The Arizona State Senate voted 21-to-9 to remove the governor. Evan Mecham had been convicted of lending $80,000 in state money to his car dealership. He also was convicted of obstructing justice in the investigation into an alleged death threat made by one of his staffers to a Grand Jury witness.
Structural failure was blamed when a hole in the fuselage of a Boeing 737 over Hawaii caused a flight attendant to be sucked out of the jet.
Attorney General Ed Meece resigned after an investigation claimed he had attempted to take a bribe from a company in exchange for defense contracts. A special prosecutor also accused Meece of filing a false income tax return.
The Puyallup Indians of Washington State were given $162 million in exchange for dropping their claim to the city of Tacoma.
Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart confessed his sins to Jesus on live TV after it was learned he had a trist with a prostitute. His church banned him from preaching for a year.
The first shuttle since the Challenger exploded, the Discovery, was launched successfully. Celebrities like William Shatner, The Beach Boys and Robin Williams volunteered their talents to do special wake-up messages for the crew.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. was named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine shortly after delivering a charismatic address to the Democratic National Convention. Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen were nominated to the ticket.
On a platform which included a promise of " no new taxes," George H. Bush won his party's nomination, with running mate Dan Quayle. A tearful Ronald Reagan passed the torch to Bush upon his victory in November.
President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed an agreement to dismantle short-range nuclear missiles in Europe.
Eugene Mariho became the first African American bishop in the Catholic Church.
Rain Man garnered Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. Dustin Hoffman's performance earned him the Best Actor award. Box office hits also included A Fish Called Wanda and Die Hard.
The Cosby Show was the year's most popular TV show for the fourth straight year. CBS introduced Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown. Roseanne debuted on ABC and shot to number one in the weekly ratings. Thirtysomething grabbed the Emmy for Best Drama Series.
Roy Orbison, enjoying a comeback as a member of the Traveling Wilburys and as a solo act, died of a heart attack at 52.
Number one hits included Got My Mind Set On You by George Harrison and Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.