- What was happening in 1989

I am always looking for 1985 - 1990 Facts and Memorabilia. If you have something from 1989 that should be in this section, please email to Jeff

Do you remember where you were in 1989? Who you were with? What you were wearing? What you were watching on TV? For me, I was in the Service in Texas earning college money. This was not a fun time. Just biding my time until I got out and could go to school.  

This section is to let you all reminisce back to those great years of the IROC-Z and relive a little of what went on back then. The 80's were a fantastic time for me. The best decade I ever lived through. I am still lost in the 80's.

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1989 Tidbits 1989 US Statistics
1989 Economic Information 1989 Sports History
1989 Top TV Shows Movies & Books 1989 Entertainment
1989 Pulitzer Prizes 1989 Oscar Awards
1989 Emmy Awards 1989 Tony Awards
1989 Grammy Awards  

1989 News Tidbits

Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares author Salmon Rushdie's book The Satanic Verses offensive and sentences him to death (Feb. 14).

Tens of thousands of Chinese students take over Beijing's Tiananmen Square in rally for democracy (April 19 et seq.). More than one million in Beijing demonstrate for democracy; chaos spreads across nation (mid-May et seq.). Thousands killed in Tiananmen Square as Chinese leaders take hard line toward demonstrators (June 4 et seq.).

Mikhail S. Gorbachev named Soviet President (May 25).

After 28 years, Berlin Wall is open to West (Nov. 11).

US troops invade Panama, seeking capture of General Manual Noriega (Dec. 20).

George Herbert Walker Bush inaugurated as 41st US President (Jan. 20).

Ruptered tanker Exxon Valdez sends 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound (March 24).

Army Gen. Colin R. Powell is first black Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff (Aug. 9).

1989 US Statistics

President: George Bush
Vice President: J Danforth Quayle
Population: 246,819,230
Life expectancy: 75.1 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 57.4
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.8

1989 Economic Information

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $5,438.70 billion
Federal spending:   $1143.17 billion
Federal debt:   $2868.0 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   124
Unemployment:   5.5%

Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.25

1989 Sports History

In 1989...

The Oakland Athletics won the Major League Baseball World Series beating the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 0.

The Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA Basketball Championship 4 games to 0.

Michigan beat Seton Hall 80-79 for the NCAA Basketball title.

In Boxing, Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson beats Frank Bruno in a 5th round TKO.

In Football, the San Francisco 49'ers beat the Cincinatti Bengals 20-16 for the Super Bowl title.

Nick Faldo won the Masters Golf Tournament.

The Calgary Flames won the NHL's Stanley Cup.

In Tennis, Boris Becker and Steffi Graf won Wimbledon.

The top 20 TV Shows of 1989

The Top Movies of 1989

The Top Books of 1989
1 Roseanne 1 Batman 1
2 Cosby Show 2 Driving Miss Daisy 2
3 Cheers 3 Ghstbusters 2 3
4 A Different World 4 Honey I Shrunk the Kids
5 America's Funnies Home Videos 5 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
6 The Golden Girls 6 Lethal Weapon 2
7 60 Minutes 7
8 The Wonder Years 8
9 Empty Nest 9
10 NFL Monday Night Football 10
11 Unsolved Mysteries 11
12 Who's the Boss 12
13 Murder She Wrote 13
14 Chicken Soup 14
15 Grand 15
16 L.A. Law
17 In the Heat of the Night
18 Dear John
19 Coach
20 Matlock


1989 Entertainment Awards

Record of the Year: Bette Midler, "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Album of the Year: Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time

1989 Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Breathing Lessons, Anne Tyler
Music: Whispers Out of Time, Roger Reynolds
Drama: The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein

1989 Oscars

Best Picture Born on the Fourth of July, A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone, producers (Universal)
Dead Poets Society, Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, producers (Buena Vista)
Driving Miss Daisy, Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck, producers (Warner Bros.)
Field of Dreams, Lawrence Gordon and Charles Gordon, producers (Universal)
My Left Foot, Noel Pearson, producers (Miramax)
Actor in a Leading Role Kenneth Branagh, Henry V
Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July
Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy
Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society
Actress in a Leading Role Isabelle Adjani, Camille Claudel
Pauline Collins, Shirley Valentine
Jessica Lange, Music Box
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys
Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy
Actor in a Supporting Role Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing
Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy
Marlon Brando, A Dry White Season
Martin Landau, Crimes and Misdemeanors
Denzel Washington, Glory
Actress in a Supporting Role Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot
Anjelica Huston, Enemies, A Love Story
Lena Olin, Enemies, A Love Story
Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias
Dianne Wiest, Parenthood
Directing Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors
Kenneth Branagh, Henry V
Jim Sheridan, My Left Foot
Oliver Stone, Born on the Fourth of July
Peter Weir, Dead Poets Society


1989 Emmy Awards

Outstanding Drama Series L.A. Law (NBC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Peter Falk, Columbo
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Patricia Wettig, thirtysomething
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jimmy Smits, L.A. Law
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Marg Helgenberger, China Beach
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Patrick McGoohan, Columbo: “Agenda for Murder”
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Viveca Lindfors, Life Goes On: “Save the Last Dance for Me”
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Thomas Carter, Equal Justice: “Promises to Keep”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series David E. Kelley, L.A. Law: “Blood, Sweat and Fears”
Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Hallmark Hall of Fame: Caroline? (CBS)
Outstanding Comedy Series Murphy Brown (CBS)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Ten Danson, Cheers
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Alex Rocco, The Famous Teddy Z
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Bebe Neuwirth, Cheers
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Jay Thomas, Murphy Brown: “Heart of Gold”
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Swoosie Kurtz, Carol and Company: “Reunion”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Michael Dinner, The Wonder Years: “Good-Bye”
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Bob Brush, The Wonder Years: “Good-Bye”
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series In Living Color (Fox)
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration (ABC)


1989 Tony Awards
Play The Heidi Chronicles
Musical Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Revival Our Town
Actor—Play Philip Bosco, Lend Me a Tenor
Actress—Play Pauline Collins, Shirley Valentine
Featured Actor—Play Boyd Gaines, The Heidi Chronicles
Featured Actress—Play Christine Baranski, Rumors
Actor—Musical Jason Alexander, Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Actress—Musical Ruth Brown, Black and Blue
Featured Actor—Musical Scott Wise, Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Featured Actress—Musical Debbie Shapiro, Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Director—Play Jerry Zaks, Lend Me a Tenor
Director—Musical Jerome Robbins, Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Scenic Designer Santo Loquasto, Cafe Crown
Costume Designers Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli, Black and Blue
Choreographers Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang, Frankie Manning and Fayard Nicholas, Black and Blue
Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton, Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Special Award Hartford Stage Company


1989 Grammys
Record of the Year “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler
Album of the Year Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt (Capitol)
Song of the Year “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar, songwriters
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” Michael Bolton
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female “Nick of Time,” Bonnie Raitt
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Don't Know Much,” Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
Best Pop Instrumental Performance “Healing Chant,” Neville Brothers
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male The End of the Innocence, Don Henley
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal Traveling Wilburys Volume One, Traveling Wilburys
Best Rock Instrumental Performance Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop With Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas, Jeff Beck, Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas
Best Hard Rock Performance “Cult of Personality,” Living Colour
Best Metal Performance “One,” Metallica
Best Rhythm and Blues Song “If You Don't Know Me by Now,” Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male “Every Little Step,” Bobby Brown
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female Giving You the Best That I Got, Anita Baker
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Back to Life,” Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance “African Dance,” Soul II Soul
Best Rap Performance “Bust a Move,” Young MC