May 1989 calendar

May 1989

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1989?


  • 01 May 1989 The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World opens to the public. It covers 135 acres. Total construction costs were over US$500 million. Advertising and promotions for the opening cost US$30 million. Entrance prices are US$29 for adults, and US$23 for children aged 3-9.
  • 04 May 1989 US launches Magellan to Venus.
  • 05 May 1989 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
  • 06 May 1989 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05.
  • 07 May 1989 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic.
  • 08 May 1989 Paul McCartney releases My Brave Face andFerry Cross the Mersey
  • 09 May 1989 Saratina! closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 10 May 1989 FC Barcelona wins 29th Europe Cup II.
  • 11 May 1989 217th and final episode of Dynasty is aired
  • 12 May 1989 Entertainment Tonight performs their 2,000th TV performance
  • 13 May 1989 Trinidad and Tobago ties US 1-1, in third round of 1990 world soccer cup.
  • 14 May 1989 Final TV episode of Family Ties airs
  • 15 May 1989 Chu Chem closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 16 May 1989 Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping end a 30-year rift when they formally meet in Beijing.
  • 17 May 1989 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa
  • 18 May 1989 Lisa Strawberry files for divorce from Darryl
  • 19 May 1989 Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) last appearance on Dallas
  • 20 May 1989 China declares martial law in Beijing
  • 21 May 1989 35th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez (her third LPGA championship).
  • 22 May 1989 Amid food riots and looting set off by inflation, Argentina declares a nationwide state of siege.
  • 23 May 1989 Cleveland loses and drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place
  • 24 May 1989 Indiana Jones & Last Crusade premieres
  • 25 May 1989 Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • 26 May 1989 At 7:42 AM, radio has a 30 2nd silence, honoring radio
  • 28 May 1989 Delta Burke (Designing Women) weds Gerald McRaney
  • 29 May 1989 Student protesters in China construct a replica of Statue of Liberty
  • 30 May 1989 Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high ''Goddess of Democracy'' statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
  • 31 May 1989 Rambling with Gambling 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM
  • 02 May 1989 Cold War: Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Like A Prayer
  2. - I'll Be There For You
  3. - Forever Your Girlyoutube
  4. - Real Love
  5. - Rock Onyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Hand On Your Heart
  2. - Ferry Cross The Mersey
  3. - Miss You Like Crazy
  4. - Eternal Flame
  5. - Requiem


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1989?

Playmates by Robert B. Parker



Spenser returns to school to investigate corruption in college towns. Taft University's most popular basketball player is selling points to make quick cash.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club


Four mothers, four daughters and four families, whose histories change with the winds according to who is "saying" them.

The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul by Douglas Adams

The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul


The explosion at the Heathrow Airport passenger check-in desk is considered an act of God when it disappears in a ballof orange flame.

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

Breathing Lessons


Maggie and Ira Moran are married for 28 years. It shows in their quarrels and in their routines. But it also shows in their ability to love each other's eccentricities.

Goldwyn by A. Scott Berg



Samuel Goldwyn was the greatest dream-maker of his time. This lavishly-praised biography by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Max Perkins and Lindbergh: Editor of Genius, is a fascinating look at the man who made it all possible.