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1989 Newspaper Headlines

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.

DateEvent
7th January 1989Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (b. 1901) dies.
20th January 1989George H. W. Bush succeeds Ronald Reagan as the 41st President of the United States of America.
2nd February 1989The Satellite television service ‘Sky Television plc’ is launched in Europe.
15th February 1989The Soviet Union announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.
24th February 1989Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini places a $3-million bounty on the head of “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.
20th March 1989Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke breaks down on national television as he admits marital infidelity.
1st April 1989Margaret Thatcher's new local government Poll tax is introduced in Scotland.
12th April 1989Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (b. 1921) dies following a long fight with Alzheimer‘s Disease.
15th April 1989The Hillsborough disaster claims the life of ninety-six Liverpool supporters in one of the biggest tragedies in football.
4th June 1989The 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 1989British police arrest 250 people for celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge.
14th July 1989France celebrates the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.
20th August 1989Fifty-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 1989F. 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 1989East 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 1989Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena are executed after their unsuccessful escape attempt.
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