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1989 Historical Event(s)
- January 7, 1989 – Prince Akihito is sworn in as the emperor of Japan after the death of his father Hirohito
- January 17, 1989 – Cleveland School massacre: Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground in Stockton, California, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.
- February 1, 1989 – The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
- February 6, 1989 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Snake in Chinese astrology.
- March 21, 1989 – Sports Illustrated reports allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling.
- June 4, 1989 – Ufa train disaster: A natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia, kills 575 as two trains passing each other throw sparks near a leaky pipeline.
- June 5, 1989 – The Unknown Rebel halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
- August 2, 1989 – A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.
- August 24, 1989 – Colombian drug barons declare “total war” on the Colombian government.
- 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 9, 1989 – Nina Dobrev, Bulgarian actress
- January 27, 1989 – Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Dutch footballer
- February 14, 1989 – Néstor Calderón, Mexican footballer
- March 5, 1989 – Sterling Knight, American actor
- March 26, 1989 – Simon Kjær, Danish footballer
- June 4, 1989 – Federico Erba, Italian footballer
- July 18, 1989 – Sebastian Mielitz, German footballer
- September 19, 1989 – Tyreke Evans, Basketball player
- September 27, 1989 – Park Tae-Hwan, South Korean swimmer
- December 19, 1989 – Valdimar Bergstað, Icelandic horse rider