December 21st, 1989

December 21st, 1989, fell on a Thursday. It was day 355 of 1989. The decade was the 1980s.

30 years, 7 months and 15 days have passed since December 21st, 1989.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 21st, 1989:

  • Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu gives his final speech, during which he is booed and forced to retreat.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 21st, 1989:

  • United States: Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins
  • United Kingdom: Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid II

Movie Box Office

What movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "The War of the Roses" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is December 21st, 1989 and it's a Thursday. Christmas Day of 1989 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers. In America, the song Another Day In Paradise by Phil Collins is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid II is the number one hit song. George W. Bush Snr. is currently the President of the United States and the movie The War of the Roses is at the top of the Box Office. 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Knots Landing", "Only Fools and Horses", "Married... with Children" and "Saved by the Bell". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Missile Command", "Mega Man 2", "Golden Axe" and "Herzog Zwei". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "DuckTales", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Roseanne" and "Hey Dude".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "My Little Pony (figures)", "Sylvanian Families", "Game Boy" and "Sega Genesis / Mega Drive".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 21st, 1989.

  • 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.

  • Bette Midler - "Wind Beneath My Wings"

    "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler would go on to win a Grammy for 1989's Song of the Year.

  • Mikhail Gorbachev.

    Mikhail Gorbachev was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1989 after overseeing the Soviet Union's first free elections.

  • Driving Miss Daisy

    "Driving Miss Daisy" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Velvet Revolution

    Popular demonstrations are held against the one-party Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. These demonstrations eventually lead to the end of 41 years of one-party rule in Czechoslovakia.

  • The fall of Nicolae Ceausescu.

    During this period, Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu lost power and was summarily executed. During a mass meeting on the 21st of December, 1989, Ceausescu was booed and forced to retreat inside. The following the day, he and his wife fled by helicopter. On Christmas day in 1989, Ceausescu and his wife were executed after a quick show trial by the military.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 30 years, 7 months and 15 days have passed since December 21st, 1989.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1989.
  • Leap Year: 1989 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 21st, 1989, will be 30 years of age.
  • People born in 1989 belong to the "Generation Y (Millennial)" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 630201600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 21st, 1989:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 21st, 1989, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1989 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 21st, 1989 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • Family Matters - Sitcom starring Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Otis Winslow.
  • Saved by the Bell - Comedy series about a group of friends in high school.
  • Seinfeld - Comedy sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Quantum Leap - TV show about a scientist that finds himself inside the body of a different person each week.
  • Roseanne - Comedy TV show about a working class family called the Conners.
  • The Wonder Years - A TV show that was set in the late sixties.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Animated series about a team of four teenage turtles.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - Starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean‑Luc Picard.
  • Full House - Sitcom about a widowed man who looks after his three daughters.
  • 21 Jump Street - TV series starring Johnny Depp.
  • Married... with Children - Comedy series starring Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.
  • Matlock - Legal drama starring Andy Griffith.

1989 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1989.

"The Simpsons" - "Doogie Howser, M.D." - "Saved by the Bell" - "Hey Dude" - "Babar" - "Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers" - "Noozles" - "Roseanne" - "Garfield and Friends" - "Count Duckula" - "The Wonder Years" - "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - "Fireman Sam" - "Full House" - "DuckTales" - "Adventures of the Little Koala" - "21 Jump Street" - "Married... with Children" - "ALF" - "The Real Ghostbusters" - "Pingu" - "Growing Pains" - "Thomas the Tank Engine" - "The Cosby Show" - "Muppet Babies" - "Alvin and the Chipmunks" - "Danger Mouse" - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"


1989 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1989:

  • Polly Pocket
  • Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
  • Game Boy
  • Jenga
  • Micro Machines
  • Popples
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Transformers
  • Pound Puppies
  • My Little Pony (figures)
  • Big wheel (tricycle)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 21st of December:


Weather

Weather information for December 21st, 1989:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 10.2 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: 7.4 degrees Fahrenheit. -13.67 degrees Celsius. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 12.83 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 10.92cm.

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • George W. Bush Snr. was the President of the United States on December 21st, 1989.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 21st, 1989 was probably conceived around the 13th of March, 1989. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 21st, 1989 is the 30th of September, 1990. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Herzog Zwei - Real-time strategy video game for the SEGA.
  • Golden Axe - Conan the Barbarian-style beat 'em-up game.
  • Super Mario Land - Released for the Game Boy.
  • SimCity - A city-building game that was released for the Macintosh computer.
  • Mega Man 2 - Second installment in the Mega Man series. Released on the NES.
  • Gain Ground - Action-strategy arcade game.
  • Altered Beast - Beat 'em up arcade game.
  • Maniac Mansion - Graphic adventure game.
  • Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar - Role-playing game.
  • Tetris - Tile-matching puzzle video game.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 21st, 1989.

  • 11,186 days have passed since this date.
  • 966,466,800 seconds have passed since the December 21st, 1989.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,127,544,600 times.
  • Since December 21st, 1989, earth has travelled approximately 498,696,868,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 161,077,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 83,116,145 steps. That's about 36,941 miles!
  • Since this date, 11,597,602 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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