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In The News


1981: After 444 days of captivity, the Iranian hostages were released.

The Iranian Hostage Crisis



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1981: Columbia made the first official space shuttle flight, kicking off an entire decade of shuttle missions.

Space Shuttle Columbia



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1980: Many people lost a personal hero when John Lennon was killed.

The Story From The BBC



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1981: Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.

Sandra Day O'Connor



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1989: The world rejoiced when the Berlin Wall fell.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall



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1982: Seven people died in the Tylenol tampering scare, in which random victims unknowingly swallowed Tylenol capsules filled with cyanide. This led to the tamper-resistant and quality-sealed packaging we see on store shelves today.

Tylenol Case Spawns Copycat Crimes
The Tylenol Murders



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1986: Seven crew members were lost, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off.

The Space Shuttle Challenger Accident





1980: Mount St. Helens erupted.

Mount St. Helens



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More Top Stories

1980
*1980 Presidential Election
*U.S. Boycotts Moscow Summer Olympics

1981
*President Reagan Assassination Attempt
*Pope John Paul II Shot
*Prince Charles Weds Lady Diana Spencer
*Egypt's Anwar Sadat Assassinated

1982
*Disney's Epcot Center Opens

1983
*Sally Ride: First American Woman In Space
*U.S. Invades Grenada

1984
* 1984 Presidential Election
*Nude Photos Cost Miss America Her Title

1986
*Hands Across America
*Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

1987
*Stock Market Crash
*Rescue Of Baby Jessica
*Scandal For Presidential Hopeful Gary Hart
* Scandal For PTL's Jim Bakker

1988
*Pan Am Flight 103 Explodes Over Scotland
* 1988 Presidential Election
*Last Playboy Club Closes Its Doors

1989
* Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
*Scientists Find Cystic Fibrosis Gene
*Major Earthquake In San Francisco

Also...
*AIDS Becomes An Epidemic



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presidents
1977-1981: Jimmy Carter
1981-1989: Ronald Reagan
1989-1993: George Bush
Newsmakers


names in the news
Time Magazine's Man Of The Year
Lee Iacocca
Donald & Ivana Trump
Imelda Marcos
Manuel Noriega
Oliver North
Vanessa Williams
Tammy Faye Bakker
Rock Hudson
Jessica Hahn
Donna Rice


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Showbiz



leading ladies
Goldie Hawn
Debra Winger
Teri Garr
Carrie Fisher
Meryl Streep
Jessica Lange
Bette Midler
Jane Fonda
Sissy Spacek
Kelly McGillis


young adults
Jodie Foster
Deborah Foreman
Nicolas Cage
Sean Penn
Matthew Broderick
Judge Reinhold
Michael J. Fox
Scott Baio
Lisa Whelchel
Jennifer Grey



leading men
Christopher Reeve
Dudley Moore
Danny DeVito
Roger Moore
Jack Nicholson
Dabney Coleman
Michael Keaton
Dustin Hoffman
Tom Hanks
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Clint Eastwood
Harrison Ford


the younger generation
Soleil Moon Frye
Henry Thomas
Drew Barrymore
Justin Henry
Emmanuel Lewis
Heather O'Rourke
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen
Ricky Schroeder
Gary Coleman
Tina Yothers


directors, hosts, reporters
Johnny Carson
David Letterman
Tim Burton
Barbara Walters
Linda Ellerbee
Chuck Woolery
Alex Trebek


Former Child Star Central
The Brat Pack




tv actresses
Linda Evans
Joan Collins
Genie Francis
Morgan Fairchild
Rhea Perlman
Nell Carter
Susan Lucci
Pam Dawber
Delta Burke
Shelley Long
Jan Smithers
Ann Jillian



Molly Ringwald


teen stars
Jason Bateman
Anthony Michael Hall
Alyssa Milano
River Phoenix
Molly Ringwald
Kirk Cameron
Dana Plato
Todd Bridges
Justine Bateman
Keanu Reeves
Lisa Bonet



tv actors
Jameson Parker
Gilbert Gottfried
Bronson Pinchot
Michael Landon
Ted Danson
Harry Anderson
Alan Thicke
Mark Linn-Baker
Tony Danza
Gary Sandy
John Larroquette
Anthony Geary
Gerald McRaney


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radical dudes
John Cusack
Don Johnson
John Stamos
Tom Cruise
John Schneider
Tom Wopat
Pierce Brosnan
Rob Lowe
Patrick Swayze



Heather Locklear
awesome babes
Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark
Heather Locklear
Phoebe Cates
Vanna White
Loni Anderson
Tawny Kitaen
Catherine Bach
Brooke Shields
The L.A. Laker Girls
Daryl Hannah
Demi Moore
Victoria Principal
Christie Brinkley
Emma Samms
Cindy Crawford


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funny people


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Sports


sports stars
Mary Lou Retton
Greg Louganis
Katarina Witt
Torvill & Dean
Florence Griffith Joyner
Edwin Moses
Brian Boitano
Walter Payton
Fernando Valenzuela
Jim Palmer
Michael Jordan
Magic Johnson
Larry Bird
Bo Jackson
Wayne Gretzky



Jamaican Bobsled Team
U.S. Hockey Team Wins Olympic Gold
USFL Football League
Jamaican Bobsled Team At Winter Olympics
How The '85 Bears Captured Chicago
Video Clip: The Super Bowl Shuffle
Super Bowl Shuffle Lyrics & Photos

sports tidbits
*Between 1983 and 1985, football fans could watch the game year-round, thanks to the USFL. This short-lived football league scheduled its games during the spring and summer.

*For Chicago Bears fans, 1985 was the best year ever. The season ended on a high note when the Bears won Super Bowl XX in January 1986. In October 1985, the team made a record and video for charity entitled The Super Bowl Shuffle. Believe it or not, the song actually reached #41 on the Billboard charts and was nominated for a Grammy.

*In 1980, a ragtag bunch of college hockey players became the heroes of a nation. That year, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated formidable teams from the U.S.S.R. and Finland to win the gold medal.

*In the 1988 Winter Olympics, figure skaters Debi Thomas and Katarina Witt were both favored to win the gold medal. Ironically, they both performed their routines to the music from Carmen. When it was all over, Witt took the gold and Thomas took the bronze. And what about second place? While everyone was worrying about Carmen, Elizabeth Manley quietly stepped up to capture the silver.

*Another great story from the 1988 Winter Olympics was that of the Jamaican Bobsled Team. Although they came in last place, the public was captivated by the idea of a bobsled team from a tropical island.




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