Pride and Prosperity

Sounds of the 80's

President Regan dedicated the Vietnam Memoral
Explosion of the Chanllenger
Ronald Reagan elected President while 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days were released
Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, CA
Earthquake struck as World Series Game was about to begin.
John Lennon Murdered by deranged fan.

Audio files were retrieved from "Archer Audio Archive."
The 1900s - Headlines & Audio from 1900-1999. Archer Audio Archive. 2007. Archer
& Valerie Productions. 10 Jan. 2007

1980's Fast Facts

  • December 8th, 1980, John Lennon a singer of the Beatles was shot dead in New York by a deranged fan.
  • April 26th, 1986, a nuclear accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union caused 31 deaths at the very time of the accident and will kill and estimated 20 to 40 thousand in the following 60 years
  • October 16th, 1987 the great storm, the worst storm in three centuries hit Britain knocking over 15 million trees.
  • March 24th, 1989 an oil tanker called the Exxon Valdez runs aground spilling over 64 liters of oil of the coast of Alaska.
  • The television show “Lou Grant” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 1980.
  • In 1980 the Pittsburgh Phillies won against the St. Louis Rams (31-19) in the Super Bowl (football).
  • Calgary defeated Montreal (4-2) for the Stanley Cup (hockey) in 1989.
  • “L.A. Law” won an Emmy award for being an Outstanding Drama Series in 1989.
  • Rubik’s Cube invented by Hungarian designer Erno Rubik. Over 1 million of these complicated toy were sold in 1980.
  • Optical fibers were used to link mainframe computers for the first time in 1985.
  • Human gene transfer conducted by Steven Rosenberg, R. Michael Blaese, and W. French Anderson (US) in 1989.
  • Care bears became a popular toy in 1984.

U.S. and World News 1980's

Leisure 1980's

On the Homefront 1980's

20th Century Decades