On January 20, 1981 52 Americans were released from an Iran prison.
AIDS was identified in this year.
MTV, originally an initialism of Music Television, is an American cable television channel based in New York City that launched on August 1, 1981
On August 3, 1981 nearly 13,000 of the 17,500 members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) walked off the job, hoping to disrupt the nation's transportation system to the extent that the federal government would accede to its demands for higher wages, a shorter work week, and better retirement benefits.
Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first woman justice on the Supreme Court.
Disney World opened to the public.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Washington, D.C., United States
2.00 acres (0.81 ha)
November 13, 1982
3,799,968 (in 2006)
National Park Service
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Monument
Maya Ying Lin
Added to NRHP:
November 13, 1982
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 (Missing In Action) during the War.
Michael Jackson's Thriller is a 13-minute-and-43-second-long music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis.
Reagan proposed the development of the technology to intercept enemy nuclear missiles.
NASA's second space shuttle was put into flight only completeing 9 missions before breaking apart into seven pieces.
Motion picture association of America introduced this rating for the first time.
Us law passed to compel federally funded secondary schools to provide equal access to extracurricular clubs
The Titanic was discovered
A law provided for automatic spending cuts to take effect.
Officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran.
DNA testing made it easier to convict criminals.
Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal that referenced ENQUIRE, a database and software project he had built in 1980, and described a more elaborate information management system.
When the Berlin Wall was opened on November 9, 1989 it marked for many the symbolic end of the cold war. Masses of people used hammers and chisels to knock out pieces of the wall. Shortly thereafter, on November 10, 1989 and later on December 22, 1989 checkpoints were opened at Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenberg Gate.