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.

Know what happened in 1989:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 JuneThe People's Liberation Army violently cracked down on theTiananmen Square protests in Beijing, leaving at least 241 dead and7,000 wounded, and causing widespread international condemnation of theChinese government.
05 July United States National Security Council member Oliver North wassentenced for his part in the Iran-Contra Affair.
06 July A Palestinian Islamic Jihad member carried out a suicide attackby hijacking a bus and forcing it into a ravine near Kiryat Ye'arim,Israel.
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15 FebruaryThe Soviet Union officially announced that all of its troops had withdrawn from Afghanistan after a nine-year conflict.
16 November Eight employees of Universidad Centroamericana 'José SimeónCañas' in San Salvador, including six Catholic priests, were murderedby a Salvadoran Army 'death squad'.
17 January Patrick Purdy opened fire with an assault rifle on an elementary school in Stockton, California, killing 5 and wounding 30 others.
17 OctoberThe 6.9 Mw Loma Prieta earthquake struck California's SanFrancisco Bay Area, killing 63 people, injuring 3,757, and leaving atleast 8,000 homeless.
18 AugustLeading Colombian presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán wasassassinated during a public demonstration in the town of Soacha,Cundinamarca.
20 AugustThe final stage of the O-Bahn Busway in Adelaide, SouthAustralia, was completed, becoming the world's longest and fastestguided busway with buses travelling a total of 12 km (7.5 mi) atmaximum speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) (example pictured).
22 AugustThe Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptuneand provided definitive proof of the existence of the planet's rings.
23 March Two researchers announced the discovery of cold fusion, a claim which was later discredited.
23 OctoberA massive explosion and fire ripped through the Phillips 66Houston Chemical Complex, killing 23 employees and injuring 314 others.
24 FebruaryUnited Airlines Flight 811 experienced a cargo door failure in flight after leaving Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii, causing a decompression that blew out several rows of seats and killed nine passengers.
25 DecemberRomanian Revolution-Dictator Nicolae Ceau?escu and his wifeElena were condemned to death and executed under a wide range ofcharges.
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.
10 DecemberAt the first open pro-democracy demonstration in Mongolia,journalist Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced the formation of theMongolian Democratic Union, which would be instrumental in endingCommunist rule four months later.
13 DecemberThe Troubles-A Provisional Irish Republican Army engaged in afierce firefight with the King's Own Scottish Borderers at a vehiclecheckpoint complex in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
09 NovemberEast Germany announced the opening of the inner German borderand the Berlin Wall, marking the symbolic end of the Cold War, impendingcollapse of the Warsaw Pact, and beginning of the end of Sovietcommunism.
13 NovemberHans-Adam II, reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, took the throneupon the death of his father.
02 AugustSri Lankan Civil War-The Indian Peace Keeping Force begankilling 64 minority Sri Lankan Tamil civilians over a two-day period inValvettithurai, Sri Lanka.
22 AugustNolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers struck out the OaklandAthletics' Rickey Henderson, becoming the only pitcher in Major LeagueBaseball to record 5,000 strikeouts.
23 AugustSinging Revolution-Approximately two million people joinedhands to form an over 600 km (370 mi) long human chain across theEstonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Soviet republics to demonstrate theirrespective desires for independence.
25 AugustThe Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptuneand provided definitive proof of the existence of the planet's rings.
19 JulyAfter suffering an uncontained failure of an engine whichdestroyed all of its hydraulic systems, United Airlines Flight 232 brokeup during an emergency landing in Sioux City, Iowa, US, killing 111people.
30 MayGoddess of Democracy (replica pictured), a ten-metre (33 ft)high statue made mostly of polystyrene foam and papier-mâché, waserected by student protestors in Tiananmen Square, 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 inBritish history.
19 AprilA gun turret on board the United States Navy battleship Iowaexploded, killing 47 sailors.
26 AprilAn editorial was published in the People's Daily denouncing thegrowing unrest in Tiananmen Square, which would remain contentiousthrough the remainder of the protests.

List of famous birthdays in the year 1989:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 March Toby Alderweireld / Footballer / Belgium
02 NovemberNatalie Pluskota / Tennis Player / United States of America
03 AugustNick Viergever / Footballer / Netherlands
04 AprilChris Herd / Footballer / Australia
06 SeptemberNikos Boutzikos / Footballer / Greece
07 MayRaina / Singer / South Korea
08 NovemberGiancarlo Stanton / Baseball Player / United States of America
08 January Kristján Einar / Race Car Driver / Iceland
09 MayEllen White / Footballer / United Kingdom
09 January Nina Dobrev / Actress / Canada
13 March Marko Marin / Footballer / Germany
13 AprilNastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova / Long Jumper / Belarus
15 March Sandro Raniere / Footballer / Brazil
17 January Taylor Jordan / Baseball Player / United States of America
17 February Rebecca Adlington / Swimmer / United Kingdom
19 DecemberHamza Riazuddin / Cricketer / United Kingdom
22 JuneJung Yong-hwa / Singer / South Korea
26 March Simon Kjær / Footballer / Denmark
27 AugustRomain Amalfitano / Footballer / France
31 MayMarco Reus / Footballer / Germany

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1989:

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

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