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1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1989th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 989th year of the 2nd millennium, the 89th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1980s decade.
1989 was a turning point in political history with the "Revolutions of 1989" which ended communism in Eastern Bloc of Europe, starting in Poland and Hungary, with experiments in power-sharing coming to a head with the opening of the Berlin Wall in November, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and the overthrow of the communist dictatorship in Romania in December; the movement ended in December 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Revolutions against communist governments in Eastern Europe mainly succeeded, but the year also saw the suppression by the Chinese government of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing.
It was the year of the first Brazilian presidential election in 29 years, since the end of the military government in 1985 that ruled the country for more than twenty years, and marked the redemocratization process's final point.
F. W. de Klerk was elected as State President of South Africa, and his regime gradually dismantled the apartheid system over the next five years, culminating with the 1994 election that brought jailed African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela to power.
The first commercial Internet service providers surfaced in this year, as well as the first written proposal for the World Wide Web and New Zealand, Japan and Australia's first Internet connections. The first babies born after preimplantation genetic diagnosis were conceived in late 1989.

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  1. Pete

    On This Day June 10, 1989: “Tales from the Crypt” Premiered on HBO

    On this day, June 10, 1989, “Tales from the Crypt” premiered on HBO. The show ran for 7 seasons, producing a total of 93 episodes.
  2. Pete

    June 10, 1989: “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler Became the #1 Song in America

    On this day, June 10, 1989, “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler reached the number one spot in America, holding the position from June 10 to June 16. The song also hit number one in Australia and served as the theme song for the 1989 film, “Beaches.”
  3. Pete

    June 5, 1989: Neneh Cherry Released “Raw Like Sushi”

    On this day, June 5, 1989, Neneh Cherry released her album “Raw Like Sushi.” The album reached number 40 on the Billboard charts and peaked at number 2 in the UK, selling over 2 million copies worldwide.
  4. Pete

    Premiered Today On June 6, 1989: Diana Ross' 17th Album “Workin’ Overtime”

    On this day, June 6, 1989, Diana Ross released her seventeenth album, “Workin’ Overtime.” The album reached number 116 on the Billboard charts.
  5. Pete

    Today June 3, 1989: “Rock On” by Michael Damian Becomes the #1 Song in America

    On this day, June 3, 1989, “Rock On” by Michael Damian reached the number one spot in America, holding the position from June 3 to June 9. The song also hit number one in Canada.
  6. Pete

    On This Day June 2, 1989: “Dead Poets Society” Premiered in Theaters

    On this day, June 2, 1989, “Dead Poets Society,” directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke, premiered in theaters. The film had a budget of $16.4 million and grossed $235.9 million worldwide, including $95 million domestically.
  7. Pete

    On This Day May 24, 1989: Unveiling 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' Debuted

    On this day, May 24, 1989, audiences were treated to the premiere of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" in theaters. Featuring the dynamic duo of Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, this thrilling adventure became the second highest-grossing movie of 1989.
  8. Pete

    Released Today May 22, 1989 Miracle by Queen

    On this day May 22, 1989, "The Miracle," Queen's 13th album, was released. While it peaked at #24 on the Billboard Charts, it achieved the top position in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
  9. Pete

    May 20th, 1989: Goodbye to 'Small Wonder': Wrapping Up Four Seasons

    On this day May 20th, 1989, the last episode of "Small Wonder" aired, marking the conclusion of its four-season run. Throughout its tenure, the show produced a total of 96 episodes.
  10. Pete

    Today May 20, 1989: Paula Abdul's 'Forever Your Girl' Dominates US and Canadian Charts

    On this day May 20th, 1989, Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" secured the top spot on the US Billboard Charts, reigning as the #1 song in America from May 20th to June 2nd. Additionally, it achieved chart-topping success in Canada.
  11. Pete

    Revving Up: Road House Roars into Theaters - May 19, 1989

    On this day May 19, 1989, the action-packed film "Road House" hit theaters. Directed by Rowdy Herrington, the movie starred Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch, and Sam Elliott. With a budget of $15 million, it grossed an impressive $30.1 million at the box office.
  12. Pete

    Farewell to Moonlighting: Last Episode Aired Today on May 14, 1989

    On this day May 14, 1989, the last episode of Moonlighting aired, concluding its five-season run with 66 episodes. The show starred Bruce Willis and Cybill Sheppard. Fun Fact: In 1987, Bruce Willis won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his role as David Addison...
  13. Pete

    End of an Era: Final Episode of 'Family Ties' Aired Today on May 14, 1989

    On this day May 14, 1989, the last episode of Family Ties aired, concluding its seven-season run of 176 episodes. Did you know Michael J. Fox won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Most Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton in 1986, 1987, and 1988?
  14. Pete

    Top of the Charts: Bon Jovi's 'I'll Be There For You' Hits #1 on May 13, 1989

    On this day May 13, 1989, Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You" reached #1 on the US Billboard charts. It held the top spot in America from May 13 to May 19.
  15. Pete

    Box Office Success: 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' Debuts on May 12, 1989

    On this day May 12, 1989, the film "See No Evil, Hear No Evil," directed by Arthur Hill and starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, was released. It was produced on a budget of $18 million and grossed $46.9 million at the box office.
  16. Pete

    Today May 11, 1989, The Other Side of the Mirror by Stevie Nicks was Released

    On this day May 11, 1989, Stevie Nicks released The Other Side of the Mirror, her fourth solo album. While it reached #10 on the Billboard charts, it achieved an impressive #3 spot in the UK.
  17. Pete

    The End of an Era: Dynasty's Final Episode - May 11, 1989

    On this day May 11, 1989, the last episode of Dynasty aired, marking the conclusion of its nine-season run. With a total of 220 episodes, Dynasty had previously held the title of America's #1 show in 1985.
  18. Pete

    Madonna's Single Express Yourself was Released Today May 9, 1989

    On this day May 9 1989, Madonna's hit single "Express Yourself" was unleashed upon the world. The song soared to #2 on the US Billboard charts and claimed the top spot on the Dance Club charts. It also achieved #1 status in both Canada and Switzerland, solidifying its global impact and Madonna's...
  19. Pete

    Today May 9 1989, A Night to Remember by Cyndi Lauper Made It's Appearance

    On this day May 9 1989, Cyndi Lauper's third album, "A Night to Remember," made its debut. While it reached #37 on the Billboard charts, it achieved an impressive #3 spot in Japan. Interestingly, Lauper's journey to success was marked by resilience; she earned her GED and bravely left home at 17...
  20. Pete

    John Mellencamp's Big Daddy was Released Today May 9, 1989

    On this day May 9 1989, John Mellencamp's 10th album, "Big Daddy," hit the shelves. Despite its success, reaching #7 on the Billboard charts, the album achieved even greater acclaim in Australia, where it soared to the #1 position. This milestone marked another triumph for Mellencamp's musical...
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