1980s Trivia - Questions With Answers From the Year 1989
Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa takes office as the
third President of what country?
A: Sri Lanka.
Two Libyan MiG-23 "Floggers" are engaged and shot down by
A: 2 US Navy F-14 Tomcats.
President of the United States Ronald Reagan delivers his
A: Farewell address to the nation.
Patrick Edward Purdy kills and wounds how many children and
then shoots himself in Stockton, California?
A: He kills 5 children, wounds 30.
The last Soviet Union armored column leaves what city,
ending 9 years of military occupation since 1979?
Who takes office as President of Venezuela?
A: Carlos Andrés Pérez.
Who is consecrated as the first female bishop of the
Episcopal Church in the United States of America?
A: Barbara Clementine Harris .
Union Carbide agrees to pay US$470 million to who for
damages it caused in the 1984 Bhopal disaster?
A: The Indian government.
The first of how many Global Positioning System satellites
is placed into orbit?
After protracted testimony, the U.S. Senate Armed Services
Committee rejects, 11–9, President Bush's nomination of whom for Secretary of
A: John Tower.
The funeral of Hirohito is attended by representatives of
how many nations?
Iran places a US $3-million bounty on the head of whom?
A: The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.
Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the
production of all what by the end of the century?
A: Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
President George H. W. Bush bans the importation of certain
A: Guns deemed assault weapons into the United States.
Who is elected President of El Salvador?
A: Alfredo Cristiani.
Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke does what on national
television as he admits marital infidelity?
Clint Malarchuk of the NHL Buffalo Sabres suffers an almost
fatal injury when another player accidentally does what?
A: Slits his throat.
Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann at the University of
Utah announce that they have achieved what?
A: Cold fusion.
In Alaska's Prince William Sound, the Exxon Valdez spills
how much oil after running aground?
A: 240,000 barrels.
At the 61st Academy Awards, what movie won Best Picture?
A: Rain Man.
Margaret Thatcher's new local government tax, the Poll tax,
is introduced where?
A: In Scotland.
The Soviet submarine K-278 Komsomolets does what?
A: It sinks in the Barents Sea, killing 41.
Ron Hextall becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to
A: Score a goal in the playoffs.
The death of Hu Yaobang sparks the beginning of what?
A: The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
A gun turret explodes on the U.S. battleship
how many crew members?
The Soviet Union issues its first what?
A: Visa card in a step to digitalize its banking system.
Who wins the Argentine presidential election?
A: Carlos Menem.
Who resigns as Prime Minister of Italy?
A: Ciriaco De Mita.
Where does the Chinese government declare martial law?
A: In Beijing.
The wreck of what German battleship which was sunk in 1941,
is located 600 miles (970 km) west of Brest, France?
Who becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of
A: Jiang Zemin.
What new television show premieres?
Steffi Graf and Boris Becker of West Germany win singles
titles at the what?
A: 1989 Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
France celebrates what?
A: The 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.
What Northrop Grumman plane makes its first flight?
A: B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
Who takes office as Prime Minister of Italy?
A: Giulio Andreotti.
A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student
Robert Tappan Morris for what?
A: For releasing a computer virus.
Pakistan is readmitted to what?
A: The Commonwealth of Nations after leaving it in 1972.
Who is elected President of Bolivia, taking office the next
A: Jaime Paz Zamora.
Army General Colin Powell became the first black chairman
of the what?
A: Joint Chiefs of Staff after being nominated by President Bush.