16 Jan Syse becomes premier of Norway
  • Oct 17 Earthquake in San Francisco (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67

Album Release

Oct 17 Columbia Records releases "Storm Front", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's eleventh studio album

  • Oct 18 East German state/party leader Erich Honecker resigns
  • Oct 18 Hungary revises its constitution after the fall of its Communist regime
  • Oct 18 US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit
  • Oct 19 Astor Piazzolla and William Finn's musical "Dangerous Games" premieres at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • Oct 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 20 Pakistan win Sharjah Trophy over India & WI on round-robin
  • Oct 20 US Senate impeaches US District Judge Alcee L Hastings
  • Oct 21 "Dangerous Games" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Oct 21 Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in San Francisco earthquake
  • Oct 21 Houston becomes 1st major college team to gain 1000 yards in a game
  • Oct 21 Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,
  • Oct 22 Denver Nuggets beat Jugoplastika Split 135-129 in 3rd McDonald Open
  • Oct 22 Red Khmer occupies Pailin in Cambodia

Sports History

Oct 22 Over-competitive McLaren teammates Alain Prost & Ayrton Senna famously collide and skid into an escape road during Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka; Prost retires from race and claims 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • Oct 23 Browns' Bernie Kosar sets club record with a 97-yard TD pass

Album Release

Oct 23 George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album

  • Oct 23 Hungary proclaims itself a republic & declares communist rule ended
  • Oct 23 US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) returns from space
  • Oct 23 William Nicholson's "Shadowlands" premieres in London
  • Oct 24 After a weeks delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played
  • Oct 24 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Historic Event

Oct 24 American televangelist Jim Bakker is sentenced to 45 years in prison for fraud but the sentence is later reduced to eight years on appeal

  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: Oakland A's beat San Francisco, 9-6 at Candlestick Park to sweep Giants in earthquake affected "Bay Bridge Series"; MVP: A's pitcher Dave Stewart
  • Oct 29 NYC MTA opens 63rd street extension to subway
  • Oct 29 Ozzie Newsome ends NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 30 August A. Busch III becomes CEO of St Louis Cards
  • Oct 30 Smith Dairy at Orrville Ohio, makes largest milk shake (1,575.2 gal)
  • Oct 31 AR Gurney's play "Love Letters" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 31 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 31 Turgat Ozal elected president of Turkey
  • Oct 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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
  • 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

Music History

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
  • 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 Communist party president Todor Zhikov (78) 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 Single

Nov 13 Paul McCartney releases single "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
  • 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.