THE MIRACLE ON ICE: 1980 (SPORTS) The “Miracle on Ice” is the name is the name of anAmerican ice hockey game during the 1980 WinterOlympics on February 22nd. The US team, made up ofamateur and college players and coached by HerbBrooks, defeated the Soviet team, who had won nearlyevery world championship and Olympic tournamentsince 1954. Team USA went on to win the gold bywinning its last match against Finland.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER: 1983-1984 (ENTERTAINMENT) Michael Jackson’s album Thriller was the bestselling album for 2 years (1983 and 1984). Thrillerenabled Jackson to break down racial barriers inpop music through his appearance on MTV andmeeting Ronald Reagan at the White House.Thriller went on to win eight Grammys in 1984and sell 110 million copies worldwide.
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW: 1986 The first nationally syndicated episode of theOprah Winfrey Show aired on September 8, 1986.The show was highly influential, and many of itstopics penetrated into the American pop-culturalconsciousness.
CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1991 (CIVILRIGHTS) On November 21, 1991, Congress enacted the CivilRights Act of 1991. The act made some modificationsto the employment discrimination laws, which made itillegal to discriminate in the workplace based on race,sex, age, national origin and age. Among the decisionsthat Congress addressed were Price v. Waterhouse v.Hopkins (1989) and Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Antonio(1989).
THE FIRST TEXT MESSAGE: 1992(TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES) 20 years ago the first text message was sent. Itwas Dec. 3, 1992, and Neil Papworth, an engineerworking in the UK, sent the worlds first shortmessage service or SMS. It read "MerryChristmas."
MOTO STARTAC: 1996(TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT) The Moto StarTac was the first ever flip-phone andthe first to offer any real style, released onJanuary 3rd, 1996 Weighing in at just 3.1-ounces, itwas the smallest and lightest handset ever, andincorporated vibrating alerts for the first time. Amassive favorite among businessmen, itestablished Moto as a fashion phone
THE BITE FIGHT: 1997 (SPORTS) Holyfield-Tyson II is the name of the boxing matchbetween Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield on June 28,1997, in which Tyson bit Holyfields ear. The fight was afollow-up rematch of the first Tyson-Holyfield fight, anddue to the biting, has earned the nickname, "The BiteFight".
THE LEWINSKY SCANDAL: 1998(SCANDAL) The Lewinsky scandal was a political scandal emerging in1998 from a relationship between United States President BillClinton and White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. On Jan. 17,1998, Clinton himself was questioned, becoming the firstsitting president to testify as a civil defendant. The Lewinskyscandal led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 by the US Houseof Representatives and acquittal by the Senate.
FADS OF 2000 The fads of 2000 was the * Cha Cha Slidereleased on September 19, 2000, Napster,an Internet service that allowed users toshare typically music, and the Playstation2.
9/11: 2001 (POLITICAL DOMESTICEVENT) Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 Al-Qaedaterrorist so they could be flown into buildings in suicideattacks. Two of the planes , American Airlines Flight11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into theNorth and South towers, of the World Trade Centercomplex in New York City. We call this area GroundZero.
TWILIGHT: 2005 (BOOKS) Twilight is a young-adult vampire romance novelby Stephenie Meyer. First published in hardbackin October 5, 2005 and reached number 5 on theNew York Times Best Seller list within a monthof it’s release and eventually reached number 1.
THE HUNGER GAMES: 2008 (BOOK) The Hunger Games was first published inhardcover on September 14, 2008. On its initialrelease, the book 200,000 copies and enteredthe New York Times Best Seller list inNovember 2008, where it would feature for over100 consecutive weeks.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: 2011(POLITICAL LEADER) On May 2, 2011 United States PresidentBarack Obama organized OperationNeptune Spear to kill terrorist leader,Osama Bin-Laden.
SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOLSHOOTING: 2012 (CONTROVERSIAL EVENT) On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shottwenty children and six adult staff members in a massmurder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the villageof Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. The incidentis the second deadliest mass shooting by a singleperson in American history.
BOSTON BOMBING: 2013 (POLITICALDOMESTIC EVENT) April 15, 2013, two pressure cooked bombsexploded at 2:49 P.M., killing 3 people and injuring264 people. The bombs exploded about 13seconds and 210 yards apart near the finish yardon Boylston Street. The FBI took over theinvestigation and on April 18, released photos andsurveillance video of two suspects.