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1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. It was also the last year of the 1980s. A wave of counterrevolutions ended the Eastern Bloc and the Cold War.
- January 7 – Akihito becomes Emperor of Japan following the death of Hirohito. The Heisei period begins.
- January 8 – the Kegworth Air Disaster – A British Midland Boeing 737 crashes on approach to East Midlands Airport – 44 dead
- January 10 – Cuban troops begin withdrawing from Angola
- January 10 – Assistant Australian Federal Police commissioner Colin Winchester is shot dead in the driveway of his Canberra home.
- January 17 – A gunman kills 5 children, wounds 30 and then shoots himself in Stockton, California
- January 20 – George Herbert Walker Bush succeeds Ronald Wilson Reagan as President of the United States of America
- January 24 – Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida's electric chair
- January 30 – American Olympic medalist Bruce Kimball is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing two teenagers in a drunk driving accident.
- February 3 – Paraguayan leader Alfredo Stroessner is removed from office.
- February 14 – Iran issues a fatwa (death warrant) against the writer Salman Rushdie for his novel, The Satanic Verses.
- March 24 – The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurs at Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. Until 2010 it is the worst oil spill in United States history.
- May - Tornadoes hit Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
- June 4 – Protests at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, are brutally crushed. An image of a lone protestor defying a tank is shown worldwide.
- August – First sighting of the Aurora, a supposed hyptersonic aircraft 
- September - Hurricane Hugo strikes the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and North Carolina. The hurricane causes $8 billion in damage in the United States, about $10 billion in total. Many people die from this hurricane.
- October 17 – A major earthquake strikes San Francisco, California.
- October 18 – East Germany's leader Erich Honecker resigns.
- November 2 – Bad Religion releases No Control, which is considered one of the band's best known works in the history of punk music, along with its predecessor Suffer, which came out in the previous year.
- November 17 – The Berlin Wall in Germany starts to come down.
- December 22 – The main crossing from East into West Berlin is officially reopened.
- December 22 – In Romania, Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu is removed from office.
- December 25 – Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena are executed by a firing squad.
- January 23 – April Pearson, British actress
- February 3 – Vania King, American tennis player
- February 9 – Shunta Takahashi, Japanese footballer
- February 18 – Zhang Li Yin, Chinese singer
- February 21 – Corbin Bleu, American actor
- March 12 – Holger Badstuber, German footballer
- March 13 – Marko Marin, German footballer
- March 14 – Ryohei Yamazaki, Japanese footballer
- March 16 – Theo Walcott, English footballer
- March 20 – Keisuke Endo, Japanese footballer
- March 28 – David Goodwillie, Scottish footballer
- April 2 - Midhun Jith, Indian martial artist
- April 8 – Koki Otani, Japanese footballer
- April 23 – Nicole Vaidisova, German tennis player
- May 5 – Chris Brown, American singer
- May 11 – Giovani dos Santos, Mexican footballer
- May 17 – Tessa Virtue, Canadian ice dancer
- June 2 – Freddy Adu, American footballer
- June 11 – Shia LaBeouf, American actor
- July 23 – Daniel Radcliffe, British actor
- August 15 – Joe Jonas, American singer and actor
- August 21 – Hayden Panettiere, American actress
- September 1 – Bill & Tom Kaulitz, German singers
- September 10 – Sanjaya Malakar, American singer
- September 13 – Thomas Mueller, German footballer
- September 21 – Jason Derulo, American singer
- September 23 – Brandon Jennings, American basketball player
- October 4 – Kimmie Meissner, American ice skater
- October 30 – Seth Adkins, American actor
- October 30 – Nastia Liukin, American gymnast
- December 13 – Taylor Swift, American singer
- December 22 – Jordin Sparks, American singer
- December 28 – Mackenzie Rosman, American actress
- January 7 – Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (b. 1901)
- January 23 – Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter (b. 1904)
- January 24 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (b. 1946)
- February 6 – Chris Gueffroy, last person to be shot at the Berlin Wall (b. 1968)
- February 14 – Albert Hawke, Australian politician (b. 1900)
- February 17 – Lefty Gomez, American baseball player (b. 1908)
- February 26 – Roy Eldridge, American jazz musician (b. 1911)
- February 27 – Konrad Lorenz, German scientist (b. 1903)
- April 12 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (b. 1921)
- April 26 – Lucille Ball, American actress (b. 1911)
- April 30 – Sergio Leone, movie director (b. 1929)
- June 3 – Ayatollah Khomeini, Supreme Leader of Iran (b. 1900)
- July 2 – Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (b. 1909)
- July 10 – Mel Blanc, American actor (b. 1908)
- July 11 – Laurence Olivier, British actor (b. 1907)
- July 16 – Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (b. 1908)
- September 4 – Georges Simenon, Belgian writer (b. 1903)
- September 8 – Barry Sadler, American musician (b. 1940)
- September 22 – Irving Berlin, Russian-born composer (b. 1888)
- September 28 – Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines (b. 1917)
- October 4 – Graham Chapman, English comedian (b. 1941)
- October 6 – Bette Davis, American actress (b. 1908)
- November 5 – Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-born pianist (b. 1903)
- December 14 – Andrei Sakharov, Soviet physicist and activist (b. 1921)
- December 22 – Samuel Beckett, Irish playwright (b. 1906)
- December 25 – Nicolae Ceausescu, dictator of Romania (b. 1918)
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
- Born on the Fourth of July, nominated for eight Academy Awards
- Dead Poets Society, winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Film
- Do The Right Thing
- Driving Miss Daisy, nominated for nine Academy Awards
- Ghostbusters II
- Great Balls of Fire!
- Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the highest-grossing movie of 1989
- Kiki's Delivery Service, an animated movie
- Lethal Weapon II
- Tango & Cash
- The Little Mermaid, made by Walt Disney Pictures
- Lock Up
- Look Who's Talking
- Next of Kin
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
- Road House
- Roger & Me, directed by Michael Moore
- Steel Magnolias, winning a Golden Globe Award for Julia Roberts
- Turner & Hooch
- Uncle Buck, directed by John Hughes