On This Day

Historical Events in 1989 (Part 5)

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  • 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

Sports History

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
  • Dec 1 Romanian 5-time Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Nadia Comăneci arrives in NYC requesting political asylum to the United States; granted
  • Dec 1 "Day Without Art" - Artists demonstrate against AIDS
  • Dec 1 East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution
  • Dec 1 Mark Langston signs record $3.2 million per year Cal Angels contract
  • Dec 2 55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (QB)
  • Dec 2 KHJ-TV in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KCAL-TV
  • Dec 2 V. P. Singh sworn in as the 8th Prime Minister of India
  • Dec 2 54th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 30-20 in Auburn

Historic Event

Dec 3 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush, declare the Cold War over

Sports History

Dec 3 Stefan Edberg of Sweden claims his first and only ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title with a 4–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–1 win over defending champion Boris Becker at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Dec 4 NBC's premiere of "Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder", based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City
  • Dec 5 France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph
  • Dec 6 Mafia drug kingpin bombs security force at Bogota, kills 52
  • Dec 6 Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal
  • Dec 7 C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 8 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Dec 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • Dec 10 President Gustav Husak of Czechoslovakia, resigns
  • Dec 11 Cy Coleman and David Zippel's musical "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater, NYC; runs for 878 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards and 8 Drama Desk Awards
  • Dec 11 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
  • Dec 13 Walter Davis (Denver) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games
  • Dec 13 The last issue of Gnistan (The Spark), the organ of the Solidaritetspartiet, is published in Sweden

Film Release

Dec 13 "Driving Miss Daisy" directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy is released (Best Picture 1990)

  • Dec 16 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket play at Bellerive Oval, Hobart (v SL)
  • Dec 16 Geoff Marsh completes 355* for WA against South Australia
  • Dec 16 Protest breaks out in Timişoara in response to an attempt by the government to evict dissident Hungarian pastor, László Tőkés.

Television Premiere

Dec 17 "The Simpsons" created by Matt Groening, premieres on Fox TV as a full animated series with the episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

  • Dec 17 78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2)
  • Dec 17 Brazil elects conservative Fernando Collor de Mello as president
  • Dec 17 Michael Bevan scores cricket century on 1st-class debut (114 SA v WA)
  • Dec 18 "I Love Lucy" Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years
  • Dec 18 Athol Fugard's "My Children, My Africa" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 19 American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline's Latin American route

Sports History

Dec 19 Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games

  • Dec 20 Premier Lubbers sees CDA-party leader Elco Brinkman as successor

Historic Event

Dec 20 US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him

  • Dec 21 VP Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon
  • Dec 21 New Zealand is the first country to set a formal inflation target (0-2%) for how much prices should rise each year. Similar targets are subsequently adopted by most developed countries.

Historic Event

Dec 22 After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu

  • Dec 22 Republic of Chad (Africa) adopts its Constitution
  • Dec 22 Cold wave: -6°F in Tulsa, Oklahoma; -12°F in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; -18°F in Denver, Colorado; -23°F in Kansas City, Missouri; -42°F in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; -47°F in Hardin, Montana; and -60°F in Black Hills, South Dakota
  • Dec 24 Charles Taylor enters Liberia to unseat President Samuel K Doe
  • Dec 24 Panama's dictator, Manual Noriega, seeks asylum at Vatican embassy
  • Dec 25 Japanese scientist achieve -271.8°C, coldest temperature ever recorded
  • Dec 25 Show trial of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena on charges of genocide and personal enrichment. The couple are found guilty and executed by firing squad the same day.

Music History

Dec 25 Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus to celebrate fall of the Berlin Wall. Broadcast worldwide to audience of 100 million.

Sports History

Dec 26 ODI cricket debut for Australia's Mark Taylor and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya at the MCG

  • Dec 26 Ballon d'Or: Milan's second straight 1-2-3; Dutch striker Marco van Basten wins his 2nd best football player in Europe title ahead of Franco Baresi and Frank Rijkaard
  • Dec 27 Oregon begins taking bids on NBA games

Election of Interest

Dec 28 Alexander Dubček elected Chairman of the Federal Assembly (Parliament) of Czechslovakia

  • Dec 28 Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
  • Dec 29 Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show

Historic Event

Dec 29 Václav Havel is selected to be president of Czechoslovakia by the Federal Assembly shortly after the Velvet Revolution

Sports History

Dec 29 Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by the Associated Press

  • Dec 29 Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • Dec 30 10th United Negro College Fund raises $12,000,000
  • Dec 30 Dmitri Volkov swims world record 50m freestyle (27.15 sec)
  • Dec 31 "Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances
  • Dec 31 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Dec 31 Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year