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Timeline: 1989

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 18, 1989 Milan-San Remo Laurent Fignon (Fra) 294 km
April 2, 1989 Tour of Flanders Edwig Van Hooydonck (Bel) 264 km
April 9, 1989 Paris-Roubaix Jean-Marie Wampers (Bel) 265 km
April 16, 1989 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Sean Kelly (Ire) 267 km
April 24-May 15, 1989 Vuelta a Espana Pedro Delgado (Spa) 22 Stages, 3,656 km
May 21-June 11, 1989 Giro d'Italia Laurent Fignon (Fra) 22 Stages, 3,418 km
July 1-July 23, 1989 Tour de France Greg LeMond (USA) 21 Stages, 3,279 km
August 27, 1989 World Championships Greg LeMond (USA) Chambery, France 259.4 km

October 14, 1989

Giro di Lombardia Tony Rominger (Sui) Como-Milan, 260 km

•  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.


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