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  • 1. 1980-1989 Timeline By Meghan Schumacher
  • 2. 1981            1983            1985            1987            1989 1980            1982            1984            1986            1988 Timeline by Meghan Schumacher
  • 3. 1980
      • Mt. St. Helens erupts
      • John Lennon assassinated
      • Rubik's Cube gains worldwide popularity
      • Ted Turner founds CNN
      • More than 50 nations, including U.S., boycott Moscow Olympic Games
  • 4. 1981
      • Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan survive assassination attempts
      • Sandra Day O'Connor becomes first woman to serve on Supreme Court
      • Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer
      • AIDS recognized by the CDC
      • Personal Computers (PCs) introduced by IBM
      • Pac-Man craze sweeps U.S.
  • 5. 1982
      • "E.T." hits theaters
      • Michael Jackson releases "Thriller"
      • Rev. Sun Myung Moon marries 2,075 couples at Madison Square Garden
      • Falkland Islands war (Argentina-U.K.)
  • 6. 1983
      • President Reagan announces Star Wars defense plan
      • Sally Ride becomes first American woman in space
      • U.S. Embassy in Beirut bombed
      • Cabbage Patch Kids craze sweeps U.S.
      • M*A*S*H ends after 251 episodes
  • 7. 1984
      • Huge poison gas leak at Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India
      • Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two bodyguards
      • Vietnam War Memorial opened in Washington
      • Bishop Desmond Tutu awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • 8. 1985
      • Hole in the ozone layer discovered
      • Mikhail Gorbachev calls for Glasnost (openness) and Perestroika (restructuring) of Soviet Union
      • New Coke hits stores
      • Wreck of the Titanic found
  • 9. 1986
      • Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after liftoff
      • Chernobyl nuclear accident
      • Iran-Contra scandal
      • U.S. bombs Libya
  • 10. 1987
      • DNA first used to convict criminals
      • "Black Monday" stock market plunge
  • 11. 1988
      • Pan Am Flight 103 is bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland
      • U.S. shoots down Iranian airliner
      • Solidarity strikes in Poland
      • Soviet troops begin to withdraw from Afghanistan after nine year occupation
      • U.S. and Canada sign free trade agreement
  • 12. 1989
      • Berlin Wall falls
      • Exxon Valdez spills millions of gallons of il on Alaska coastline
      • Student protesters killed in China's Tiananmen Square
      • F.W. DeKlerk becomes President of South Africa, promising apartheid reforms