in this research I plan to uncover the bigger events that happened in the 1980’s era.
1980: John Lennons assassination. The founding member of The Beatles was shot four times on the 8th of December by a fan that had gone wild. Shortly after arriving to the Roseavelt hospital it was clear that no one could have survived such injuries for more then a few minuets. His killer Mark David Chapmen was improsioned and it is still unclear to this day why possessed him to kill John Lennon.
Mount S.T Helens erupts: Mount S.t Helens erupted in the 18th of May 1980 located in South Washington. This has been recorded as the worst volcanic eruptions of U.S history! 7000 large animals were killed along with 57 people plus many injured with damaged homes and land.
PAC-MAN was released in Japan on the 22nd of May and became popular all over the world and still remains today.
1982: Argentina had invaded the Falkland Islands. When this news hit Britain with in days Thatcher sent a huge military task force to the southern Atlantic. In the fighting that followed, 655 Argentine and 255 British servicemen lost their lives, as did three Falkland Islanders. Argentina surrenders in what is seen as a resounding victory for Margaret Thatcher, confirming her “Iron Lady” nickname.
1983: On the 9th of June 1983, Margaret Thatcher won her second general election with a majority of 144 seats in the aftermath of Falklands war that greatly increased her popularity with the general public.
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 18, 1983. she charted a new course for Americans to follow, not only into the country’s space program, but by inspiring young people, especially girls, to careers in science, math, and engineering. This was very important as the gender quality had a massive gap in the eye of jobs and money hense the power suit. However this made quite an impact as it would have show men that women can do anything a man can. Young girls would have taken great inspiration from this success and motivated them.
1984: the twelve month strike took place for miners in protest of Margaret Thatcher closing down the mines that were no longer useful (being profitable). More than half the country’s 187,000 mineworkers took part in this strike, the minors in Kent and Yorkshire were the first to lay down their tools then later on that night Scotland and South Wales followed suit.
“The miners’ strike lasted a year and was one of the longest and possibly most damaging industrial disputes ever seen in Britain.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/12/newsid_2540000/2540175.stm. it is believed that Ian MacGregor was a big part to play in this event as six days before and he had made the announcement that 0 uneconomic pits would have to close, putting 20,000 miners out of work.
1985: on Christmas day comic relief was launched, live on BBC One from the Safawa refugee camp in Sudan. BT is provide the telephony, call centres, network management and the numerous amounts of volunteers that aid the cause allowing them to raise as much money as they can for the charity.
1986: US bombs Libya in protest at Libyan sponsorship of terrorist organizations involved in the bomb exploded in the crowded La Belle disco in Berlin, Germany. “At least 100 people have died after USA planes bombed targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi region.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/15/newsid_3975000/3975455.stm. Around 66 American jets some of which were from British bases launched the attack at 1:00 am. The extremist group “Arab Revolutionary Cells” said it murdered two British and one American hostage in Lebanon on 17 April 1986, in retaliation for the US attack, the american president made a tellivised appearance to the american public two hours after the attack had taken place. In this he said
“When our citizens are attacked or abused anywhere in the world on the direct orders of hostile regimes, we will respond so long as I’m in this office.”
He argued that America was exercising its right to self defence as defined by Article 51 of the UN charter.
The presidential spokesman, Larry Speakes, said, “US forces have executed a series of carefully planned air strikes against terrorist targets in Libya.”
1987: BLACK MONDAY. On the 18th of October 1987 the stock market crashed and the valued shares in London were said to have “fell” by £50bn. “In the wake of the 1987 crash, which also became known as Black Monday, markets around the world were put on restricted trading mainly because at the time computers were dealing with so many orders that they were unable to keep up.” The crash was not as desistavting as people assumed it would have been as there was no “depression” as there was in America in the 30’s. The crash was activated by the fall that occurred in Wall street and a rather dramtic fall in Tokyo.
1888: The 1988 Winter Olympics, which were held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The 1988 Summer Olympics, which were held in Seoul, South Korea.