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1989 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

Events 201 - 300 of 454

  • May 23 Lincoln Square in Bronx named
  • May 23 Cleve loses & drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place (AL East)
  • May 24 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
  • May 24 Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded £600,000 in damages after winning a libel action against satirical magazine Private Eye (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal).
  • May 25 Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots
  • May 25 Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montreal for Randy Johnson

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 25 Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • May 26 American radio broadcasters go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42 am to honor the radio industry
  • May 26 Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

ChinaGoddess of Democracy

May 29 Student pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, China construct a replica of the Statue of Liberty, naming it the Goddess of 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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  • May 31 "Rambling with Gambling" 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (NYC)
  • May 31 1st International Rock Awards
  • May 31 Speaker of US House of Representatives Jim Wright resigns
  • 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

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

Tiananmen Square MassacreTiananmen 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

KnightedKnighthood

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

Event of interestEvent 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 Congressman Lukins 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
  • Jul 3 US Supreme Court rules states do not have to provide funds for abortions
  • Jul 4 Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 5 South African President P. W. Botha visits ANC leader Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • Jul 6 US marshals & FCC seize pirate radio station WHOT in Brooklyn
  • Jul 8 Carlos Saul Menum becomes President of Argentina
  • Jul 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 9 Two bombs explode in Mecca, killing one pilgrim and wounding 16 others
  • Jul 10 Paula Ivan runs female world record 1 mile (4:15.61)
  • Jul 16 South Africa's largest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, holds its third annual congress and intensifies its campaign against apartheid
  • Jul 17 1st test flight of US stealth bomber
  • Jul 17 Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances
  • Jul 18 48 cm rainfall at Rockport, West Virginia (state record)
  • Jul 19 United Airlines DC-10 crashes at Sioux City Iowa, kills 112
  • Jul 20 93°F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 20 Burma government puts author Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Jul 20 Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's show opens at Washington, D.C.'s Project for the Arts after the Smithsonian Institution's Corcoran Gallery cancels it
  • Jul 21 Eastern Airlines submits a reorganization plan to creditors
  • Jul 22 Kristin Huxhold, 18, of Missouri, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jul 23 Winds gust to 85 MPH at Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Jul 24 Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America
  • Jul 27 Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy is 10th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (6th)
  • Jul 28 NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleve, announce new high-temperature superconductors able to operate at 33 to 37 Gigahertz
  • Jul 30 Chile amends its constitution
  • Jul 31 Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to Mets

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

Aug 2 NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • Aug 3 Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river
  • Aug 5 NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so
  • Aug 5 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • Aug 6 Jaime Paz Zamora inaugurated as president of Bolivia
  • Aug 6 Pilot Union tells pilots okay to cross Eastern picket lines
  • Aug 6 Twenty former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws
  • Aug 7 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia
  • Aug 8 US space shuttle STS-28 launched

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange resigns after 5 years on a no confidence issue

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
  • Aug 11 "Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child" premieres
  • Aug 11 Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor complete 329 opening stand v England
  • Aug 11 Voyager 2 discovers two partial rings of Neptune
  • Aug 13 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed
  • Aug 13 US space shuttle STS-28 lands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 President P. W. Botha of South Africa resigns

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 F. W. de Klerk becomes President of South Africa

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Aug 16 Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
  • Aug 16 A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market.
  • Aug 18 Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin
  • Aug 18 Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
  • Aug 18 ArenaBowl III, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26, George LaFrance MVP
  • Aug 19 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
  • Aug 19 1st crack in the Iron Curtain when Hungary opens its borders to Austria for a pan-European picnic for a few hours
  • Aug 20 Dredger "Bow Belle" collides with pleasure boat "Marchioness" on the River Thames in central London; the "Marchioness" sinks in 30 seconds, drowning 51
  • Aug 20 American Janet Evans swims female 800m freestyle world record 8:16.22 in the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan

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