November 28, 2021
1989 is a normal year starting on Sunday according to the Gregorian calendar. Showa 64 / Heisei 1st year.
This section describes 1989 from an international perspective.
Zodiac: Yin Earth Snake
Japan (dates match)
Showa 64 (January 1st-January 7th)
1989 (January 8th-December 31st)
2649 imperial year
Republic of Korea (dates match)
Republic of Korea 71 years
Republic of China (dates match)
Republic of China 78 years
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (dates match)
Subject 78 years
Buddhist calendar: 2531-2532
Islamic calendar: May 23, 1409-June 2, 1410
Jewish calendar: April 24, 5749-April 3, 5750
Unix Time: 599616000 --631151999
Modified Julian Day (MJD): 47527 --4791
Lilian Date (LD): 148368 --148732
January 7-Emperor Showa demises at 6:33 am, and Crown Prince Akihito practices as the 125th emperor. It was the last day of the Japanese era "Showa".
With the succession of the throne, the era name "Heisei" begins based on the Era Name Act.
British Midland Airways Flight 92 crash landed 47 people dead.
January 11-Cuban troops begin withdrawing from Angola under United Nations Resolution 626.
January 18-Polish United Workers' Party vote to legalize "solidarity", an independent self-managed labor union.
January 20-George HW Bush becomes 41st President of the United States.
February 2-Soviet Union begins withdrawal from Afghanistan.
February 3-A military coup in Paraguay defeats President Alfredo Stroessner, who has been in dictatorship for 35 years since 1954.
February 6-Poland begins a roundtable with government and dissidents. Until April 5th.
Union Carbide acknowledges responsibility for the 1984 Bhopal chemical plant accident in India and agrees to pay the Indian government $ 470 million in damages.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa instructing him to kill Salman Rushdie, the author of The Satanic Verses, and the publishers of the book. On the 24th of the same month, it was announced that the Iranian government would put a US $ 3 million bounty on Rashdi's neck.
Twenty-four GPS satellites required for the Global Positioning System will be put into orbit around the earth.
February 15-Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan completed.
February 17-The Arab Maghreb Union is formed.
A memorial service for Emperor Showa's great mourning.
United Airlines Flight 811 Cargo door drop accident killed 9 passengers.
March 1-United States joins the Berne Convention on the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
March 2-12 European Economic Community member countries agree to ban the production of fluorocarbons by the end of the 20th century.
March 13-A large-scale magnetic storm occurs. Damage to various parts of the globe, including a major power outage in Quebec, Canada (magnetic storm in March 1989).
March 16-Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union passes a reform plan that allows farmers to modify and lease state-owned land.
March 24-Exxon Valdez crude oil spill occurred.
March 26-The Soviet Communist Party is defeated in the first-ever election for the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
April 7-Comsomorets sank.
April 15-96 people died in the so-called Hillsborough tragedy in a football match in Hillsborough, England.
April 21-Nintendo's handheld game console "GAME BOY" goes on sale in Japan (July in North America, next in Europe)