1. 30 years ago Woolley Grange opened its doors to its first paying guests and Luxury Family Hotels was born. Read on to find out who or what else turns 30 in 2019…and keep an eye out for all the fun birthday treats we've got planned!
2. Daniel Radcliffe: our very own Harry Potter. Born 23rd July 1989
3. The World Wide Web. Now this is a BIG one! Invented by English scientist Tim Berners-Lee.
4. The Simpsons…yes, that old!
5. Disney’s film The Little Mermaid – another childhood favourite!
6. Dead Poet’s Society with the much missed Robin Williams. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a treat.
7. Taylor Swift: born 13th December 1989.
8. Death of Bette Davis, American old time actress of film, television and theatre, 6th October 1989.
9. The first GPS Satellite went into orbit.
10. Lily Collins, actress and daughter of Phil Collins. Now starring as Fantine in the current BBC adaptation of Les Miserables. Born 18th March 1989.
11. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. One for all those Trekkie fans.
12. Dustin Hoffman’s Oscar for leading actor in Rain Man…another classic.
13. 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, one of the biggest tragedies in European football, claiming the lives of 96 football supporters.
14. The collapse of the Berlin Wall. This was taken down on November 9th 1989 allowing free access to citizens across the border.
15. The film ‘When Harry Met Sally’…and its infamous coffee shop scene.
16. 30th anniversary of the Tiananman Square Protests in Beijing.
17. Madonna’s hit single ‘Like a Prayer’.
18. The Death of Emperor Hirohito, 124th Emperor of Japan, reigning from 25 December 1926, until his death on 7 January 1989.
19. Fine Young Cannibals launched ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ single on New Year’s Day 1989. It reached number 5 on the British singles chart. before hitting Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
20. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
21. Rebecca Adlington (born 17 February 1989), British former competitive swimmer who won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
22. Lily James, English actress (born 5 April 1989) who has starred in Downton Abbey, War & Peace and Cinderella.
23. Rory McIlroy (born 4 May 1989), professional golfer from Northern Ireland.
24. Brie Larson, American actress and filmmaker, born 1st October 1989, and starred in Room, Kong: Skull Island and will star as Carol Danvers in the new Marvel film.
25. The death of Salvador Dali (23rd January 1989), surrealist artist.
26. 22nd September 1989, Irving Berlin, the American songwriter and lyricist, died.
27. The first Gameboy was launched by Nintendo.
28. Batman film launched with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. It became a box office hit and won an Academy award.
29. A perennial children’s favourite: ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen, was published.
30. The first image in HDTV was broadcast in Japan in June of 1989.
Happy New Year everyone!