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Academy Awards
Platoon...Marlee Matlin...Paul Newman...
Emmys
The Golden Girls...L.A. Law...A Year in the Life...
Tonys
I'm Not Rappaport...The Mystery of Edwin Drood...
Grammys
"Higher Love"...Graceland..."That's What Friends Are For"...Bruce Hornsby and the Range...
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Elie Wiesel...
Pulitzer Prizes
Lonesome Dove...
Football
Chicago Bears
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New York Mets
Basketball
Boston Celtics...Louisville...
Tennis
Boris Becker...Martina Navratilova...Ivan Lendl...
Soccer
World Soccer Cup: Argentina
Sailing
Americas Cup: N/A
Golf
Jack Nicklaus...Bob Tway...Raymond Floyd...
Hockey
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens
Cycling
Tour de France: Greg LeMond (USA) [Team: La Vie Claire]
Boxing
Trevor Berbick...Mike Tyson...James "Bonecrusher" Smith...
Auto Racing
Indianapolis 500: Bobby Rahal
The Olympics
N/A
Horse Racing
Kentucky Derby: Ferdinand
Memorable People Include
The Challenger Crew...L. Ron Hubbard...Ferdinand Marcos...
Corazon Aquino...Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier...
Imelda Marcos...Muammar al-Ghadaffi...Geraldo Rivera...
Bobby Ewing...Len Bias...Don Morris...Ed Meese...Baby M...
Prince Andrew...Sarah Ferguson...Mary Beth Whitehead...
Oliver North...John Poindexter...Mike Tyson...



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  • In a bidding war for James Clavell's new novel Whirlwind a new record is set at 5 million dollars.

January 13

  • A coup in Yemen turns into a brief civil war.

January 18

  • "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends begins a 4-week reign as the number 1 song.

January 20

  • A military coup in Lesotho overthrows prime minister Leabua Johnathan. Justin Lekhanya becomes the new prime minister.

  • France and Great Britain announce that they will be linked with the construction of the "chunnel", a pair of rail tunnels under the English Channel.

January 24

  • Voyager 2 visits Uranus.

  • With the civil war in Yemen nearly over, Ali Nasser Mohammed is overthrown and Haider Abu Bakr al-Attas becomes president.

  • L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, dies of a stroke at the age of 74.

January 26

  • A military coup in Uganda overthrows president Tito Okello. Yoweri Museveni becomes president.

  • The launch of the space shuttle Challenger, is delayed for the sixth time in a week. Morton Thiokol (the company that designed the o-ring seals for the booster rockets) engineers are concerned that the o-rings might fail in the unusually cold weather. The concerns are rejected and the launch is rescheduled for the following day.

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  • In an event called Hands Across America, millions of people form a human chain across the United States to raise money for the homeless and hungry.

  • Virgilio Barco Vargas is elected president of Colombia.

May 28

  • Errol Barrow becomes prime minister of Barbados.

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  • Geneticlaly-engineered plants, in this case tobacco plants, are used on a farm for the first time.

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