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April 1989 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 3 "Sunrise" a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • Apr 3 Mets win 11th consecutive home opener 8-4 over St Louis at Shea Stad
  • Apr 5 Solidarity grants legal status in Poland
  • Apr 7 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • Apr 9 Washington, D.C. march supporting 1973 Roe vs Wade decision (allow abortions)

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Apr 10 Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Apr 11 Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5

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Apr 12 Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • Apr 14 1,100,000,000th Chinese born

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

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • Apr 15 Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
  • Apr 15 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
  • Apr 16 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • 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 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • Apr 19 Republic Day in Sierra Leone
  • Apr 19 Central Park Five: Violent rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park became one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. 5 men wrongfully convicted spend between 6-13 years in prison
  • Apr 21 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • Apr 23 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts

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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

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • Apr 24 10s of thousands of student strikes in Beijing, China
  • Apr 24 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • Apr 26 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • 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

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Apr 28 Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Novelist
Salman Rushdie
  • Apr 29 2nd government of Lubbers falls in the Netherlands

BeatificationBeatification

Apr 30 Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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Apr 30 World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee

Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer Scientist
Tim Berners-Lee

Birthdays in History


Person of interestGedhun Choekyi Nyima

Apr 25 Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, 11th Panchen Lama, born in Lhari County, Tibet, China

11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
11th Panchen Lama
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Henk Gortzak [Hendricus Gortzak], Dutch carpenter and politician (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • Apr 5 María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • Apr 7 Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • Apr 8 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager, dies at 79
  • Apr 10 Joan Barry, dies at 85
  • Apr 11 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • Apr 12 Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52
  • Apr 15 Hu Yaobang, Chinese politician (General Secretary of the Communist Party of China 1982–87), dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • Apr 17 Charles Lampkin, dies
  • Apr 19 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Princess Deokhye of Korea, last princess of the Korean Empire, dies at 76

Person of interestEmilio G. Segrè

Apr 22 Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist & Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Apr 27 Kōnosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (founded Panasonic), dies at 94
  • Apr 28 Olaf J. de Landell, Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • Apr 30 Sergio Leone, Italian director who invented spaghetti westerns (The Man with No Name trilogy), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 30 Yi Bangja, Crown Prince Euimin of Korea (1926-70), dies at 87