Events in History in 1989 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 451

  • 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

Election of Interest

May 25 Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union

  • 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

Goddess 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

  • May 31 "Rambling with Gambling" 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (NYC)
  • May 31 1st International Rock Awards in the US
  • May 31 Speaker of US House of Representatives Jim Wright resigns
  • Jun 1 62nd National Spelling Bee: Scott Isaacs wins spelling spoliator
  • Jun 2 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy
  • Jun 2 14 year old Scott Isaacs spells spoliator to win 1989 Spelling Bee

Tiananmen Square Massacre

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

  • 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 first 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 Bloomington, Minnesota on world's largest mall - "The Mall of America"

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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
  • 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

Historic Event

Jul 2 Tiananmen Square student leader Wang Dan arrested and imprisoned for spreading counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement (trial not till 1991)

  • 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)
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

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

  • Aug 3 Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river
  • Aug 5 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • Aug 5 NASA Venus probe Magellan launched from Space shuttle, 1st to do so
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 8 US space shuttle STS-28 launched
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 16 Roger Kingdom of USA sets 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich
  • Aug 18 ArenaBowl III, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26, George LaFrance MVP
  • 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 19 1st crack in the Iron Curtain when Hungary opens its borders to Austria for a pan-European picnic for a few hours
  • Aug 19 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
  • Aug 20 American Janet Evans swims female 800m freestyle world record 8:16.22 in the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 Said Aouita runs world record 3,000 m (7:29.45)
  • Aug 21 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune
  • Aug 22 1st complete ring around Neptune discovered
  • Aug 23 Lewis, Everett, Burrell and Heard run world record 4x200 m (1:19.38)
  • Aug 23 The Baltic Way - two million people form a human chain across Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in a peaceful pro-independence demonstration against Soviet occupation [1]
  • Aug 24 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
  • Aug 25 After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloudtops of Neptune & its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps
  • Aug 25 Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary
  • Aug 26 Trumbull, Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS
  • Aug 27 100 march through Bensonhurst protesting racial killings
  • Aug 27 89th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Chris Patton
  • Aug 28 1st regular-season matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners
  • Aug 31 Arbitrator T Roberts orders owners to pay $105 million for collusion
  • Sep 1 Princess Anne & Mark Phillips announce their separation

Historic Event

Sep 2 Reverend Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

  • Sep 3 Iljushin-62 crashes down on residential area of Havana, 170 die
  • Sep 4 Monday demonstrations demanding political reforms begin at St Nicholas's church in Leipzig, East Germany, would later be replicated around the country
  • Sep 5 Deborah Norville becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Sep 6 Amateur Athletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
  • Sep 6 Police computer accuses 41,000 Parisians of murder/prostitution
  • Sep 8 Mausoleum of Beatrice of Brabant (1288) discovered in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Sep 8 Norwegian Convair 580 crashes at Jutland in sea (55 murder)
  • Sep 10 East Germans begin their flight to west (via Hungary and Czechoslovakia)
  • Sep 11 Drexel formally pleads guilty to security fraud
  • Sep 11 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO

Historic Event

Sep 13 Archbishop Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa

  • Sep 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 15 The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson's continued captivity in Beirut.
  • Sep 17 -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Sep 17 Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico
  • Sep 19 Chase Manhattan Discovery Center at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens
  • Sep 19 French DC-10 crashes near Niger, 171 die
  • Sep 20 USAir overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in NYC, 2 people die
  • Sep 21 Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
  • Sep 22 IRA bomb kills 10 Royal Marines bandsmen in Kent
  • Sep 25 Archaeologists open Titus of Rhine grave in Amsterdam
  • Sep 25 Ronald Harwood's play "Another Time" premieres in London
  • Sep 26 Last Vietnamese soldiers leave Cambodia

Historic Event

Sep 26 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons

  • Sep 27 Oakland wins AL West & SF wins NL West title
  • Sep 27 Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash
  • Sep 30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension
  • Sep 30 Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • Sep 30 West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher grants escaping East Germans free passage to the West in speech from West German embassy balcony in Prague

Historic Publication

Oct 1 Danielle Steel’s novel “Daddy” is published

  • Oct 1 Thousands of East Germans flee to West Germany

Historic Event

Oct 1 US Army General Colin Powell becomes youngest Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's highest military position, at 52

  • Oct 1 US Post Office issues a stamp labeling an apatosaurus as a brontosaurus

Coup d'état

Oct 3 Panamanian Defense Force attempted coup of Manuel Noriega fails

  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 9 Penthouse Magazine's Hebrew edition hits newsstands
  • Oct 13 Dow Jones down 190.58 points
  • Oct 15 South African President F. W. de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu and four other political prisoners
  • Oct 16 Bikenibau Paeniu installed as premier of Tuvalu
  • Oct 16 Jan Syse becomes premier of Norway
  • Oct 18 East German state/party leader Erich Honecker resigns
  • Oct 18 Hungary revises its constitution after the fall of its Communist regime
  • Oct 18 US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit
  • Oct 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 20 Pakistan win Sharjah Trophy over India & WI on round-robin
  • Oct 20 US Senate impeaches US District Judge Alcee L Hastings
  • Oct 21 Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in San Francisco earthquake
  • Oct 21 Houston becomes 1st major college team to gain 1000 yards in a game
  • Oct 22 Red Khmer occupies Pailin in Cambodia
  • Oct 23 Browns' Bernie Kosar sets club record with a 97-yard TD pass
  • Oct 23 Hungary proclaims itself a republic & declares communist rule ended
  • Oct 23 US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) returns from space
  • Oct 23 William Nicholson's "Shadowlands" premieres in London

Historic Event

Oct 24 American televangelist Jim Bakker is sentenced to 45 years in prison for fraud but the sentence is later reduced to eight years on appeal

  • Oct 24 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 29 NYC MTA opens 63rd street extension to subway
  • Oct 30 August A. Busch III becomes CEO of St Louis Cards
  • Oct 30 Smith Dairy at Orrville Ohio, makes largest milk shake (1,575.2 gal)
  • Oct 31 AR Gurney's play "Love Letters" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 31 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 31 Turgat Ozal elected president of Turkey
  • Oct 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 1 Scandinavian Airlines System bans smoking on many flights
  • Nov 3 100s of Bulgarian demonstrate in Sofia for democratic rights
  • Nov 4 Alexanderplatz demonstrations for political reforms draw over half a million people in East Berlin, significant event that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • 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 wins election for Governor of Virginia, 1st African-American elected to the office in any state
  • Nov 8 Hong Kong's MTR Lam Tin Station comes into service
  • Nov 9 East Berlin opens its borders
  • Nov 10 Bulgarian Communist party president Todor Zhikov (78) 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 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 16 Six Jesuit priests including Ignacio Ellacuría and two others are assassinated killed by Salvadoran army - one of the most notorious acts of the Salvadoran civil war
  • Nov 16 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces scrapping of Separate Amenities Act
  • 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

Historic Event

Nov 21 Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by 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