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.
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
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.
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
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.
"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.
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"
Crack coccaine starts to appear.
New coke is introduced in April and quickly replaced with original
Titanic wreckage found and filmed by robotic camera in July
Nintendo home entertainment system introduced.
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.
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
CDs outsell vinyl for the first time ever
Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland; Lybian terrorists
are suspected of planting the bomb
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!
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)
The stealth bomber is finished.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles become an over night sensation