December 1989 calendar

December 1989

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1989: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1989?


  • 01 Dec 1989 Mark Langston signs record US$3.2 million per year California Angels contract.
  • 02 Dec 1989 KHJ-TV in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KCAL-TV
  • 03 Dec 1989 Pat Bradley / Bill Glasson wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 04 Dec 1989 Prime Minister of Jordan Zaid ibn Shaker resigns and is replaced by Mudar Badran.
  • 05 Dec 1989 France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph.
  • 06 Dec 1989 Frances Bavier, American actress (Aunt Bee - The Andy Griffith Show) dies at age 86 (born 1902).
  • 09 Dec 1989 Les Miserables opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • 11 Dec 1989 City of Angels opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances
  • 13 Dec 1989 Walter Davis (Denver Nuggets) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games.
  • 14 Dec 1989 Lee Van Cleef, American actor (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Sabata), dies at age 64.
  • 15 Dec 1989 The Romanian Revolution begins in Timişoara when rioters break into the Committee Building and cause extensive vandalism. Their attempts to set the buildings on fire are foiled by military units.
  • 16 Dec 1989 Walter LeRoy Moody begins his terrorist bombing streak when he sends Judge Robert Smith Vance a bomb in the mail, instantly killing him near his house in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 17 Dec 1989 Brazil elects conservative Fernando Collor de Mello President
  • 18 Dec 1989 I Love Lucy Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years
  • 19 Dec 1989 Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games
  • 20 Dec 1989 American forces launch Operation Just Cause in an attempt to overthrow Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. 13,000 U.S. troops are sent to occupy Panama City, along with the 12,000 already there.
  • 21 Dec 1989 US Vice-President Dan Quayle sends out 30,000 Christmas cards with word "beacon" spelled "beakon".
  • 22 Dec 1989 After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolea Ceausescu
  • 23 Dec 1989 Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu are captured in Târgoviște.
  • 24 Dec 1989 Charles Taylor enters Liberia to unseat President Samuel K Doe.
  • 27 Dec 1989 Oregon begins taking bids on NBA games.
  • 28 Dec 1989 Alexander Dubcek elected parliament Chairman of Czech
  • 29 Dec 1989 Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • 30 Dec 1989 10th United Negro College Fund raises $12,000,000
  • 31 Dec 1989 Me & My Girl closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances
  • 02 Dec 1989 The Peace Agreement of Hat Yai is signed and ratified by the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) and the governments of Malaysia and Thailand, ending the over two-decade-long communist insurgency in Malaysia.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Blame It On The Rain
  2. - We Didn't Start The Fire
  3. - Another Day In Paradise
  4. - Don't Know Much
  5. - (It's Just) The Way That You Love Me

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
  2. - Especially For You
  3. - Don't Know Much
  4. - Crackers International (EP)
  5. - Let's Party


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1989?

Straight by Dick Francis



A jockey is the sole inheritor of the business, horse, mistress and enemies of his late brother.

Among School Children by Tracy Kidder

Among School Children


Mrs. Zajac has a strong personality. She calls herself an "old-lady teacher" She is 34 years old. Kelly School is renowned for her discipline. "She is mean bro!"

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth


View our Ken Follett feature page. Starz has more information about The Pillars of the Earth. This historical epic, a departure for the bestselling thriller author, is a tale about the construction of a powerful Gothic cathedral in the 12th …

Some Can Whistle by Larry McMurtry

Some Can Whistle


"Mr. Deck," said T.R., his daughter. Danny Deck receives the shock of his life after T.R., his daughter, calls him furiously.

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All


Allan Gurganus's Oldest Living Confederate Widow - Tells All was an instant hit after its publication. Readers and critics alike fell in love the voice of Lucy Marsden (ninety-nine years old), one of the most beloved voices of all time.