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October 17th, 1989.

October 17th, 1989, was a Tuesday. It was day 290 of 1989. The decade was the 1980s.

32 years, 7 months and 4 days have passed since October 17th, 1989.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Birthdays

Born on October 17th, 1989.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1989.

  • United States: Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
  • United Kingdom: That's What I Like - Jive Bunny & Mastermixers

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 17th, 1989.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Miss You Much - Janet Jackson
  • Cherish - Madonna
  • Girl I'm Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli
  • Love Song - The Cure
  • Mixed Emotions - The Rolling Stones
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.
Black Rain

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Black Rain" was at the top of the box office on October 17th, 1989.

Take me back to October 17th, 1989!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 17th, 1989 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Miss You Much by Janet Jackson is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, That's What I Like 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 Black Rain 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Sammy Davis, Jr, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Roald Dahl would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "'Allo 'Allo!", "The Golden Girls", "Married... with Children" and "Roseanne".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gain Ground", "Mega Man 2", "SimCity" and "Super Mario Land". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Thomas the Tank Engine", "Pingu", "Fireman Sam" and "Noozles". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Transformers, the Nintendo Entertainment System, Micro Machines and the Game Boy.

News

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 October 17th, 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.

  • 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, 7 months and 4 days have passed since October 17th, 1989.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1989.
  • Leap Year: 1989 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 17th, 1989, will be 32 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1989 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 624582000.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 17th, 1989.

  • 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.
  • September 22nd, 1989: The first episode of "Baywatch" is aired.
  • September 22nd, 1989: 11 British soldiers are killed after the IRA sets off a bomb at the Royal Marines School of Music building in Deal, England.
  • October 6th, 1989: American actress Bette Davis dies from cancer at the age of 81.
  • This date: October 17th, 1989
  • October 22nd, 1989: Minnesota crime: 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling is abducted in Long Prairie, Minnesota.
  • October 23rd, 1989: Phil Collins releases the song "Another Day in Paradise".
  • October 25th, 1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is sentenced to 3 days in jail for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer.
  • October 27th, 1989: 14-year-old Melanie Melanson goes missing in Woburn, Massachusetts.
  • November 7th, 1989: Serial killer Richard Ramirez is sentenced to death.
  • November 7th, 1989: Anti-government protests force East German Prime Minister Willi Stoph and his cabinet to resign.
  • November 9th, 1989: The fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • November 10th, 1989: People begin to dismantle the Berlin Wall.
  • November 14th, 1989: NWA rapper "The Doc" is involved in a serious car crash that crushes his larynx and permanently changes his voice.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 17th, 1989, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 17th, 1989 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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 on this date.

TV shows from October, 1989.

Family Matters
Family Matters
Sitcom starring Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Otis Winslow.

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 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 October 17th, 1989.

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

Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser, M.D.

Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Dink, the Little Dinosaur

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice

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

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

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1989.

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

Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket

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

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Golden Axe 1989
Golden Axe
Conan the Barbarian-style beat 'em-up game.

DuckTales 1989
DuckTales
Originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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 check out October 17th, 1995 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 17th.

Norm Macdonald

Comedian. Deceased
Born on October 17th, 1959
He turned 30 on this day in 1989.

Ziggy Marley

Musician.
Born on October 17th, 1968
He turned 21 on this day in 1989.

Wyclef Jean

Singer.
Born on October 17th, 1969
He turned 20 on this day in 1989.

Eminem

Rap singer.
Born on October 17th, 1972
He turned 17 on this day in 1989.

Simon Harris

Irish politician.
Born on October 17th, 1986
He turned 3 on this day in 1989.

Weather details

Weather on October 17th, 1989.

Historical weather information for October 17th, 1989.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 17.5 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. There were 4 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 42.5 degrees Fahrenheit. 5.83 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 11.68cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 13.17 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported.
USA

US President.

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on October 17th, 1989.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 17th, 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 October 17th, 1989 was most likely conceived around January 24th, 1989.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 17th, 1989 is close to July 10th, 1990.

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Stats for October 17th, 1989

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 17th, 1989.

  • A total of 11,904 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,700 weeks have passed.
  • 1,028,505,600 seconds have passed since the October 17th, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,199,923,200 times.
  • Since October 17th, 1989, the earth has travelled approximately 530,708,889,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 171,417,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 88,451,482 steps. That's about 39,312 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,342,067 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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