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November 17th, 1989.

November 17th, 1989, was a Friday. It was day 321 of 1989. The decade was the Eighties.

33 years, 4 months and 9 days have passed since November 17th, 1989.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on November 17th, 1989.

  • Disney's movie The Little Mermaid (1989) is released.
  • The Velvet Revolution begins as popular demonstrations take place against the one-party Communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 17th, 1989.

  • United States: When I See You Smile - Bad English
  • United Kingdom: All Around The World - Lisa Stansfield

The Billboard Hot 100 on November 17th, 1989.

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

  • When I See You Smile - Bad English
  • Listen To Your Heart - Roxette
  • Cover Girl - New Kids On The Block
  • Blame It On The Rain - Milli Vanilli
  • (It's Just) The Way That You Love Me - Paula Abdul
Play the top singles from the year 1989.
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Harlem Nights

Top movie.

The movie "Harlem Nights" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

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Evan Tackett

The day my favorite movie of all time "The Little Mermaid" came to theaters.
Posted on June 24th, 2022 14:45


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Take me back to November 17th, 1989!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is November 17th, 1989, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's November, so the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder. In America, the song When I See You Smile by Bad English is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, All Around The World by Lisa Stansfield is the number one hit song.

George W. Bush Snr. is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Harlem Nights 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 "Dallas", "Who's the Boss?", "Charles in Charge" and "In the Heat of the Night".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Mega Man 2", "SimCity", "Super Mario Land" and "Golden Axe". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Danger Mouse", "The World of David the Gnome", "The Wonder Years" and "Denver, the Last Dinosaur". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Water Ring Toss, Cabbage Patch Kids, Big wheel (tricycle) and the Nintendo Entertainment System.

News

News topics, nostalgic fads, and pop culture events.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on November 17th, 1989.

  • The Velvet Revolution.

    The Velvet Revolution.

    During this time, popular demonstrations were being held against the one-party Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. These demonstrations eventually led to the end of 41 years of one-party rule in Czechoslovakia.

  • The Little Mermaid is showing at movie theaters.

    The Little Mermaid is showing at movie theaters.

    Disney's animated film "The Little Mermaid" was showing in movie theaters at this time.

  • 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" became 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.

  • 33 years, 4 months and 9 days have passed since November 17th, 1989.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 46 of 1989.
  • Leap Year: 1989 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on November 17th, 1989 will be 33 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1989 belong to the Generation Y (Millennial) generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 627264000.
Events

Around this time.

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around November 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.
  • This date: November 17th, 1989
  • November 22nd, 1989: Back to the Future Part II (1989) is released.
  • November 22nd, 1989: Lebanese President René Moawad is assassinated by a car bomb in Beirut.
  • November 26th, 1989: The first episode of "MTV Unplugged" airs on television.
  • November 27th, 1989: 107 people die when Pablo Escobar blows up Avianca Flight 203 in Colombia.
  • November 28th, 1989: In response to widespread protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia agrees to give up power.
  • November 29th, 1989: Communist rule ends in Czechoslovakia.
  • December 1st, 1989: National Lampoon's Winter Holiday (1989) is released in movie theaters.
  • December 6th, 1989: 14 women are killed after Marc Lépine goes on a shooting spree at the École Polytechnique engineering school in Montreal, Canada.
  • December 11th, 1989: Bulgarian leader Petar Mladenov announces that the Communist Party in Bulgaria will abandon its monopoly on power.
  • December 14th, 1989: The film Glory (1989) is released.
  • December 15th, 1989: The comedy-drama film "Driving Miss Daisy" is released.
  • December 16th, 1989: The Romanian Revolution begins when protests break out in the city of Timișoara.
  • December 17th, 1989: The first episode of The Simpsons is aired.
  • December 17th, 1989: Romanian Revolution: Rioters break into the Communist Party's District Committee building in Timișoara.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on November 17th, 1989, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1989 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: November 17th, 1989 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Photographs of late 1980s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1980s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows in 1989.

Television shows that people were watching in November, 1989.

TV shows from November, 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 November 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 in November of 1989.

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.

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out November 17th, 1995, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

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

Rock Hudson

Actor. Deceased
Born on November 17th, 1925
He was not alive on this date.

Martin Scorsese

Film director.
Born on November 17th, 1942
He turned 47 on this day in 1989.

Danny DeVito

Actor.
Born on November 17th, 1944
He turned 45 on this day in 1989.

John Boehner

American politician.
Born on November 17th, 1949
He turned 40 on this day in 1989.

Jonathan Ross

Television presenter.
Born on November 17th, 1960
He turned 29 on this day in 1989.

Rachel McAdams

Actress.
Born on November 17th, 1978
She turned 11 on this day in 1989.

Sarah Harding

English singer. Deceased
Born on November 17th, 1981
She turned 8 on this day in 1989.

Weather details

Weather on November 17th, 1989.

Historical weather information for November 17th, 1989.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 11.2 degrees Celsius. It rained a bit (mist or a shower or two). It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 28.6 degrees Fahrenheit. -1.89 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Snow was reported. Rain fell. Precipitation: 1.78cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 5.61 degrees Celsius.
USA

US President.

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

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on November 17th, 1989 was most likely conceived around February 24th, 1989.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on November 17th, 1989 is close to August 10th, 1990.

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Stats for November 17th, 1989

Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 12,183 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,740 weeks have passed.
  • 1,052,607,600 seconds have passed since the November 17th, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,228,042,200 times.
  • Since November 17th, 1989, the Earth has travelled approximately 543,145,521,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 175,434,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 90,524,254 steps. That's about 40,233 miles!
  • Since this date, 12,631,291 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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