Thursday December 21, 1989

US date format: 12/21/1989, UK date format: 21/12/1989

It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see birth chart on December 21, 1989). The US president was George H. W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Tamannaah Bhatia and Brent Taddie. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Another Day In Paradise by Phil Collins. In UK Especially For You by Kylie & Jason was in the top 5 hits. Born on the Fourth of July, directed by Oliver Stone, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1989 while Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Simpsons. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Batman: The Video Game or Final Fight.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Roman festivals - Divalia in honour of Angerona
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Petrus Canisius ; formerly feast day of Thomas the apostle
  • Also see December 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The summer solstice (Southern Hemisphere) or winter solstice (Northern Hemisphere), sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. It is an important festival in the Chinese calendar.

Events

  • US Vice-President Dan Quayle sends out 30,000 Christmas cards with word "beacon" spelled "beakon".
  • Nicolae Ceausescu addresses an assembly of some 110,000 people outside the Romanian Communist Party HQ in Bucharest. The crowd begin to protest against Ceausescu and he orders in the army to attack the protesters.
  • After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceauşescu, who flees his palace in a helicopter to escape inevitable execution after the palace was invaded by rioters. The Romanian troops, who the day before had followed Ceausescu's orders to attack the demonstrators, change sides and join the uprising.
  • Two tourist coaches collide on the Pacific highway north of Kempsey, Australia, killing 35.

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Movies

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Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Starring: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans

Country: United States of America

Always

Always

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman

Country: United States of America

Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid

Directed by: Zalman King

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset, Carré Otis, Assumpta Serna

Country: United States of America

The Banker

The Banker

Directed by: William Webb

Starring: Robert Forster, Shanna Reed, Duncan Regehr, Jeff Conaway

Glory

Glory

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Country: United States of America

TV Series

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The Simpsons

The Simpsons

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Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Country: United States of America

The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life

Directed by: Rob Spera

Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl

Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl

Blackadder Goes Forth

Blackadder Goes Forth

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Oh! Mr. Toad

Oh! Mr. Toad

Days to next December 21

If December 21, 1989 is your birthday you're 30 years, 10 months, 10 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 1 month, 21 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder

Among Schoolchildren

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Tracy Kidder -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of a New Machine and the extraordinary national bestseller House -- spent nine months in Mrs.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express

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This holiday season, remind everyone that the world is full of wonder - all one must do is look for it, and listen...and believe. This lavish, limited edition box set will bring the magic into your home and enchant all …

A Brief History Of Time by Stephen W. Hawking

A Brief History Of Time

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Stephen Hawking has earned a reputation as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein. In this landmark volume, Professor Hawking shares his blazing intellect with nonscientists everywhere, guiding us expertly to

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

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Twenty-five years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo—a credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

Liar'S Poker by Michael Lewis

Liar'S Poker

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The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Black Gold

Black Gold

Platform: Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Commodore 64

Genre: Business simulation game

Publisher: reLINE Software Rainbow Arts

Garfield: Winter's Tail

Garfield: Winter's Tail

Platform: Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Action

Publisher: The Edge

Batman: The Video Game

Batman: The Video Game

Platform: NES, Game Boy, Sega Genesis

Genre: Platform game

Publisher: Sunsoft

Kenny Dalglish Soccer Manager

Kenny Dalglish Soccer Manager

Platform: Commodore 64[2] ZX Spectrum[2] Atari ST[2] Atari 8-bit family[2] Amstrad CPC[2] Amiga

Genre: Association football management

Final Fight

Final Fight

Platform: Arcade, Capcom Power System Changer, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, PlayStation 2, Mega-CD, ZX Spectrum, Super NES, X68000, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, iOS

Genre: Beat 'em up

Publisher: Capcom

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 21, 1989?

On December 21, 1989 the day of the week was Thursday.

What zodiac sign is December 21, 1989?

On December 21, 1989 the zodiac sign was Sagittarius.

Who was the US President on December 21, 1989?

On December 21, 1989 the US President was George H. W. Bush (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 21, 1989?

On December 21, 1989 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on December 21, 1989?

On December 21, 1989 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 21, 1989?

On December 21, 1989 several famous people were born including, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mark Ingram Jr, Brent Taddie.

Which famous people died on December 21, 1989?

Famous people died on December 21, 1989 include, Elena Ceaucescu, Jan Cikker, Nicolae Ceaucescu.

What was the number one song in December 21, 1989?

The number one song in the week of December 21, 1989 was Another Day In Paradise by Phil Collins in US and You Got It (The Right Stuff) by New Kids On The Block in UK.

What were the top hits on December 21, 1989?

The top hits on December 21, 1989 were Another Day In Paradise by Phil Collins, Don't Know Much by Linda Ronstadt, We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel in US and You Got It (The Right Stuff) by New Kids On The Block, Especially For You by Kylie & Jason, Crackers International (EP) by Erasure in UK.


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