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What happen in 1989


  • The Berlin Wall crumbles and East and West Germany are re-united
  • Thousands of pro-democracy students occupy Tiananmen Square, Peking. The government imposes martial law and uses tanks to disperse the students. Thousands are believed to be killed.
  • Hungary becomes a democratic country
  • Romanian Communist Government is overthrown by the people
  • Solidarity is victorious in the Polish Parliamentary elections
  • F W DeKlerk becomes President of South Africa, promising reforms to the apartheid policy


  • My Perogative by Bobby Brown
  • Straight Up by Paula Abdul
  • Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Middler
  • Girl You Know It's True by Milli Vanilli
  • The Look by Roxette
  • Two Hearts by Phil Collins
  • Wild Thing by Tone Loc
  • Love Shack by the B52s


TV and at the MOVIES
  • Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell took a Quantum Leap onto our screens
  • Robin Williams made Shakespeare fun in Dead Poets Society
  • Morgan Freeman was Driving Miss Daisy
  • The awesome Bridges became the Fabulous Baker Boys
  • We all cried in Steel Magnolias
  • Faking it became dinnertime entertainment When Harry Met Sally
  • Kirstie Alley and John Travolta had to 'Look Who's Talking'


People who died in 1989
  • Bette Davis (b.1908) American film actress
  • Lucille Ball (b.1911) American actress
  • Salvidor Dali (b.1904) Spanish surrealist artist
  • Laurence Olivier (b.1907) English film and stage actor
  • Mel Blanc (b.1908) American cartoon voice (Bugs Bunny)
  • Emperor Hirohito (b.1901) Japanese leader
  • Irving Berlin (b.1888) American composer
  • Samual Beckett (b.1906) Irish Nobel Playwright
  • Ferdinand Marcos (b.1917) former Philippines leader


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