How many years ago was 1989?

1989 was 35 years ago.

35 years have passed between June 18th, 1989, and June 18th, 2024. It was 12,784 days ago.

How long ago was 1989?

To put into perspective how long ago 1989 was:

  • The teenagers that existed in 1989 are now 48–54 years old.
  • Three decades have passed since then.
  • Although the Internet existed in 1989, most people didn't even know what it was.
  • People were still listening to music on portable cassette players called Walkmans.
  • Cellphones were very uncommon.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • A small communication device called a "pager" was very popular at the time.
  • Mullets were "everywhere".
  • The Soviet Union still existed.
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • Motorists had to rely on printed maps and directions to get to places. GPS systems didn't appear until more than a decade later.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 52 inches since 1989.
  • There have been roughly 1,820 weekends since then.
  • Names such as 2Pac, David Beckham, Will Smith, Shaquille O'Neal, Halle Berry, Kurt Cobain, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Jeffrey Dahmer were not famous at the time.
  • Nelson Mandela was still in prison.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison, "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown, "Two Hearts" by Phil Collins, "When I'm With You" by Sheriff, "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul, and "Lost In Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson.
  • Films such as "Rain Man", "Three Fugitives", "The Fly II", "The 'Burbs", "Lean on Me", and "Fletch Lives" were playing at movie theaters in 1989.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 158 billion miles through space since 1989.
  • Most cars didn't have electric windows.
  • There was no such thing as "texting."
  • Although TV remote controls existed, many homes did not have them.
  • Microwave ovens were only starting to become a common fixture in kitchens.
  • Video games such as "Prince of Persia", "Super Mario Land", "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse", "Batman: The Video Game", "Herzog Zwei", and "Golden Axe" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 88 centimeters since 1989.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 70–105 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 140 seasons of weather.
  • "Seinfeld", "Quantum Leap", and "Family Matters" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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