Events in History in 1989

Events 1 - 200 of 477

  • Jan 1 NYC transit fare rises from $1.00 to $1.15
  • Jan 1 Year of the Young Reader begins
  • Jan 2 UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game
  • Jan 2 "Superwoman" single released by Karyn White (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Jan 3 Jim & Tammy Bakker return to TV (Oy Vey!)
  • Jan 3 Russian newspaper Izvestia gets its 1st commercial advertisement
  • Jan 4 Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion
  • Jan 4 US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 George H. W. Bush is 1st Vice President since Martin Van Buren to declare himself President of the United States

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • Jan 5 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • Jan 7 Akihito becomes the 125th Emperor of Japan
  • Jan 7 International Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris
  • Jan 8 Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die
  • Jan 8 Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
  • Jan 8 Beginning of Japanese Heisei era.
  • Jan 11 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
  • Jan 11 Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
  • Jan 12 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Ex-dictator of Uganda Idi Amin expelled from Zaire

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • Jan 13 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • Jan 13 Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq
  • Jan 13 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence
  • Jan 14 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses" in Bradford, England
  • Jan 14 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris
  • Jan 14 Former Belgian premier Paul Vanden Boeynants kidnapped
  • Jan 15 Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
  • Jan 16 USSR announces plan for 2-yr manned mission to Mars
  • Jan 17 Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
  • Jan 17 Murden & Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)
  • Jan 18 Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC)
  • Jan 18 IBM announces earnings up 10.4% in 1988
  • Jan 20 George H. W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President, Dan Quayle becomes 44th Vice President
  • Jan 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 23 Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court
  • Jan 23 100s feared dead after a powerful earthquake strikes the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan
  • Jan 24 1st reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex
  • Jan 25 Augusto Alcalde, 1st South American Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
  • Jan 26 AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988
  • Jan 26 Madison Square Garden announces 2-year $100m renovation plan
  • Jan 26 Test debut of Mark Taylor, Australia v West Indies, Sydney
  • Jan 26 US computer security expert warns of catastrophic virus
  • Jan 27 German war criminals Fischer & Aus der Funten freed
  • Jan 28 Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG
  • Jan 29 Cleveland's Chris Dudley misses 5 free throws during 1 foul attempt
  • Jan 29 Dow jumps 38.06 recoups 508-pt loss since Oct 1987; index at 2,256.43
  • Jan 29 Episcopal Church of the United States appoints Barbara Harris as its first female bishop
  • Jan 29 L I preacher Gene Profeta pleads guilty to tax-evasion
  • Jan 29 Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 29 USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit
  • Jan 30 Five Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
  • Jan 30 Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter

  • Jan 30 Olympian, Bruce Kimball, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 2 teenagers in a drunk driving accident
  • Jan 30 The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
  • Feb 1 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Diana, Princess of Wales visits New York City

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Feb 1 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • Feb 2 0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 F. W. de Klerk replaces P. W. Botha as South Africa's National Party leader

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • Feb 3 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
  • Feb 4 Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Solidarity union leader Lech Wałęsa begins negotiating with Polish government

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • Feb 8 5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles
  • Feb 8 US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
  • Feb 9 Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election
  • Feb 10 Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV
  • Feb 10 Ron Brown chosen 1st African American chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • Feb 10 Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
  • Feb 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 10 39th Berlin International Film Festival: "Rain Main" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
  • Feb 11 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • Feb 12 5 Pakistani Muslim rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
  • Feb 12 Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a US Episcopal church
  • Feb 12 Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
  • Feb 12 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
  • Feb 12 Loyalist paramilitary group kill Pat Finucane, a Belfast lawyer who represented republican hunger striker Bobby Sands, while he is having dinner with family
  • Feb 13 Kidnapped Belgian Premier Vanden Boeynants freed
  • Feb 13 Salvadoran army attacks Encuentros hospital, rapes, kills patients
  • Feb 14 African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam
  • Feb 14 Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
  • Feb 14 World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie and his publishers due to his novel "Satanic Verses". A bounty was also place on his head.

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Feb 14 The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.
  • Feb 15 Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt
  • Feb 15 Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends
  • Feb 16 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
  • Feb 16 William Hayden becomes Governor-General of Australia
  • Feb 17 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
  • Feb 17 Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
  • Feb 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 18 "A Better Man" single released by Clint Black (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Feb 19 Edgar Bowers wins Bollingen Prize
  • Feb 19 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins (148.466 MPH)
  • Feb 20 Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancel an April reunion because of the deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
  • Feb 20 An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
  • Feb 21 US bust Chinese drug smuggling ring, capturing a record 820 lbs of heroin worth $1 billion at street value
  • Feb 22 Finish ministry of Public health installs sex vacation to thwart stress
  • Feb 22 NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50)
  • Feb 22 US authors demonstrate against Iranian death threats against Salman Rushdee, author of "The Satanic Verses"
  • Feb 24 150 million year old fossil egg found in Utah with a fossilized dinosaur embryo inside, the oldest dinosaur egg yet found in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Feb 24 US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms
  • Feb 25 Javed Miandad scores 271 v NZ at Eden Park
  • Feb 25 Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)
  • Feb 26 Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • Feb 27 German war criminals Aus der Funten and Fischer freed in Holland
  • Feb 27 Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo
  • Feb 28 Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
  • Mar 1 Ben Johnson's coach testifies Johnson began using steroids in 1981
  • 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
  • Mar 5 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
  • Mar 5 Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)
  • Mar 6 Yanks beat Mets 6-4 in exhibition game (1st meeting since 1985)
  • Mar 7 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
  • Mar 7 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
  • Mar 9 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • Mar 9 US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary
  • 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
  • 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 B-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by E Gordeeva & S Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • 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 Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 1st free elections in USSR; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Mar 29 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)
  • Mar 29 I M Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris
  • Mar 29 Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Apr 2 Yanks beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor's trophy series in 2 games
  • 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 Orel Hershiser ends his 59 consecutive scoreless pitched inning streak
  • Apr 5 Solidarity grants legal status in Poland
  • Apr 6 Orel Hershiser ends his record 59 consecutive scoreless streak
  • 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)
  • Apr 10 Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip
  • Apr 11 Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Apr 14 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury
  • Apr 15 96 crushed to death at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield England
  • 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 18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33
  • 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 Violent assault and rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park. Known as the Central Park jogger incident it became according to the NY Times "one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s."
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 1 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to public
  • 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 2 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1990)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 say 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"