1989 in History – What happened in year 1989

In history, year 1989 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1989.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1989:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
07 januaryAkihito, the current Emperor of Japan, took the throne upon the death of his father Hirohito, who became known by the posthumous name Emperor Showa.
14 januaryIn Bradford England, 1000 Muslims burn Salman Rushdie's novel Satanic Verses.
17 januaryPatrick Purdy opened fire with an assault rifle on an elementary school in Stockton, California, killing 5 and wounding 30 others.
24 januaryAmerican serial killer Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair in Florida for the homicides of at least 30 women.
03 februaryAlfredo Stroessner, whose rule as President of Paraguay for 35 years was marked by uninterrupted repression in his country, was overthrown in a military coup by Andrés Rodríguez.
14 februaryA fatwa was issued for the execution of Salman Rushdie forauthoring The Satanic Verses, a novel Islamic fundamentalists consideredblasphemous.
15 februaryThe Soviet Union officially announced that all of its troopshad withdrawn from Afghanistan after a nine-year conflict.
24 februaryUnited Airlines Flight 811 experienced an uncontrolleddecompression after leaving Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii,killing nine passengers when their seats were sucked out of the plane.
27 februaryA wave of protests, riots and looting known as the Caracazoresulted in a death toll of anywhere between 275 and 3,000 people in theVenezuelan capital Caracas and its surrounding towns.
08 marchA new theatre named ‘Plymouth Theatre’ was opened by ‘Heidi Chronicles’ to perform 621 performances at the New York.
15 marchNew York Ranger actually retired Golie eddie Giacomins. This is a very serious matter for all the New York citizens and also for the Golie supporter.
20 marchThe Chinese government declared martial law on May 20, 1989 following a demonstration by a million of residents to support the movement started by students at Tiananmen Square. The order of martial law soon resulted into Tiananmen Square Massacre or commonly known as June Fourth Massacre in which troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians.
23 marchTwo researchers announced the discovery of cold fusion, a claim which was later discredited.
24 marchThe tanker Exxon Valdez spilled more than 10 million US gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters at sea.
15 aprilThe death of former Chinese General Secretary Hu Yaobang triggered a series of events that led to the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing.
15 aprilA human crush during an FA Cup semi-final match betweenLiverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, caused 96 deaths, the most of any stadium-related disaster in British history.
16 aprilThe 1st Seniors Golf Tradition was held in the year 1989. It was won by Don Bies.
16 aprilCosta Rica beat US in the rd round of Soccer World Cup to win the tournament.
19 aprilA gun turret on board the United States Navy battleship Iowa exploded, killing 47 sailors.
25 aprilIn New York a drag race were held. In this drag race Luke Tyson got a speeding in ticket.
26 aprilAn editorial was published in the People's Daily denouncing the growing unrest in Tiananmen Square, which would remain contentious through the remainder of the protests.
26 aprilA tornado struck the Manikganj District of Bangladesh, killing an estimated 1,300 people, the deadliest tornado in history.
01 may135 acres Disney’s MGM Studio was opened at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida on May 1, 1989. It is one of the four theme parks of Walt Disney’s Hollywood Studios dedicated to show Hollywood business as inspiration from the heyday of the industry in the 1930s and 1940s.
20 mayThe Chinese government declared martial law on May 20, 1989 following a demonstration by a million of residents to support the movement started by students at Tiananmen Square. The order of martial law soon resulted into Tiananmen Square Massacre or commonly known as June Fourth Massacre in which troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians.
30 mayGoddess of Democracy, a ten-metre (33 ft) high statue made mostly of poly styrene foam and papier-mâché, waserected by student protestors in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.
04 juneThe People's Liberation Army violently cracked down on theTiananmen Square protests in Beijing, leaving at least 241 dead and 7,000 wounded, and causing widespread international condemnation of the Chinese government.
04 juneFollowing the death of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, theAssembly of Experts elected Ali Khamenei to be the Supreme Leader ofIran.
05 juneAn anonymous demonstrator, later dubbed 'Tank Man', single-handedly stopped a column of Chinese tanks during the Tiananmen Squareprotests before being dragged aside.
27 juneThe International Labour Organization Convention 169, a majorbinding international convention concerning indigenous peoples, and aforerunner of the 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,was adopted.
28 junePresident of Serbia Slobodan Miloševic gave a speech in whichhe described the possibility of 'armed battles' in the future ofSerbia's national development.


Famous birthdays in the year 1989:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 March Toby Alderweireld / Footballer / Belgium
02 MayKatinka Hosszú / Swimmer / Hungary
02 March Chris Woakes / Cricketer / United Kingdom
06 JuneDarcy Lussick / Rugby Player / Australia
07 OctoberTrent Merrin / Rugby Player / Australia
07 DecemberAlessandro Marchi / Footballer / Italy
09 January Michael Beasley / Basketball Player / United States of America
10 JuneDeAndre Kane / Basketball Player / United States of America
11 March Anton Yelchin / Actor / United States of America
12 JulyNick Palmieri / Ice Hockey Player / United States of America
14 MayRob Gronkowski / Footballer / United States of America
14 February Kristian Thomas / Gymnast / United Kingdom
15 NovemberJonalyn Viray / Singer / Philippines
20 January Washington Santana da Silva / Footballer / Brazil
20 AugustKirko Bangz / Producer / United States of America
20 AugustNebil Gahwagi / Footballer / Hungary
21 NovemberJustin Tucker / Footballer / United States of America
27 AprilDmytro Kozban / Footballer / Ukraine
28 AugustJo Kwon / Singer / South Korea
31 AugustDezmon Briscoe / Footballer / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1989:

YearName / Profession / Country
13 NovemberPayal Ghosh / Actress / India
29 NovemberChitrashi Rawat / Actress / India
10 SeptemberManish Pandey / Cricketer / India
19 AugustRohit Khandelwal / Actor / India
08 MayDinesh Patel / Baseball Player / India
18 March Shreevats Goswami / Cricketer / India
24 JulyAlisha Abdullah / Racing Driver / India
05 MayRai Laxmi / Actress / India
22 NovemberVindhya Tiwari / Actress / India
03 AugustChetna Pandey / Actress / India
27 NovemberSamaira Rao / Actress / India
23 AugustAsha Negi / Actress / India
21 DecemberTamanna Bhatia / Actress / India
26 JulyDeepika Singh / Actress / India
19 AugustRohit Khandelwal / Actor / India
22 AprilSaarah Hameed / Pilot / India
29 AugustHeena Sidhu / Shooter / India
08 SeptemberCharlie Chauhan / Actress / India
08 MarchHarmanpreet Kaur / Player / India

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