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  • London, England
    Tuesday Dec 5, 1989

    Margaret Thatcher

    1989 Conservative Party leadership election

    London, England
    Tuesday Dec 5, 1989

    Thatcher was challenged for the leadership of the Conservative Party by the little-known backbench MP Sir Anthony Meyer in the 1989 leadership election. Of the 374 Conservative MPs eligible to vote, 314 voted for Thatcher and 33 for Meyer. Her supporters in the party viewed the result as a success, and rejected suggestions that there was discontent within the party.




  • Lithuania
    Thursday Dec 7, 1989

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Communist Party of Lithuania splits

    Lithuania
    Thursday Dec 7, 1989

    On December 7, 1989, the Communist Party of Lithuania under the leadership of Algirdas Brazauskas, split from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and abandoned its claim to have a constitutional "leading role" in politics.




  • Lviv, Ukraine
    Sunday Dec 10, 1989

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    International Human Rights Day

    Lviv, Ukraine
    Sunday Dec 10, 1989

    On December 10, 1989, the first officially sanctioned observance of International Human Rights Day was held in Lviv.




  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Sunday Dec 10, 1989

    Mongolian Revolution of 1990

    The First Open pro-democracy Public Demonstration

    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Sunday Dec 10, 1989

    On the morning of 10 December 1989, the first open pro-democracy public demonstration occurred in front of the Youth Cultural Center in Ulaanbaatar. There, Elbegdorj announced the creation of the Mongolian Democratic Union. There the Democratic Union-first pro-democracy movement in Mongolia was born.




  • Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Friday Dec 15, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    The Panamanian general assembly declaration

    Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Friday Dec 15, 1989

    Pressure mounted on Bush. Bush declared that the U.S. would not negotiate with a drug trafficker and denied knowledge of Noriega's involvement with the drug trade prior to his February 1988 indictment, although Bush had met with Noriega while Director of the CIA and had been the Chair of the Task Force on Drugs while Vice President. On 15 December, the Panamanian general assembly passed a resolution declaring that a state of war existed between Panama and the United States




  • Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Sunday Dec 17, 1989
    1 AM

    Invasion of Panama

    President Bush order of the execution of the Panama invasion plan

    Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Sunday Dec 17, 1989
    1 AM

    The next day after the four U.S. military personnel incident, President Bush ordered the execution of the Panama invasion plan; the military set H-Hour as 0100 on 20 December.




  • Panama
    Tuesday Dec 19, 1989
    1 AM

    Invasion of Panama

    The Military incursion into Panama

    Panama
    Tuesday Dec 19, 1989
    1 AM

    The military incursion into Panama began on 20 December 1989, at 1:00 a.m. local time. The operation involved 27,684 U.S. troops and over 300 aircraft. These aircraft were deployed against the 16,000 members of the PDF.


  • Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    The official U.S. justification For The invasion

    Washington, D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    The official U.S. justification for the invasion was articulated by President George H. W. Bush on the morning of 20 December 1989, a few hours after the start of the operation.


  • Panama City, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Operation Nifty Package

    Panama City, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Operation Nifty Package was an operation launched by Navy SEALs to prevent Noriega's escape. They sank Noriega's boat and destroyed his jet, at a cost of four killed and nine wounded.


  • Colón, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Operations in Colon City

    Colón, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    3d Bde, 7th Infantry Division (L) (4/17th Inf) began operations in Colon City, the Canal Zone, and Panama City.


  • Pacora River Bridge, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Securing Pacora River Bridge

    Pacora River Bridge, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Elements of 1st and 3rd Bn, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted air assault and secured Pacora River Bridge preventing PDF reinforcements from reaching Omar Torrijos Airport and Panama City.


  • Gamboa, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Raid at Renacer Prison

    Gamboa, Panama
    Wednesday Dec 20, 1989

    The Raid at Renacer Prison was an attack on the El Renacer prison in Gamboa, Panama, by units of the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army on 20 December 1989, during the United States invasion of Panama. During the raid the U.S. military was able to free the sixty-four prisoners held in the detention facility.


  • Panama City, Panama
    Thursday Dec 21, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Marriott hostages

    Panama City, Panama
    Thursday Dec 21, 1989

    Marriott Hotel was secured and hostages evacuated.


  • U.S.
    Friday Dec 22, 1989

    Audrey Hepburn

    Always

    U.S.
    Friday Dec 22, 1989

    Audrey had finished her last motion picture role—a cameo appearance as an angel in Steven Spielberg's Always (1989).


  • Ukraine
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1989

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Holidays

    Ukraine
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1989

    On December 26, the Supreme Soviet of Ukrainian SSR adopted a law designating Christmas, Easter, and the Feast of the Holy Trinity official holidays.


  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1989

    Marco van Basten

    2nd Ballon d'Or

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1989

    Van Basten won his 2nd Ballon d'Or.


  • New York, U.S.
    Friday Dec 29, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    the General Assembly of the United Nations

    New York, U.S.
    Friday Dec 29, 1989

    On 29 December, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted 75–20, with 40 abstentions, to condemn the invasion as a flagrant violation of international law.


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