1989
THIS YEAR IN LAS VEGAS ...

WHILE IN THE WORLD ...

The Opening of the Mirage
Steve Wynn's Mirage opens on November 22. It features an erupting man-made volcano, and more than 3,000 rooms.
Magicians Siegfried and Roy sign a 5-year, $57-million contract.

Stars Love Las Vegas to Get Married
On January 21, Lorenzo Lamas wed Kathleen Kinmont Smith tie the knot at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. On April 29, rock star Jon Bon Jovi marries Dorothea Hurley in the same chapel.
On August 6, it is the turn of actors Corey Feldman and Vanessa Marcil. On September 2, basketball legend Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy get married at Little White Wedding Chapel.

Deaths of Important Vegans
H.M. ''Hank'' Greenspun, father of the Las Vegas Sun, dies of cancer in July.
Benny Binion, founder of the Horseshoe as well as of the World Series of Poker, the world most famous poker tournament, also ends his life this year.
Businessman Morris B. ''Moe'' Dalitz dies at the age 90. He has been suspected of connections with some Las Vegas mobsters.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall
In November, two million East Germans convene to Berlin to dismantle the Wall, the hated symbol of the division of Germany. The guards of the Wall themselves help the people to put it down.
With the exception of Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania, where the police kill about 7,000 people, all revolutions signing the end of the Soviet Empire are bloodless.
In this year as well as in 1990, non-Communist presidents will be elected in many ex-Communist countries.

Tiananmen Square Revolt
In April, Chinese students start to protest, asking for more freedom. Workers and intellectuals join to the protest. On May 13, students begin a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square.
Two days later, Mikhail Gorbachev will visit Beijing, first Soviet leader after 30 years. Therefore, the students wish their strike would get a worldwide publicity.
However, on May 20, the government imposes the martial law and, on June 3, Deng Xiaoping orders the army to attack the protesters. Hundreds, maybe thousands, will be killed.

The Exxon Valdez Disaster
On March 24, the tanker Exxon Valdez hits the Bligh Reef, in the upper part of Prince William Sound (Alaska), pouring 11 million gallons of crude oil.
The damage to the territory and to the wildlife is enormous. Almost 1,100 miles of shoreline are contaminated. About 600,000 birds and 5,500 otters are killed.

Cold Fusion?
In March, B. Stanley Pons (University of Utah) and Martin Fleischmann (England's University of Southampton) announce that they have achieved nuclear fusion at room temperature.
Nuclear fusion occurs, in nature, in the hot interiors of stars. Reaching in laboratory high enough temperatures is a formidable task; while cold fusion would give cheap, unlimited energy.
However, it will become clear soon that Pons and Fleischmann made a gross mistake. The excess energy measured was not due to fusion, but rather to a normal chemical reaction.

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