1980,s timeline

By Efj1996
  • Ted Turner Establishes CNN

    In 1980, Ted Turner established CNN, the world's first live, in-depth, round-the-clock, all-news television network. He didn't stop there, as he continually began to add stations to his television company.
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  • Ronald W. Reagan

    Ronald Reagan was electede president on 1981, and was reelected in 1984. He was born in 1911, in Tampico, Illinois. In 1942-1945, he served in the US Army Air Forces. He graduated from Eureka college. An assasination was attempted to him in 1981.
  • Vietnam War Memorial Opens in D.C.

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national memorial in Washington, D.C. It honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for during War.
  • US Embasy in Beirut Bombed

    April 18, 1983 at approximately 1PM, Islamic terrorists blew up the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. More than 60 people were killed and more than 100 wounded. Among the dead were 17 Americans, and the CIA’s entire Middle East contingency.
  • Huge Poison Gas Leak in Bohpal, India

    During the night of December 2-3, 1984, a storage tank containing methyl isocyanate (MIC) at the Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked gas into the densely populated city of Bhopal, India. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in history.
  • Wreck of Titanic Found

    American Robert D. Ballard headed the expedition, which used an experimental, unmanned submersible developed by the U.S. Navy to search for the ocean liner. The Argo traveled just above the ocean floor, sending photographs up to the research vessel Knorr. In the early morning of September 1, Argo was investigating debris on the ocean floor when it suddenly passed over one of the Titanic's massive boilers, lying at a depth of about 13,000 feet.
  • Challenger Space Shuttle Explodes

    The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on Tuesday, January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida, United States, at 11:38 am EST (16:38 UTC). Disintegration of the entire vehicle began after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff.
  • U.S. Bombs Libya

    The 1986 United States bombing of Libya, code-named Operation El Dorado Canyon, comprised the joint United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps air-strikes against Libya on April 15, 1986. The attack was carried out in response to the 1986 Berlin bombing
  • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident

    The Chernobyl disaster (locally, Chornobyl Catastrophe) was a nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (officially Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central Moscow's authorities. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe.
  • West German Pilot lands Unchallenged in Russia's Red Square

    Mathias Rust crossed the Baltic coastline in Estonia and turned towards Moscow. At 14:29 he appeared on air defense radar and, after failure to reply to an IFF signal, was assigned combat number 8255. Three SAM divisions tracked him for some time, but failed to obtain permission to launch at him. All air defenses were brought to readiness and two interceptors were sent to investigate. At 14:48 near the city of Gdov one of the pilots observed a white sport plane.
  • U.S. shoots down Irainian Airliner

    On July 3, 1988, Iran Air Flight 655 (IR655) was shot down by USS Vincennes on the Bandar Abbas-Dubai rout, which resulted in the loss of life of 290 innocent civilian from six nations including 66 children. There were 38 non-Iranians aboard.
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

    On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez, en route from Valdez, Alaska to Los Angeles, California, ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The vessel was traveling outside normal shipping lanes in an attempt to avoid ice. Within six hours of the grounding, the Exxon Valdez spilled approximately 10.9 million gallons of its 53 million gallon cargo of Prudhoe Bay crude oil. Eight of the eleven tanks on board were damaged.