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1989 Historical Event(s)
- February 6, 1989 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Snake in Chinese astrology.
- February 24, 1989 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a US$3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.
- March 7, 1989 – Iran and the United Kingdom break diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel.
- March 9, 1989 – Financially-troubled Eastern Air Lines filed for bankruptcy.
- April 26, 1989 – People’s Daily publishes the People’s Daily editorial of April 26 which inflames the nascent Tiananmen Square protests
- May 24, 1989 – Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, is awarded £600,000 in damages (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) after winning a libel action against Private Eye.
- June 7, 1989 – Surinam Airways Flight 764 crashes on approach to Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport in Suriname due to pilot error, killing 176 of 187 aboard.
- August 19, 1989 – Several hundred East Germans cross the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events which began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
- December 6, 1989 – The École Polytechnique Massacre (or Montreal Massacre): Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murders 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.
- December 22, 1989 – After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauşescu’s Communist authoritarian regime.
Who Were Born On 1989?
- January 26, 1989 – Marshon Brooks, American basketball player
- January 30, 1989 – Khleo Thomas, American actor and rapper
- February 28, 1989 – Jason Pierre-Paul, American football player
- March 4, 1989 – Erin Heatherton, American fashion model
- March 7, 1989 – Gerald Anderson, Filipino actor and model
- June 20, 1989 – Javier Pastore, Argentine footballer
- August 30, 1989 – Ronald Huth, Paraguayan footballer
- September 1, 1989 – Bill Kaulitz, German singer
- September 2, 1989 – Alexandre Pato, Brazilian footballer
- October 11, 1989 – Michelle Wie, American golfer