August 1989 calendar

August 1989

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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.

But much more happened on August 1989: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1989?


  • 02 Aug 1989 NASA confirms Voyager 2's discovery of three more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 and 1989 N24.
  • 03 Aug 1989 Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river
  • 05 Aug 1989 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • 06 Aug 1989 Oh! Calcutta! closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
  • 07 Aug 1989 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (Democrat-Texas) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
  • 08 Aug 1989 US space shuttle STS-28 launched
  • 11 Aug 1989 Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child premieres
  • 13 Aug 1989 2 hot-air balloon crash at Alice Springs Australia, 13 killed
  • 14 Aug 1989 President Pieter W Botha of South Africa, resigns
  • 15 Aug 1989 Cancer sufferer / SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky breaks arm on mound
  • 16 Aug 1989 Roger Kingdom of USA sets the 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 17 Aug 1989 Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place
  • 18 Aug 1989 Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galan is assassinated near Bogota in Colombia.
  • 19 Aug 1989 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist President of Poland
  • 20 Aug 1989 Aak crashes into pleasure boat The Margin on the Thames, 51 killed
  • 21 Aug 1989 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune
  • 22 Aug 1989 Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.
  • 23 Aug 1989 Lewis / Everett / Burrell / Heard run world record 4x200 m
  • 24 Aug 1989 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
  • 25 Aug 1989 After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloudtops of Neptune and its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps
  • 26 Aug 1989 Trumbull Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS
  • 27 Aug 1989 100 march through Bensonhurst protesting racial killings
  • 28 Aug 1989 1st regular-season matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners
  • 30 Aug 1989 Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner
  • 31 Aug 1989 Aeromexico DC-9 collides over LA, 82 die
  • 15 Aug 1989 China Eastern Airlines Flight 5510 crashes after takeoff from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, killing 34 of the 40 people on board.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1989?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Batdanceyoutube
  2. - Right Here Waitingyoutube
  3. - Cold Heartedyoutube
  4. - On Our Own
  5. - So Alive

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Swing The Mood
  2. - Ride On Time
  3. - Wouldn't Change A Thing
  4. - French Kiss
  5. - Right Here Waitingyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1989?

Blessings by Belva Plain



Jennie Rakowsky was 36 years old when her dreams began to come true. Her career as a lawyer was on the rise, and she was about to marry an amazing man. She had never looked more beautiful.

About Face by David H. Hackworth and Julie Sherman

About Face


This national bestseller, written by Colonel David H., has been called "everything a twenty-century war memoir could possibly become" by The New York Times.

King Of The Night by Laurence Leamer

King Of The Night


This candid and uncensored portrait of Johnny Carson is based on observations from ex-wives, partners, colleagues, family members, friends, and colleagues. It provides a close-up look at America's most well-known talk-show host.

From Beirut To Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman

From Beirut To Jerusalem


"If you only have one book to read about the Middle East, this should be it." ---Seymour M. HershOne the most insightful books about the Middle East, From Beirut To Jerusalem.

A Woman Named Jackie by C. David Heymann

A Woman Named Jackie


This biography examines Jackie Kennedy Onassis' life and career, starting with her traumatizing childhood through to her marriage to John F. Kennedy