Historic Views of The Year 1989

In 1989 fell the "iron curtain". Republics of the Soviet demanded independence and the the reforms in the Soviet Union infected the other Eastern bloc countries, with the exception of Romania where Nicolai Ceausescu ruled. Just before Christmas he had anyway to flee after a people revolt that ended with he and his wife were shot.
In Poland won Solidarity the parliamentary elections and the country got a non-communist prime minister.
Hungary opened the borders to the west and thousands of East Germans traveled to West Germany via Hungary.
In Czechoslovakia Vaclav Havel was sentenced to prison for sedition in February, but before the year was out he became president.
In East Germany there were large demonstrations and 9th November the Berlin Wall fell.

These are some events in 1989:

  • Demonstrations on the "Tiananmen Square" in Beijing ended in bloodbath when soldiers moved in and crushed the Chinese democracy movement.
  • Ayatollah Khomeini declared a death sentence against the author Salman Rushdie for his book "The Satanic Verses".
  • Seal hunting Inspector Lindebergs film about seal hunting caused a great stir and government banned hunting of baby seals.
  • Christer Petterson was convicted of The murder Olof Palme - but was later acquitted.
  • UN adopted the Convention on the the rights of children.
  • "Partnair accident" in the Skagerrak. Plane crash in which 55 people died.
  • The first Sami Parliament was opened.

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