Posted by Melanie Curtsinger, Thursday, September 19, 2013, 9:45 AM
25 Years Ago...
As the Orlando Magic begin their Silver Season of basketball, we will be taking a look back all season long and celebrating how far the franchise has come since 1989. But what else was taking place in the United States and around the world 25 years ago when Orlando played its first game – and how much was a gallon of gas? Check below to find out a timeline of important dates and fun facts from the year 1989.
January 11: President of the United States Ronald Reagan delivers his farewell address to the nation.
January 20: George H. W. Bush succeeds Ronald Reagan as the 41st President of the United States of America.
January 22: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 in Super Bowl XXIII.
February 14: The first of 24 Global Positioning System satellites is placed into orbit.
February 19: Nascar racing driver Darrell Waltrip wins the 1989 Daytona 500. April 29: The movie “Rain Man” wins the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards.
May 1: Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort opens to the public for the first time.
May 25: The Calgary Flames defeat the Montreal Canadians 4-2 to win the 1989 Stanley Cup.
May 28: Racing driver Emerson Fittapaldi wins the 73th running of the Indianapolis 500.
June 3: The world's first HDTV broadcasts commence in Japan.
June 13: The Detroit Pistons defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 to capture the NBA Championship.
July 5: The television show “Seinfeld” premieres.
July 31: Nintendo releases the Game Boy portable video game system in North America.
August 24: Record-setting baseball player Pete Rose agrees to a lifetime ban from the sport following allegations of illegal gambling, thereby preventing his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
October 28: The Oakland Athletics defeat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 to win the 1989 World Series.
November 1989: The first commercial dial-up Internet connection in North America is made.
November 9: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing East German citizens to visit West Germany freely for the first time in decades.
November 10: German citizens begin tearing down the Berlin Wall.
December 17: The first full-length episode of “The Simpsons” premieres on Fox Television Network.
-the United States population was: 246.8 million; it is currently listed as 313.9 million.
-the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.25; now, it is $0.46.
-one gallon of gas was $0.97; the current nationwide average is $3.51.
-the most popular films were: “Batman,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Twins,” “Back to the Future Part II,” “Ghostbusters II,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” and “When Harry Met Sally.”
-Michigan won the 1989 NCAA Championship, while Miami (FL) was crowned NCAA football champions.
-the Record of the Year was "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.
-the Album of the Year winner was “Faith” by George Michael.
-two current Magic players (E’Twaun Moore: 2-25-89/Andrew Nicholson, 12-8-89) were born, as were singer/songwriter Jason Derulo, actress Hayden Panattiere, golfer Michelle Wie and singer/songwriter Taylor Swift.
-current Orlando Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn was beginning his freshman year at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif.