1989 Newspapers

A 1989 newspaper is a great way to find out about what captured the attention of the nation. As the crazy ‘80s drew to a close, it’s time to reflect on the lasting influence the decade had for society, politics and the economy. The 1980s was a decade characterised by dynamic change, in all aspects of life. Read stories from this pivotal year in history, and gain a deeper understanding of the events that shaped the future. Historic Newspapers has the most extensive archive of original newspapers in the world, featuring over 4 million originals from the nation’s longest running news outlets.

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1989 Newspaper Headlines Summary

Explore our 1989 newspaper articles and discover first hand accounts of the most important events of the year. 1989 is mostly remembered as being the year the Berlin Wall fell. This historical moment is chronicled in 1989 newspapers, which offer unique perspectives on what it was like to experience this climactic moment in history.

The fall of the Berlin Wall was televised live on TV, and would set into motion the fall of communist governments throughout Eastern Europe. The horrific events in Tiananmen square shocked the world, as hundreds of Chinese students were brutally killed by police forces during a peaceful protest. Another exceptional moment in history occurred in 1989 with the invention of the World Wide Web. It was unimaginable then the impact that this would have on humanity. Read about all of these and other 1989 headlines with an authentic newspaper from such titles as The Times,The Daily Mail, and The Guardian.

7th January 1989
Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (b. 1901) dies.

20th January 1989
George H. W. Bush succeeds Ronald Reagan as the 41st President of the United States of America.

2nd February 1989
The Satellite television service ‘Sky Television plc’ is launched in Europe.

24th February 1989
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini places a $3-million bounty on the head of “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.

20th March 1989
Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke breaks down on national television as he admits marital infidelity.

12th April 1989
Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (b. 1921) dies following a long fight with Alzheimer‘s Disease.

15th April 1989
The Hillsborough disaster claims the life of 96 Liverpool supporters in one of the biggest tragedies in football.

4th June 1989
The Tiananmen Square massacre takes place in Beijing on the army’s approach to the square. The final stand-off is covered live on television.

21st June 1989
British police arrest 250 people for celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge.

20th August 1989
Fifty-one people die when the ‘Marchioness’ pleasure boat collides with a barge on the River Thames, adjacent to Southwark Bridge.

25th August 1989
‘Voyager II’ passes the planet Neptune and its moon Triton.

20th September 1989
F. W. de Klerk is sworn in as State President of South Africa.

19th October 1989
The Guildford Four are freed after fourteen years in jail, having been wrongfully convicted for bombings carried out by the Provisional IRA.

9th November 1989
East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel freely to West Germany for the first time in many decades. The next day, celebrating Germans begin tearing the rest of the wall down.

25th December 1989
Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena are executed after their unsuccessful escape attempt.

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