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June 1989 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 62nd National Spelling Bee: Scott Isaacs wins spelling spoliator
  • Jun 2 14 year old Scott Isaacs spells spoliator to win 1989 Spelling Bee

Goddess of Democracy

Jun 2 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy

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Hundreds of thousands of Chinese protest around a 10-meter replica of the Statue of Liberty they called the Goddess of Democracy
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese protest around a 10-meter replica of the Statue of Liberty they called the Goddess of Democracy
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Tiananmen Square Massacre

Jun 3 Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing

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Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
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  • Jun 3 Leaking pipe in Asha, USSR, causes 2 trains to catch fire; 460 die
  • Jun 4 2nd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $770,000
  • Jun 4 43rd Tony Awards: Heidi Chronicles & Jerome Robbin's Broadway win
  • Jun 4 Beijing policeman shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping
  • Jun 4 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • Jun 4 Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s
  • Jun 4 Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary
  • Jun 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000
  • Jun 7 Atlanta Fulton County Comm approves $210M stadium for the Falcons
  • Jun 7 For one second this morning, the time is 01:23:45, 6-7-89
  • Jun 7 Suriname SLM-173 (DC-8) crashes near Paramaribo Airport killing 173
  • Jun 9 Rare tornado in Philadelphia kills 1
  • Jun 12 Canadian Olympian Ben Johnson admits using steroids
  • Jun 13 Houston's Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd game (most by a Canadian)
  • Jun 14 Groundbreaking begins in Minnesota on world's largest mall

Knighthood

Jun 14 Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (honorary knighthood)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jun 16 Funeral for Imre Nagy, leader of Hungarian uprising in 1956
  • Jun 18 Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko at perihelion
  • Jun 19 Barry Switzer resigns as head coach of Oklahoma's football team
  • Jun 21 Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression
  • Jun 22 Business Day reports that SA is about to test an intermediate range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads

Appointment of Interest

Jun 24 Jiang Zemin appointed the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Jiang Zemin
Paramount Leader of China
Jiang Zemin
  • Jun 25 1st US postmark dedicated to Lesbian & Gay Pride (Stonewall, NYC)
  • Jun 25 Mets' defense does not record a single assist in a 5-1 win over Phils
  • Jun 26 Canada updates its with a new portrait of the Queen
  • Jun 26 Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty
  • Jun 29 South Africa's National Party adopts five year programme of its objectives, including a political "reform" plan to give Black majority role in national and local government; ANC responds it would consider only a one-man, one-vote system
  • Jun 30 US Attorney General Thornburgh orders Joseph Doherty deported to UK
  • Jun 30 US Congressman Donald Lukens found guilty of having sex with a 16 year old girl
  • Jun 30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Santiago, Chile & Guam
  • Jun 30 NY State Legislature passes Staten Island secession bill
  • Jun 30 Sudan suspends interim constitution following coup

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 2 Freddy Adu, Ghanaian-American footballer

Weddings in History

  • Jun 18 John Wayne Bobitt marries Lorena L Gallo
  • Jun 26 Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson marry for 2nd time

Deaths in History

Ayatollah Khomeini

Jun 3 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jun 4 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • Jun 9 Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • Jun 9 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • Jun 9 George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • Jun 15 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 17 Stanley David Griggs, American astronaut (STS 51-D), dies in plane crash at 59 (b. 1939)
  • Jun 18 I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • Jun 19 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • Jun 19 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • Jun 22 Lucien Saulnier, Canadian politician, dies at 72
  • Jun 23 Werner Best, German Nazi leader, jurist and convicted war criminal, dies at 85
  • Jun 27 A. J. Ayer, English Neopositivist philosopher (Logical Positivism), dies at 78
  • Jun 28 Joris Ivens, Dutch director (A Tale of the Wind, Rain), dies at 90