The 80s

By hazel.n
  • Pierre Trudeau was sworn in again as prime minister

  • Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in St. John's, Newfoundland to raise money for cancer research

    His journey began in St. John's, Newfoundland to raise money for cancer research
  • Mount St. Helens erupted for the first time since 1857

  • Canada's national anthem, "O Canada", was approved by Parliament under the National Anthem Act

  • Terry Fox was forced to end his Marathon of Hope cross-Canada fund-raising run near Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • Former Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman.

  • Canada opened its first food bank in Edmonton, Alberta

  • MTV was the first 24/7 TV station dedicated to music

  • Ocean Ranger drill rig capsized and sank in a storm off the coast of Newfoundland; all crew members lost

  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect

  • The Canada Act was passed

  • Canada Day named

  • Aquired Immune Deficiency Symdrom (AIDS) virus discovered

  • wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen left Vancouver on his around the world Man in Motion tour to raise money for spinal cord research

  • Air India Flight 182 which departed from Toronto crashed along the coast of Ireland in the Atlantic

  • A full-scale nuclear meltdown occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine

  • 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Commonwealth Games0- Canada won a total of 115 medals

  • The Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, AB

  • Exxon Valdez hit a reed off the coast of Alaska leaking millions of gallons of crude oil contaminating the Pacific coastline

  • East Germans started to tear down the Berlin Wall

  • 14 women were killed at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique by anti-feminist Marc Lepine