Saturday, October 24, 2009

Flashback 1989




Tens of thousands of Chinese students take over Beijing's Tiananmen Square in rally for democracy (April 19 et seq.). More than one million in Beijing demonstrate for democracy; chaos spreads across nation (mid-May et seq.). Thousands killed in Tiananmen Square as Chinese leaders take hard line toward demonstrators (June 4 et seq.).

A San Francisco Bay area earthquake measuring 7.1 in magnitude, killed 67 and injured over 3,000. Over 100,000 buildings damaged or destroyed. (Oct. 17)


Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars): $5,438.70 billion
Federal spending: $1143.17 billion
Federal debt: $2868.0 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):
$28,906
Consumer Price Index: 124
Unemployment: 5.3%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.25


Events

  • Salman Rushdie's novel Satanic Verses is published and sparks immediate controversy. Islamic militants put a price on his head.

  • America's beloved comedienne Lucille Ball dies at age 87.

  • Visionary Jaron Lanier coins the term virtual reality and produces the equipment to experience it.

  • Saturday Night Live's comedienne Gilda Radner passes away at age 42 from ovarian cancer.

Books

Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love











3 comments:

Judi said...

Call me a cougar - I fell in love with John Cusack in Say Anthing and I knew it was real when I saw him in High Fidelity!;)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I remember the earthquake - we were watching the pre-game stuff for the World Series at the time. (Think it was the World Series...)

My husband and I finally moved from friendship to dating that year. Took all of two months of that for me to realize he was THE ONE!

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

MISSYYYYYYY, come visit me!
Oh my gosh "Roseflower Creek" was soooo sad! I cried and cried. And that was just at the prologue, LOL, but seriously very good book.

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