1989

In 1989, the Western world watched as George HW Bush received the presidential torch from Ronald Reagan. At the time the former took office, the world had reached population of roughly 5.2 billion.

1989

Amongst a sea of babies named Mike and Jessica, the world welcomed famous people like Chris Brown, Daniel Radcliffe, and Taylor Swift. On the other hand, some well-known people passed from this earth. Included amongst their numbers were Salvador Dali, Hirohito (the Emperor of Japan), Ted Bundy, Lucille Ball, and Bette Davis.

John Grisham kept millions on the edge of their seats, and himself on the top of the best-selling list, with the premiere of A Time to Kill. Meanwhile, at the movies, Batman and Dead Poets Society smashed box office records. Power through the rest of this write-up to discover how 1979 helped preserve peace, permanently changed our ocean’s landscape, and opened the world of advertising to Spanish-speaking people all across the globe.

Some notable things happened for the first time in 1989. A heterosexual couple reported their contracting of AIDs. The world’s first Spanish commercial was aired on American television and the first stamp dedicated to gay and lesbian Americans was unveiled. The former communist country, the USSR, happened to see free elections for the first time in decades. Lastly, this year saw the day the USA tested its first stealth bomber.

Two key tragedies across the world set 1989 apart: the massacre at Tiananmen Square and the horrific environmental-catastrophe that was the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. To end this paragraph on a positive note, 1989 also saw 140 countries band together to eliminate the use of chemical weapons such as Agent Orange and Mustard Gas. On 9 November 1989 in addition the Berlin wall collapsed.

For anyone who loves Batman, and shakes their fists at the massacre at Tiananmen Square, the year 1989 should be jotted down as a noteworthy one.

Discover how the world looked like in 1989

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 62nd edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Country: United States of America

Best director

Oliver Stone

Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July

Best actor

Daniel Day-Lewis

My Left Foot

My Left Foot

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Jessica Tandy

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

Denzel Washington

Glory

Glory

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Brenda Fricker

My Left Foot

My Left Foot

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1989 ?
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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

Summer Of '49 by David Halberstam

Summer Of '49

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With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize–winningauthor David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a

It'S Always Something by Gilda Radner

It'S Always Something

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To honor the twentieth anniversary of beloved comedienne Gilda Radner’s death from ovarian cancer comes a commemo- rative edition of her memoir, It’s Always Something—featuring a newly updated resource guide for

While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clark

While My Pretty One Sleeps

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While My Pretty One Sleeps

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.

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1989


Peace Prize

  • Tenzin Gyatso (The 14th Dalai Lama)

Literature

  • Camilo José Cela

Physics

  • Norman Foster Ramsey Jr.
  • Hans Georg Dehmelt
  • Wolfgang Paul

Economic Sciences

  • Trygve Haavelmo

Chemistry

  • Sidney Altman
  • Thomas Cech

Physiology or Medicine

  • J. Michael Bishop
  • Harold E. Varmus

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Country: United States of America

Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Country: United States of America

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Bill Bernstein, Claire Bloom

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

Directed by: Spike Lee

Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Country: United States of America

Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1989 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1989


Population statistics

  • Total population: 5.2 billion (5,237,441,558 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 2.3 billion, that is 43.0% of the total population of 1989 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +92.1 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.79%
  • Average density: 35.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1989?


Events

  • 01 Jan Actress Kelly McGillis gets married
  • 02 Jan UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game.
  • 03 Jan Jim and Tammy Bakker return to TV (Oy Vey!)
  • 04 Jan US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean
  • 05 Jan Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • 07 Jan Akhito becomes Emperor of Japan
  • 08 Jan 42nd Street closes at Winter Garden Theater in New York City, New York after 3,486 performances.
  • 09 Jan Pat Sajak Show premieres on CBS
  • 11 Jan 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc.).
  • 12 Jan 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)
  • 13 Jan Computers across Britain hit by Friday the 13th virus
  • 14 Jan Romance / Romance closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • 15 Jan Cerberal Palsy telethon raises US$22,600,000.
  • 16 Jan (to January 18) Race riots occur in Overtown, Miami, Florida.
  • 17 Jan Gunman opens fire in California schoolyard; 5 students slain, 30 wounded
  • 18 Jan Candace Thomas marries Steve Garvey
  • 19 Jan President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon.
  • 20 Jan Bush inaugurated as 41st President and Quayle becomes 44th vice President
  • 21 Jan A woman is assaulted and raped in room of an Okla football player
  • 22 Jan Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16 in Miami; Most Valuable Player: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, Wide Receiver.
  • 23 Jan Challenge to "who is a Jew" law filed in Israeli Supreme Court.
  • 24 Jan 1st reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex
  • 25 Jan Augusto Alcalde, 1st South American Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
  • 26 Jan Black & Blue opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances
  • 27 Jan Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 28 Jan 46th Golden Globes: Rain Man, Working Girl.
  • 29 Jan Dow jumps 38.06 recoups 508-pt loss since October 1987; index at 2,256.43
  • 30 Jan Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter
  • 01 Feb Princess Diane of England visits New York City
  • 03 Feb Bill White named NL President; 1st black major-league sports head
  • 04 Feb Dean Jones scores 216 versus West Indies at the Adelaide Oval.
  • 05 Feb Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes first NBA player to score 38,000 points.
  • 06 Feb Lech Walesa begins negotiating with the Polish government.
  • 07 Feb The Los Angeles, California, City Council bans the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons.
  • 08 Feb 5 cm of snow falls in outskirts of Los Angeles
  • 09 Feb Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games.
  • 10 Feb Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • 11 Feb George O'Hanlon, American actor/director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at age 71 (born 1912).
  • 12 Feb 5 Pakistani Moslem rioters killed protesting Satanic Verses novel
  • 13 Feb Salvadoran army attacks Encuentros hospital, rapes, kills patients
  • 14 Feb Boxer Mike Tyson divorces actress Robin Givens
  • 15 Feb Soviet military occupation of Afgh nist n ends
  • 16 Feb Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage
  • 17 Feb Former baseball player / manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash
  • 18 Feb Sherri Turner wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open / Itoki Pro-Am
  • 19 Feb Legs Diamond closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • 20 Feb Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancel an April reunion because of the deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players.
  • 21 Feb US capture record 820 lbs of heroin ($1 B street value)[dup]
  • 22 Feb Fins ministry of Public health installs sex vacation to thwart stress
  • 23 Feb After protracted testimony, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee rejects, 11-9, President Bush's nomination of John Tower for Secretary of Defense.
  • 24 Feb US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
  • 25 Feb Lowest baramotric pressure in the Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)
  • 26 Feb Lowest barometric pressure in the Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • 27 Feb Venezuela is rocked by the Caracazo riots.
  • 28 Feb Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
  • 01 Mar Julianne Philips and Bruce Springsteen divorce
  • 02 Mar 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
  • 03 Mar Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, two years probation for Iran-Contra.
  • 04 Mar Eastern Airlines machinists strike
  • 05 Mar 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises US$37,002,000.
  • 07 Mar Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, North West North America, Greenland).
  • 08 Mar Heidi Chronicles opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • 09 Mar Roger Kingdom runs world record 60 metre hurdles indoor (7.36 seconds).
  • 12 Mar Two cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA).
  • 13 Mar 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • 14 Mar Stack's auctions a $1000 US Treasury note for US$100,000, a record price for paper money.
  • 15 Mar Les Miserables, opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
  • 16 Mar The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union approves agricultural reforms allowing farmers the right to lease state-owned farms for life.
  • 17 Mar Chu Chem opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • 18 Mar Largest Art robbery in the history (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston), where 12 paintings valued at $100 million are stolen
  • 19 Mar Boeing B-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • 20 Mar Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation
  • 21 Mar First sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral.
  • 22 Mar US Supreme Court upholds one person one vote rule of New York City, New York Board of Estimate.
  • 23 Mar 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • 24 Mar Mary Martin in Peter Pan, 1st seen on TV since 1973
  • 26 Mar 1st free elections in the USSR; 190 M votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins
  • 27 Mar 1st half-black soap opera, Generations, premieres on NBC-TV
  • 29 Mar 61st Academy Awards - Rainman, Dustin Hoffman and Jodie Foster win
  • 31 Mar Donald Trump purchases Eastern Airlines' Northeast Shuttle.
  • 01 Apr 1st New York Met-NY Yankee game in NYC since 1983, Yanks win 4-3
  • 02 Apr Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats Macho Man Savage
  • 03 Apr Sunrise a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • 04 Apr New York Yankees' Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons; his 287th win puts him 19th overall as New York Yankees beat Minnesota Twins on opening day 4-2.
  • 05 Apr Orel Hershiser ends his 59 consecutive scoreless pitched inning streak.
  • 06 Apr Orel Hershiser ends his record 59 consecutive scoreless streak
  • 07 Apr Soviet submarine Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway killing 42 sailors.
  • 09 Apr Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car
  • 10 Apr 10th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 11 Apr Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5
  • 12 Apr Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through
  • 13 Apr Welcome to the Club opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 14 Apr In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury.
  • 15 Apr 95 crushed to death at Sheffield Soccer Stadium in England
  • 16 Apr Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star / Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
  • 17 Apr Maximum New York State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
  • 18 Apr Zimbabwe gains independence
  • 19 Apr Republic Day in Sierra Leone
  • 20 Apr NATO debates modernising short range missiles although the U.S. and U.K. are in favour, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl obtains a concession deferring a decision.
  • 21 Apr George W Bush and Edward W Rose become CEO of Texas Rangers
  • 22 Apr Welcome to the Club closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 23 Apr Betsy King wins LPGA USX Golf Classic.
  • 24 Apr Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day".
  • 25 Apr Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
  • 26 Apr Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 mph in 30 mile zone in Albany
  • 27 Apr Starmites opens at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 28 Apr Iran protests sale of Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • 29 Apr 2nd government of Lubbers falls
  • 30 Apr Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar.
  • 01 May 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 US launches Magellan to Venus.
  • 05 May Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
  • 06 May 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05.
  • 07 May Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic.
  • 08 May Paul McCartney releases My Brave Face andFerry Cross the Mersey
  • 09 May Saratina! closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 10 May FC Barcelona wins 29th Europe Cup II.
  • 11 May 217th and final episode of Dynasty is aired
  • 12 May Entertainment Tonight performs their 2,000th TV performance
  • 13 May Trinidad and Tobago ties US 1-1, in third round of 1990 world soccer cup.
  • 14 May Final TV episode of Family Ties airs
  • 15 May Chu Chem closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 16 May Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping end a 30-year rift when they formally meet in Beijing.
  • 17 May Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa
  • 18 May Lisa Strawberry files for divorce from Darryl
  • 19 May Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) last appearance on Dallas
  • 20 May China declares martial law in Beijing
  • 21 May 35th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez (her third LPGA championship).
  • 22 May Amid food riots and looting set off by inflation, Argentina declares a nationwide state of siege.
  • 23 May Cleveland loses and drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place (AL East)
  • 24 May Indiana Jones & Last Crusade premieres
  • 25 May Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • 26 May At 7:42 AM, radio has a 30 2nd silence, honoring radio
  • 28 May Delta Burke (Designing Women) weds Gerald McRaney (Major Dad)
  • 29 May Student protesters in China construct a replica of Statue of Liberty
  • 30 May Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high ''Goddess of Democracy'' statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
  • 31 May Rambling with Gambling 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (NYC)
  • 01 Jun 62nd National Spelling Bee: Scott Isaacs wins spelling spoliator
  • 02 Jun Dead Poets Society starring Robin Williams, premieres
  • 03 Jun Leaking pipe of Asha, USSR causes 2 trains to catch fire; 460 die
  • 04 Jun Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in the USSR, kills 100s
  • 05 Jun 23rd Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton and Randy Travis
  • 06 Jun Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4
  • 07 Jun 1st Baseball game to start outdoors and end indoors, as Toronto Blue Jays stadium closes roof during game at 8:48, and beat Brewers 4-2
  • 09 Jun Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, premieres in USA
  • 10 Jun Tales From The Crypt, TV Anthology, debuts on HBO
  • 11 Jun 7th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Orville Moody
  • 12 Jun Doctor Doctor, TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 13 Jun 43rd NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons sweeps LA Lakers in 4 games
  • 14 Jun Queen Elizabeth II knights Ronald Reagan
  • 15 Jun Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 16 Jun Ghostbusters II premieres
  • 17 Jun US beats Guatemala 2-1, in third round of 1990 world soccer cup.
  • 18 Jun Starmites closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 19 Jun Mets Dwight Gooden wins his 100th game (100-37)
  • 21 Jun Carlton Fisk becomes AL catcher HR hitter, 307th at Yankee stadium
  • 23 Jun Movie Batman premieres
  • 24 Jun Cards Vince Coleman steals record 39th and 40th consecutive bases
  • 25 Jun Day By Day, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 26 Jun Canada updates coins with a new potrait of the Queen
  • 27 Jun The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, ILO 169 convention, is adopted.
  • 28 Jun The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo. Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic delivers the Gazimestan speech at the site of the historic battle.
  • 29 Jun Emmy 16th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 10th time
  • 30 Jun Les Miserables, opens at Theatre Muzyczyny, Gdynia
  • 01 Jul Hugh Hefner (Playboy editor) weds playmate Kimberly Conrad
  • 02 Jul 10th US Seniors Golf Open: Orville Moody
  • 03 Jul The movie Batman sets record of quickest US$100 million (10 days).
  • 04 Jul 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide
  • 05 Jul Rod Stewart hits his head while on stage and knocks himself out
  • 06 Jul Despite retiring May 29, Mike Schmidt elected to start All Star game
  • 09 Jul 103rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: B Becker beats Stefan Edberg (60 76 64)
  • 10 Jul Paula Ivan runs female world record 1 mile (4:15.61)
  • 11 Jul 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (Kansas City Royals)
  • 12 Jul New York Yankees' pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA).
  • 14 Jul 16th James Bond movies License to Kill premieres
  • 17 Jul 1st Test flight of US stealth-bomber
  • 18 Jul 48 cm rainfall at Rockport, West Virginia (state record)
  • 19 Jul Cleveland Indian Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game
  • 20 Jul Burma government puts Author Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest
  • 21 Jul Eastern Airlines submits a reorganization plan to creditors
  • 23 Jul 118th British Golf Open: Mark Calcavecchia shoots a 275 at Royal Troon
  • 24 Jul Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America
  • 25 Jul Brandi Sherwood, of Idaho, crowned 7th Miss Teen USA
  • 26 Jul A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. for releasing a computer virus, making him the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
  • 27 Jul Atlanta Braves' player Dale Murphy is 10th to get six RBIs in an inning (6th).
  • 28 Jul Braves Dale Murphy, hits 2 3-run HRs in an inning, 14th man to hit 2 HRs in an inning. Also ties record of 6 RBIs in an inning
  • 29 Jul White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher and Sam Sosa
  • 30 Jul Chile amends its constitution
  • 31 Jul Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to Mets
  • 02 Aug NASA confirms Voyager 2's discovery of three more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 and 1989 N24.
  • 03 Aug Lawrence Delisle drives his 4 kids into river
  • 05 Aug General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
  • 06 Aug Oh! Calcutta! closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
  • 07 Aug U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (Democrat-Texas) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
  • 08 Aug US space shuttle STS-28 launched
  • 11 Aug Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child premieres
  • 13 Aug 2 hot-air balloon crash at Alice Springs Australia, 13 killed
  • 14 Aug President Pieter W Botha of South Africa, resigns
  • 15 Aug Cancer sufferer / SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky breaks arm on mound
  • 16 Aug Roger Kingdom of USA sets the 110m hurdle record (12.92) in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 17 Aug Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken moves into 3rd place (1,208th cons game)
  • 18 Aug Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galan is assassinated near Bogota in Colombia.
  • 19 Aug Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist President of Poland
  • 20 Aug Aak crashes into pleasure boat The Margin on the Thames, 51 killed
  • 21 Aug Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune
  • 22 Aug Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.
  • 23 Aug LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 1-0, in 22 innings (Rick Dempsey HR)
  • 24 Aug British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
  • 25 Aug 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 Trumbull Conn, is 1st US team since 1983 to win Little League WS
  • 27 Aug 100 march through Bensonhurst protesting racial killings
  • 28 Aug 1st regular-season matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners
  • 30 Aug Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner
  • 31 Aug Aeromexico DC-9 collides over LA, 82 die (15 on the ground)
  • 01 Sep Anything Goes closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 804 performances
  • 02 Sep Reverend Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst.
  • 03 Sep Into the Woods closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 764 performances
  • 04 Sep Beth Daniel wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 05 Sep Chris Evert last US Open match, she is defeated by Zina Garrison
  • 06 Sep 6th MTV Awards: Living Colour wins
  • 07 Sep Representatives of the government of Ethiopia and Eritrean separatists meet in Atlanta with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter attempting to broker a peace settlement.
  • 08 Sep George Brett gets his 2,500th hit
  • 09 Sep 103rd US Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats M Navratilova (36 75 61)
  • 10 Sep 109th US Mens Tennis: Boris Becker beats Ivan Lendl (76 16 63 76)
  • 11 Sep KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO
  • 12 Sep Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
  • 13 Sep Les Miserables, opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit
  • 14 Sep Calgary Flames become 1st NHL team to play in the USSR, win 4-2
  • 16 Sep Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • 17 Sep 41st Emmy Awards: LA Law, Cheers, Dana Delany and Candice Bergen win
  • 19 Sep French DC-10 crashes near Niger, 171 die
  • 20 Sep Musical Miss Saigon, premieres in London
  • 21 Sep Hurricane Hugo makes landfall in South Carolina, causing US$7 billion in damage.
  • 22 Sep Cards outfielder Leon Durham suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • 23 Sep Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning
  • 24 Sep 28th Ryder Cup: US and Europe draw, 14-14 at The Belfry, England
  • 25 Sep Archaeologists open Titus of Rhine grave in Amsterdam
  • 26 Sep Last Vietnamese soldiers leave Cambodia
  • 27 Sep Oakland wins AL West and SF wins NL West title
  • 29 Sep Glenn Frey joins Don Henley on-stage (for 1st time since 1981)
  • 30 Sep Senegambia separates back into Gambia and Senegal
  • 01 Oct Beth Daniel wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • 03 Oct Panamanian Defense Force attempts coup of Manuel Noriega; fails.
  • 04 Oct Giants Will Clark hits 1st NLCS grand slam since 1977
  • 05 Oct U.S. televangelist John Nunes is found guilty of embezzling US$158 million.
  • 07 Oct Rickey Henderson steals a record 8 bases in a play off (5 games).
  • 08 Oct Oakland beats Toronto, 4-3 in Game 5, to advance to the World Series
  • 09 Oct 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea wins
  • 12 Oct Musical Buddy with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • 13 Oct Bob Quinn resigns as New York Yankee VP / GM and replaced by Harding Peterson
  • 14 Oct Dave Stewart is 1st since 1976 to start consecutive World Series openers
  • 15 Oct Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Boulevard.
  • 16 Oct Bikenibau Paeniu installed as Premier of Tuvalu
  • 17 Oct Earthquake in SF (6.9) cancels 3rd game of World Series, kills 67
  • 18 Oct East German state / party leader Erich Honecker, resigns
  • 19 Oct Dangerous Games opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 20 Oct Pakistan win Sharjah Trophy over India and WI on round-robin
  • 21 Oct Dangerous Games closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 22 Oct Red Khmer occupies Pailin in Cambodia
  • 23 Oct George Harrison releases Best of Dark Horse 1976-89 album
  • 24 Oct After a week's delay due to earthquake, World Series game three is played (World Series #86).
  • 28 Oct Oakland Athletics sweep SF Giants in earthquake / BART series
  • 29 Oct Colleen Walker wins LPGA Nichirei Golf International
  • 30 Oct August A Busch III becomes CEO of St. Louis Cardinals
  • 31 Oct Turgat Ozal elected President of Turkey
  • 01 Nov Les Miserables, opens at Curran Theatre, San Francisco
  • 02 Nov Meet Me in St. Louis opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 253 performances
  • 03 Nov 100s of Bulgarian demonstrate in Sofia for democratic rights
  • 04 Nov 1st NBA game at Orlando Arena, Orlando Magic loses to New Jersey Nets, 111-106
  • 05 Nov Threepenny Opera opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 06 Nov US marshals and FCC sieze pirate radio station WJPL in Brooklyn
  • 07 Nov In California, convicted murderer Richard Ramirez (the "Night Stalker") is sentenced to death.
  • 08 Nov Cubs Jerome Walton wins the NL Rookie of Year
  • 09 Nov East Berlin opens its borders
  • 10 Nov Bulgarian party President Todor Zjikov, resigns
  • 11 Nov Prince of Central Park closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 12 Nov Grand Hotel opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1018 performances
  • 13 Nov Paul McCartney releases Figure of 8 andOu Est Le Soleil
  • 14 Nov Padres reliever Mark Davis wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 15 Nov Batman is released on video tape
  • 16 Nov Gypsy opens at St. James Theater NYC for 477 performances
  • 17 Nov Bret Saberhagen signs record $2,966,667 per year Kansas City Royals contract.
  • 18 Nov Penn is 1st to restrict abortions after Supreme Court gave states the right to do so
  • 20 Nov Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Robin Yount wins AL MVP
  • 21 Nov Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by President Bush
  • 22 Nov Aneta Kreglicka of Poland, 24, crowned 39th Miss World
  • 23 Nov Pilots Union give up sympathy strike against Eastern Airlines.
  • 24 Nov Elias Hrawi elected President of Lebanon
  • 26 Nov 77th CFL Grey Cup: Saskatchewan defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 43-40
  • 27 Nov George Harrison releases Cheer Down andPoor Little Girl
  • 28 Nov Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci flees to Hungary
  • 29 Nov India President Rajiv Gandhi, resigns
  • 30 Nov Deutsche Bank board member Alfred Herrhausen is killed by a Red Army Faction terrorist bomb.
  • 01 Dec Mark Langston signs record US$3.2 million per year California Angels contract.
  • 02 Dec KHJ-TV in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KCAL-TV
  • 03 Dec Pat Bradley / Bill Glasson wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 04 Dec Prime Minister of Jordan Zaid ibn Shaker resigns and is replaced by Mudar Badran.
  • 05 Dec France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph.
  • 06 Dec Frances Bavier, American actress (Aunt Bee - The Andy Griffith Show) dies at age 86 (born 1902).
  • 09 Dec Les Miserables opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • 11 Dec City of Angels opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances
  • 13 Dec Walter Davis (Denver Nuggets) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games.
  • 14 Dec Lee Van Cleef, American actor (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Sabata), dies at age 64.
  • 15 Dec 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 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 Brazil elects conservative Fernando Collor de Mello President
  • 18 Dec I Love Lucy Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years
  • 19 Dec Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games
  • 20 Dec 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 US Vice-President Dan Quayle sends out 30,000 Christmas cards with word "beacon" spelled "beakon".
  • 22 Dec After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolea Ceausescu
  • 23 Dec Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu are captured in Târgoviște.
  • 24 Dec Charles Taylor enters Liberia to unseat President Samuel K Doe.
  • 27 Dec Oregon begins taking bids on NBA games.
  • 28 Dec Alexander Dubcek elected parliament Chairman of Czech
  • 29 Dec Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • 30 Dec 10th United Negro College Fund raises $12,000,000
  • 31 Dec Me & My Girl closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances