| January 10: Cuban troops begin
withdrawing from Angola.
January 20: George H. W. Bush is
inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States.
The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20 to 16 in Super
January 24: Serial killer Ted Bundy
is executed in Florida.
February 15: The nine year Soviet occupation of Afghanistan ends
when the Soviet Union announces that all of its troops have left the
19: Nascar racing driver Darrell Waltrip wins the 1989 Daytona 500.
February 24: Author Salman Rushdie
has a $3 million bounty placed on his head by Iranian Ayatollah
Khomeini for writing the book Satanic
March 9: Financially troubled
Eastern Airlines is forced to file for bankruptcy.
March 27: The Communist Party loses
the first free elections for the Soviet Parliament.
April 7: The Soviet submarine K-278
known as the Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea. It claims the
lives of 41 seaman.
April 21: Nintendo begins selling the
Game Boy in Japan.
April 29: The movie Rain Man wins the oscar for
at the Academy Awards.
The Calgary Flames defeat the Montreal Canadians 4 games to 2 to win
the 1989 Stanley Cup.
May 1: Disney's MGM
Studios theme park opens in Orlando, Florida for the first time.
May 28: Racing driver Emerson
wins the 73th running of the
June 3: Iranian leader Ayatollah
June 4: The Tiananmen Square
massacre takes place in Beijing, China.
June 13: The Detroit Pistons defeat
the Los Angelus Lakers 4 games to 0 to capture the
June 13: The wreck of the German
World War II battleship Bismarck is located 600 miles of of the coast
June: Buzz Aldrin comes to Taylor's
Bookstore in Addison, Texas to promote and sign copies of his book Men From Earth. For
my personal account of this signing follow the Buzz Aldrin link.
June: One day after meeting
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, my friend Andy Sheppard and I drive down to New
Braunfels, Texas for a private meeting with Apollo 16 moonwalker
Charlie Duke. For my personal account of this meeting, follow the
Charlie Duke link.
July 5: The television series Seinfeld premiers.
July 19: United Airlines flight 232
crashes in Sioux City, Iowa. The crash of the DC-10 kill 112
people. Through heroic efforts by the pilot 184 passengers
July 22: A 20th anniversary
celebration is held for Apollo 11 at the Johnson Space Center in
Houston, Texas. For my personal account of this celebration
follow the Apollo 11 link.
July 26: Robert Morris Jr. is
indicted by a federal grand jury for releasing a computer worm.
He is the first person prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and
August 8: NASA launches space
shuttle Columbia on a 5 day secret Department of Defense mission.
August 25: The interplanetary
spacecraft Voyager flies by Neptune and its moon Triton.
October 13: The Dow Jones
Industrial average plunges 190.58 points. This stock market crash
becomes known as the Friday the 13th mini-crash.
October 23: The Hungarian People's
Republic is officially replace with the Hungarian Republic in a
movement away from communism and towards a multi-party democracy.
October 28: The Oakland Athletics
defeat the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 0 to win the 1989 World
November 7: The Communist
government of East Germany resigns.
November 9: East Germany opens
checkpoints in the Berlin Wall. This allows East German citizens
to visit West Germany freely for the first time in decades.
November 10: German citizens begin
tearing down the Berlin Wall.
November 10: The name of the
Bulgarian Communist Party is changed to the Bulgarian Socialist Party
after Communist party leader Todor Zhivkov is replaced by Petar
November 28: The Communist Party of
Czechoslovakia announces that they will give up their monopoly of
December 17: The first full length
episode of The Simpsons
premiers on Fox Television Network.
December 25: Romanian Dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife Elena are executed after the
government of Romania is overthrown.