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  • Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 1, 1989

    Central Park Jogger Case

    Donald Trump Action

    Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 1, 1989

    On May 1, 1989, Donald Trump, the real estate magnate, called for the return of the death penalty in full-page advertisements published in all four of the city's major newspapers. Trump said he wanted the "criminals of every age" who were accused of beating and raping a jogger in Central Park 12 days earlier "to be afraid". The advertisement, which cost an estimated US$85,000 (equivalent to $172,000 in 2018).




  • Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 1, 1989

    Central Park Jogger Case

    Meili Aftermath

    Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 1, 1989

    Meili was comatose for 12 days. She suffered severe hypothermia, severe brain damage, severe hemorrhagic shock, loss of 75–80 percent of her blood, and internal bleeding. Her skull had been fractured so badly that her left eye was dislodged from its socket, which in turn was fractured in 21 places, and she suffered as well from facial fractures.




  • Beijing, China
    Thursday May 4, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    100,000 Students marched on the Streets of Beijing

    Beijing, China
    Thursday May 4, 1989

    While some 100,000 students marched on the streets of Beijing on 4 May to commemorate the May Fourth Movement and repeat demands from earlier marches, many students were satisfied with the government's concessions. On 4 May, all Beijing universities except PKU and BNU announced the end of the class boycott. Subsequently, the majority of students began to lose interest in the movement.




  • Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Thursday May 4, 1989

    Central Park Jogger Case

    Michael Briscoe

    Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Thursday May 4, 1989

    Michael Briscoe, 17, was initially arrested for the rape of the female jogger, but his indictment was for riot and assault related to the attack of David Lewis, one of the four male joggers near the reservoir. In a plea deal arranged in June 1990, he pleaded guilty to assault and was immediately sentenced to a year in prison, with credit for time served.




  • Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Thursday May 4, 1989

    Central Park Jogger Case

    Jermaine Robinson

    Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Thursday May 4, 1989

    Jermaine Robinson, 15, was indicted on multiple counts of robbery and assault in the attacks on Lewis and John Loughlin, another jogger near the reservoir. In a plea deal, he pleaded guilty on October 5, 1989, to the robbery of Loughlin and was sentenced to a year in a juvenile facility.




  • Serbia
    Monday May 8, 1989

    Kosovo War

    Milošević became President of the Presidency of Serbia

    Serbia
    Monday May 8, 1989

    On 8 May 1989, Milošević became President of the Presidency of Serbia, which was confirmed on 6 December.




  • Serbia
    Monday May 8, 1989

    Slobodan Milošević

    The President of The Presidency of The Socialist Republic of Serbia

    Serbia
    Monday May 8, 1989

    On 8 May 1989, Milošević became The 7th President of the Presidency of the Socialist Republic of Serbia.


  • Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday May 10, 1989

    Central Park Jogger Case

    Six youths

    Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday May 10, 1989

    Six youths were indicted with attempted murder and other charges in the attack on and rape of the female jogger, and additional charges related to the attack of David Lewis, the attack and robbery of John Loughlin, and riot: Steve Lopez, Antron McCray, 15, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise.


  • Panama
    Thursday May 11, 1989

    Invasion of Panama

    Operation Nimrod Dancer

    Panama
    Thursday May 11, 1989

    President Bush orders 1,900 additional combat troops to Panama (Operation Nimrod Dancer).


  • Beijing, China
    Saturday May 13, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    The Hunger Strike Plan

    Beijing, China
    Saturday May 13, 1989

    Students began the hunger strike on 13 May, two days before the highly publicized state visit by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Knowing that the welcoming ceremony for Gorbachev was scheduled to be held on the Square, student leaders wanted to use the hunger strike there to force the government into meeting their demands. Moreover, the hunger strike gained widespread sympathy from the population at large and earned the student movement the moral high ground that it sought. By the afternoon of 13 May, some 300,000 were gathered at the Square.


  • Beijing, China
    Saturday May 13, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    The Head of The Communist Party's United Front, called an Emergency meeting

    Beijing, China
    Saturday May 13, 1989

    On the morning of 13 May, Yan Mingfu, head of the Communist Party's United Front, called an emergency meeting, gathering prominent student leaders and intellectuals, including Liu Xiaobo, Chen Ziming and Wang Juntao. Yan said the government was prepared to hold immediate dialogue with student representatives, but that the Tiananmen welcoming ceremony for Gorbachev would be cancelled whether the students withdraw or not—in effect removing the bargaining power the students thought they possessed. The announcement sent the student leadership into disarray.


  • Beijing, China
    Monday May 15, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    1989 Sino-Soviet Summit

    Beijing, China
    Monday May 15, 1989

    The students remained in the Square during the Gorbachev visit; his welcoming ceremony was held at the airport. The Sino-Soviet summit, the first of its kind in some 30 years, marked the normalization of Sino-Soviet relations, and was seen as a breakthrough of tremendous historical significance for China's leaders. However, its smooth proceedings was derailed by the student movement; this created a major embarrassment ("loss of face") for the leadership on the global stage, and drove many moderates in government onto a more 'hardliner' path. The summit between Deng and Gorbachev took place at the Great Hall of the People amid the backdrop of commotion and protest in the Square.


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 17, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    The Movement Regained Momentum

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 17, 1989

    The movement, on the wane at the end of April, now regained momentum. By 17 May, as students from across the country poured into the capital to join the movement, protests of varying sizes were occurring in some 400 Chinese cities. Students demonstrated at provincial party headquarters in Fujian, Hubei, and Xinjiang. Without a clearly articulated official position from the Beijing leadership, local authorities did not know how to respond. Because the demonstrations now included a wide array of social groups, each carrying its own set of grievances, it became increasingly unclear with whom the government should negotiate, and what the demands were.


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 17, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    The Politburo Standing Committee Meeting

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 17, 1989

    The situation seemed intractable, so the weight of taking decisive action fell on paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. Matters came to a head on 17 May, during a Politburo Standing Committee meeting at Deng's residence. At the meeting, Zhao Ziyang's concessions-based strategy was thoroughly criticized.


  • Zhongnanhai, Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 17, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    The PSC Meeting

    Zhongnanhai, Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 17, 1989

    On the evening of 17 May, the PSC met at Zhongnanhai to finalize plans for martial law. At the meeting, Zhao announced that he was ready to "take leave", citing he could not bring himself to carry out martial law. The elders in attendance at the meeting, Bo Yibo and Yang Shangkun, urged the PSC to follow Deng's orders. Zhao did not consider the inconclusive PSC vote to have legally binding implications on martial law; Yang Shangkun, in his capacity as Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, went on to mobilize the military to move into the capital.


  • Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany (now Germany)
    Wednesday May 17, 1989

    Diego Maradona

    UEFA Cup

    Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany (now Germany)
    Wednesday May 17, 1989

    Maradona era in Napoli included the UEFA Cup in 1989. The 1989 UEFA Cup Final was a football tie played on 3 May 1989 and 17 May 1989 between S.S.C. Napoli of Italy and VfB Stuttgart of West Germany. Napoli won 5–4 on aggregate.


  • Cannes, France
    Thursday May 18, 1989

    Zinedine Zidane

    Debut with Cannes

    Cannes, France
    Thursday May 18, 1989

    Zidane made his professional debut with Cannes on 18 May 1989 in a French Division 1 match against Nantes.


  • Beijing, China
    Thursday May 18, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    Li Peng Met With Students For The First Time

    Beijing, China
    Thursday May 18, 1989

    Li Peng met with students for the first time on 18 May in an attempt to placate public concern over the hunger strike. Li Peng said the government's main concern was sending hunger strikers to hospital. The discussions were confrontational and yielded little substantive progress or dialogue, but gained student leaders prominent airtime on national television.


  • Beijing, China
    Friday May 19, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    The PSC Met With Military Leaders and Party Elders

    Beijing, China
    Friday May 19, 1989

    On 19 May, the PSC met with military leaders and party elders. Deng presided over the meeting and said that martial law was the only option. At the meeting Deng declared that he was 'mistaken' in choosing Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang as his successors, and resolved to remove Zhao from his position as general secretary. Deng also vowed to deal resolutely with Zhao's supporters and begin propaganda work.


  • China
    Saturday May 20, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    The Chinese Government declared Martial Law

    China
    Saturday May 20, 1989

    The Chinese government declared martial law on 20 May and mobilized at least 30 divisions from five of the country's seven military regions. At least 14 of PLA's 24 army corps contributed troops. As many as 250,000 troops were eventually sent to the capital, some arriving by air and others by rail.


  • Wembley Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 20, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    1989 FA Cup Final

    Wembley Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 20, 1989

    At the 1989 FA Cup Final between Liverpool and local rivals Everton, held just five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster, the players from both participating teams wore black armbands as a gesture of respect to the victims.


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 24, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    The Authorities Ordered The Army to withdraw

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 24, 1989

    The army's entry into the city was blocked at its suburbs by throngs of protesters. Tens of thousands of demonstrators surrounded military vehicles, preventing them from either advancing or retreating. Protesters lectured soldiers and appealed to them to join their cause; they also provided soldiers with food, water, and shelter. Seeing no way forward, the authorities ordered the army to withdraw on 24 May. All government forces retreated to bases outside the city. While the Army's withdrawal was initially seen as 'turning the tide' in favour of protesters, in reality mobilization took place across the country for a final assault.


  • Anfield, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 26, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    The Final match

    Anfield, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 26, 1989

    During the final match of the 1988–89 English Football League season, contested on 26 May 1989 between Liverpool and second-place Arsenal, the Arsenal players presented flowers to fans in different parts of Anfield in memory of those who had died in the Hillsborough disaster.


  • Hong Kong
    Saturday May 27, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    A Gathering Called "Democratic Songs dedicated for China"

    Hong Kong
    Saturday May 27, 1989

    In Hong Kong on 27 May, over 300,000 people gathered at Happy Valley Racecourse for a gathering called Democratic songs dedicated for China. Many Hong Kong celebrities sang songs and expressed their support for the students in Beijing.


  • Hong Kong
    Sunday May 28, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    Protests in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong
    Sunday May 28, 1989

    A procession of 1.5 million people, one fourth of Hong Kong's population, led by Martin Lee, Szeto Wah and other organization leaders, paraded through Hong Kong Island. Across the world, especially where ethnic-Chinese lived, people gathered and protested. Many governments, including those of the United States and Japan, issued travel warnings to China.


  • Russia
    Tuesday May 30, 1989

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Postponed Elections

    Russia
    Tuesday May 30, 1989

    On May 30, 1989, Gorbachev proposed that nationwide local elections, scheduled for November 1989, be postponed until early 1990 because there were still no laws governing the conduct of such elections. This was seen by some as a concession to local Party officials, who feared they would be swept from power in a wave of anti-establishment sentiment.


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