1980's

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  • Pac-Man

    Pac-Man
    Pac-Man is an arcade game designed by Toru Iwatani and published by Namco and Midway Games. It was initally released in Japan as PUCKMAN in May 1980, followed by the United States in October of the same year
  • CNN

    CNN
    Cable News Network (CNN) is an American news-based pay television channel owned by WarnerMedia News & Sports, a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. CNN was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel.
  • US attempt at rescue of Hostages in Tehran

    US attempt at rescue of Hostages in Tehran
    Operation Eagle Claw, known as Operation Tabas was a United States Armed Forces operation ordered by U.S. President Jimmy Carter to attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis by rescuing 52 embassy staff held captive at the Embassy of the United States, Tehran on 24 April 1980.
  • Comedian Richard Pryor (sets himself on fire)

    Comedian Richard Pryor (sets himself on fire)
    June 9, in 1980, comedian Richard Pryor set himself on fire while free-basing cocaine and drinking 151-proof rum.
  • Death of John Lennon

    Death of John Lennon
    On the evening of 8 December 1980, the English musician John Lennon, formerly of the Beatles, was shot and killed in the archway of the Dakota, his residence in New York City.
  • Assassination Attempt on Reagan

    Assassination Attempt on Reagan
    On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, D.C., as they were leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
  • MS-DOS released

    MS-DOS released
    MS-DOS is an operating system for x86-based personal computers mostly developed by Microsoft.
  • first U.S. IVF baby

    first U.S. IVF baby
    Elizabeth Jordan Carr (born December 28, 1981 at 7:46 am) is the United States' first baby born from the in-vitro fertilization procedure and the 15th in the world.
  • Michael Jackson “Thriller”

    Michael Jackson “Thriller”
    Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982, in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records.
  • Ryan White

    Ryan White
    Ryan Wayne White was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States after failing to be re-admitted to school following a diagnosis of AIDS.
  • NIKE releases Air Jordan 1

    NIKE releases Air Jordan 1
    Air Jordan is a brand of basketball shoes, athletic, casual, and style clothing produced by Nike. It was created for former professional basketball player Michael Jordan. The original Air Jordan sneakers were produced exclusively for Michael Jordan in early 1984
  • “We Are the World”

    “We Are the World”
    "We Are the World" is a charity single originally recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985.
  • Gorbachev calls for “Glasnost” and “Perestroika”

    Gorbachev calls for “Glasnost” and “Perestroika”
    Perestroika was a political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the 1980s and 1990s and is widely associated with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his glasnost (meaning "openness") policy reform.
  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl
    The Chernobyl disaster, also referred to as the Chernobyl accident, was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 25–26 April 1986 in the No. 4 nuclear reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plan
  • Hands Across America

    Hands Across America
    Hands Across America was a public event on Sunday, May 25, 1986, in which approximately 6.5 million people held hands for fifteen minutes in an attempt to form a continuous human chain across the contiguous United States.
  • Simpsons Debut

    Simpsons Debut
    The family debuted as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show called The Simpsons, which debuted on December 17, 1989.
  • Soviet Troops withdraw from Afghanistan

    Soviet Troops withdraw from Afghanistan
    The final and complete withdrawal of Soviet combatant forces from Afghanistan began on 15 May 1988 and ended on 15 February 1989 under the leadership of Colonel-General Boris Gromov.
  • The Central Park Five.

    The Central Park Five.
    The Central Park jogger case was a major news story that involved the assault and rape of Trisha Meili, a white female jogger, and attacks on others in the North Woods of Manhattan's Central Park on the night of April 19, 1989.