On This Day

November 1989 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Scandinavian Airlines System bans smoking on many flights
  • Nov 3 100s of Bulgarian demonstrate in Sofia for democratic rights
  • Nov 4 Rene Muawad elected president of Lebanon
  • 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 5 Browns' Bernie Kosar sets club record of 16 cons pass completions
  • Nov 6 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WJPL in Brooklyn
  • Nov 7 NYC elects it's 1st African American mayor (David Dinkins) & 1st female comptroller (Elizabeth Holtzman)
  • Nov 8 Douglas Wilder elected 1st African American Governor of Virginia and any state since reconstruction
  • Nov 8 Hong Kong's MTR Lam Tin Station comes into service.
  • Nov 9 East Berlin opens its borders
  • Nov 10 Bulgarian party president Todor Zjikov resigns
  • Nov 10 Germans begin demolishing the Berlin Wall
  • Nov 10 Word Perfect 5.1 is shipped
  • 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 Brazil holds its 1st free presidential election in 29 years
  • Nov 15 Bret Saberhagen wins AL Cy Young Award

  • Nov 15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 16 6 Jesuit priests are killed by El Salvadorian troops

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces scrapping of Separate Amenities Act

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Nov 16 UNESCO adopts the Seville Statement on Violence at the twenty-fifth session of its General Conference.
  • 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

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 Conjunction of Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn and the Moon
  • 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
  • Nov 24 Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia
  • Nov 24 Elias Hrawi elected president of Lebanon
  • 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
  • Nov 27 Luis Alberto Lacelle elected president of Uruguay
  • Nov 27 US 63rd manned space mission STS 33 (Discovery 9) returns from space
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 6 Jozy Altidore, American footballer, born in Livingston, New Jersey

Deaths in History

  • Nov 2 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times), dies at 80
  • Nov 8 Andre Kloos, Dut trade union leader (NVV)/chairman (VARA), dies at 67
  • Nov 13 Franz Josef II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1938-89), dies at 83
  • Nov 16 Jean-Claude Mal├ępart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
  • Nov 17 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)
  • Nov 18 Henry de Vries, painter/poet (Toovertuin), dies
  • Nov 22 Rene Muawad, assassinated 17 days after elected president of Lebanon
  • Nov 22 C. C. Beck, American cartoonist (b. 1910)
  • Nov 23 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, dies at 90
  • Nov 24 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio host, dies at 85
  • Nov 25 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • Nov 25 Birago Diop, Senegalese writer and ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs), dies at 82
  • Nov 26 Ahmed Abdallah, president of Comores, dies
  • Nov 30 Alfred Herrhausen, German CEO (Deutsche Bank), murdered at 59