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August 21st, 1989.

August 21st, 1989, was a Monday. It was day 233 of 1989. The decade was the 1980s.

31 years, 9 months and 23 days have passed since August 21st, 1989.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Born on August 21st, 1989.

People who were born on this exact date.

  • Hayden Panettiere: Actress.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 21st, 1989.

  • United States: Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
  • United Kingdom: Swing The Mood - Jive Bunny & Mastermixers
Play the top hits 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 at the Box Office.

The movie "Parenthood" was at the top of the box office on August 21st, 1989.

Take me back to August 21st, 1989!

Let's take a stroll 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Knots Landing", "Cheers", "Full House" and "Quantum Leap".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Duck Hunt", "Altered Beast" and "SimCity". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Pingu", "The Real Ghostbusters", "DuckTales" and "Fireman Sam". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Speak & Spell, My Little Pony (figures), Transformers and Micro Machines.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events 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 console 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 games 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 31 years, 9 months and 23 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: Anyone born on August 21st, 1989, will be 31 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1989 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 619657200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 21st, 1989.

  • July 28th, 1989: Release date of the movie Turner & Hooch (1989).
  • 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 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 affects 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.
  • 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: Pete Rose agrees to a lifetime ban from baseball following allegations of illegal gambling.
  • September 6th, 1989: "This Note's for You" by Neil Young wins Video of the Year at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • 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 20th, 1989: Serial killer Richard Ramirez is found guilty.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 21st, 1989, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Saved by the Bell - Comedy series about a group of friends in high school.
  • Seinfeld - Comedy sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Quantum Leap - TV show about a scientist that finds himself inside the body of a different person each week.
  • Roseanne - Comedy TV show about a working class family called the Conners.
  • 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 - A TV show that was set in the late sixties.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Animated series about a team of four teenage turtles.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.
  • Full House - Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.
  • My Two Dads - Sitcom about two single men raising a teenage daughter.
  • 21 Jump Street - TV series starring Johnny Depp.
  • Married... with Children - Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.

Kid's TV shows on August 21st, 1989.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1989.

  • Saved by the Bell
  • Hey Dude
  • Babar
  • Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers
  • Noozles
  • Roseanne
  • Garfield and Friends
  • Count Duckula
  • The Wonder Years
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Fireman Sam
  • Full House
  • DuckTales
  • Adventures of the Little Koala
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Married... with Children
  • ALF
  • The Real Ghostbusters
  • Pingu
  • Growing Pains
  • ThunderCats
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • The Cosby Show
  • Muppet Babies
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Danger Mouse
  • The Smurfs
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show

Popular toys and games in 1989.

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

  • The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
  • The Game Boy
  • Jenga
  • Micro Machines
  • Popples
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Transformers
  • Pound Puppies
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Super Mario Land - Released for the Game Boy.
  • SimCity - A city-building game that was released for the Macintosh computer.
  • SimCity - City-building simulation game developed by Maxis.
  • Mega Man 2 - Second installment in the Mega Man series. Released on the NES.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - Platform video game that was published on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • Gain Ground - Action-strategy arcade game.
  • Altered Beast - Beat 'em up arcade game.
  • Maniac Mansion - Graphic adventure game.
  • Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar - Role-playing game.
  • Tetris - Tile-matching puzzle video game.
  • Duck Hunt - Light gun shooter game.
  • 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 check out August 21st, 1995 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

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

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.

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

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

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 21st, 1989 was most likely conceived around the 11th of November, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 21st, 1989 is close to the 31st of May, 1990.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 11,619 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,659 weeks have passed.
  • 1,003,881,600 seconds have passed since the August 21st, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,171,195,200 times.
  • Since August 21st, 1989, the earth has travelled approximately 518,002,905,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 167,313,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 86,333,818 steps. That's about 38,371 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,046,579 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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