September 8, 1989

September 8, 1989, was a Friday. It was 34 years, 8 months, and 21 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

What happened?

What happened on September 8, 1989?

  • Kickboxer (1989), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, is released in movie theaters.

Born on September 8, 1989

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on September 8, 1989:

  • United States: "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block
  • United Kingdom: "Ride On Time" by Black Box

The Billboard Hot 100 on September 8, 1989

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
  • Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
  • Hangin' Tough - New Kids On The Block
  • Don't Wanna Lose You - Gloria Estefan
  • Angel Eyes - The Jeff Healey Band
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.
Uncle Buck

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Uncle Buck" was at the top of the box office on September 8, 1989.


This date was 12,682 days ago. Approximately 423 months have passed. It was the 251st day of 1989, in week 36. The decade was the eighties. People born on this day are currently 34 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. The Earth has experienced 141 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to September 8, 1989

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Friday, September 8, 1989. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

Schools and colleges are starting again, and fall has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool, and trees are starting to shed their leaves. In the United States, Labor Day of 1989 has recently come and passed. To many, this means that the summer is officially over. In America, the song "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block is at the top of the singles charts, while "Ride On Time" by Black Box is the number-one song in the UK.

George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Uncle Buck 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 Bette Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Roald Dahl would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Night Court", "Full House", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and "Roseanne".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Altered Beast", "Gain Ground", and "Mega Man 2". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "21 Jump Street", "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh", and "Garfield and Friends". Popular toys at the moment include Speak & Spell, My Little Pony (figures), Pound Puppies, and Micro Machines.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 8, 1989.

  • The Sega Genesis.

    The Sega Genesis

    The Sega Genesis was one of the most popular video game consoles. Outside of North America, it was known as the Sega Mega Drive.
  • The Game Boy.

    The Game Boy

    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.
  • 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 September 8, 1989.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to September 8, 1989.

  • August 9, 1989: The Abyss (1989) is released in cinemas.
  • August 14, 1989: The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive is released.
  • August 16, 1989:
    • Uncle Buck (1989) is released in cinemas.
    • 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 18, 1989: Colombian politician Luis Carlos Galan is assassinated by drug cartels.
  • August 20, 1989:
    • Infamous murder case: Lyle and Erik Menendez shoot their wealthy parents to death.
    • 51 people die after the pleasure steamer "Marchioness" sinks in the River Thames in London.
  • August 22, 1989: Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton is shot and killed in Los Angeles, California.
  • August 24, 1989: Former professional baseball player and manager Pete Rose is banned for life amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games.
  • September 6, 1989:
    • "This Note's for You" by Neil Young wins Video of the Year at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
    • A police computer error leads to thousands of Paris residents being accused of manslaughter and procuring prostitution.
  • This date: September 8, 1989
  • September 14, 1989:
    • Soccer: West Ham midfielder Paul Ince joins Manchester United.
    • Joseph Wesbecker shoots eight people dead at his former workplace in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • September 19, 1989:
    • 170 passengers and crew are killed when a bomb detonates on UTA Flight 772.
    • The medical drama "Doogie Howser, M.D." begins airing on ABC.
  • September 20, 1989: Serial killer Richard Ramirez is found guilty of 13 murders.
  • September 22, 1989:
    • The first episode of "Baywatch" is aired.
    • 11 British soldiers are killed after the IRA sets off a bomb at the Royal Marines School of Music building in Deal, England.
  • September 24, 1989: Golf: Europe wins the 1989 Ryder Cup at the The Belfry in Wishaw, England.
  • October 6, 1989:
    • American actress Bette Davis dies from cancer at the age of 81.
    • Castro Sweep: Members of the San Francisco Police Department instigate a riot following a peaceful demonstration by ACT UP.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 8, 1989, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1989 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 8, 1989 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1989

The following TV shows were popular in September 1989:

TV shows from September 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 September 8, 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

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

Popular toys and games in 1989

Toys and games that were popular 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)
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Laser Tag
Laser Tag
The Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in September 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 September 8, 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 September 8, 1995, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 8.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

US politician
Born on September 8, 1941
He turned 48 on this day in 1989.

Gary Speed

Gary Speed

Soccer manager Deceased
Born on September 8, 1969
He turned 20 on this day in 1989.



Born on September 8, 1979
She turned 10 on this day in 1989.

Vanessa Baden

Vanessa Baden

Born on September 8, 1985
She turned 4 on this day in 1989.

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa

Born on September 8, 1987
He turned 2 on this day in 1989.

Cameron Dallas

Cameron Dallas

Internet personality
Born on September 8, 1994
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes

Soccer player
Born on September 8, 1994
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Gaten Matarazzo

Gaten Matarazzo

Born on September 8, 2002
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.


US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on September 8, 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 September 8, 1989 was most likely conceived around December 16, 1988.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 8, 1989 is close to June 1, 1990.

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Stats for September 8, 1989


Here are some interesting statistics about September 8, 1989:

  • 12,682 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,811 weeks have passed.
  • 1,095,724,800 seconds have passed since September 8, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,278,345,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 565,393,996,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 182,620,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 94,232,333 steps. That's roughly 41,881 miles.
  • 13,148,698 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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