Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 1 decade ago

what were some important events that happened in the 80's?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    February 22, 1980 -

    US hockey team defeats the USSR in the semi-finals at the Winter Olympics.

    May 18, 1980 -

    Mount St. Helens erupts.

    November 21, 1980 -

    We find out who shot J.R. Ewing. :)

    December 8, 1980 -

    John Lennon killed by Mark Chapman.

    March 30, 1981 -

    John Hinckley Jr. attempts to assassinate Pres. Ronald Reagan.

    April 12, 1981 -

    First launch of Space Shuttle Columbia.

    July 29, 1981 -

    Marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

    August 1, 1981 -

    MTV begins broadcasting.

    December 28,1981 -

    The first "test-tube baby", Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born by 'in vitro' fertilization.

    January 8, 1982 -

    Break-up of AT&T into the Baby Bells.

    March 26, 1982 -

    Groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

    May 1982 -

    MS-DOS 1.25 is released.

    November 29, 1982 -

    Soviet invasion of Afghanistan begins.

    February 28, 1983 -

    Last episode of M*A*S*H airs.

    November 2, 1983 -

    Martin Luther King Day made an official holiday.

    1983 -

    McDonald's introduces the Chicken McNugget.

    November 20, 1985 -

    First version of Microsoft Windows is released.

    January 28, 1986 -

    Space Shuttle Challenger explodes killing all seven crew members including the first schoolteacher, Christa McAuliffe, to go into space.

    February 9, 1986 -

    Halley's comet pays a visit.

    April 26, 1986 -

    Explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine.

    May 28, 1987 -

    Mathias Rust lands a private plane on Red Square in Moscow.

    December 8, 1987 -

    Signing of the INF Treaty between the US and USSR. This effectively ended the nuclear arms race between the two superpowers.

    February 2, 1989 -

    The last Soviet armored column leaves Afghanistan, ending 9 years of Soviet occupation.

    March 24, 1989 -

    Exxon Valdez spills 11 million gallons of oil into the Prince William Sound in Alaska.

    April 21, 1989 -

    Students protests begin in Tiananmen Square, China.

    November 9, 1989 -

    The inadvertent announcement that all East Berliners would be allowed to travel to West Berlin with proper permission. The ensuing crowd of East Berliners attempting to go to West Berlin overwhelmed security guards and all we're allowed to cross without restriction. This eventually led to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall which began on June 13,1990.

    December 17, 1989 -

    "The Simpsons" premiere.

    December 20, 1989 -

    Operation "Just Cause" begins in Panama to overthrow the leader Manuel Noriega.

    December 25, 1989 -

    Nicolae Ceauşescu and wife Elena are executed.

    Wow, so many things happened during that time. It'll take some time to think of other important events that occurred during the 1980's. :)

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  • 4 years ago

    I think the Nightmare Before Christmas came out in 1993. I wouldn't call that special but that was a cool movie! Reggie Jackson was put in to the Hall of fame and I think that year marked the first time that Martin Luther King day was observed in all 50 states. You might want to look that up though.

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  • ?
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    1 decade ago

    The Berlin Wall came down, which people of my generation never thought would ever happen. It divided Germany into East Germany (communist) and West Germany (democratic), and every country east of the wall was under Soviet Russia's control, with the exception of China, which is communist anyway. Thousands of people died trying to get past the wall.

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  • 1 decade ago

    First civillian into space , teacher Kristi McCaulife (I believe that is how you spell her name), assigned to be part of the flight crew of Space Shuttle Challenger In 1985.

    Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift off in 1986.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Band Aid and Live Aid in 1982? organised by Bob (now Sir Bob) Geldof and Midge Ure, in reponce to the famine in Ethiopia

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  • 1 decade ago

    Married with Children came out on Fox.

    Women started wearing leg warmers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the berlin wall came down in 1989. also the 80's is when aids became an epidemic althought it was considered taboo, crack hit the streets, homosexuality became more widespread, but also taboo.

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  • OU812
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    1 decade ago

    I got married. I graduated from college. Rock n Roll died.

    Source(s): I was there when it happened.
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  • 1 decade ago

    1982 Israeli occupation of Lebanon

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  • 1 decade ago

    president reagan was shot at by john hinkley who had an obsession with jodie foster

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