This Day in History

The Central Park Jogger Case Shocks NYC

The attack on a young woman jogging in Central Park on the evening of April 19, 1989, sent shockwaves through New York City and the nation. The brutality of the assault and the subsequent wrongful conviction of five teenagers, known as the Central Park Five, underscored significant issues within the criminal justice system and the […]

Exxon Valdez Crashes

The Exxon Valdez oil tanker crashes into a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling over 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine waters, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The devastating spill wreaks havoc on the local ecosystem, leading to extensive environmental damage and long-term repercussions for wildlife and […]

The Ayatollah Khomeini Issues a Fatwa Against Salman Rushdie

On this day in 1989, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the death of British Indian author Salman Rushdie over his controversial novel “The Satanic Verses,” sparking international debate over free speech and religious censorship.

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate Reopens

A symbolic moment in history occurred on December 22nd, 1989, when the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a powerful symbol of the division between East and West, reopened as the Berlin Wall fell, marking the end of the Cold War era.

The École Polytechnique Massacre in Canada

A tragic event unfolded on December 6th, 1989, when a gunman targeted female engineering students at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada. This horrific incident brought attention to issues of gender-based violence and discrimination.

David Dinkins Becomes the First African American Mayor of NYC

David Dinkins was elected as the 106th Mayor of New York City on November 7th, 1989, becoming the first African American to hold this office. His historic election marked a significant milestone in the city’s history and paved the way for diverse leadership in major metropolitan areas.