1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1989th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 989th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 89th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1980s decade.
1989 was a turning point in political history because a wave of revolutions swept the
Eastern Bloc in Europe, starting in Poland and Hungary, with experiments in power sharing, coming to a head with the opening of the Berlin Wall in November, and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, embracing the overthrow of the communist dictatorship in Romania in December, and ending in December 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. These are collectively known as the Revolutions of 1989.
It was the year of the first
Brazilian presidential elections in 30 years, since the end of the military government in 1985 which ruled the country for more than 20 years, and marked the redemocratization process's final point.
F. W. de Klerk was elected as State President of South Africa, and his regime gradually dismantled the apartheid system over the next five years, culminating with the 1994 election that brought jailed African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela to power.
The first commercial
Internet service providers surfaced in this year,  as well as the first written proposal for the  World Wide Web and New Zealand, Japan and Australia's first Internet connections. The first babies born after preimplantation genetic diagnosis were conceived in late 1989, starting the era of designer babies. 
1989 marked the beginning of the
Heisei period in Japan, which lasted until 2019. It is also the latest year, when written in Roman numerals, to have an L.
February 1 - Joan Kirner becomes Victoria's first female Deputy Premier, after the resignation of Robert Fordham over the VEDC (Victorian Economic Development Co-operation) Crisis.
February 5 - Eurosport, a multiple-language sports broadcasting station in Europe, a first broadcasts service to start in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Ile de France, France.
February 6 - The Government of the People's Republic of Poland holds formal talks with representatives of Solidarity movement for the first time since 1981.
February 11 - Barbara Harris is the first woman consecrated as a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (and also the first woman to become a bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion).
February 16 - Pan Am Flight 103: Investigators announce that the cause of the crash was a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player.
February 20 - In Canada's Yukon Territory, the ruling New Democrats narrowly maintain control of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, winning 9 seats vs. the Progressive Conservative Party's 7.
February 23 - After protracted testimony, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee rejects, 11-9, President Bush's nomination of John Tower for Secretary of Defense.
February 23- 27 - U.S. President Bush visits Japan, China, and South Korea, attending the funeral of Hirohito and then meeting with China's Deng Xiaoping and South Korea's Roh Tae-woo.
February 27 - Venezuela is rocked by the Caracazo, a wave of protests and looting.
Mass demonstration at the Hungarian state television headquarters
Poland begins to liberalise its currency exchange in a move towards capitalism. 
March 2 - Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
March 3 - Jammu Siltavuori abducts and murders two eight-year-old girls in the Myllypuro suburb of Helsinki, Finland.
March 7 - Iran breaks off diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom over Salman Rushdie's . The Satanic Verses
March 9 - Revolutions of 1989: The Soviet Union submits to the jurisdiction of the World Court.
Israel hands over Taba to Egypt, ending a seven-year territorial dispute. Mass demonstrations in Hungary, demanding democracy.
March 16 - The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union approves agricultural reforms allowing farmers the right to lease state-owned farms for life.
March 20 - Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke weeps on national television as he admits marital infidelity.
March 23 - Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announce that they have achieved cold fusion at the University of Utah.
March 23- 28 - The Socialist Republic of Serbia passes constitutional changes revoking the autonomy of the Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo, triggering six days of rioting by the Albanian majority, during which at least 29 people are killed.
March 24 - Exxon Valdez oil spill: In Alaska's Prince William Sound, the spills 240,000 barrels (38,000 m Exxon Valdez 3) of oil after running aground.
March 26 - The first contested elections for the Soviet parliament, Congress of People's Deputies, result in losses for the Communist Party. March 29 - The 61st Academy Awards are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with winning Rain Man Best Picture.
April 1 - Margaret Thatcher's new local government tax, the Poll tax, is introduced in Scotland. It would be introduced in England & Wales the following year.
April 4 - A failed coup attempt against Prosper Avril, President of Haiti, leads to a standoff between mutinous troops and the government which ends on April 10, with the government regaining control of the country.
April 5 - The Polish Government and the Solidarity trade union sign an agreement restoring Solidarity to legal status, and agreeing to hold democratic elections on June 4 ( Polish Round Table Agreement), which initiated the 1989 revolution and the overthrow of communism in Central Europe.
April 6 - National Safety Council of Australia chief executive John Friedrich is arrested after defrauding investors to the tune of $235,000,000.
April 7 - The Soviet submarine K-278 Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea, killing 41.
April 14 - The U.S. government seizes the Irvine, California, Lincoln Savings and Loan Association; Charles Keating (for whom the Keating Five were named) eventually goes to jail, as part of the massive 1980s savings and loan crisis which cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $200,000,000 in bailouts, and many people their life savings. 
April 17 - Poland, Solidarity is once again legalised and allowed to participate in semi-free elections on June 4.
April 20 - NATO debates modernising short range missiles; although the US and UK are in favour, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl obtains a concession deferring a decision.
April 21 - Students from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Nanjing begin protesting in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
April 27 - A major demonstration occurs in Beijing as part of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. 
May 1 - Andrés Rodríguez, who had seized power and declared himself President of Paraguay during a military coup in February, wins a landslide victory at a general election marked by charges of fraud.
May 3 - Cold War - Perestroika - The first McDonald's restaurant in the USSR begins construction in Moscow. It will open on January 31, 1990. 
May 4 - Oliver North convicted on charges related to the Iran-Contra affair. His conviction was thrown out on appeal in 1991 because of his immunised testimony.
May 9 - Andrew Peacock deposes John Howard as Federal Opposition Leader of Australia.
May 10 - The government of President of Panama Manuel Noriega declares void the result of the May 7 presidential election, which Noriega had lost to Guillermo Endara.
May 12- 25 - San Bernardino train disaster: Southern Pacific freight locomotive SP 7551 East derails in a residential area of San Bernardino, California, killing four and destroying seven houses. On May 25, 1989, as a direct result of the derailment, the Calnev Pipeline exploded, killing an additional two people and destroying eleven more houses and 21 cars.
May 15 - Australia's first private tertiary institution, Bond University, opens on the Gold Coast.
May 16 - Ethiopia Coup Attempt: Senior military officers stage a coup attempt in Ethiopia hours after President Mengistu Haile Mariam leaves on a visit to East Germany.
May 17 - More than 1,000,000 Chinese protestors march through Beijing demanding greater democracy. This caused a crackdown.
May 20 - 1989 Tiananmen Square protests: The Chinese government declares martial law in Beijing.
May 22 - The Nordland Days in Leningrad region ( Leningrad Oblast) open.
May 24 - A terrorist organization, Zarate Willka Armed Forces of Liberation, assassinates two missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they return to their apartment, in La Paz, Bolivia.
May 25 - The Calgary Flames defeat the Montreal Canadiens four games to two to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup.
May 31 - Six members of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Movement Tupac Amaru (MRTA) of Peru, shoot dead eight transsexuals, in the city of Tarapoto. 
June 1- 10 - Pope John Paul II visits Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden.
June 2 - S?suke Uno succeeds Noboru Takeshita as Prime Minister of Japan.
June 3 - June 4
June 5 - An unknown Chinese protestor, " Tank Man", stands in front of a column of military tanks on Chang'an Avenue in Beijing, temporarily halting them, an incident which achieves iconic status internationally through images taken by Western photographers.
June 6 - The Ayatollah Khomeini's first funeral is aborted by officials after a large crowd storms the funeral procession, nearly destroying Khomeini's wooden casket in order to get a last glimpse of his body. At one point, Khomeini's body almost falls to the ground, as the crowd attempt to grab pieces of the death shroud. 
June 7 - Surinam Airways Flight 764 crashes in Paramaribo, Suriname; killing 176.
June 12 - The Corcoran Gallery of Art removes Robert Mapplethorpe's gay photography exhibition.
June 13 - The wreck of the German battleship , which was sunk in Bismarck 1941, is located 960 kilometres (600 mi) west of Brest, France.
June 15 - At the 1989 Irish general election, Fianna Fáil, led by Taoiseach Charles Haughey, fails to win a majority.
June 16 - A crowd of 250,000 gathers at Heroes Square in Budapest for the historic reburial of Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian Prime Minister who had been executed in 1958.
June 18 - In the first Greek legislative election of the year, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, led by Prime Minister of Greece Andreas Papandreou, loses control of the Hellenic Parliament.
June 21 - British police arrest 250 people for celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge.
June 22 - Ireland's first universities established since independence in 1922, Dublin City University and the University of Limerick, open.
June 24 - Jiang Zemin becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. June 30 - A military coup led by Omar al-Bashir ousts the civilian government of Prime Minister of Sudan Sadiq al-Mahdi.
July 2 - Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece resigns; a new government is formed under Tzannis Tzannetakis.
July 6 - The Tel Aviv-Jerusalem bus 405 suicide attack, the first Palestinian suicide attack on Israel, takes place.
July 9- 12 - U.S. President George H. W. Bush travels to Poland and Hungary, pushing for U.S. economic aid and investment.
July 10 - Approximately 300,000 Siberian coal miners go on strike, demanding better living conditions and less bureaucracy; it is the largest Soviet labour strike since the 1920s.
July 12 - In the Republic of Ireland, the Taoiseach Charles Haughey returns to power after Fianna Fáil forms a coalition with the Progressive Democrats.
July 12 - Lotte World, a major recreation complex in Seoul, South Korea, is opened to the public. It consists of the world's largest indoor amusement park. 
July 14- 16 - At the 15th G7 summit, leaders call for restrictions on gas emissions.
July 18 - Actress Rebecca Schaeffer is murdered by an obsessed fan, leading to stricter stalking laws in California.
July 20 - Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is placed under house arrest. She is released in 2010.
July 21 - A total blockade of Armenia and NKAO by Azerbaijan begins.
July 26 - A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert Tappan Morris for releasing a computer virus, making him the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
July 27 - In what was the largest prison sentence to date, Thai financial scammer Mae Chamoy Thipyaso and her accomplices are each sentenced to 141,078 years in prison. 
July 28 - At the Iranian presidential election, electors overwhelmingly elect Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as President of Iran and endorse changes to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, increasing the powers of the president. July 31
August 2 - Pakistan is readmitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after leaving it in 1972.
August 5 - Jaime Paz Zamora is elected President of Bolivia, taking office the next day.
Mickey Leland (D-TX) and fifteen others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia. The presidents of five Central American countries agree that the U.S.-backed fighting the government of contras Nicaragua should be disbanded and evicted from their bases in Honduras by December 5.
August 10 - Army General Colin Powell became the first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after being nominated by President Bush.
August 13 - A hot air balloon accident near Alice Springs, Australia kills thirteen people.
August 18 - Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá, Colombia.
August 19- 21 - In response to the murder of a judge, a provincial police chief, and presidential candidate Galán, the authorities of Colombia arrest 11,000 suspected Colombian drug traffickers.
August 21 - The 21st anniversary of the crushing of the Prague Spring is commemorated by a demonstration in the city. 
Singing Revolution: Two million indigenous people of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania join hands to demand freedom and independence from Soviet occupation, forming an uninterrupted 600 km human chain called the Baltic Way. Hungary removes border restrictions with Austria.
All of Australia's 1,645 domestic airline pilots resign over an airline's move to sack and sue them over a dispute.
August 23 - Yusef Hawkins is shot in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York, sparking racial tensions between African Americans and Italian Americans.
Colombia's cocaine traffickers declare "total and absolute war" against the government and begin a series of bombings and arson attacks.
Tadeusz Mazowiecki of Solidarity is elected Prime Minister of Poland. 
August 25 - makes its closest approach to Voyager 2 Neptune and its moon Triton. August 31 - In the aftermath of the Chadian-Libyan conflict of 1978-87, representatives of Libya and Chad agree to let the International Court of Justice determine ownership of the Aouzou Strip, which had been occupied by Libya since 1973.
September 7 - Representatives of the government of Ethiopia and Eritrean separatists meet in Atlanta, with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter attempting to broker a peace settlement.
September 8 - Partnair Flight 394 flies past an F-16 Fighting Falcon on its way home, then the Convair 580 rolls upside down and falls in the North Sea.
September 10 - The Hungarian government opens the country's western borders to refugees from East Germany.
September 10- 11 - Norway's ruling Labour Party loses eight seats in the parliamentary elections, its worst showing since 1945.
An agreement of co-operation between
Leningrad Oblast (Russia) and Nordland County (Norway) is signed in Leningrad, by Chairmen Lev Kojkolainen and Sigbjørn Eriksen. Standard Gravure shooting: Joseph T. Wesbecker, a pressman on disability for mental illness, entered his former workplace and killed eight people and injured twelve before committing suicide after a history of suicidal ideation.
September 17- 22 - Hurricane Hugo devastates the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, causing at least 71 deaths and $8,000,000,000 in damages.
September 18 - Alleged coup attempt in Burkina Faso by military officials foiled.
September 20 - F. W. de Klerk is sworn in as the seventh and last State President of South Africa. 
A cease-fire in the
Lebanese Civil War stops the violence that had killed 900 people since March. Nintendo Company Ltd. celebrates its 100th anniversary.
September 26 - Vietnam announces that it has withdrawn the last of its troops from the State of Cambodia, ending an eleven-year occupation. September 30
Nearly 7,000 East Germans who had come to
Prague on special refugee trains are allowed to leave for the West. The Senegambia Confederation is dissolved over border disagreements.
November November - First commercial dial-up Internet connection in North America is made, by The World STD.
November 3 - East German refugees arrive at the West German town of Hof after being allowed through Czechoslovakia. 
November 4 - Typhoon Gay devastates Thailand's Chumphon Province.
November 4 - Alexanderplatz demonstration in East Berlin. Half a million people protest against communist rule in East Germany.
November 6 - The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is founded.
Cold War and Fall of the Berlin Wall: Günter Schabowski accidentally states in a live broadcast press conference that new rules for traveling from East Germany to West Germany will be put in effect "immediately". East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel freely to West Germany for the first time in decades (November 17 celebrates Germans tearing the wall down). Y?ld?r?m Akbulut of ANAP forms the new government of Turkey (47th government).
November 12 - Brazil holds its first free presidential election since 1960. This marks the first time that all Ibero-American nations, except Cuba, have elected constitutional governments simultaneously.
November 13 - Hans-Adam II becomes Prince of Liechtenstein on the death of his father, Prince Franz Joseph II.
November 14 - Elections are held in Namibia, leading to a victory for the South West Africa People's Organisation. 
November 17 - Cold War - Velvet Revolution: A peaceful student demonstration in Prague, Czechoslovakia, is severely beaten back by riot police. This sparks a revolution aimed at overthrowing the Communist government (it succeeds on December 29).
November 20 - Cold War - Velvet Revolution: The number of peaceful protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia, swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million.
November 21 - The Members of the Constituent Assembly of Namibia begin to draft the Constitution of Namibia, which will be the constitution of the newly independent Namibia.
November 22 - In West Beirut, a bomb explodes near the motorcade of Lebanese President René Moawad, killing him.
November 24 - Following a week of demonstrations demanding free elections and other reforms, General Secretary Milo? Jake? and other leaders of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia resign. Jake? is replaced by Karel Urbánek.
November 26 - 1989 Uruguayan general election: Luis Alberto Lacalle is elected President of Uruguay.
November 27 - Colombian domestic passenger flight Avianca Flight 203 is bombed by the Medellín drug cartel in an (unsuccessful) attempt to kill presidential candidate for the 1990 elections César Gaviria Trujillo.
November 28 - Cold War - Velvet Revolution: The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announces they will give up their monopoly on political power (elections held in December bring the first non-Communist government to Czechoslovakia in more than forty years).
November 29 - Rajiv Gandhi resigns as Prime Minister of India after his party, the Indian National Congress, loses about half of its seats at the 1989 Indian general election. November 30 - Deutsche Bank board member Alfred Herrhausen is killed by a bomb (the Red Army Faction claims responsibility for the murder).
March 3 - Andrea Brooks, Canadian actress
March 4 - Erin Heatherton, American fashion model
March 6 - Agnieszka Radwa?ska, Polish tennis player
March 7 - Gerald Anderson, Filipino actor
March 9 - Taeyeon, South Korean singer
March 10 - Th? Ngân Thng, Vietnamese artistic gymnast
March 12 - Tyler Clary, American Olympic swimmer
March 14 - Colby O'Donis, American singer
March 15 - Caitlin Wachs, American actress
March 19 - Craig Lamar Traylor, American actor
March 20 - Fei Fei Sun, Chinese model
March 24 - Aziz Shavershian, Australian bodybuilder (d. 2011)
March 27 - Stuart Edge, American YouTube personality
March 29 - Arnold Peralta, Honduran footballer (d. 2015) March 31 - Liu Zige, Chinese swimmer
April 2 - Liis Lass, Estonian actress
April 3 - Ankit Narang, Indian actor
April 4 - Chris Herd, Australian footballer
April 5 - Lily James, British actress
April 6 - Gabrielle Scollay, Australian actress
April 9 - Danielle Kahle, American figure skater
April 11 - Eka Darville, Australian actor
April 12 - Lim Heem Wei, Singaporean artistic gymnast
April 13 - Vladislav Yegin, Russian ice hockey player
April 19 - Simu Liu, Canadian actor
April 24 - Ian Matos, Brazilian diver
April 28 - Kim Sung-kyu, South Korean singer and dancer April 29 - Foxes, British singer-songwriter
May 3 - Katinka Hosszú, Hungarian swimmer
May 5 - Chris Brown, American singer and actor
May 9 - Shane van Gisbergen, New Zealander race car driver
May 10 - Lindsey Shaw, American actress
May 12 - Eleftheria Eleftheriou, Greek-Cypriot singer and actress
May 15 - Sunny Lee, American-born Korean singer
May 19 - Gaelan Connell, American actor and musician
May 26 - Park Yeeun, Korean Singer
May 27 - Afgan Syahreza, Indonesian pop singer and actor
May 28 - Alexey Negodaylo, Russian Olympic bobsledder
June 6 - Bryn McAuley, Canadian actress
June 9 - Chloë Agnew, Irish singer
June 12 - Krista Kleiner, Filipina-American beauty queen, singer, model, actress and martial artist
June 17 - Simone Battle, American actress and singer (d. 2014)
June 19 - Giacomo Gianniotti, Italian-Canadian actor
June 20 - Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor
June 23 - Lauren Bennett, British singer, dancer, painter, photographer and model
June 25 - Chris Brochu, American actor and singer-songwriter
June 26 - Magid Magid, Somali-born British politician and activist, Member of the European Parliament
June 29 - Maciej Cie?la, Polish graphics designer June 30
July 3 - Elle King, American singer, songwriter and actress
July 4 - Yoon Doo-joon, Korean singer
July 5 - Sean O'Pry, American model
July 9 - Kaysar Dadour, Syrian-Brazilian actor
July 13 - Sayumi Michishige, Japanese singer
July 15 - Tristan Wilds, American actor and singer
July 20 - Rayver Cruz, Filipino actor
July 27 - Charlotte Arnold, Canadian actress
July 30 - Aleix Espargaró, Spanish Grand prix motorcycle racer July 31
August 7 - DeMar DeRozan, American basketball player
August 18 - Anna Akana, American actress, filmmaker, author, and comedian
August 19 - Romeo Miller, American rapper and actor
August 20 - Kirko Bangz, American rapper
August 23 - Breanna Conrad, American reality television star
August 24 - Andrés Mercado, Colombian actor and singer
August 26 - James Harden, American basketball player
August 30 - Bebe Rexha, American singer-songwriter
Alexandre Pato, Brazilian footballer Zedd, record producer, DJ, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter
September 5 - Kat Graham, Swiss-born American actress, model, singer, and dancer
September 7 - Hugh Mitchell, British actor
September 9 - Sean Malto, American professional skateboarder
September 15 - Steliana Nistor, Romanian artistic gymnast
September 19 - Tyreke Evans, American basketball player, 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year
September 20 - Andrej Martin, Slovak tennis player
September 24 - Pia Wurtzbach, German-Filipina actress and model
September 25 - Jordan Gavaris, Canadian actor
September 29 - Theo Adams, British performance artist
October 1 - Brie Larson, American actress
October 10 - Aimee Teegarden, American actress
October 12 - Paulo Henrique Ganso, Brazilian football player
October 17 - Sophie Luck, Australian actress
October 20 - Jess Glynne, British singer
October 22 - JPEGMafia, American rapper
October 23 - Jonita Gandhi, Indo-Canadian singer
Armin Ba?inovi?, Slovenian football midfielder
T'erea Brown, American track and field athlete
Jack Colback, English footballer
B. J. Daniels, American football quarterback
Cristian Gamboa, Costa Rican footballer
Shenae Grimes, Canadian actress
Eric Hosmer, American professional baseball player
PewDiePie, Swedish YouTube celebrity
Igor Pisanjuk, Norwegian footballer Eliza Taylor, Australian actress
October 28 - Camille Muffat, French swimmer (d. 2015) October 30 - Nastia Liukin, American artistic gymnast and Olympic gold medalist
November 2 - Katelyn Tarver, American singer, songwriter, and actress
November 5 - Andrew Boyce, English footballer
November 8 - Giancarlo Stanton, American baseball player.
November 9 - Gianluca Bezzina, Maltese doctor and singer
November 15 - Jona Viray, Filipina singer
November 21 - Fabian Delph, English footballer
November 24 - Jordan Witzigreuter, American singer-songwriter
November 25 - Tom Dice, Belgian singer-songwriter
November 26 - Angeline Quinto, Filipina singer and actress
December 3 - Bette Franke, Dutch model
December 7 - Nicholas Hoult, British actor
December 9 - Eric Bledsoe, American basketball player
December 10 - Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, French politician
December 12 - Janelle Arthur, American singer
December 14 - Onew, Korean singer
December 18 - Ashley Benson, American actress
December 21 - Tamannaah, Indian model and actress
December 27 - Kateryna Lagno, Ukrainian chess player
December 30 - Ryan Sheckler, American skateboarder
January 3 - Robert Banks, American chemist (b. 1921)
January 8 - Kenneth McMillan, American actor (b. 1932)
January 9 - Bill Terry, American baseball player (b. 1898)
January 13 - Joe Spinell, American actor (b. 1936)
January 17 - Óscar Vargas Prieto, Peruvian soldier and politician, 111th Prime Minister of Peru (b. 1917)
January 18 - Bruce Chatwin, British author (b. 1940)
January 19 - Norma Varden, English actress (b. 1898)
January 23 - Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist (b. 1904)
January 24 - Ted Bundy, American serial killer (b. 1946)
January 30 - Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz (b. 1936) January 31 - Fernando Gonçalves Namora, Portuguese writer and doctor (b. 1919)
March 2 - Liviu Cornel Babe?, Romanian electrician and painter (b. 1943)
March 3 - Kenneth Hegan, English amateur footballer, professional soldier (b. 1901)
March 4 - Salvatore Dell'Isola, Italian conductor (b. 1901)
March 6 - Harry Andrews, British actor (b. 1911)
March 9 - Robert Mapplethorpe, American activist, artist, and photographer (b. 1946)
March 10 - Maurizio Merli, Italian actor (b. 1940)
March 11 - James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
March 17 - Merritt Butrick, American actor (b. 1959)
March 20 - Dina Sfat, Brazilian actress (b. 1938)
March 21 - Milton Frome, American actor (b. 1909)
March 25 - Sa`id Al-Mufti, Jordanian political figure, 9th Prime Minister of Jordan (b. 1898)
March 31 - Piotr Belousov, Soviet painter (b. 1912)
April 6 - Zofia Batycka, Polish actress and model (b. 1907)
April 7 - Cheng Nan-jung, supporter of Taiwan independence movement (b. 1947)
April 8 - Maria Prilezhayeva, Russian author (b. 1903)
April 16 - Jocko Conlan, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1899)
April 22 - Emilio Segrè, Italian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
April 25 - George Coulouris, British actor (b. 1903)
April 26 - Lucille Ball, American actress, comedian, and entertainer (b. 1911)
May 2 - Giuseppe Siri, Italian cardinal (b. 1906)
May 4 - Chalam, Indian actor (b. 1929)
May 6 - Adolfo Constanzo, Cuban-born American serial killer (b. 1962)
May 9 - Keith Whitley, American country music singer (b. 1955)
May 10 - Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1944)
May 11 - Xiao Wangdong, Chinese general and Minister of Culture (b. 1910)
May 15 - Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
May 16 - Leila Kasra, Iranian-born American poet (b. 1939)
May 17 - Walter Gross, German actor (b. 1904)
May 30 - James Harry Lacey, British fighter pilot (b. 1917) May 31
July 3 - Jim Backus, American actor (b. 1913)
July 5 - Berthold Wolpe, German-born British calligrapher, typographer, and illustrator (b. 1905)
July 6 - János Kádár, Hungarian politician and communist leader, 46th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1912)
July 9 - Andrex, French actor (b. 1907)
July 10 - Mel Blanc, American voice actor and radio personality (b. 1908)
July 11 - Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen actor and director (b. 1907)
July 14 - José María García Lahiguera, Spanish archbishop (b. 1903)
July 15 - Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
July 16 - Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (b. 1908)
July 17 - Itubwa Amram, Nauruan pastor and politician (b. 1922)
July 19 - Kazimierz Sabbat, 2-time Prime Minister of Poland and 15th President of Poland (b. 1913)
July 22 - Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (b. 1935)
July 24 - Ernie Morrison, American actor (b. 1912)
July 29 - Nancy Andrews, American actress (b. 1920) July 30 - Lane Frost, American bull rider (b. 1963)
August 1 - John Ogdon, British pianist (b. 1937)
August 8 - Bobby Oxspring, British flying ace (b. 1919)
August 11 - George Andreasen, American orthodonist and inventor (b. 1934)
August 12 - William Shockley, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
August 14 - Robert Bernard Anderson, American political figure (b. 1910)
August 17 - Lin Tie, Chinese politician (b. 1904)
August 18 - Luis Carlos Galan, Colombian politician (b. 1943)
August 21 - Raul Seixas, Brazilian rock singer (b. 1945)
August 23 - R. D. Laing, British psychiatrist (b. 1927)
August 26 - Irving Stone, American writer (b. 1903)
August 27 - Luiz Luz, Brazilian footballer (b. 1909)
September 1 - A. Bartlett Giamatti, American educator and baseball Commissioner (b. 1938)
September 13 - Charles H. Russell, American politician, 20th Governor of Nevada (b. 1903)
September 14 - Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban musician (b. 1916)
September 15 - Robert Penn Warren, American writer (b. 1905)
September 21 - Corrado Gaipa, Italian actor (b. 1925)
September 22 - Irving Berlin, American composer (b. 1888)
September 23 - Bradley Kincaid, American singer (b. 1894)
September 28 - Ferdinand Marcos, Filipino dictator, politician, and statesman, 10th President of the Philippines (b. 1917) September 30
November 1 - Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, American civil rights activist (b. 1898)
November 2 - Andrée Brabant, French actress (b. 1901)
November 3 - Timoci Bavadra, Fijian physician and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Fiji (b. 1934)
November 6 - Little Sister Magdeleine of Jesus, French religious sister and missionary (b. 1898)
November 9 - Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, Indonesian military leader (b. 1925)
November 11 - Kenneth MacLean Glazier Sr., Canadian minister and librarian (b. 1912)
November 12 - Édouard Candeveau, Swiss Olympic rower (b. 1898)
November 23 - Mariko Shiga, Japanese voice actress (b. 1969)
November 24 - Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, Palestinian Sunni Islamic scholar and theologian (b. 1941)
November 25 - George Cakobau, Governor-General of Fiji (b. 1912)
November 26 - Ahmed Abdallah, Comorian politician, 1st President of Comoros (b. 1919)
November 27 - Carlos Arias Navarro, Spanish politician, 71st Prime Minister of Spain (b. 1908)
November 28 - Ernesto Civardi, Italian cardinal (b. 1906)
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Further reading Ash, Timothy Garton.
The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague (1999) excerpt Kenney, Padraic, ed.
1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War's End: A Brief History with Documents (2009) Sebestyen, Victor. Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire (2010) excerpt