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1989 Historical Event(s)
- February 3, 1989 – A military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay since 1954.
- February 6, 1989 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Snake in Chinese astrology.
- April 2, 1989 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
- May 4, 1989 – Iran-Contra Affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges. The convictions, however, are later overturned on appeal.
- May 20, 1989 – The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
- 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.
- July 17, 1989 – First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
- August 7, 1989 – U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
- October 23, 1989 – The Hungarian Republic is officially declared by president Mátyás Szűrös, replacing the communist Hungarian People’s Republic.
- December 16, 1989 – Walter LeRoy Moody begins his terrorist bombing streak when he sends Judge Robert Smith Vance a bomb in the mail, instantly killing him near his house in Birmingham, Alabama.
Who Were Born On 1989?
- January 26, 1989 – Marshon Brooks, American basketball player
- February 13, 1989 – Rhys Palmer, Australian footballer
- February 14, 1989 – Néstor Calderón, Mexican footballer
- February 21, 1989 – Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress
- March 21, 1989 – Nicolas Lodeiro, Uruguayan footballer
- April 18, 1989 – Alia Shawkat, American actress
- April 21, 1989 – Carlos Muñoz, Chilean footballer
- June 22, 1989 – Jung Yong Hwa, Korean actor and singer
- July 1, 1989 – Hannah Murray, English actress
- July 12, 1989 – Nick Palmieri, American ice hockey player