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1980

1981

1982

  • E.T. Movie Released
  • Falkland Islands Invaded by Argentina
  • King Henry VIII's Ship the Mary Rose Raised After 437 Years
  • Michael Jackson Releases Thriller
  • Reverend Sun Myung Moon Marries 2,075 Couples at Madison Square Garden
  • Vietnam War Memorial Opened in Washington, DC

1983

  • Cabbage Patch Kids Are Popular
  • Reagan Announces Defense Plan Called Star Wars
  • Sally Ride Becomes the First American Woman in Space
  • Soviets Shoot Down a Korean Airliner
  • U.S. Embassy in Beirut Bombed

1984

1985

  • Famine in Ethiopia
  • Hole in the Ozone Layer Discovered
  • Mikhail Gorbachev Calls for Glasnost and Perestroika
  • New Coke Hits the Market
  • Wreck of the Titanic Found

1986

1987

  • DNA First Used to Convict Criminals
  • Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Butcher of Lyons, Sentenced to Life in Prison
  • New York Stock Exchange Suffers Huge Drop on "Black Monday"
  • West German Pilot Lands Unchallenged in Russia's Red Square

1988

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