THE 80S TIMELINE
- January: Rubik’s Cube debuts at the International Toy Fair.
- April 24: U.S. rescue attempt to save hostages in Tehran fails.
- May 18: Mount St. Helens erupts.
- May 22: Pac-Man video game is released.
- June 1: Ted Turner establishes CNN.
- June 9: Richard Pryor sets himself on fire while freebasing cocaine.
- November 21: 83,000,000 viewers tune in to find out Who shot J.R.? on “Dallas”.
- December 8: John Lennon is murdered “9 to 5” starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin is released.
- January 12: “Dynasty” debuts.
- March 30: John Hinckley Jr. attempts to assassinate President Reagan.
- April 12: The Space Shuttle Columbia is launched.
- May 13: Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II.
- July 29: Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.
- December 28: Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first U.S. IVF baby, is born.
- AIDS recognized by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
- MS-DOS released.
- The first IBM-PC released.
- April 2: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
- June 11: The movie “E.T.” released.
- September: Jane Fonda releases her “Workout” video.
- November 13: Vietnam War Memorial opens in Washington, D.C.
- Calvin Klein’s first underwear ad featuring Tom Hintnaus stops traffic in Times Square.
- 14-year old skateboarder Tony Hawk joins the Bones Brigade and turns professional.
- February 28: “M*A*S*H” ends after 251 episodes.
- March 23: President Reagan announces defence plan called Star Wars.
- April 18: U.S. Embassy in Beirut bombed.
- June 18: Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
- October 13: The first commercial cell phone call is made.
- December 2: Michael Jackson releases “Thriller”.
- January 24: Steve Jobs introduces the first Macintosh computer.
- September 14: Madonna performs “Like a Virgin” at the first-ever MTV Awards.
- September 20: “The Cosby Show” debuts.
- Huge poison gas leak at Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India.
- Two bodyguards assassinate Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
- October 16: Bishop Desmond Tutu receives Nobel Peace Prize.
- Lee Iacocca appears in television commercials for Chrysler.
- Bernhard Goetz shoots four would-be attackers on a New York subway.
- January 28: “We Are the World” is recorded in Los Angeles.
- May 24: Steve Jobs leaves Apple Computers.
- August 20: Iran-Contra scandal erupts.
- September 3: Bob Ballard discovers the wreck of the Titanic.
- November 20: Microsoft introduces Windows.
- Hole in the ozone first reported.
- Nike releases the Air Jordan 1.
- Mikhail Gorbachev calls for glasnost and perestroika.
- “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox is released.
- January 28: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lift-off.
- February 20: USSR launches Mir Space Station.
- April 26: Chernobyl nuclear meltdown occurs.
- July 4: RUN DMC releases “Walk This Way”.
- Oliver Stone wins Academy Award for best director for “Platoon”.
- April 18: “Headbangers Ball” debuts on MTV.
- October 4: U.S. and Canada sign free trade agreement.
- October 19: U.S. stock market plunges on Black Monday.
- December: Eli Lilly Drug Company receives final approval to market Prozac.
- DNA first used to convict criminals and exonerate innocent prisoners on death row.
- West German pilot lands in Red Square.
- Motivational speaker and firewalker Tony Robbins publishes his first book, “Unlimited Power”.
- February 20: Salt n’ Pepa’s “Push It” peaks on the Billboard charts at #19.
- May 15: Soviet troops begin to withdraw from Afghanistan after nine-year occupation.
- November: George Bush Sr. elected president of the United States.
- December 21: Pan Am Flight 103 is bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland.
- “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is the top-grossing film of the year.
- CDs outsell vinyl records and tapes for the first time.
- President Reagan names Ben and Jerry Small Business Persons of the Year.
- March 24: Exxon Valdez spills millions of gallons of oil on Alaskan coastline.
- June 4: Student protesters killed in China’s Tiananmen Square.
- September 20: F. W. DeKlerk becomes president of South Africa, promising apartheid reforms.
- November 9: Berlin Wall falls.
- September 22: “Bay Watch” debuts.
- December 17: “The Simpsons” debuts.
- Gameboy is released.
- The Internet goes global.