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News and Events of 1989

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 5.190 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Dalai Lama (Tibet)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: George Bush
Vice President: J. Danforth Quayle
Population: 246,819,230
Life expectancy: 75.1 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 57.4
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.8

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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


Sports

Super Bowl
San Francisco d. Cincinnati (20-16)
World Series
Oakland A's d. SF Giants (4-0)
NBA Championship
Detroit Pistons d. LA Lakers (4-0)
Stanley Cup
Calgary d. Montreal (4-2)
Wimbledon
Women: Steffi Graf d. M. Navratilova (6-2 6-7 6-1)
Men: Boris Becker d. S. Edberg (6-0 7-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Sunday Silence
NCAA Basketball Championship
Michigan d. Seton Hall (80-79 OT)
NCAA Football Champions
Miami-FL (11-1-0)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Breathing Lessons, Anne Tyler
Music: Whispers Out of Time, Roger Reynolds
Drama: The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein

Oscars awarded in 1989
Academy Award, Best Picture: Rain Man, Mark Johnson, producer (United Artists)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Camilo José Cela (Spain)

1989 Emmy Awards

1989 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1989
Record of the Year: "Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin
Album of the Year: Faith, George Michael (Columbia/CBS)
Song of the Year: "Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin, songwriter

Miss America: Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (MN)

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Events

Movies

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Thomas R. Cech and Sidney Altman (both US), for their discovery, independently, that RNA could actively aid chemical reactions in the cells

Physics: Norman F. Ramsey (US), for work leading to development of the atomic clock, and Hans G. Dehmelt (US) and Wolfgang Paul (Germany), for developing methods to isolate atoms and subatomic particles

Physiology or Medicine: J. Michael Bishop and Harold E. Varmus (both US), for their unifying theory of cancer development

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