December 17th, 1989, was a Sunday. It was day 351 of 1989. The decade was the 1980s.
31 years, 5 months and 25 days have passed since December 17th, 1989.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
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The movie "The War of the Roses" was at the top of the box office on December 17th, 1989.
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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 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.
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.
Motorola released the MicroTAC 9800x on April 25th, 1989. This is considered by many to be the first truly portable phone.
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.
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.
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.
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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989.
Mikhail Gorbachev was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1989 after overseeing the Soviet Union's first free elections.
"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler won a Grammy for 1989's Song of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
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 dominated the home computer market during this period.
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George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on December 17th, 1989.
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1989.
Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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