Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Who Shot JR? is talked about heavily from the TV show Dallas. On November 21, the conclusion draws more viewers than any other show in TV history up to that point.
Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR, The US boycotts
Post-It Notes are introduced by 3-M
The first all news service started by Turner Cable Network begins
John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman
Brook Shields whispers, quote “You know what comes between me and my Calvin’s? Nothing." the ad was banned.
Ronald Reagan is elected, defeating Jimmy Carter, and takes credit for freeing the Iranian hostages in his inaugural speech.
Poland has massive strikes, eventually the unions become legal, censorship is lessened.
About 125,000 Cubans leave Cuba for America, most are criminals hand picked by Castro's men, only a few are relatives of those in America.
RU-486, the abortion pill is released in France.
The US Supreme Court allows patents on living organisms.
Mt. Saint Helens erupts, killing 60 people.
CNN is launched as the first all news network
ABSCAM, FBI agents pose as rich Arabs and bribed politicians with cash for favors.
Richard Pryor gets badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
Small pox is considered eradicated by the World Health Orginization.
Sadam Hussein launches war against Iran for close to a decade over oil rights.
Japan passes the US as the largest automaker
Bill Gates licenses MS-DOS to IBM, makes next to nothing on the deal. The pair buys the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and use it as a template. The money is made later from licensing it to third party clone makers.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1980 - Procter and Gamble Co. announces a recall of its Rely brand tampons when federal studies conclude their use increases chances of toxic shock syndrome.
Genetic Engineering of insulin began clinical trials.
US suspends grain sales to the Soviet Union in respond to their support of the war in Afghanistan.
President Carter attempted a helicopter rescue of the hostages in Iran, failing miserably.
US hockey team beat Russia for the gold in the Winter Olympics.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" sells 20 million albums to become the largest selling record ever.
Ozzy bites the head off a live bat thrown at him at a January 20 performance.
Argentina invades the Falklands (UK); Argentina has to withdraw its troops after two months.
Italy wins the Soccer World Cup in Spain
Helmut Kohl becomes chancellor in Germany (and STILL is chancellor)
Leonid Breznjev dies, Yuri Andropov takes over
The Reverend Sun Myung Moon marries 4,150 of his "Moonie" followers at Madison Square Garden.
Tylenol Scare, October 5th
Nancy Reagan appears at a Washington benefit dressed as a bag lady to protest criticism of her expensive outfits.
Princess Grace of Monaco dies when her car hurtles over a cliff.
John Belushi dies March 5 of cocaine and heroin.
Prince William is born to Charles and Di.
Mexico's economy collapses.
Liposuction is introduced.
Telephone company breaks up into 22 distinct regional phone companies.
The Equal Rights Amendment dies, three states short of ratification.
The Vietnam Memorial is erected in Washington D.C.
The first artificial heart transplant takes place, the recipient lives 112 days.
Delorean Motor Company goes bankrupt
Larry Walters on July 2nd ties 42 weather balloons to a lawn chair and flies as high as 16 thousand feet before shooting the balloons with a pellet gun and landing about 90 minutes later. The FAA fined him $1,500.
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