30 Years of Adam: 1989

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

I've never been to China, and I'm not planning on going (I'm not saying I'm never going, it's just not in my plans), but on my 9th birthday, China was at the forefront of the news, thanks to hunger strikers in Beijing, protesting the communist government. More than 1 millions demonstrators marched in Tiananmen Square, just a couple weeks before the June 4th Incident that resulted in the deaths of between 400 to 800 people.

Here in North America, the Stanley Cup Final was an all-Canada affair, with the Montreal Canadiens evening their series against the Calgary Flames at one game apiece. The Flames went on to win the series in six games. I remember me and my buddy Phil choosing up sides in the Western Conference Finals, with him backing the Blackhawks and me backing the Flames, so I was happy that Calgary won it all (21 years later I couldn't care less about the Flames or hockey in general).

On May 17, 1989, the Mets lost 4-3 to the hated Dodgers (I was still bitter about '88 back then, and, honestly, I'm still bitter about it now). They still led the NL East by a game over the Cubs, but that wouldn't last.

Notable May 17, 1989 births:
- Canadian ice dancer Tessa Virtue