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1989 Historical Event(s)
- 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 6, 1989 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Snake in Chinese astrology.
- February 14, 1989 – Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie.
- March 7, 1989 – Iran and the United Kingdom break diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel.
- May 13, 1989 – Large groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.
- August 8, 1989 – Space Shuttle program: STS-28 Mission – Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.
- August 19, 1989 – Raid on offshore pirate station, Radio Caroline in North Sea by British and Dutch governments.
- August 25, 1989 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, the outermost planet in the Solar System.
- November 16, 1989 – A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops kills six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.
- December 17, 1989 – The first episode of television series The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, airs in the United States.
Who Were Born On 1989?
- February 5, 1989 – Jeremy Sumpter, American actor
- March 30, 1989 – Chris Sale, American baseball player
- April 18, 1989 – Simas Buterlevičius, Lithuanian basketball player
- April 29, 1989 – Charlotte Francis, English actress
- May 30, 1989 – Kevin Covais, American singer
- June 13, 1989 – Tommy Searle, English motocross racer
- June 20, 1989 – Javier Pastore, Argentine footballer
- July 5, 1989 – Sean O'Pry, American model
- September 15, 1989 – Kris Chetan Ramlu, New Zealand musician
- September 22, 1989 – Hyoyeon, South Korean singer (Girls’ Generation)