July 16, 1989

July 16, 1989, was a Sunday. It was 34 years, 8 months, and 30 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.


Born on July 16, 1989

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on July 16, 1989:

  • United States: "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Simply Red
  • United Kingdom: "Back To Life" by Soul II Soul

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 16, 1989

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red
  • Express Yourself - Madonna
  • Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals
  • Toy Soldiers - Martika
  • Baby Don't Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
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.

Top movie

The movie "Batman" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date was 12,692 days ago. Approximately 423 months have passed. It was the 197th day of 1989, in week 28. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 34 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. We have gone through approximately 141 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to July 16, 1989

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Sunday, July 16, 1989. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Cancer. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the days ahead.

The summer of 1989 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Simply Red is at the top of the singles charts, while "Back To Life" by Soul II Soul is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Batman 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Rebecca Schaeffer, Bette Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr, and Stevie Ray Vaughan would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "'Allo 'Allo!", "The Golden Girls", "21 Jump Street", and "My Two Dads". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Duck Hunt", "Tetris", and "Altered Beast".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The Cosby Show", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", and "Denver, the Last Dinosaur". Popular toys at the moment include Cabbage Patch Kids, Transformers, Pogo ball / Lolo ball, and Sylvanian Families.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 16, 1989.

  • 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.
  • 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on July 16, 1989.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to July 16, 1989.

  • 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.
  • June 28, 1989: NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announces that he will retire at the end of the season.
  • June 30, 1989: The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) is released.
  • July 5, 1989: The sitcom "Seinfield" premieres on NBC.
  • July 6, 1989: 16 people are killed in Israel after an Islamic terrorist takes control of a bus and drives it off a cliff.
  • July 7, 1989: Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) is released.
  • July 10, 1989: Mel Blanc, who voiced cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, dies at the age of 81.
  • July 13, 1989: John F. Kennedy Stadium is closed in Philadelphia.
  • This date: July 16, 1989
  • July 17, 1989: Hip Hop pioneer "Paul C" is shot dead in Rosedale, Queens.
  • July 18, 1989: Actress Rebecca Schaeffer is gunned down by a stalker outside of her home in California.
  • July 19, 1989: 111 people are killed after United Airlines Flight 232 crash lands at Sioux City, Iowa.
  • July 28, 1989: The cop comedy film "Turner & Hooch", starring Tom Hanks, is released in movie theaters.
  • July 31, 1989:
    • The first Game Boy is released in North America.
    • The game "Super Mario Land" is released in North America.
  • August 7, 1989: 15 people, including US Congressman Mickey Leland, die in a plane crash in Gambela, Ethiopia.
  • August 9, 1989: The Abyss (1989) is released in cinemas.
  • August 14, 1989: The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive is released.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 16, 1989, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1989 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 16, 1989 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on July 16, 1989

TV audiences were watching the following shows on July 16, 1989:

TV shows from July 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

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 July 16, 1989

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1989:

Hey Dude
Hey Dude
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

Popular toys and games in 1989

Toys and games that were popular in 1989:

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 July 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 July 16, 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 July 16, 1995, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 16.

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

Born on July 16, 1967
He turned 22 on this day in 1989.

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

Born on July 16, 1971
He turned 18 on this day in 1989.

Chris Pontius

Chris Pontius

Stunt performer
Born on July 16, 1974
He turned 15 on this day in 1989.

Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley

Born on July 16, 1976
He turned 13 on this day in 1989.


US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on July 16, 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 July 16, 1989 was most likely conceived around October 23, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 16, 1989 is close to April 8, 1990.

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Stats for July 16, 1989


Here are some interesting statistics about July 16, 1989:

  • 12,692 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,813 weeks have passed.
  • 1,096,588,800 seconds have passed since July 16, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,279,353,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 565,839,820,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 182,764,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 94,306,637 steps. That's roughly 41,914 miles.
  • 13,159,066 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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