Events in the 80s
• Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington state.
• John Lennon is shot and dies.
• The popular video arcade game “Pac-Man” is released.
• Ronald Reagan is elected as the President of the United States.
• The United States boycotts the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
• Lady Diana Spencer and Charles the Prince of Wales are married.
• The cable network MTV (Music Television) is launched.
• The AIDS virus is identified in the United States by scientists.
• Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian President, is assassinated.
• Sandra Day O’Connor is nominated as the first female Supreme Court Justice by President Reagan.
• “The Computer” is named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year.
• Disney World opens the EPCOT ( Experimental Community of Tomorrow ) park.
• The FIFA World Cup is held in Spain and Italy wins the title.
• Japan begins selling the first CD players.
• Late Rock n’ Roll star Elvis Presley’s home “Graceland” is opened to the public as an attraction.
• Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
• Motorola introduces the first mobile phones to the United States in 1983.
• Microsoft releases “Word” their word processing program.
• The Swiss company “Swatch” introduces their watches and they become a fashion craze.
• The I.R.A. bombs the popular London department store Harrods.
• India’s Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, is assassinated.
• Band Aid records “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” a charity single to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
• The Soviet Union boycotts the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Summer Games.
• China and the United Kingdom agree that the U.K. will transfer power over Hong Kong back to China in the future.
• MTV begins the “Video Music Awards” or VMAs.
• The iconic Route 66 is removed from the highway system in the United States.
• In what many consider one of the worst marketing moves, Coca-Cola introduced “New Coke” and were forced to return to the old formula only months later due to backlash.
• The first version of Microsoft Windows is released.
• Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan is named as the NBA’s “Rookie of the Year.”
• The wreck of the Titanic was discovered.
• The Chernobyl nuclear reactor explodes in the USSR.
• The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster takes place when the space shuttle disintegrates after being launched, killing all on board.
• Spain and Portugal are added to the EEC.
• Mad Cow Disease (BSE – Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) is identified in Britain for the first time.
• The first triple organ transplant is performed.
• Disposable contact lenses are first sold.
• “The Simpsons” make their debut on the Tracy Ullman Show.
• Margaret Thatcher is elected as the British Prime Minister for the third time.
• The Fox television network begins operations.
• Construction begins on the Channel Tunnel.
• The Soviet Union withdraws their troops from Afghanistan.
• George H.W. Bush is elected as the U.S. President after defeating Michael Dukakis.
• Two years after the Challenger Disaster, NASA’s Space Shuttle program resumes.
• The site of the original Globe Theater is discovered by archaeologists in London.
• The Iran-Iraq war ends.
• The Berlin Wall is torn down at the end of the Cold War.
• Pro-Democracy protests take place at Tiananmen Square in China.
• The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spills 240,000 barrels of oil in the Prince William Sound in Alaska.
• The Nintendo Game Boy portable video game system is released.
• NASA launches the Galileo spacecraft.
• During the 80’s we also saw the collapse of the traditional communism and the end of the cold war .The fragmentation of communism included the collapse of the Berlin wall and the breakup up of what was the USSR towards the end of the 80’s. and leading to German reunification.
• The 80’s also signaled a period of the rise of conservatism as the in political and cultural life, caused by Margaret Thatcher in the UK and Ronald Reagan in the USA .
• Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland islands in 1982 but is subsequently defeated by the United Kingdom.
• China continued it’s growth and liberalization but suffered unrest towards the end of the 80’s after student’s protested in Tiananmen Square on June 4th 1989 and the authorities used force to quell the protests
• Famine in Ethiopia was shown to the world on our television screens in 1984 – 1985 and the pain and suffering caused the western world to find new ways to help including the Live Aid concert and many of the most popular stars contributed their time and performed for free in cities throughout the world , This has to be one of the most successful campaigns ever to create awareness and raise much needed funds by those who have the power to draw TV audiences around the globe.
• Many South American Countries return to democracy after a period of dictatorships
• The mixing of politics and Sport in both 1980 and 1984 Olympics Boycotts by the worlds major powers