• failed US rescue attempt to save hostages in Tehran
  • John Lennon assassinated
  • Mt. Saint Helens
  • Pac Man video game released
  • Rubik's cube becomes popular
  • Ted Turner establishes CNN


  • assassination attempt of the pope
  • assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan
  • first woman appointed to the supreme court
  • millions watch the royal wedding on TV
  • new plauge identified as AIDS
  • personal computers introduced to IBM


  • ET movie released
  • Falkland Islands invaded by Argentina
  • King Henry VIII's ship the Mary Rose raised after 437 years
  • Micheal Jackson releases Thriller
  • Reverend Sun Myung Moon marries 2,075 couples at Madison Square Garden
  • Vietnam War Memorial opened in Washington, DC


  • cabbage patch kids ae popular
  • Reagan announces defense plan called Star Wars
  • Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space
  • soviets shoot down a Korean airliner
  • US embassy in Beirut bombed


  • huge poison gas leak in Bhopal, India
  • Indira Gandhi, India's Prime Minister, killed by two bodyguards
  • PG 13 movie rate created


  • famine in Ethiopia
  • hole in the ozone layer discovered
  • Mikhail Gorbachev calls for Glasnost and Perestroika
  • new coke hits the market
  • wreck of the Titanic found


  • Challenger space shuttle explodes
  • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident
  • Ferdinand Marcos Flees the Philippines
  • Iran-Contra Scandal Unfolds
  • U.S. Bombs Libya
  • U.S.S.R. Launches Mir Space Station


  • DNA First Used to Convict Criminals
  • Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Butcher of Lyons, Sentenced to Life in Prison
  • New York Stock Exchange Suffers Huge Drop on "Black Monday"
  • West German Pilot Lands Unchallenged in Russia's Red Square



  • Berlin Wall Falls
  • Exxon Valdez Spills Millions of Gallons of Oil on Coastline
  • Students Massacred in China's Tiananmen Square
  • U.S. President Bush Announces That He Doesn't Like Broccoli



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