On This Day

1989 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 454

  • Feb 28 Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
  • Mar 1 Comet du Toit at perihelion
  • Mar 1 The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Mar 2 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
  • Mar 2 Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
  • Mar 3 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • Mar 3 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra
  • Mar 4 Eastern Airlines machinists strike

FranceLouvre Pyramid

Mar 4 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President Francois Mitterrand

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I. M. Pei's masterpiece at night in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre)
I. M. Pei's masterpiece at night in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre)
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  • Mar 5 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
  • Mar 5 Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)

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Mar 7 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Novelist
Salman Rushdie
  • Mar 7 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
  • Mar 9 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy

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Mar 9 US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • Mar 9 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court

  • Mar 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 12 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 12 Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee submits his first proposal for an "information management system" to his boss at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) who finds it “vague, but exciting”

Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer Scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • Mar 13 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • Mar 13 FDA orders recall of all Chilean fruit in US
  • Mar 13 US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • Mar 15 US Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
  • Mar 17 Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
  • Mar 18 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
  • Mar 18 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
  • Mar 18 In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops
  • Mar 19 Boeing V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by E Gordeeva & S Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)
  • Mar 20 Richard J Kerr replaces Robert M Gates as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 21 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Mar 22 US Supreme Court upholds 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate
  • Mar 23 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • Mar 23 Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 yrs for killing his adopted daughter

  • Mar 24 Exxon tanker Valdez spills 10.8 million gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound, near Tatitlek, Alaska
  • Mar 29 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico

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Mar 29 I. M. Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • Mar 29 Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

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Mar 31 Donald Trump purchases Eastern's Northeast Shuttle

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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 Poland grants legal status to trade union Solidarność (Solidarity)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Apr 28 Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by 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
  • Apr 30 World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee
  • May 1 Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: US Supreme Court rules employers have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
  • May 4 Junior Felix of Toronto becomes 53rd to hit HR on 1st at bat
  • May 4 NASA launches Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • May 4 US space shuttle STS-30 launched
  • May 7 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet

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May 7 Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • May 8 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • May 9 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • May 9 VP Quayle says in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
  • May 10 General Manuel Noriega's Panama government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin
  • May 11 217th & final episode of TV soap "Dynasty" is aired
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 11 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds
  • May 11 US President George H. W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
  • May 12 Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired
  • May 12 Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
  • May 13 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
  • May 14 Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square
  • May 15 Soviet President Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

May 16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • May 17 Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles costs $16,000!

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May 17 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 19 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
  • May 19 Sue Ellen's (Linda Gray) last appearance on TV soap "Dallas"
  • May 20 China declares martial law in Beijing
  • May 20 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mt Everest top

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Deaths in History


Person of interestWilliam Shockley

Aug 12 William Shockley, American physicist who helped invent the transistor (1956 Nobel), who was also known for his racist eugenics views, dies of prostate cancer at 79

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley
  • Aug 13 Larkin Smith, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (b. 1944)
  • Aug 18 Bert Oosterbosch, Dutch cyclist, dies at 32
  • Aug 18 Luis Carlos Galan, Colombian presidential candidate, murdered
  • Aug 20 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya at 82
  • Aug 22 Huey P. Newton, African-American activist, revolutionary and co-founder of the Black Panther Party, shot and murdered by Tyrone Robinson in the streets of Lower Bottoms, Oakland, California at 47
  • Aug 22 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • Aug 22 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), dies at 85
  • Aug 23 R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (anti-psychiatry), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Aug 23 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY in a racially motivated attack
  • Aug 23 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • Aug 26 Henk Heidweiller, ambassador of Suriname, dies
  • Aug 26 Irving Stone, American writer (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), dies
  • Aug 28 Joseph Alsop, American political newspaper columnist (Men Around the President), dies at 78
  • Aug 29 Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer, dies at 79
  • Aug 30 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • Aug 30 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), dies at 86
  • Sep 1 Tadeusz Sendzimir, American inventor (b. 1894)
  • Sep 4 Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian, dies at 86
  • Sep 12 Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • Sep 13 Yamada Koun, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies at 82
  • Sep 15 Robert Penn Warren, American poet and novelist (All the King's Men, Pulitzer 1946), dies at 84
  • Sep 17 Jay Stewart, American TV and Radio announcer (Let's Make a Deal), commits suicide at 71 by shooting himself in the carport of his home
  • Sep 21 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
  • Sep 26 Pavlos Bakoyannis, Greek parliament leader, murdered in Rome

Person of interestFerdinand Marcos

Sep 28 Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines (1965-86), dies in Honolulu at 72

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Oct 2 Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier, Neth's 1st female advisor of State, dies
  • Oct 3 Joseph Wybran, Belgian physician/Jews foreman, murdered
  • Oct 9 Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • Oct 11 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, dies at 86
  • Oct 12 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends, Bullwinkle), dies of kidney cancer at 69
  • Oct 22 Jacob Wetterling, American kidnapping victim, is kidnapped, assaulted and murdered at 11 by Danny Heinrich. His abduction and murder would remain a mystery for 30 years.
  • Oct 25 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies at 91
  • Oct 25 Mary McCarthy, American novelist (Group), dies, at 77
  • Oct 26 Charles J. Pedersen, American biochemist (Nobel 1987), dies at 85
  • 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 Malépart, 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
  • Dec 8 Hans Hartung, German-French painter, dies at 85
  • Dec 11 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American fashion photographer, dies at 94

Person of interestAndrei Sakharov

Dec 14 Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist & dissident (Nobel 1975), dies at 68

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Dec 19 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English journalist and author (Cold Comfort Farm), dies at 87
  • Dec 20 Kurt Böhme, German bass, dies at 81

Person of interestSamuel Beckett

Dec 22 Samuel Beckett, Irish-French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Dec 25 Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies
  • Dec 25 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73
Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Dec 25 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
  • Dec 28 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (founded modern astronautics), dies at 95
  • Dec 30 Lenore Lemmon, girlfriend of "Superman" George Reeves (b. 1923)
  • Dec 30 Etienne Leroux, Afrikaans author (Een vir Azazel), dies at 67