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1989

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U.S. Facts

  • President: George Bush
  • Population: 246,819,230
  • Life Expectancy: 75.1 years
  • Unemployment: 5.3%
  • Average Annual Salary: $14,347
  • Minimum Wage: $3.35 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $8,243
  • Gasoline: $1.08 per gallon
  • House: $124,348
  • Bread: $1.29 per loaf
  • Milk: $2.14 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.25

Major U.S. Events

  • In Alaska's Prince William Sound the Exxon Valdez spills 11 million gallons of crude oil after running aground
  • North Carolina celebrates its bicentennial statehood

Major World Events

  • The last Soviet Union armored column leaves Kabul ending nine years of military occupation
  • Hungary dismantles 150 miles of barbed wire fencing, opening its border to Western Europe
  • Thousands of Chinese students take over Beijing's Tienanmen Square in rally for democracy, as a result thousands are killed as Chinese leaders take a hard line toward demonstrators

January-March

  • Akihito becomes Emperor of Japan following the death of Hirohito. The Heisei period begins
  • Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida's electric chair

April-July

  • Massacre of Georgian demonstrators by Red Army soldiers in Tbilisi's central square during a peaceful rally
  • At 01:23:45 AM the time and date by US reckoning was 01:23:45 6/7/89

August-December

  • An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale strikes the San Francisco/Oakland California area, killing 63
  • Communist-controlled East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to freely travel to West Germany for the first time in decades. The next day celebrating Germans began to tear the wall down
  • In Czechoslovakia a peaceful student demonstration in Prague is severely beaten back by the communist riot police. The fallowing day the number of peaceful protesters swells from 200,000 to an estimated half-million

Top Songs

  • Eternal Flame by The Bangles
  • Like A Prayer by Madonna
  • Lost In Your Eyes by Debbie Gibson
  • We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel
  • Funky Cold Medina by Tone Loc

Other New Songs

  • When I See You Smile by Bad English
  • Hangin' Tough by New Kids On The Block
  • Love Shack by B-52's
  • She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals
  • Straight Up by Paula Abdul

Top Movies

  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Born on the 4th of July
  • Glory
  • Batman
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Top Books

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham

Top TV Shows (1988-89)

  • The Cosby Show
  • The Golden Girls
  • Cheers
  • Growing Pains
  • ALF
  • Murder She Wrote

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Oakland Athletics d. San Francisco Giants

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers d. Cincinnati Bengals

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Calgary Flames d. Montreal Canadiens

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Detroit Pistons d. Los Angeles Lakers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Miami Hurricanes
  • Basketball: University of Michigan Wolverines

Other Champions

  • Golf: Tom Kite is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Sunday Silence wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Emerson Fittipaldi wins Indianapolis 500
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