“We know what works. Freedom works. We know what’s right. Freedom’s right.” George H. W. Bush
41st U.S. President, served Jan. 20, 1989 – Jan. 20, 1993
1989 Nissan 240
AVERAGE COST OF LIVING
Dan Quayle, 44th U.S. Vice President Served Jan. 20, 1989 – Jan. 20, 1993
• USSR pulls out of Afghanistan. • PLO and Israel begin preliminary talks. • Thousands of students occupy Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting for democracy. The Chinese government Declares martial law and hundreds of demonstrators are killed. • New Prime Minister in South Africa F.W. de Klerk starts to dismantle apartheid. • Free elections in Poland bring Solidarity to power. • Following protests, free elections are held in Czechoslovakia. • After 30 years the Cold War between East and West ends following the Malta conference and the Berlin Wall comes down. • Toyota launches its luxury brand, Lexus.
• In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Great Pyramid of Giza. • Hurricane Hugo (Category 5) strikes Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, South Carolina and North Carolina. The hurricane claimed more 80 lives and in 1989 was the costliest hurricane in financial terms to date.
• The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 21 that flag burning as a form of political protest is an act of protected speech under the First Amendment to the Constitution. • The Galileo Spacecraft is launched by NASA on Oct. 18. • The Phillips 66 Chemical Complex in Houston, Texas has a series of explosions and fires killing 23 employees. • Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair.
• The Mirage Hotel and Casino opens in Las Vegas as the first huge resort hotel. • In Alaska’s Prince William Sound the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil after running aground. • The Loma Prieta earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, strikes San Francisco Bay Area in California, killing 63. • The Savings and Loan Crisis leads to nearly one-quarter of all savings and loan associations requiring bailout due to poor real estate lending practices and an easing of regulatory oversight. • Yugo Cars go bankrupt. • Ford buys Jaguar. • The first episodes of “The Simpsons” are shown on FOX.
Boy in Japan in April and in North America in July. • Voyager II passes the planet Neptune and its moon Triton and sends pictures back to earth. • The 486 series of microprocessor introduced by Intel. • Scientists pronounce 1989 as the warmest on record possibly a sign of the greenhouse effect. • Florida and Virginia allow use of DNA genetic fingerprinting evidence as admissible. • First release of Microsoft Office.
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• Batman • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade • Lethal Weapon 2 • Twins • Back to the Future Part II • Ghostbusters II • The Little Mermaid • Driving Miss Daisy • Parenthood • Dead Poets Society • License to Kill • Honey, I Shrunk The Kids • My Left Foot • When Harry Met Sally
• “Look Away,” Chicago • “My Prerogative,” Bobby Brown • “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul • “Miss You Much,” Janet Jackson • “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler • “Girl You Know It’s True,” Milli Vanilli
• The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System (GPS) is placed into orbit. Nintendo releases the Game
1989 Porsche 911
BORN THIS YEAR: Taylor Swift, musician. Above left: Aaron Hernandez, NFL player; Michelle Wie, pro golfer; Chris Brown, musician; Elizabeth Olsen, actress.
• Income per year .. $30,056 • Minimum wage .......... $3.35 • New house ........ $120,000 • Rent ............................... $420 • New car.................... $15,350 • Gallon of gas ................... 97¢ • Dozen eggs .................... 96¢ • Gallon of milk . ............. $2.14 • Loaf of bread ............... $1.29 • First-class stamp ........... 25¢ • Movie ticket ................ $3.99
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 1989 Corvette ZR1
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