Afghanistan - the Soviet Union pulled out of Kabul after a nine-year unsuccessful military occupation.
Alaska - the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground spilling 11 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Germany - November 1989 , for the first time since 1961 East German opened its borders. Germans started the destruction of the Berlin Wall.
Beijing, China - live television covered the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.
Notable Deaths -
* World Road Race Champion: Elio Meullenberg (Bel), 1912-1989, the World Champion in 1937.
Emperor Hirohito of Japan, 1901-1989, Emperor of Japan from 1926 to 1989, his reign was the longest of all Japanese Emperors.
Nicolae Ceausecu, 1918-1989, tyrannical communist leader of Romania, was tried for genocide by military tribunal and executed.