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1989 Trivia

<< - 1988
World Series Champions:
Oakland Athletics
Superbowl XXIII Champions:
San Francisco 49ers
NBA Champions:
Detroit Pistons
Stanley Cup Champs:
Calgary Flames
U.S. Open Golf:
Curtis Strange
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Boris Becker/Steffi Graf
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Boris Becker/Steffi Graf
NCAA Football Champions:
Miami
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Michigan
Kentucky Derby:
Sunday Silence
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Christina Applegate, Jennifer Beals, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Debbie Gibson, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Kelly LeBrock, Heather Locklear, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Heather Thomas, Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour
"The Quotes"

"If you build it, he will come."
Ray Liotta (voice of Shoeless Joe Jackson) in 'Field of Dreams'

"It keeps going, and going, and going..."
- Energizer Batteries

"This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?"
- Partnership for a Drug-Free America

"Fahrvergnügen"
- Volkswagon

"Cotton. The fabric of our lives"
- Cotton Incorporated

"I'm Batman"
- Michael Keaton, in 'Batman'

"Eat My Shorts"
- Bart Simpson, The Simpsons

"I'll have what she's having."
- Estelle Reiner, in 'When Harry Met Sally...'

"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."
- Robin Williams, in 'Dead Poets Society'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Mikhail Gorbachev
Miss America:
Gretchen Carlson (Anoka, MN)
Miss USA:
Gretchen Polhemus (Texas)
The Scandals:

Allegations that Major League Baseball star Pete Rose gambled on the Game became public.

The Exxon Valdez oil spill in which the tanker hit Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled an estimated 11 to 30 million gallons of oil on March 24. The captain, Joseph Hazelwood, was drinking at the time.

Celebrity Murder: Rebecca Schaeffer, star of TV's My Sister Sam, was killed by a stalker who got her address from California's Department of Motor Vehicles. Private information is no longer avaiable from them.

Salmon Rushdie published The Satanic Verses - as Muslin writing the heresy in the book, Ayatollah Khomeini ordered a 'fatwa' on hime - a command ordering followers of the Musalim faith to kill him. The fatwah was lifted in 1998.

Noone knows what happened to "Tank Man", who stood in front of government tanks at Tiananmen Square, in China.
Nerd News:

1989 - The Energizer Bunny was introduced to an unsuspecting public, replacing gymnast Mary Lou Retton as the energetic spokesperson.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1989: $675,000

The Habit:
Game Boy
1st appearances & 1989's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Tetris, Sega Genesis , Polly Pockets , Nintendo Game Boy, Trolls*
The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Batman
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
3. Lethal Weapon 2
4. Look Who's Talking
5. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
6. Back To The Future Part II
7. Ghostbusters II
8. Driving Miss Dasy
9. Parenthood
10. Dead Poets Society
1989 Most Popular TV shows
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Roseanne (ABC)
3. Cheers (NBC)
4. A Different World (NBC)
5. America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
6. The Golden Girls (NBC)
7. 60 Minutes (CBS)
8. The Wonder Years (ABC)
9. Empty Nest (NBC)
10. Monday Night Football (ABC)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1989 include:
Babyface, The Bangles, Bette Midler, Bobby Brown, Bon Jovi, Cher, Debbie Gibson, Dino, Donny Osmond, Fing Young Cannibals, Guy, Heavy D & the Boyz, Janet Jackson, Karyn White, Keith Sweat, Levert, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Martika, Micheal Jackson, Milli Vanilli, Natalie Cole, New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, Peabo Bryson, Phil Collins, Poison, Prince, Quincy Jones, Regina Belle, Richard Marx, Roxette, Simply Red, Slick Rick, Soul II Soul, Stephanie Mills, Surface, Taylor Dayne, Tone Loc, Vanessa Williams, Whitney Houston

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1989:
December 24, 1988 - January 13, 1989: Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn

January 14, 1989 - January 20, 1989: Bobby Brown - My Prerogative

January 21, 1989 - February 3, 1989: Phil Collins - Two Hearts

February 4, 1989 - February 10, 1989: Sheriff - When I'm with You

February 11, 1989 - March 3, 1989: Paula Abdul - Straight Up

March 4, 1989 - March 24, 1989: Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes

March 25, 1989 - March 31, 1989: Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years

April 1, 1989 - April 7, 1989: The Bangles - Eternal Flame

April 8, 1989 - April 14, 1989: Roxette - The Look

April 15, 1989 - April 21, 1989: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy

April 22, 1989 - May 12, 1989: Madonna - Like a Prayer

May 13, 1989 - May 19, 1989: Bon Jovi - I'll Be There for You

May 20, 1989 - June 2, 1989: Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl

June 3, 1989 - June 9, 1989: Michael Damian - Rock On

June 10, 1989 - June 16, 1989: Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings

June 17, 1989 - June 23, 1989: New Kids on the Block - I'll Be Loving You (Forever)

June 24, 1989 - June 30, 1989: Richard Marx - Satisfied

July 1, 1989 - July 7, 1989: Milli Vanilli - Baby Don't Forget My Number

July 8, 1989 - July 14, 1989: Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing

July 15, 1989 - July 21, 1989: Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now

July 22, 1989 - August 4, 1989: Martika - Toy Soldiers

August 5, 1989 - August 11, 1989: Prince - Batdance

August 12, 1989 - September 1, 1989: Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting

September 2, 1989 - September 8, 1989: Paula Abdul - Cold Hearted

September 9, 1989 - September 15, 1989: New Kids on the Block - Hangin' Tough

September 16, 1989 - September 22, 1989: Gloria Estefan - Don't Wanna Lose You

September 23, 1989 - October 6, 1989: Milli Vanilli - Girl I'm Gonna Miss You

October 7, 1989 - November 3, 1989: Janet Jackson - Miss You Much

November 4, 1989 - November 10, 1989: Roxette - Listen To Your Heart

November 11, 1989 - November 24, 1989: Bad English - When I See You Smile

November 25, 1989 - December 8, 1989: Milli Vanilli - Blame It on the Rain

December 9, 1989 - December 22, 1989: Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire

December 23, 1989 - January 19, 1990: Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise