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80's TimeLine

 

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1979

  • The Walkman is invented.
  • The Sugarhill Gang releases what is termed the first commercial rap record, "Rapper's Delight", The Fatback Band produce "King Tim III(Personality Jock) " which is considered the first ever rap record.

1980

  • Hostages are freed in Iran immediately after Reagan's inauguration. Everyone tied a yellow ribbon to trees outside thier yards in a show of support during their ordeal.
  • Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR, The US boycotts
  • Post-It Notes are introduced by 3-M
  • The first all news service started by Turner Cable Network begins
  • John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman
  • Brook Shields whispers, "You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing." The ad was banned.
  • Who Shot JR? is talked about heavily from the TV show Dallas. On November 21, the conclusion draws more viewers than any other show in TV history up to that point.
  • Ronald Reagan is elected, defeating Jimmy Carter, and takes credit for freeing the Iranian hostages in his inaugural speech.
  • Poland has massive strikes, eventually the unions become legal, censorship is lessened.
  • About 125,000 Cubans leave Cuba for America, most are criminals hand picked by Castro's men, only a few are relatives of those in America.
  • RU-486, the abortion pill is released in France.
  • The US Supreme Court allows patents on living organisms.
  • Mt. Saint Helens erupts, killing 60 people.
  • CNN is launched as the first all news network
  • ABSCAM, FBI agents pose as rich Arabs and bribed politicians with cash for favors.
  • Richard Pryor gets badly burned trying to free base cocaine.
  • Small pox is considered eradicated by the World Health Organization.
  • Sadam Hussein launches war against Iran for close to a decade over oil rights.
  • Japan passes the US as the largest auto maker

1981

  • The 1st launch of a space shuttle (Columbia)
  • Reagan shot by a man obsessed with Jodie Foster on March 30
  • Reagan fires the striking air traffic controllers and breaks up their union.
  • Pope shot by insane Turk, May 13.
  • Sandra Day O'Connor becomes first female Supreme Court Justice
  • Mitterand becomes French president (and will remain pres. well into the 90s)
  • Prince Charles and Diana Spencer marry on July 29
  • Dynasty premiers in prime time hours and becomes a hit.
  • The US Agriculture Department tries making ketchup a school lunch vegetable
  • Bill Gates licenses MS-DOS to IBM, makes next to nothing on the deal. The money is made later from licensing it to third party clone makers.
  • The first IBM-PC's begin to roll of the lines.
  • The first DeLorean sports cars roll off the assembly line.
  • August 1, The birth of MTV, the 24 hour-a-day music television station
  • Private satellite dishes are given the OK by the FCC
  • Pac-mania seizes the nation.
  • Fruit fly break out in California.
  • Reagan starts toying with the Libyans, and deploys ships in the Gulf of Sidra, which Libya claimed rights to even though no one recognized it as theirs.
  • Pac-Man is introduced in the US and sparks a huge craze.
  • Spain allows legal divorces.
  • Poland government crushes the Solidarity movement.
  • The first reports of homosexual men dying due to a mysterious breakdown of the bodies immunization system. Later it becomes known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a.k.a. AIDS and researches realize it can strike anyone.

1982

  • Ozzy bites the head off a live bat thrown at him at a January 20 performance.
  • Argentina invades the Falklands (UK); Argentina has to withdraw its troops after two months.
  • Italy wins the Soccer World Cup in Spain
  • Helmut Kohl becomes chancellor in Germany (and STILL is chancellor)
  • Leonid Breznjev dies, Yuri Andropov takes over
  • The Reverend Sun Myung Moon marries 4,150 of his "Moonie" followers at Madison Square Garden.
  • Tylenol Scare, October 5th
  • Nancy Reagan appears at a Washington benefit dressed as a bag lady to protest criticism of her expensive outfits.
  • Princess Grace of Monaco dies when her car hurtles over a cliff.
  • Michael Jackson's "Thriller" sells 20 million albums to become the largest selling record ever.
  • John Belushi dies March 5 of cocaine and heroin.
  • Prince William is born to Charles and Di.
  • Mexico's economy collapses.
  • Liposuction is introduced.
  • Telephone company breaks up into 22 distinct regional phone companies.
  • The Equal Rights Amendment dies, three states short of ratification.
  • The Vietnam Memorial is erected in Washington D.C.
  • The first artificial heart transplant takes place, the recipient lives 112 days.

1983

  • Reagan introduces 'Star Wars"Just Say No" is the new tool to combat growing drug use in the US.
  • Thatcher's second term as PM
  • USSR shoots and destroys South Korean flight 007.
  • Camcorders are introduced.
  • US invades Grenada after coup on the island, more medals are handed out during the invasion than during the entire Vietnam war.
  • Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia nervosa at the age of 32, February 4th.
  • The final episode of M*A*S*H airs, advertising cost more than during the Super Bowl that year, and surpassing the record Dallas set for most viewers.
  • Sally Ride becomes first woman in space, June 18th on the Challenger.
  • Vanessa Williams becomes first African American Miss America
  • Compact discs are first released.
  • U.S Embassy is bombed in Beirut, killing 40 people.
  • Cabbage Patch kids are released.
  • Hackers invade sensitive military computers such as Los Alamos National Labratory.
  • Australia wins the America's Cup for the first time in 132 years.
  • Fake Hitler diaries surface.
  • The Tylenol Murders happen in Chicago.

1984

  • Sikhs occupy Golden Temple in Amritsar, India
  • Indira Gandhi is assassinated.
  • Chemical disaster in Bhopal, India, December 3rd.
  • Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman Vice President running mate.
  • Reagan re-elected in landslide election, Walter Mondale is never heard from again.
  • Congress cuts off aid to Nicaragua, illegal guns sales start to fund the contras.
  • Stonewashed jeans are introduced.
  • The first megabit chip is made at Bell Labs
  • Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, US. The Soviets boycott.
  • Mary Lou Retton wins two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
  • Old nude photos of Vanessa Williams, the current Miss America. She is forced from her throne.
  • The AIDS virus is discovered
  • Michael Jackson's hair caught fire during the shooting of Pepsi commercial, many children's rhymes ensued.
  • The Cosby show premiers.
  • The first infomercials appear on TV due to de-regulation by the FCC.
  • The first all rap radio format is introduced at LA's KDAY
  • Run-D.M.C. are the first ever rap group to have an album certified gold.
  • Bob Geldof and Band Aid release "Do They Know It's Christmas"
  • The term cyberspace is coined by William Gibson in his novel "Neuromancer"

1985

  • "We Are The World" is recorded by USA for Africa, America's response to the British "Do They Know It's Christmas"
  • Crack cocaine starts to appear.
  • Billy Joel marries Christie Brinkley
  • Brussels, Belgium: 39 dead, 250 wounded during a soccer match between Liverpool and Juventus
  • Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior is bombed by the French goverment during protests of it's nuclear testing in the Pacific
  • LIVE AID in London and Philadelphi, beamed around the world
  • Earthquake in Mexico / Volcano erupts in Colombia; 1000s killed
  • Gorbachev becomes (the last) president of the Soviet Union
  • New Coke is introduced in April
  • Titanic wreckage found and filmed by robotic camera in July
  • Bernhard Goetz is charged with attempted murder
  • Ethiopa blocks the airlift of thousands of Ethiopian Jews.
  • Hole in the ozone layer, first detected in 1977, is now indisputable.
  • Madonna begins her first tour.
  • In October, the worlds largest atom smasher goes online in Illinois.
  • Nintendo home entertainment system introduced.
  • Extra second added to the calender year.
  • Leaded gas is officially banned in the US
  • Rock 'n' Roll Hall of fame is opened.
  • Rock Hudson, the first major public figure to die to AIDS, dies on October 2.

1986

  • January 28, the Challenger explodes shortly after launch.
  • Worst nuclear disaster ever in Chernobyl, USSR, April.
  • US vs Lybia's Col. Khadafi
  • Argentina wins Soccer World Cup in Mexico
  • Fox Network starts in America
  • June 19th, Len Bias, a first round pick by the Celtics, died of cocaine overdose.
  • Mandatory recycling programs started in Rhode Island.
  • Iran Contra Scandal is reported in November in a Lebanese magazine.
  • Vice President George Bush's broccoli incident, tons of the stuff is delivered to the White House.
  • Return of Haley's Comet
  • Hands Across America, May 25, 1986
  • In Nyos, Cameroon, a cloud of carbon dioxide rumbled out of the nearby lake Nyos on August 21 and killed approximately 1,700 people.
  • Statue of Liberty celebrates the 100th Anniversary and gets a face lift in the process.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger marries Maria Shriver.
  • Kurt Waldheim's Nazi past is revealed as he runs for president of Austria, and he still wins despite having been a staff officer responsible for deporting thousands of Greek Jews to the concentration camps.
  • "A.M. Chicago" changes its name to the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and goes national September 8th.
  • Turner Broadcasting begins to colorize black and white classics.
  • Miami Hurricanes' Quarterback Vinny Testaverde wins the Heisman Trophy
  • John McCarthy, a British journalist was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad. Remained in captivity for more than 5 years.

1987

  • "Baby Jessica," Jessica McClure falls down the well and is later rescued. Wednesday October 14th, 1987 --9:30 am cst through Friday October 16th, 1987--8:30pm cst
  • Herald of Free Enterprise sinks in North Sea; 189 die
  • German lands airplane on Red Square, Moscow
  • Thatcher re-elected
  • Trouble on the stock markets in October
  • The INF agreement between the US and the USSR
  • Black Monday - Stock market drops 22% on October 19th.
  • Artists protest the ongoing Sistine Chapel restoration.
  • Condom commercials appear on TV for the first time.
  • US budget reaches the trillion dollar mark.
  • Robert Bork was denied a Supreme Court appointment after opposition to his involvement in Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" was raised.
  • Battle for "Baby M" begins. William and Elizabeth Stern of New Jersey hired Mary Beth Whitehead to carry a baby to term for them. After it was all over, surrogate contracts were declared illegal and the Sterns won the right to bring "Baby M" up and allow Mrs. Whitehead visitation rights.
  • Jessica Hahn is implicated in the Jimmy Bakker scandal
  • Gary Hart scandal with model Donna Rice destroys his career.
  • Bruce Willis marries Demi Moore, November 21
  • Klaus Barbie is convicted of Nazi war crimes and sentenced to life in prision. On a similar note, Rudolf Hess strangled himself at age 93 after having been in prison since 1941. He was the sole prisoner at the facility.
  • Porn star Cicciolina wins a seat in the Italian parliament
  • The last California Condor was taken in to captivity. There were only 27 in captivity at that point. By 1992, 57 were in captivity and were beginning to be re-released into the wild.

1988

  • Soviets leave Afghanistan
  • Jimmy Swaggart admits to having sex with prostitutes.
  • CDs outsell vinyl for the first time ever.
  • Summer Olympics in Seoul, South-Korea; Ben Johnson caught for steroids after setting a World Record in the 100 meter dash.
  • Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland; Lybian terrorists are suspected of planting the bomb
  • Earthquake in the USSR
  • Bobby McFerrin tells everyone "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
  • Prozac is introduced as an anti-depressant.
  • US advertising is permitted on Soviet TV
  • The first plutonium pacemaker is made.
  • World's longest undersea tunnel is completed. Work begins on the Chunnel which will then become the world's longest undersea tunnel.
  • Sonny Bono becomes Mayor in Palm Springs.
  • Robin Givens files for divorce from Mike Tyson
  • Benazir Bhutto becomes the first woman to head an Islamic nation
  • Willie Horton smear ads used by Bush during the '88 re-election
  • Dukakis loses to the "Read My Lips" guy, he's never heard from again.
  • McDonalds in the USSR (might have been 1989)
  • Long Island beaches close due to medical waste coming ashore July 6th.
  • Iran-Iraqi war ends in August.
  • Human Genome project begins.
  • Soviets withdraw from Afghanistan.

1989

  • Arsenio Hall becomes first African-American to host a nightly talk show January 3rd.
  • The "beginning of the end" for the communist rulers in Eastern Europe; the Cold War comes to an end
  • Salmon Rushdie wanted dead by Iranian leader Khomeini
  • Kim Basinger buys Braselton, Georgia for $20 million.
  • Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska in March.
  • Lucille Ball dies April 26.
  • Sheffield, UK: 95 dead, 170 wounded during a soccer match between Liverpool and Sheffield in April.
  • Students protest on Tienanmen Square, Beijing, China - the army intervenes; 3000-7000 killed, June 3rd.
  • The fall of the Berlin wall on November 9th.
  • Worldwide ban of ivory
  • The stealth bomber is finished.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles become an over night sensation
  • Time and Warner combine to become Time Warner Inc.
  • Panama invasion, loud rock music drives Manuel Noreiga from his asylum.
  • Rob Lowe is seen in a self-made porn video with an underage girl.
  • The parents of the Menendez brothers are found murdered, Lyle and Erik are later accused of the murders.
  • Milli Vanilli gets Best New Artist Grammy which is later stripped when it's learned they were lip synching for another (much uglier) duo.
  • Geraldo Riveria gets his nose broken on his show by a violent guest
  • Pete Rose is banned from baseball for betting on games, August 24.
  • Collin Powell is appointed Joint Chiefs of Staff, highest army post to ever be held by a black officer.
  • October 17th quake disrupts the third game of the world series between San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics.
  • TV Guide releases a picture of a newly slim Oprah Winfrey which turns out to be her head on Ann-Margaret's body.
  • Princess Anne announces her separation from her husband.
  • Michael Milken is indicted on 98 fraud and racketeering charges.
  • Vietnam withdraws from Cambodia, September 26, after almost 11 years of occupation.
  • Pan Am files chapter 11
  • Burma changes it's name to Myanmar
  • Cold fusion is announced in March and then denounced at the end of summer as clumsy science.

1990 (winding down...)

  • "The Simpsons" spins off from the Tracy Ullman show
  • Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years.
  • Milli Vanilla's lip-synching is discovered.
  • Kuwait is invaded by Iraq
  • McDonald's opens in Moscow, the Cold War is now officially over.

 

 
 
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