30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1989

Three decades ago, a number of uprisings took place around the world, with unhappy citizens taking to the streets—and in some cases, taking up arms—to try to change or remove their governments. A student-led pro-democracy demonstration in China’s Tiananmen Square was violently crushed in June, while hundreds of thousands of anti-Communist protesters in Czechoslovakia were able to bring about a nonviolent “Velvet Revolution.” It was also the year of the Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California, the inauguration of President George H. W. Bush, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and much more. Photographers were also busy documenting the lives of Harrison Ford, Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs, Menudo, and many others. Take a step into a visual time capsule now, for a brief look at the year 1989.

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Dhughes9 / iStockphoto / Getty

    Texas: Images of the Lone Star State

    A few glimpses of the landscape of Texas, and some of the animals and people calling it home

  • Go Nakamura / Reuters

    Photos of the Week: Puma Cub, Nord Boss, Mosque Moon

    Spider-Man in Mexico City, the NBA Finals in Florida, a dragon-boat race in China, BMX racing in the Netherlands, a graduation in Guinea, a bridal photo shoot in Ireland, and much more

  • © Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

    Winning images from the annual photo competition produced by the Natural History Museum, London

  • Dr. Yuan Ji, Shanghai, China

    Photographing the Microscopic: Winners of Nikon Small World 2020

    Some of the winning and honored images from the 2020 Small World Photomicrography Competition