Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame dies on April 26.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles become an over-night sensation.
The fall of the Berlin wall on November 9th.
Cold fusion is announced in March and then denounced at the end of summer as clumsy science.
Arsenio Hall becomes first African-American to host a nightly talk show January 3rd.
The "beginning of the end" for the communist rulers in Eastern Europe; the Cold War comes to an end.
Salmon Rushdie wanted dead by Iranian leader Khomeini.
Kim Basinger buys Braselton, Georgia for $20 million.
Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska in March.
Sheffield, UK: 96 dead, 170 wounded during a soccer match between Liverpool and Sheffield in April.
Students protest on Tienanmen Square, Beijing, China - the army intervenes; 3000-7000 killed, June 3rd.
Worldwide ban of ivory.
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Time and Warner combine to become Time Warner, Inc.
Panama invasion, loud rock music drives Manuel Noreiga from his asylum.
Rob Lowe is spotted in a soft porn video with an underage girl.
The parents of the Menendez brothers are found murdered, Lyle and Erik are later accused of the murders.
Milli Vanilli gets Best New Artist Grammy which is later stripped when it's learned they were lip synching for another duo.
Geraldo Rivera gets his nose broken on his show by a violent guest.
Pete Rose is banned from baseball for betting on games, August 24.
Collin Powell is appointed Joint Cheifs of Staff, highest army post to ever be held by a black officer.
October 17th quake disrupts the third game of the world series between San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics.
TV Guide releases a picture of a newly slim Oprah Winfrey which turns out to be her head on Ann-Margret's body (a very common practise).
Michael Milken is indicted on 98 fraud and racketering charges.
Vietnam withdraws from Cambodia, September 26, after almost 11 years of occupation.
Pan Am files chapter 11.
Earthquake hits Newcastle, N.S.W. Australia in December. Several people died with more injured. Millions of dollars of damage.
Soviet Union begins fully withdrawing from Afghanistan after 10 years of fighting with Afghan mujihadeen forces.
The stealth bomber is completed.