1989 in England

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Other events of 1989

Events from 1989 in England






  • 4 March – Purley rail crash: two trains collide at Purley, Surrey killing six people.[5]
  • 17 March – The three men convicted of murdering paperboy Carl Bridgewater in Staffordshire 10 years ago have their appeals rejected. A fourth man convicted in connection with the killing died in prison in 1981.


  • 10 April – Nick Faldo becomes the first English winner of Masters Tournament.[2]
  • 14 April – Ford unveils the latest version of its small Fiesta hatchback, which is being built at the Dagenham plant in England and the Valencia plant in Spain.
  • 15 April – 94 fans are killed in a crush during the FA Cup semi-final at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield during the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest FC and Liverpool F.C.. Around 300 others have been hospitalized. Several of those injured are in a serious condition and there are fears that the death toll (already the worst of any sporting disaster in Britain) could rise even higher.[2] The youngest victim is a 10-year-old boy,[6] the oldest is 67-year-old Gerard Baron, brother of the late former Liverpool player Kevin Baron.[7]
  • 16 April – Denis Howell, a former Labour sports minister, urges for the FA Cup final to go ahead this season despite consideration by The Football Association for it to be cancelled due to the Hillsborough disaster.[8]
  • 17 April – Home Secretary Douglas Hurd announces plans to make all-seater stadiums compulsory for all Football League First Division clubs to reduce the risk of a repeat of the Hillsborough tragedy.
  • 18 April –
    • Tottenham Hotspur remove perimeter fencing from their White Hart Lane stadium as the first step towards avoiding a repeat of the Hillsborough disaster is taken in English football.[9]
    • The Hillsborough disaster claims its 95th victim when 14-year-old Lee Nicol dies in hospital as a result of his injuries. He was visited in hospital by Diana, Princess of Wales, hours before he died.[10]
  • 19 April – The Sun newspaper sparks outrage on Merseyside with an article entitled "The Truth", which claims that spectators robbed injured and dead spectators, and attacked police officers when they were helping the injured and dying.
  • 20 April - The London Underground is at virtual standstill for a day as most of the workers go on strike in protest against plans for driver-only operated trains.
  • 28 April
    • John Cannan, of Sutton Coldfield, is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should never be released after being found guilty of murdering one woman and sexually assaulting two others.[7]
    • Fourteen Liverpool fans are convicted of manslaughter and receive prison sentences of up to three years in Brussels, Belgium, in connection with the Heysel disaster at the 1985 European Cup Final in which 39 spectators (most of them Italian) died. A further eleven Liverpool fans are cleared.







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  1. ^ "1989: Dozens die as plane crashes on motorway". BBC News. 8 January 1989. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  2. ^ a b c Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0. 
  3. ^ "1989: IRA bombs Tern Hill barracks". BBC News. 20 February 1989. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
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  5. ^ "1989: Six die in Purley rail crash". BBC News. 4 March 1989. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
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  11. ^ http://www.arsenal.com/history/grahams-glory-years/thomas-strike-seals-title-at-anfield