On This Day

Historical Events in 1989 (Part 5)

Events 801 - 889 of 889

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st 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

AgreementContract of Interest

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

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • Nov 24 Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia
  • Nov 24 Elias Hrawi elected president of Lebanon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 24 Sachin Tendulkar scores a Test Cricket fifty aged 16 years 214 days, a record

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection 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

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi
  • Nov 27 Colombian jetliner bombed killing 107
  • Nov 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

AgreementContract of Interest

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

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer, Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper and Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Dec 1 USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 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 "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances
  • 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 premierFilm 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.

Appears on tv showTelevision 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"

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
Cartoonist Matt Groening
Cartoonist
Matt Groening
Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Dec 20 Premier Lubbers sees CDA-party leader Elco Brinkman as successor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 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