Were you alive in 1989?  Straight up, now tell me what do you really remember?  It was nearly 30 years ago!  Let’s take walk down memory lane and reminisce about the last year of the 1980’s.

Here’s some athletes that were born in 1989:

Here are some of the athletes that died in 1989:

News of the Year:

  • Ron Hextall becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to score a goal in the playoffs.
  • Clint Malarchuk, hockey goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres, suffers an almost fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat in one of the most gruesome sports injuries of all time.
  • Motorola introduces the Motorola MicroTAC Personal Cellular Telephone, then the world’s smallest mobile phone.
  • The SkyDome (now known as Rogers Centre) opens in Toronto.
  • The world’s first HDTV broadcasts commence in Japan, in analog.
  • An unknown Chinese protestor, “Tank Man“, stands in front of a column of military tanks on Chang’an Avenue in Beijing, temporarily halting them.
  • The Sega Genesis is released in North America.
  • Pete Rose agrees to a lifetime ban from the sport following allegations of illegal gambling, thereby preventing his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Construction of the Denver Airport commences.
  • The first full-length episode of the animated series The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, is shown on Fox television.
  • N.W.A are the first gangsta rap group to sell a million copies of an album; their album Straight Outta Compton.
  • In WrestleMania V, Hulk Hogan defeats Randy Savage to become the WWF Champion.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes first NBA player to score 38,000 points.
  • Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.
  • NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announces retirement as NFL commissioner after 29 years.
  • Investor group led by George W Bush and Edward W Rose purchases controlling interest of Texas Rangers.
    New owners of the Texas Rangers left, Rusty Rose and right, George W. Bush during a press conference announcing the sale of the team by Eddie Chiles, center. Rose and Bush bought the team for $89 million with several other in investors.
  • One-handed pitcher Jim Abbott‘s debut, but lasts only 4 2/3 innings.
  • Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson).
  • Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player) in ten years.
  • First NFL game coached by a black man (Art Shell), his Los Angeles Raiders beat New York Jets 14-7
  • Minnesota Timberwolves‘ first NBA game, lose to Seattle SuperSonics, 106-94.
  • Orlando Magic‘s first NBA game, loses to Nets, 111-106.
  • Michael Jordan made “The Shot” as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Ohio.


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