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August 21st, 1989.

August 21st, 1989, was a Monday. It was day 233 of 1989. The decade was the Eighties.

32 years, 10 months and 14 days have passed since August 21st, 1989.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Birthdays

Born on August 21st, 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 August 21st, 1989.

  • United States: Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
  • United Kingdom: Swing The Mood - Jive Bunny & Mastermixers

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 21st, 1989.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
  • On Our Own (From "Ghostbusters II") - Bobby Brown
  • Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
  • Don't Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
  • Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Play the top singles from the year 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.
Parenthood

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "Parenthood".

Take me back to August 21st, 1989!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is August 21st, 1989, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. The summer of 1989 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

In America, the song Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Swing The Mood by Jive Bunny & Mastermixers is the number one hit song. George W. Bush Snr. is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Parenthood is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, women are currently 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.

Nintendo has just released a handheld game console called the Game Boy. The Sega Genesis games console has just been released. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Bette Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Roald Dahl would all be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Only Fools and Horses", "'Allo 'Allo!", "Night Court" and "Seinfeld". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Paperboy", "RoboCop", "SimCity" and "Super Mario Land". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Danger Mouse", "21 Jump Street", "Roseanne" and "Babar".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Screwball Scramble, Laser Tag, Micro Machines and the Game Boy.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on August 21st, 1989.

  • The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis was one of the most popular video games consoles during this period. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.

  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy.

    During this time, a hand-held game console called the "Game Boy" was all the rage. The console boasted games such as Super Mario Land, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Kirby's Dream Land and a number of Pokémon releases.

  • 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.

  • Who were the best football players in 1989?

    Who were the best football players in 1989?

    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 as the 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.

    In the late 1980s, a new elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" started to become fashionable.

  • Late 1980s fashion.

    Late 1980s fashion.

    During this period, 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.

    In the late 1980s, waterbeds reached their height in popularity. 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.

    From the mid-80s onward, VCRs started to become a common household item. 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 the likes of Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.

  • The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64.

    The Commodore 64 dominated the home computer market during this period.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

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

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 32 years, 10 months and 14 days have passed since August 21st, 1989.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 34 of 1989.
  • Leap Year: 1989 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 21st, 1989 will be 32 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1989 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 619657200.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around August 21st, 1989.

  • July 28th, 1989: The cop comedy film "Turner & Hooch", starring Tom Hanks, is released in movie theaters.
  • July 31st, 1989: The first Game Boy is released in North America.
  • July 31st, 1989: The game "Super Mario Land" is released in North America.
  • August 7th, 1989: 15 people, including US Congressman Mickey Leland, die in a plane crash in Gambela, Ethiopia.
  • August 9th, 1989: The Abyss (1989) is released in cinemas.
  • August 14th, 1989: The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive is released.
  • August 16th, 1989: Uncle Buck (1989) is released in cinemas.
  • August 16th, 1989: A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that effects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market.
  • August 18th, 1989: Colombian politician Luis Carlos Galan is assassinated by drug cartels.
  • August 20th, 1989: Infamous murder case: Lyle and Erik Menendez shoot their wealthy parents to death.
  • August 20th, 1989: 51 people die after the pleasure steamer "Marchioness" sinks in the River Thames in London.
  • This date: August 21st, 1989
  • August 22nd, 1989: Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton is shot and killed in Los Angeles, California.
  • August 24th, 1989: Former professional baseball player and manager Pete Rose is banned for life amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games.
  • September 6th, 1989: "This Note's for You" by Neil Young wins Video of the Year at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • September 6th, 1989: A police computer error leads to thousands of Paris residents being accused of manslaughter and procuring prostitution.
  • September 8th, 1989: Kickboxer (1989), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, is released in movie theaters.
  • September 14th, 1989: Soccer: West Ham midfielder Paul Ince joins Manchester United.
  • September 14th, 1989: Joseph Wesbecker shoots eight people dead at his former workplace in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • September 19th, 1989: 170 passengers and crew are killed when a bomb detonates on UTA Flight 772.
  • September 19th, 1989: The medical drama "Doogie Howser, M.D." begins airing ABC.
  • September 20th, 1989: Serial killer Richard Ramirez is found guilty of 13 murders.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 21st, 1989, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1989 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 21st, 1989 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 21st, 1989.

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Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in August, 1989.

TV shows from August, 1989.

Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Comedy sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.

Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
TV show about a scientist that finds himself inside the body of a different person each week.

Roseanne
Roseanne
Comedy TV show about a working class family called the Conners.

In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night
Drama series starring Carroll O'Connor as police chief Bill Gillespie and Howard Rollins as detective Virgil Tibbs.

The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
A TV show that was set in the late sixties.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.

Full House
Full House
Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.

My Two Dads
My Two Dads
Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
TV series starring Johnny Depp.

Married... with Children
Married... with Children
Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.

Matlock
Matlock
Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.

MacGyver
MacGyver
TV show about a resourceful secret agent who can solve almost any problem using the mundane objects around him.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer
Series about a retired secret agent called Robert McCall.

The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Television series about four mature women who live together in Miami, Florida.

Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge
TV show about a 19-year-old student called Charles, who is played by Scott Baio.

Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

Who's the Boss?
Who's the Boss?
Sitcom about a retired baseball player who relocates to work as a live-in housekeeper.

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Starring Jeremy Brett.

Night Court
Night Court
Sitcom about a night court in Manhattan.

'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
BBC sitcom starring Gorden Kaye.

Cheers
Cheers
Sitcom starring Ted Danson.

Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses
British television comedy.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.
Starring Tom Selleck as Private Investigator Thomas Magnum.

Knots Landing
Knots Landing
American soap opera.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

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 August 21st, 1989.

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

Saved by the Bell
Saved by the Bell

Hey Dude
Hey Dude

Babar
Babar

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

Noozles
Noozles

Roseanne
Roseanne

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 World of David the Gnome
The World of David the Gnome

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Full House
Full House

DuckTales
DuckTales

Adventures of the Little Koala
Adventures of the Little Koala

21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street

Married... with Children
Married... with Children

ALF
ALF

The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters

Pingu
Pingu

Growing Pains
Growing Pains

The Care Bears
The Care Bears

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Adventures of the Gummi Bears

ThunderCats
ThunderCats

Thomas the Tank Engine
Thomas the Tank Engine

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show

Snorks
Snorks

Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

The Smurfs
The Smurfs

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1989.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1989.

The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive

The Game Boy
The Game Boy

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)

Jenga
Jenga

Micro Machines
Micro Machines

Popples
Popples

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

Transformers
Transformers

Pound Puppies
Pound Puppies

Turnin' Turbo Dashboard
Turnin' Turbo Dashboard

My Little Pony (figures)
My Little Pony (figures)

Big wheel (tricycle)
Big wheel (tricycle)

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

Operation
Operation

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in August of 1989.

Super Mario Land 1989
Super Mario Land
Released for the Game Boy.

SimCity 1989
SimCity
A city-building simulation game developed by Maxis.

Mega Man 2 1988
Mega Man 2
Second installment in the Mega Man series. Released on the NES.

RoboCop 1988
RoboCop
Released for arcade, the Amstrad, the NES and the Spectrum.

Super Mario Bros. 3 1988
Super Mario Bros. 3
Platform video game that was published on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Gain Ground 1988
Gain Ground
Action-strategy arcade game.

Altered Beast 1988
Altered Beast
Beat 'em up arcade game.

Maniac Mansion
 1987
Maniac Mansion
Graphic adventure game.

Paperboy 1986
Paperboy
Action game where the player takes control of a paperboy.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Role-playing game.

Tetris 1984
Tetris
Tile-matching puzzle video game.

Duck Hunt 1984
Duck Hunt
Light gun shooter game.

Missile Command 1980
Missile Command
Arcade game developed by Atari.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out August 21st, 1995 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 21st.

Kenny Rogers

Singer. Deceased
Born on August 21st, 1938
He turned 51 on this day in 1989.

Stretch

Rapper. Deceased
Born on August 21st, 1968
He turned 21 on this day in 1989.

Usain Bolt

Sprinter.
Born on August 21st, 1986
He turned 3 on this day in 1989.

Robert Lewandowski

Soccer player.
Born on August 21st, 1988
He turned 1 on this day in 1989.

Weather details

Weather on August 21st, 1989.

Historical weather information for August 21st, 1989.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 19.4 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. There were 3 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 72.0 degrees Fahrenheit. 22.22 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. There was thunder. Rain fell. Precipitation: 22.1cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 20.5 degrees Celsius.
USA

US President.

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on August 21st, 1989.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 21st, 1989.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 21st, 1989 was most likely conceived around November 28th, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 21st, 1989 is close to May 14th, 1990.

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Stats for August 21st, 1989

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 21st, 1989.

  • A total of 12,005 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,715 weeks have passed.
  • 1,037,232,000 seconds have passed since the August 21st, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,210,104,000 times.
  • Since August 21st, 1989, the Earth has travelled approximately 535,211,712,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 172,872,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 89,201,952 steps. That's about 39,645 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,446,784 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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