1989

A Big year as I became more outgoing and became involved in many extra activities

 
   
Para-sailing in Hilton Head Island
 
Spring Musical
West Side Story
  High School Prom with
Donna Morris
  Highland Soccer

 

Sports History
..Philadelphia Phillies (MBL) ..67-95 ..
..Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) ..36-36-8
..Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) ..11-5 ..
..Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) ..46-36 ..
..Philadelphia Wings (MLL) ..6-2 ..World Champions
..Penn State (College Football) ..9-3


What Happened This Year?

Soviet forces leave Afghanistan after nine years of war.

In the wake of Gorbachev's glasnost, a wave of political activity erodes historic cold war divisions. Soviet states, such as Lithuania and the Ukraine, agitate for independence. East Germany allows citizens to leave the country without exit visas, resulting in a breech of the ``iron curtain'' and a rush of migration to West Germany. The Berlin Wall, symbol of the chilly, decades-old division between East and West, begins to be dismantled piece by piece.

Nicolae Ceausescu, brutal military dictator of Romania, is overthrown.

U.S. savings and loan institutions have been failing and losing billions of dollars. The Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation fails this year, prompting new government control of the crisis.

Vaclav Havel and Civic Forum dissident groups rise against the Communist government of Czechoslovakia and successfully install a multiparty government.

In Paris, I.M. Pei's pyramid entrance to the Louvre Museum opens to visitors.

The United States invades Panama to arrest General Noriega on charges of drug trafficking. Noriega escapes briefly to the residence of the Papal Nuncio in Panama City before surrendering to U.S. authorities.

Chilean voters elect Patricio Aylwin president, formalizing the end of General Pinochet's repressive regime.

Brazil, the economic heavyweight of South America, has profited from land clearances in the Amazon basin through the 1980s despite the protests of environmentalists. With a loan from the World Bank, Brazil begins to regulate clearances.

10 million gallons of oil pollute Alaskan waters when the Exxon Valdez runs aground.