Historical Events of 1989

Can you name the significant events of 1989?

January 7This 124th Emperor of Japan died
January 24This serial killer is executed by electric chair in Florida
February 24Ayatollah Khomeini places a $3 million bounty on this author of 'The Satanic Verses'
March 24This tanker spills 240,000 barrels of oil after running aground in Alaska
April 25This company introduces (what was at the time) the smallest mobile phone
May 4U.S. jury convicts this man in the Iran-Contra affair
May 6This country wins the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Rock Me' by Riva
May 25This man is named Soviet President
June 3The Ayatollah Khomeini dies in this country
June 4Chinese troops and tanks crush pro-democracy demonstrations in this square in Beijing
June 23This Tim Burton movie becomes the highest grossing (at the time) film based on a DC comic book.
July 5Jerry, Kramer, George, and Elaine's NBC Sitcom premieres
August 14Sega releases this game console in North America
August 24This MLB player receives a lifetime ban on baseball due to allegations of gambling
August 25Voyager II passes this planet and its moon Triton
September 21In South Carolina, this Hurricane makes landfall causing $7 billion in damage
October 6This Academy Award winning actress from Dangerous and Jezebel died
October 17This city was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, killing 67 and injuring over 3,000
November 9East Germany opens checkpoints at this barrier for the first time in decades
November 16This non-violent revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the Communist government
December 13This Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy Academy Award winner for Best Picture is released
December 17The first full episode of this Matt Groening animated sitcom debuted on FOX
December 20U.S. troops invade this country
December 22This winner of the sixth season of American Idol is born
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