May 26, 1989

May 26, 1989, was a Friday. It was 35 years and 3 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On This Day


Notable events that occurred on May 26, 1989:

  • Former Leeds United and England manager Don Revie passes away from motor neurone disease at the age of 61.
  • Arsenal win the Football League in the final game of the season after Michael Thomas scores a late winner against Liverpool.
Song charts

Popular songs

On May 26, 1989, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Forever Your Girl" by Paula Abdul
  • United Kingdom: "Ferry Cross The Mersey" by Various (Hillsborough Disaster Appeal)

The music charts on May 26, 1989

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
  • Real Love - Jody Watley
  • I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi
  • Soldier Of Love - Donny Osmond
  • Rock On (From "Dream A Little Dream") - Michael Damian
Play the top songs from 1989
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1989. Take a trip back to the days of Tina Turner, the Bangles, Guns N' Roses and Fine Young Cannibals.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "See No Evil, Hear No Evil".


This date was 12,787 days ago. Approximately 426 months have passed. It was the 146th day of 1989, in week 21. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 35 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. 142 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to May 26, 1989

Let's go back to the eighties.

It is Friday, May 26, 1989. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Gemini. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The summer of 1989 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In the United States, it is the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. As a result, many Americans are looking forward to attending barbecues, picnics, and other outdoor events. In America, the song "Forever Your Girl" by Paula Abdul is at the top of the singles charts, while "Ferry Cross The Mersey" by Various (Hillsborough Disaster Appeal) is the number-one song in the UK.

George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie See No Evil, Hear No Evil is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are wearing sweater dresses, short skirts, small shoulder pads, animal print, long full wool coats, and bulky sweaters. Meanwhile, men are wearing tracksuits, sweatshirts, Nike Air Jordan shoes, and denim.

It's 1989, so the airwaves are being dominated by music artists such as Madonna, The Bangles, Phil Collins, Roxette, Milli Vanilli and The B-52s. In China, the Tiananmen Square protests are occurring. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Ruhollah Khomeini, Mel Blanc, Paul C, and Rebecca Schaeffer would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Dallas", "Knots Landing", "The Cosby Show", and "Who's the Boss?". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duck Hunt", "Altered Beast", "Gain Ground", and "RoboCop". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "ThunderCats", "Growing Pains", "Fireman Sam", and "Garfield and Friends".

Popular toys at the moment include Operation, My Little Pony (figures), Sylvanian Families, and Popples.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 26, 1989.

  • Eurovision 1989.

    Eurovision 1989

    The 1989 Eurovision song contest was held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Yugoslavia won the contest with the song "Rock Me" by Riva.
  • The MicroTAC 9800x.

    The MicroTAC 9800x

    Motorola released the MicroTAC 9800x on April 25th, 1989. This is considered by many to be the first truly portable phone.
  • Tiananmen Square protests.

    Tiananmen Square protests

    During this period, the Tiananmen Square protests were occurring in China.
  • 1989 in music.

    1989 in music

    Popular music artists in 1989 included Def Leppard, Paula Abdul, Bon Jovi, Tone Lōc, Debbie Gibson, Milli Vanilli, Rod Stewart, Roxette, The Bangles, Fine Young Cannibals, Madonna, Jody Watley, Donny Osmond, Bette Midler, Simply Red, Martika, Love and Rockets, Gloria Estefan, New Kids on the Block, Cher, Janet Jackson, Bad English, Billy Joel, Phil Collins and Soul II Soul.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1989?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1989?

    In 1989, the best NBA players were Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Akeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Tom Chambers, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton, Kevin Johnson, Dominique Wilkins, Terry Cummings, Robert Parish, Dale Ellis and Mark Price.
  • 1989 in movies.

    1989 in movies

    Movies released in 1989 included Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, Back to the Future Part II, Look Who's Talking, Dead Poets Society, Lethal Weapon 2, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Ghostbusters II, The Little Mermaid, Uncle Buck and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
  • Best soccer players in the world.

    Best soccer players in the world

    In 1989, the best soccer players were Marco van Basten, Franco Baresi, Diego Maradona, Frank Rijkaard, Lothar Matthäus, Peter Shilton, Dragan Stojković, Ruud Gullit, Gheorghe Hagi and Jürgen Klinsmann.
  • Driving Miss Daisy.

    Driving Miss Daisy

    "Driving Miss Daisy" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev.

    Mikhail Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev was named Time Person of the Year in 1989 after overseeing the Soviet Union's first free elections.
  • Bette Midler - "Wind Beneath My Wings"

    Bette Midler - "Wind Beneath My Wings"

    "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler won a Grammy for 1989's Song of the Year.
  • The Scrunchie is becoming fashionable.

    The Scrunchie is becoming fashionable

    A new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" became fashionable in the late 1980s.
  • Late 1980s fashion.

    Late 1980s fashion

    The mini skirt became extremely popular. Shoulder pads became increasingly smaller. Popular clothing included reversible inside-out coats, bright-colored shoes with thin heels, berets, lacy gloves, rugby sweatshirts, sweater dresses, jumpsuits, capri leggings, bike shorts, and skirts worn with leggings. Colors included neon hues, plum, gold, and bright wines.
  • People are buying waterbeds.

    People are buying waterbeds

    Waterbeds became a huge fad during the late 1980s. Although they were invented in the 1970s, they didn't reach their heyday until the 1980s. In 1986 and 1987, nearly a quarter of all beds sold were filled with water.
  • VCRs have become a common household item.

    VCRs have become a common household item

    VCRs became a common household item in the mid-1980s. By that stage, prices had started to drop. This device gave people the ability to play VCR tapes and record TV programs and movies.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System.

    The Nintendo Entertainment System

    During the second half of the 1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System became one of the most popular video game consoles in the world. Releases for the NES included Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros.
  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64

    The Commodore 64 was dominating the home computer market.
  • Computers are replacing typewriters.

    Computers are replacing typewriters

    Desktop computers were beginning to replace typewriters in offices.
  • TV remotes.

    TV remotes

    Although TV remotes existed, many homes didn't have one. Infrared technology was still relatively new.
  • Wallpaper.


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 26, 1989.

  • April 26, 1989: American actress Lucille Ball passes away at the age of 77.
  • May 6, 1989: Roy Jones Jr. makes his professional boxing debut in a win over Ricky Randall.
  • May 11, 1989: The final episode of the soap opera "Dynasty" is aired on ABC.
  • May 12, 1989:
    • See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) is released in cinemas.
    • The San Bernardino train disaster kills four people.
  • May 14, 1989: The last episode of "Family Ties" is aired.
  • May 19, 1989: The action film Road House (1989), starring Patrick Swayze, is released in movie theaters.
  • May 20, 1989:
    • Liverpool win the FA Cup after defeating local rivals Everton 3-2 after Extra Time.
    • Actress, comedian, and SNL cast member Gilda Radner dies from cancer at the age of 42.
  • May 24, 1989:
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) is released in movie theaters.
    • Football: A.C Milan win the European Cup after defeating Steaua Bucuresti 4-0.
  • This date: May 26, 1989
  • June 2, 1989: Dead Poets Society (1989) is released.
  • June 3, 1989:
    • Iranian Revolution leader Ayatollah Khomeini passes away after suffering multiple heart attacks.
    • The Chinese government sends troops into Tiananmen Square to disperse protesters.
  • June 4, 1989:
    • Ali Khamenei becomes the Supreme Leader of Iran.
    • Ufa train disaster: 575 people are killed when a natural gas explosion occurs in Bashkir ASSR, Soviet Union.
    • Up to 10,000 people are left dead after the Chinese army attacks protesters at Tiananmen Square.
  • June 5, 1989: Tiananmen Square protests: An unknown Chinese protestor called "Tank Man" stands in front of a column of military tanks.
  • June 13, 1989: The Detroit Pistons win the 1989 NBA Finals after they defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0.
  • June 14, 1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is accused of slapping the face of a Beverly Hills police officer.
  • June 15, 1989: Nirvana release their album Bleach.
  • June 16, 1989: Ghostbusters II (1989) is released.
  • June 23, 1989:
    • The movie Batman, starring Michael Keaton, is released in cinemas.
    • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) is released.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 26, 1989, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1989 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 22.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 26, 1989 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1989

In May 1989, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from May 1989.

Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night
The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Full House
Full House
My Two Dads
My Two Dads
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
Married... with Children
Married... with Children
The Equalizer
The Equalizer

Cars in 1989

1989 saw the introduction of cars such as the Chevrolet Lumina, the Citroën XM, the Ford Fiesta (third generation), the Dodge Spirit, the Eagle Talon, and the Lexus ES.

Cars in 1989.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on May 26, 1989

If you were a kid on May 26, 1989, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers
Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers

Garfield and Friends
Garfield and Friends
Denver, the Last Dinosaur
Denver, the Last Dinosaur
Count Duckula
Count Duckula
The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The World of David the Gnome
The World of David the Gnome
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Popular toys and games in 1989

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles figures
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
The Ghostbusters Proton Pack
Koosh Ball
Koosh Ball
Boglins (hand puppets)
Boglins (hand puppets)
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Laser Tag
Laser Tag
The Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Mr Frosty
Mr Frosty
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Pogo ball / Lolo ball
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 1989.

Super Mario Land 1989
Super Mario Land
SimCity 1989
Mega Man 2 1988
Mega Man 2
RoboCop 1988
Super Mario Bros. 3 1988
Super Mario Bros. 3
Gain Ground 1988
Gain Ground
Altered Beast 1988
Altered Beast
Maniac Mansion
Maniac Mansion
Paperboy 1986
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Tetris 1984
Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt

Were you born on May 26, 1989?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1989.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 26, 1995, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 26.

John Wayne

John Wayne

Actor Deceased
Born on May 26, 1907
He was not alive on this date.

Miles Davis

Miles Davis

Musician Deceased
Born on May 26, 1926
He turned 63 on this day in 1989.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

British politician
Born on May 26, 1949
He turned 40 on this day in 1989.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Born on May 26, 1964
He turned 25 on this day in 1989.

Ashley Massaro

Ashley Massaro

Wrestler Deceased
Born on May 26, 1979
She turned 10 on this day in 1989.

Aaron Chalmers

Aaron Chalmers

TV personality
Born on May 26, 1987
He turned 2 on this day in 1989.


US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on May 26, 1989.


UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 26, 1989 was most likely conceived around September 2, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 26, 1989 is close to February 16, 1990.

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Stats for May 26, 1989


Here are some interesting statistics about May 26, 1989:

  • 12,787 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,826 weeks have passed.
  • 1,104,796,800 seconds have passed since May 26, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,288,929,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 570,075,148,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 184,132,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 95,012,525 steps. That's roughly 42,228 miles.
  • 13,257,562 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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