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1980
Who Shot JR? is talked about heavily from the TV show Dallas. On November 21, the conclusion draws more viewers than any other show in TV history up to that point.

Post-It Notes are introduced by 3-M

John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman

Bill Gates licenses MS-DOS to IBM, makes next to nothing on the deal. The pair buys the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and use it as a template. The money is made later from licensing it to third party clone makers.

1981
The 1st launch of a space shuttle (Columbia)

The first IBM-PC's begin to roll of the lines.

August 1, The birth of MTV, the 24 hour-a-day music television station

Pac-Man is introduced in the US and sparks a huge craze.

The first reports of homosexual men dying due to a mysterious breakdown of the bodies' immuminzation system. Later it becomes known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, aka AIDS and researches realize it can strike anyone.

1982
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" sells 20 million albums to become the largest selling record ever.
Ozzy bites the head off a live bat thrown at him at a January 20 performance.

John Belushi dies March 5 of cocaine and herion.

Liposuction is introduced.

Delorean Motor Company goes bankrupt

Larry Walters on July 2nd ties 42 weather balloons to a lawn chair and flies as high as 16 thousand feet before shooting the balloons with a pellet gun and landing about 90 minutes later. The FAA fined him $1,500.

1983
"Just Say No" is the new tool to combat growing drug use in the US. (thanks zammo!)

Camcorders are introduced.

Compact discs are first released.

Fake Hitler diaries surface.

1984
Stonewashed jeans are introduced.

The first megabit chip is made at Bell Labs

On January 28, Michael Jackson's hair caught fire during the shooting of Pepsi commercial, many children's rhymes ensued.

The term cyberspace is coined by William Gibson in his novel "Neuromancer"

1985
Crack coccaine starts to appear.

New coke is introduced in April and quickly replaced with original Coke

Titanic wreckage found and filmed by robotic camera in July

Nintendo home entertainment system introduced.

1986
January 28, the Challenger explodes.

Worst nuclear disaster ever in Chernobyl, USSR, April.

Return of Haley's Comet

John McCarthy, a British journalist was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad. Remained in captivity for a staggering 5.5 years.

1987
German lands airplane on Red Square, Moscow

Black Monday - Stock market drops 22% on October 19th.

Porn star Cicciolina wins a seat in the Italian parliment

World Population reaches 5 billion

1988
CDs outsell vinyl for the first time ever

Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland; Lybian terrorists are suspected of planting the bomb

1989
The fall of the Berlin wall on November 9th.

Cold fusion is announced in March and then denounced at the end of summer as clumsy science. (macromedia still belive it works! hehehe)

Salmon Rushdie wanted dead by Iranian leader Khomeini

Milli Vanilli gets Best New Artist Grammy which is later stripped when it's learned they were lip synching for another (much uglier) duo.

The stealth bomber is finished.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles become an over night sensation


Raising of the Mary Rose