Thomas Hearns, the Motor City Cobra, knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice; however, fight declared a draw
Afghanistan war over; Soviet Union exits
Tiananmen Square protests in China
Mikhail Gorbachev becomes first Soviet leader to visit China since the 1960s
Eastern Block Revolutions: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Bulgaria gain independence from Soviet Union
December 3: At Malta, Bush and Gorbechev announce Cold War comes to an end
Soviet Union reports the landing of a UFO
Khomeni orders execution of Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, $3 million bounty: Iran breaks off diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom over Rushdie
Ayatollah Khomeini dies
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska
GPS-Global Positioning System satellites placed into orbit
Disney-MGM Studios opens at Disney World; Wonders of Life at Epcot
Pete Rose agrees to a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, no consideration for Hall of Fame
Stockton Massacre: Patrick Edward Purdy kills 5 children, injures 30 with semi-automatic rifle
Ted Bundy executed in Florida
President Bush succeeds Ronald Reagan
Rain Man wins Best Picture at 61st Academy Awards
First season of Seinfeld
Sega Genesis released
Woodstock 1989
Operation Just Cause (Panama Invasion) launched to oust Noriega from Panama
Salvador Dali, Lucille Ball, Mel Blanc, Laurence Olivier die
First Black Governor, Virginia’s Doug Wilder and First New York City Black Mayor, David Dinkins

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is published, sells over 15 million books

John Grisham's first novel is published, A Time to Kill

1989 Michigan Football Team finishes 10-2, winning the Big Ten Title and losing to USC in the Rose Bowl; it was Bo's 21st and final season

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