October 17, 1989

October 17, 1989, was a Tuesday. It was 34 years, 8 months, and 1 day ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.


Born on October 17, 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 October 17, 1989:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 17, 1989

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • 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 singles 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

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


This date occurred 12,663 days ago. Approximately 422 months have passed. It was the 290th day of 1989, in week 42. The decade was the eighties. People who were born on October 17, 1989, are now 34 years old and belong to the Millennial generation. We have gone through approximately 141 seasons of weather since this date.


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Take me back to October 17, 1989

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

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

There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. In America, the song "Miss You Much" by Janet Jackson is at the top of the singles charts, while "That's What I Like" by Jive Bunny & Mastermixers is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Snr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Black Rain is at the top of the box office.

Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "The Golden Girls", "MacGyver", and "Quantum Leap". 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 Sammy Davis, Jr, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Roald Dahl would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Tetris", "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar", "Altered Beast", and "DuckTales".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The Care Bears", "Married... with Children", "The World of David the Gnome", and "Count Duckula". Children are playing with toys such as Cabbage Patch Kids, Screwball Scramble, Pogo ball / Lolo ball, and Koosh Ball.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 17, 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

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around October 17, 1989.

  • 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.
  • This date: October 17, 1989
  • October 22, 1989: Minnesota crime: 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling is abducted in Long Prairie, Minnesota.
  • October 23, 1989: Phil Collins releases the song "Another Day in Paradise".
  • October 25, 1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is sentenced to 3 days in jail for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer.
  • October 27, 1989: 14-year-old Melanie Melanson goes missing in Woburn, Massachusetts.
  • November 7, 1989:
    • Serial killer Richard Ramirez is sentenced to death.
    • Anti-government protests force East German Prime Minister Willi Stoph and his cabinet to resign.
  • November 9, 1989: The fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • November 10, 1989: People begin to dismantle the Berlin Wall.
  • November 14, 1989: NWA rapper "The Doc" is involved in a serious car crash that crushes his larynx and permanently changes his voice.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 17, 1989, will have the star sign Libra.
  • 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 17, 1989 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

Late 1980s fashion

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1980s fashion

Television shows

TV series on October 17, 1989

People in October 1989 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from October 1989.

Family Matters
Family Matters
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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in October 1989

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Dink, the Little Dinosaur

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

Toys in 1989

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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)
Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Laser Tag
Laser Tag
The Nintendo Entertainment System
The Nintendo Entertainment System
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in October 1989.

Golden Axe 1989
Golden Axe
DuckTales 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

Were you born on October 17, 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 October 17, 1995, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel

Stunt performer Deceased
Born on October 17, 1938
He turned 51 on this day in 1989.

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald

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

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley

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

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean

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

Nancy Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan

Born on October 17, 1969
She turned 20 on this day in 1989.

Chris Kirkpatrick

Chris Kirkpatrick

Born on October 17, 1971
He turned 18 on this day in 1989.



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

Simon Harris

Simon Harris

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


US President

George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on October 17, 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 October 17, 1989 was most likely conceived around January 24, 1989.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 17, 1989 is close to July 10, 1990.

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Stats for October 17, 1989


Here are some interesting statistics about October 17, 1989:

  • 12,663 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,809 weeks have passed.
  • 1,094,083,200 seconds have passed since October 17, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,276,430,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 564,546,931,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 182,347,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 94,091,155 steps. That's roughly 41,818 miles.
  • 13,128,998 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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