ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES COMMUNITY 80's GEAR



Academy Awards
Gandhi...Ben Kingsley...Meryl Streep...
Emmys
Cheers...Hill Street Blues...Nicholas Nickleby...
Tonys
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby...Nine...
Grammys
"Rosanna"...Toto IV..."Always On My Mind"...
Men At Work...
Nobel Prizes
Alva Myrdal...Alfonso Garcia Robles...
Pulitzer Prizes
Rabbit is Rich...A Soldier's Play...
Football
San Francisco 49ers
Baseball
St. Louis Cardinals
Basketball
Los Angeles Lakers...North Carolina...
Tennis
Jimmy Connors...Martina Navratilova...
Soccer
World Soccer Cup: Italy...
Sailing
Americas Cup: N/A
Golf
Craig Stadler...Raymond Floyd...Tom Waton...
Hockey
Stanley Cup: New York Islanders
Cycling
Tour de France: Bernard Hinault (France) [Team: Coop-Mercier]
Boxing
Michael Dokes...
Auto Racing
Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock
The Olympics
N/A
Horse Racing
Kentucky Derby: Gato Del Sol
Memorable People Include
John Belushi...David Letterman...ET...Vic Morrow...
John DeLorean...Leonid Brezhnev...Lech Walesa...
Barney Clark...



January

January 2

  • Ahmed Fuad Mohieddin becomes premier of Egypt.

January 3

  • Yoo Chang Soon becomes premier of South Korea.

January 5

  • The US Supreme Court strikes down an Arkansas law that requires the teaching of creationism in public schools.

January 8

  • In a settlement of an antitrust lawsuit, the AT&T monopoly is broken.

January 12

  • President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana appoints a 7-member council, with himself as chairman, to rule the country.

January 13

  • Shortly after takeoff an Air Florida jet crashes into the Potomac River in Washington, DC, striking a bridge. 78 people were killed, 7 of whom were on the bridge.

January 14

  • Adil Carcani becomes premier of Albania.

January 19

  • Coca-Cola announces that it will purchase Columbia Pictures for $750,000.

January 26

  • President Reagan delivers his first State of the Union address.

January 27

  • Mauno Kovisto becomes president of Finland.

January 30
February 1

  • The nations of Senegal and Gambia unite to form the confederation of Senegambia. The two will remain independent nations but have a common military and economy.

February 2

  • "Late Night with David Letterman" makes its debut on NBC.

February 3

  • The Kodak disc camera is introduced.

February 5

  • The United Nations condemns Israel for its annexation of the Golan Heights.

February 6

  • J. Geils Band's "Centerfold" begins a 6-week reign as the number 1 song.

  • President Reagan submits a budget proposal asking for deep slashes in domestic spending and an 18% increase in the defense budget.

February 7

  • Luis Alberto Monge becomes president of Costa Rica.

February 15

  • An offshore oil platform near Newfoundland sinks, killing all 84 of its men.

February 16

  • Agatha Barbara becomes the first female president of Malta.

February 22

  • The U.S. Surgeon General announces that smoking has been linked to cancer of the lungs, esophagus, larynx, pancrease, bladder, and kidneys.

February 27
March 5

  • Actor John Belushi dies at the age of 33.

March 9

  • Charles Haughey becomes prime minister of Ireland.

March 10

  • The United States begins economic sanctions against Libya.

  • It is announced that John Belushi did not die of natural causes as was originally claimed, but that he died of a combination of alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.

March 16

  • Claus von Bulow is found guilty of trying to kill is wife, Sunny, with an overdose of insulin. Sunny has been in a coma since the alleged incident.

March 20

  • Joan Jett and The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n Roll" begins a 7-week reign as the number 1 song.

March 23

  • A military coup in Guatemala ousts president Romeo Lucas Garcia. Efraín Ríos Montt later takes power.

March 24

  • A military coup in Bangledesh ousts president Abdus Sattar, and Hossein Mohammed Ershad takes power.

March 27
April 2

  • Argentina invades the British-controlled Falkland Islands.

April 5

  • Great Britain dispatches a naval fleet to the Falkland Islands.

April 12

  • A state of war is declared between Great Britain and Argentina.

April 17

  • Great Britain approves the Constitution Act of 1982, giving Canada complete independence.

April 29
May 6

  • Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates explains that the reason so many blacks have died from L.A. police choke holds is that black people's "veins and arteries do not open up as fast as they do in normal people."

May 8

  • Vangelis's "Chariots of Fire" begins a 1-week reign as the number 1 song.

May 12

  • In a videotaped deposition, actress Jodi Foster states that she has never seen John Hinckley, Jr. and has thrown his letters away. Hinckley is crushed.

May 13

  • Braniff becomes the first major US airline to file for bankruptcy.

May 15

  • Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's "Ebony and Ivory" begins a 7-week reign as the number 1 song.

May 16

  • Milka Planinc becomes the first female prime minister of Yugoslavia.

  • Salvador Jorge Blanco is elected president of the Dominican Republic.

May 21

  • Constantin Dascalescu becomes prime minister of Rumania.

May 30
June 6

  • Israel invades Lebanon.

June 7

  • A coup ousts president Goukouni Oueddei of Chad. He is replaced by Hissen Habré.

June 8

  • Baseball great Leroy "Satchel" Paige dies at the age of 75.

June 11

  • "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" debuts on movie screens.

June 12

  • Aneerood Jugnauth becomes prime minister of Mauritius.

  • An estimated 700,000 people attend an anti-nuclear rally in New York City.

June 13

  • Saudi Arabia's King Khalid dies at the age of 69. Prince Fahd becomes the new king.

June 14

  • The Falkland Islands war ends with the surrender of Argentina to Great Britain.

June 18

  • The United States bans the sale and export of equipment to build the USSR's Siberian pipeline.

June 21

  • John Hinckley, Jr. is found not-guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting of President Reagan.

  • Britain's Princess Diana gives birth to a baby boy, Prince William.

June 24

  • The US Supreme Court ruls that presidents cannot be sued for actions taken while in office.

June 25

  • Alexander Haig resigns as the U.S. Secretary of State.

June 29

  • The US and USSR begin the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) in Geneva.
  • The United Presbyterian Church and the Presvyterian Church in the United States merged to form a new church with 3 million members.

June 30
July

  • Deely Bobbers, springy "antennae" topped with items like hearts or pinwheels and worn on the head, come into fashion.

July 1

  • Reverend Sun Myung Moon marries 2,075 couples in a massive wedding in New York's Madison Aquare Garden. Most of the couples had never met.

July 2

  • The Penn Square Bank in Oklahoma City, OK was closed by federal regulators at a cost of over 2 billion dollars.

July 3

  • The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" begins a 3-week reign as the number 1 song.

July 4

  • The final test flight of the space shuttle Columbia is completed.

  • Miguel de la Madrid is elected president of Mexico.

July 9

  • A Pan-Am jet crashes in New Orleans, killing 154 people.

July 10

  • The Gallery of the Louvre, a painting by Samuel F.B. Morse, is purchased in a private sale for 3.25 million, the highest price ever paid for an American painting.

July 12

  • Zail Singh becomes president of India.

July 14

  • Iran, which has regained the territory it had lost earlier in the ongoing Iran-Iraq War, invades Iraq.

July 16

  • Convited of conspiracy and tax fraud charges, the reverend Sun Myung Moon is sentenced to a $25,000 fine and 18 months in prison.

July 21

  • Guido Vildoso Calderon becomes president of Bolivia.

July 23

  • A ban on commericial whaling, effective 1986, is enacted by the International Whaling Commission. The ban allows Eskimos to continue to hunt whales for food and necessary resources.

  • On the set of "Twilight Zone - The Movie" a helicopter accident kills actor Vic Morrow and two Vietnamese children, Renee Chen and My-ca Le.

July 24

  • Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" begins a 6-week reign as the number 1 song.

July 29

  • Samuel Morse's 1832 painting "The Gallery of the Louvre" sells for $3,250,000, the highest price ever for an American painting.

July 30
August 2

  • Michael Somare becomes prime minister of Papua New Guinea.

August 12

  • Actor Henry Fonda dies at the age of 77.

August 18

  • The PLO begins evacuating guerilla soldiers from Beirut.

August 20

  • 800 US maries are deployed in Beirut to assist the withdrawal of PLO troops.

August 21

  • Swaziland's King Sobhuza II dies at the age of 83.

August 23

  • Bashir Gemayel, a Christian, is elected president of Lebanon. He will be assassinated on September 14.

August 29
September 4

  • The Steve Miller Band's "Abracadabra" begins a 2-week reign as the number 1 song.

September 8

  • The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelist Lutheran Churches, and the Lutheran Church in America announce a merger that creates a new church with 5.5 million members.

September 10

  • The US marines are withdrawn from Beirut.

  • Poul Schlüter becomes prime minister of Denmark.

September 11

  • Chicago's "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" begins a 2-week reign as the number 1 song.

September 14

  • Princess Grace of Monaco (formerly actress Grace Kelly) dies at the age of 52.

  • President-elected Bashir Gemayel of Lebanon is assassinated, 9 days before he was to take office.

September 15

  • The first issue of "USA Today" goes on sale.

September 16

  • Israeli Troops stationed around Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut allow the Lebanese Christian Militia to enter the camps. The Militia then opens fire, killing hundreds of Palestinians over the next 2 days.

September 19

  • Olof Palme becomes prime minister of Sweden.

September 21

  • Amin Gemayel is chosen to become president of Lebanon.

  • A football strike begins, the NFL's first mid-season strike.

September 29

  • The first deaths from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules in the Chicago area are reported. A nationwide alert is later issued, but no tainted capsules are ever found outside the Chicago area. In all, 7 people are killed, and the perpetrator is never found.

  • US marines return to Beirut.

September 30
October 1

  • Helmut Kohl becomes chancellor of West Germany.

October 2

  • John Cougar's "Jack and Diane" begins a 4-week reign as the number 1 song.

October 4

  • Pianist Glenn Gould dies at the age of 50.

October 5

  • Hernán Siles Zuazo becomes president of Bolivia, ending 17 years of military rule.

October 18

  • Former U.S. First Lady Bess Truman dies at the age of 97.

October 19

  • John DeLorean is arrested by the FBI for purchasing cocaine.

October 22

  • Disney's Epcot Center opens.

October 30

  • Men At Work's "Who Can It Be Now?" begins a 1-week reign as the number 1 song.

October 31
November 4

  • Ruud Lubbers becomes prime minister of the Netherlands.

November 6

  • Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' "Up Where We Belong" begins a 3-week reign as the number 1 song.

  • Paul Biya becomes president of Cameroon.

November 7

  • Saye Zerbo and his military government of Upper Volta are ousted by a coup. Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo becomes the provisional leader.

November 8

  • Fore the second time in 11 years, a meteorite crashes through the roof of a house in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

November 10

  • Leonid Brezhnev, secretary-general of the Soviet communist party, dies at the age of 75.

November 11

  • The space shuttle Columbia begins its first non-test flight, launching 2 satellites into orbit.

November 12

  • Yuri Andropov becomes secretary-general of the Soviet communist party.

November 13

  • The US ban on the sale and export of equipment for use in the construction of the Soviet Union's Siberian pipeline is lifted.

November 14

  • Lech Walesa is release from prison.

November 23

  • Hawaii is hit by hurricane Iwa, the first hurricane to hit Hawaii in 23 years.

November 26

  • Yasuhiro Nakasone becomes prime minister of Japan.

November 27
December 1

  • Amintore Fanfani becomes prime minister of Italy.

December 2

  • Barney Clark becomes the first artificial heart recipient. The operation, performed by Dr. Christian Barnard, installs a Jarvik-7 artificial heart. (Invented by Dr. Robert Jarvik.)

December 8

  • Prehistoric cave art is discovered in Tennessee, the first prehistoric cave art found in North America.

December 11

  • Toni Basil's "Mickey" begins a 1-week reign as the number 1 song.

December 12

  • Robbers take $9,800,000 from an armored truck company in New York City, the largest heist in US history.

December 13

  • An earthquake in Yemen kills 1,500 people.

December 14

  • Garret FitzGerald becomes prime minister of Ireland.

December 18

  • Hall and Oates' "Maneater" begins a 4-week reign as the number 1 song.

December 20

  • Pianist Artur Rubinstein dies at the age of 95.

December 21

  • The Boland Ammendment is passed by the U.S. Congress, which prohibits the CIA and the defense department from funding covert operations in Nicaragua intended to overthrow the government there.

December 28

  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Andrew Lewis resigns.
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