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Wikipedia: 1980s
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Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century

Decades: 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s - 1980s - 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s

Years: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

Events and Trends

Solidarity movement in Poland eventually topples the country's Communist regime.
  • Gorbachev introduces Glasnost and Perestroika in the Soviet Union
  • Fall of the in East Germany, preparing the way to German reunification
  • Velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia
  • Revolution in Romania, execution of Ceausescu
  • Assassination of John Lennon and Olof Palme, attempts on Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.
  • Reaganomics
  • Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism dominate British politics.
  • Falklands War Britain fights off Argentine invasion of Falkland islands in 1982
  • Political correctness
  • President Tito of Yugoslavia dies.
  • In Europe, rise of right wing parties (Le Pen in France, Schönhuber/Republikaner in Germany, Haider in Austria), parallel to a rise of Green parties.
  • Bulletin board system popularity
  • Popularization of personal computers
  • Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial hits theaters
  • Release of Americans held hostage in Iran
  • Iran-Iraq war from 1980 to 1988 kills one million people.
  • Iran-Contra Scandal
  • Soviet Union ends its disastrous military campaign in Afghanistan.
  • "People Power" in the Philippines topples the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship
  • Salman Rushdie wanted dead by Iranian leader Khomeini
  • Students protest on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
  • Accident at Chornobyl (Chernobyl) nuclear reactor, April 1986
  • Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland
  • Largest one-day stock market drop, on October 19, 1987
  • Space Shuttle Challenger explodes
  • Hip hop began to achieve mainstream success in the United States, with artists like Kurtis Blow and N.W.A; hip hop's spread outside of New York City, especially to Los Angeles, accelerates
  • Rise of cable television
  • Fall of economic security in the United States
  • 24 hour television news channels (e.g., CNN)
  • Music videos (and MTV) begin to have an affect on record industry in the United States

  • World Leaders



    Sports figures


    See also: 1980s music groups, List of rock and roll albums in the 1980s


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