San Francisco, 1989
The San Francisco Bay Area is rocked and ravaged by the magnitude 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake.
With up to six inches falling in outlying suburbs, Los Angeles suffers a freak snowstorm in January as a massive cold front that caused record low temperatures in Alaska and Canada spreads south in the U.S.
United States, 1989
The late Lucille Ball, and Gen. James Doolittle, known for leading the first U.S. air-strike against Japan in WWII, are the recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.