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1989 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXXIX) was the 89th year of the 20th century. 1989 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Sunday.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1989.
News Events of 1989
Free trade agreement goes into effect between USA and Canada.
Soviet forces withdraw from Afghanistan,
Solidarity defeats the Communists in Polish elections.
Berlin Wall falls.
Communist regimes in Eastern Europe collapse.
Anti-Communist revolution in Romania.
Chinese pro-Democracy demonstrators and students massacred in Tiananmen Square.
Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa condemning British author Salman Rushdie to death for blasphemy, and encouraging muslims to kill the author. Iran and Britain sever diplomatic relations.
Ayatollah Khomeini dies.
An oil tanker, the Exxon Valdez, runs aground in Alaska, resulting in a massive oil spill.
Ring around Neptune is discovered.
USA invades Panama.
Nintendo Game Boy goes on sale.
Scientists Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announce the discovery of cold fusion at the University of Utah.
Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth after restoring democracy.
First flight of the B-2 Spirit bomber.
Sports in 1989
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