Important Events Of The 1980s


The Miracle On Ice

February 22 1980

In the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, the young American hockey Team comprising mostly of amateurs take the lead against the mighty soviets and hold them back and win the game. this game also coined the phrase "he shoots, he scores!" in one of the greatest moments in hockey history.

Terry Fox Runs For Cancer

April 12 1980 - June 28 1981

Terry Fox, a Canadian humanitarian, with one leg and with Cancer spreading across his body, begins a run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, he runs one marathon every day, however has to end his run short, after 143 days, and eventually took his life. This moving event not only raised cancer awareness drastically, but also is one of the most powerful and honorable acts of any human being.

CNN's First Broadcast

June 1 1980

The Cable News Network begins to broadcast the first 24 hour news network for television all across the USA. this marked the beginning of a time when people no longer had to wait for the news, and could watch it at any time, increasing connections between the world, and letting anyone know every important event at any time.

John Lennon Assassinated

8 December 1980 10:50 pm

John Lennon is shot in the back by Mark David Chapman, long after the Beatles had broken up, (presumably because of Yoko Ono) killing him, and ending the life of one of the most influential musicians ever, and also ending an era of music.

The Discovery Of AIDS

June 5 1981

In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported unusual symptoms in many people throughout the states, and by 1982 they had Christened it "Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome" or AIDS. Since then, AIDS has become one of the most dangerous diseases ever, killing over 30 million people since that day, and being the 6th most deadly disease ever.

Canadian Constitution Signed

April 17 1982

On this day, the Canadian constitution is signed by Queen Elizabeth II, granting rights to all Canadians, and making it the free country for anyone and everyone that it is now.

Thriller Is Released

November 30 1982

Micheal Jackson releases his hit song Thriller, making him an almost instant star, beginning his humongous career as a musician, and also revolutionizing the music video genre completely.

Chernobyl Disaster

26 April 1986

On this day, a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine has a catastrophic meltdown, exploding in the process. This caused 31 deaths instantly, however, even now, 26 years later, the nuclear residue still remains, and long term effects are still being caused and accounted for. This was not only a shock to the world, but also the worst nuclear power plant accident in history!

The Berlin Wall Falls

November 10 1989

The Berlin Wall is declared opened by the the east German government, allowing families to reunite, friends to meet, and people to taste freedom once again. not only reunifying Germany, this also marked the end of the cold war, as the border between communists and the western empire was gone. Finally it also marked the beginning of the end of communism in Europe.

The University of Montreal Massacre

December 6 1989

Marc Lépine enters the University of Montreal and kills 14 women with a gun, and injures 13. This is very significant because it not only is a sad and horrible end to the decade, and the students should be remembered. This also has a Huge person significance to me, because my aunt, Heidi Rathjen, was one of the students there when it happened, luckily she wasn't hurt, but now she is one of the leading spokespeople for gun control.