Events of the Decade:
Berlin Wall dismantled after 28 years; Germany reunited
Brits triumph in short war between Britain and Argentina for the Falkland Islands
Cold War Ends
Racial riots in Miami cause $100 million damage
Rhodesia granted independence; new name Zimbabwe
U.S. invade Panama to capture Noriega
Terrorism around the world: Cruise ship Achille Lauro hijacked-tourist murdered; U.S. bombs Libya to retaliate for their bombing Berlin disco
U.S. invades Grenada to boot out Marxist government
Space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after launch; 7 astronauts killed
8 year Iran-Iraq War
52 U.S. hostages freed from Iran after 444 days
Chernobyl Nuclear accident
Drought/Famine in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa
Population figures in millions
President Ronald Reagan
President George Bush
François Mitterrand of France
British PM Margaret Thatcher
Basketball greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird
Physicist Stephen Hawking
Ice Hockey players Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe
Essayist Robert Fulghum
Robert De Niro
Mayor Clint Eastwood
Prince Charles and his Di
Prince Andrew and his Fergie
Sandra Day O"Connor
The Aussie yachtsmen who stole America's cup
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Bishop Desmond Tutu
Lord Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, David Niven, Peter Sellers, James Mason, Ray Bolger, Rudy Vallee, Mae West, George Raft, Peter Lawford, Natalie Wood, Cary Grant, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Danny Kaye, William Powell , James Cagney, Ray Milland, Dolores Del Rio, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Broderick Crawford, Jackie Coogan, Fred Astaire, Norma Shearer, Orson Welles,
Yul Brynner, Rock Hudson, Bette Davis, Johnny Weissmuller, Ingrid Bergman, Lee Marvin, Grace Kelly, Simone Signoret, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Raj Kapoor
John Belushi, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Jackie Gleason, Desi Arnaz, Phil Silvers, Lorne Greene, Dan Rowan, Marlin Perkins, Dave Garroway, Arthur Godfrey, Jack Webb
25,000 in volcano eruption/ mud avalanche in Colombia
1,500 by toxic gas in Cameroons
Up to 4,000 by U.S. troops in Panama invasion
Vic Morrow and 2 Vietnamese children killed by helicopter on "Twilight Zone" movie set
57 in second Mt. St. Helens volcano eruption
Earthquake body count: 20,000 in Mexico City; 4,000 in Algeria; 3,000 in Southern Italy; 1,000 in Turkey; very few in massive 7.1 San Francisco quake
Airline deaths: 269 in Korean airline shot down by Soviets; 259 in bombed Pan Am London- N.Y. flight; 290 in Iranian jet shot down by U.S. Navy ship; 520 in Japanese Airline crash into mountain
241 Marines in Beirut terrorist attack
5,000 + dead as Hutus battle Tutsis in Burundi
392 when train falls into canyon in South Africa
400 trampled to death at Mecca as Iranians clash with Saudi riot police near Great Mosque
90 in hailstorm in Bangladesh
Commercial whaling by Soviets
7 astronauts in Space Shuttle Challenger
11,000 in Bangladesh
700 in Chinese massacre at Tiananmen Square
3,350 in toxic gas cloud at Bhopal, India Union Carbide plant
452 in Mexico City explosion
A liberal Supreme Court
Guilt-free eating of fatty foods
The Moral Majority
Baron Philippe de Rothschild
Henry Cabot Lodge
King Umberto II Italy
Sir Michael Redgrave
Maria von Trapp
Archbishop Oscar Romero
Gen. Omar Bradley
Sugar Ray Robinson
Gen. Mark Clark
Earl Fatha Hines
Arthur Michael Ramsey Archbishop of Canterbury
Duchess of Windsor
Norm Van Brocklin
Alan J. Lerner
Helen Gahagan Douglas
Dame Flora Robson
Herbert von Karajan
Shah Mohammad Pahlavi Iran
Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino
Sir James Pitman
King Leopold III Belgians
Henry Ford II
Terence Cardinal Cooke
Sir Ralph Richardson
Jacqueline du Pre
Colonel Harland Sanders
Bob Fosse, Alvin Ailey, Jr., Michael Bennett, Gower Champion, Robert Joffrey, George Balanchine
George Cukor, Sam Peckinpah John Cassavetes, Lee Strasberg, Otto Preminger, Sergio Leone, Alfred Hitchcock, Abe Burrows, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, William Wyler, John Huston, François Truffaut, John Houseman, Joseph Losey, Josh Logan, Jacques Tati
Christopher Isherwood, Henry Miller, Bruce Chatwin, Alistair MacLean, Joy Adamson, Tennessee Williams, Barbara Tuchman, L. Ron Hubbard, Laura Z. Hobson, Bernard Malamud , Simone de Beauvoir, Erskine Caldwell, Enid Bagnold
Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet, Daphne du Maurier, Irwin Shaw, Robert Heinlein
William Saroyan, Sir John Betjeman, Kenneth Clark, Louis L"Amour, Lillian Hellman, John Cheever, I.F. Stone, C.P. Snow, Ross Macdonald, Kenneth Tynan, Paddy Chayevsky, Truman Capote, Irving Stone, Joseph Alsop, Lowell Thomas, Alec Waugh, Georges Simenon, Christy Brown, Robert Graves, James Baldwin, Clare Boothe Luce, Jean Anouilh, Katherine Anne Porter, Robert Penn Warren, Nathaniel Benchley, Dwight Macdonald, Marc Connelly, Samuel Beckett
Chun Doo Hwan of Korea oversaw massacre of pro democracy demonstrators
The Iran-Contra affair-Oliver North, Admiral John M. Poindexter and a befuddled Ronald Reagan
John W. Hinckley, Jr.
Capt. Joseph Hazelwood and the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 200,000 bbl of crude oil off the Alaskan coast
Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos
Jim and Tammy Bakker
Baptist Rev. Jerry Falwell
Global warming: the Greenhouse effect
Ozone hole in atmosphere over Antarctica
Savings and Loans
ABSCAM bribery scandal; 7 congressmen convicted
Serial killer Ted Bundy
Richard Ramirez the "Nightstalker" mass murderer
Mass murderer Henry Lee Lucas
The people who injected Tylenol capsules with strychnine in New York
Wayne B. Williams
The burglars who stole $22 million from Brinks vault in Rome
The guys who sunk the Greenpeace Ship "Warrior Rainbow" in New Zealand
Gary Hart and model Donna Rice
Emperor Jéan-Bédel Bokassa of the Central African Republic
In profession: hair dresser
Sushi in America
Pac Man video game
Vanity Fair Magazine under Tina Brown
Pets - Shar Peis, Akitas
Sharper Image catalogues
Diets - Fit for Life, The Rotation Diet, The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure, The T-Factor Diet, Never Say Diet, Weight Watchers, The J. Diet
Jane Fonda's workouts
Cabbage Patch dolls
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Martin Luther King Day celebrations
Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita
Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pigs
Joe Isuzu - lying spokesman
Los Angeles Lakers
Health foods: oat bran, fiber
Disk cameras by Kodaks
New Age Movement
Jane Fonda's Workout Tape
Home-testing: pregnancy, cancer, etc.
Cellular & cordless phones
800-900-970 telephone #"s
15 second TV Commercials
Cabbage Patch Dolls
Space shuttle Columbia
Tampons in China
Bob Geldof's Live Aid Concert
Time Warner Inc.
The rose as America's national flower
Execution by lethal injection
Neil Simon's "I Ought to Be in Pictures," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Biloxi Blues," "Broadway Bound"
Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"
Alan Ayckbourne's "Henceforward," "A Small Family Business"
Sam Shepard "Fool for Love"
August Wilson "the Piano Lesson," "Fences"
David Mamet "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Speed the Plow"
Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles"
Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart"
Phantom of the Opera
Sunday in the Park with George
La Cage Aux Folles
Academy Award Winning Films:
"Chariots of Fire"
"Terms of Endearment"
"Out of Africa"
"The Last Emperor"
"Driving Miss Daisy"
Tim Burton's "Batman"
Robert Zemeckis's "Back to the Future," and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
Steven Spielberg's "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
Barry Levinson's "Tin Men," "Good Morning Vietnam"
Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"
George Lucas's Star Wars Trilogy: "The Empire Strikes Back, "Return of the Jedi,"
Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull"
And: "Coal Miner's Daughter," "The French Lieutenant's Woman," "On Golden Pond," "Gandhi," "Tender Mercies," "Ghostbusters," "Amadeus," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Out of Africa," "Sex, Lies and Videotape," "Dangerous Liaisons"
Drama: "thirtysomething," "Magnum, P.I.," "Hill Street Blues," "Falcon Crest, " "Simon and Simon," "Dynasty," "Cagney & Lacey," "L.A. Law"
Comedy: "The Wonder Years," "Golden Girls, "Newhart," "Family Ties," "Cheers," "Gimme a Break," "The Facts of Life" "Rosanne," "The Cosby Show"
Quiz: "Wheel of Fortune"
Pink Floyd's double album "The Wall" with movie and tour
Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
most successful album in history - 48 million sales
Also: Prince, Billy Joel, Queen, Olivia Newton-John, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Sheena Easton, Juice Newton, Kim Carnes, Rick Springfield, Lionel Richie, Darryl Hall and John Oates, J. Geils Band, Jennifer Warnes, Irene Cara, Bonnie Tyler, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Deniece Williams, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Wham, Huey Lewis and the News, Whitney Houston, Robert Palmer, Guns "n Roses, Tiffany, Bobby McFerrin, Def Leppard, Chicago, Paul Simon, Janet Jackson, Bette Midler, Fine Young Cannibals
Dire Straights "Brothers in Arms" sells 21 million copies
James Michener's "Space," "The Covenant," and "Texas"
Truman Capote's "Music for Chameleons"
James Baldwin's "Evidence of Things Not Seen"
Gore Vidal's "Lincoln"
Robert Ludlum: "The Bourne Identity," "The Parcival Mosaic," "The Aquitaine Progression," "The Icarus Agenda"
John Le Carré's "The Russia House," "The Little Drummer Boy"
"Gorky Park" by Martin Cruz Smith
"Rage of Angels," by Sidney Sheldon
"Noble House," "by James Clavel
"The Hotel New Hampshire," by John Irving
Steven King: "Firestarter," "The Talisman," "Pet Sematary," "Skeleton Crew," "The Tommy- knockers," "Cujo," "Christine," "It," "Misery"
"Red Storm Rising," "The Cardinal of the Kremlin," by Tom Clancy
John Updyke's "Rabbit Redux," "Rabbit is Rich," "The Witches of Eastwick"
Gabriel Garcia Márquez "Love in the Time of Cholera"
Toni Morrison's "Tar Baby," and "Beloved"
Fay Weldon's "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil"
E.L. Doctorow's "Loon Lake," "World's Fair"
Anne Tyler's "The Accidental Tourist," "Breathing Lessons"
Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"
Salman Rushdie "Midnight's Children," "The Satanic Verses"
Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," "Cat's Eye"
"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan
Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" sells 1.7 million copies
Robert Motherwell's "Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 172 (with blood)"
Jean Michel Basquiat
"Quality Meats for the Public," "Red Joy," "Charles the First," "Leonardo da Vinci's Greatest Hits" by Jean Michael Basquiat
"White Armoire and White Table" by surrealist Marcel Broodthaers
Fashion & Beauty:
The "fresh, sexy, simple look"
Georgio Armani suits
Karl Lagerfeld rescues House of Chanel
Azzedine Alaïa's skintight look
Trend toward elegance
Ponchos in the winter
The "Madonna look"
Mousse in hair
Norma Kamali's "sweats"
Single diamond earring
Minoxidil to help grow hair
Long, baggy shorts
Loosely cut jackets
Suspenders back in
Jerry Hall, Tatjana Patitz, Iman, Talisa Soto, Brooke Shields
Cable TV especially CNN, HBO, MTV
Fox Television-new network
"The Far Side," cartoons by Gary Larson, debuts in the San Francisco Chronicle
Walter Cronkite retires as CBS anchorman after 19 years
Washington Post returns Pulitzer Prize after learning that reporter invented winning story
New York Times is first newspaper to break AIDS story (calling it rare cancer in homosexuals)
Time and Warner Brothers merge
Junk Bonds: Hundreds of small companies financed, led by Drexel Burnham Lambert
Major stock market drops in 1987 and 1989
Collapse of S&Ls
Michael Milken's salary 1987-$550 million
Stanford M.B.A. grad avg. starting 1988: $53,515
Law school grad, avg. starting 1988 $37,000
Minimum wage 1981-89 - $3.35 per hr.
U.S. deficit (Fiscal 1989) $152.1 billion
One million Americans are millionaires (1986)
Corporate stocks overtake real estate as prime investment of wealthy people
The Price of Art:
Jasper Johns $17 million
Van Gogh $53.9 million
Monet $24.6 million
Renoir $17.6 million
Rembrandt $10.3 million
Gauguin $24.2 million
Picasso $51.3 million
Braque $9.5 million
Turner $10 million
Warhol's Marilyn: $4.01 million
Einstein manuscript $1.2 million; Da Vinci notebook $5 million; Original script of "Citizen Kane" $210,000; $4.3 million for Mozart manuscript of 9 symphonies
19.7 carat emerald $2.1 million; 85.9 carat pear-shaped diamond $9 million
1¢ British Guiana 1856 rare postage stamp $850,000
Japanese worldwide real-estate investments
World's largest bond crash-Washington Power System defaults on $2 billion
Hot stox: Disney, Genetech
Federal debt triples, business debt increases 2.5 times, household debt doubles, personal savings flags
Single bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite initialed by Thomas Jefferson sold at Christie's for $157,500
$100,000,000 fine paid by Ivan F. Boesky to SEC for insider trading
Sunken treasure worth over $400 million found off Florida in 350 year-old Spanish galleon
Time buys Warner Communications for $14 billion creating Time Warner Inc.
Over 11,000 couples, followers of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon are married in various mass ceremonies in South Korea and New York
Pope John Paul II shot, seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square Vatican City by Turkish terrorist
Worldwide Catholic population 580 million (1982)
First artificial heart, Jarvik-7, implanted in Barney Clark at University of Utah Med Center
Swiss scientists announce first successful cloning of a mammal, replicating three mice
Cold-fusion experiments at University of Utah discredited by others
Huge star discovered over 2,000 times bigger than sun- R136a
Fiber-optic cable research
World's first separation of Siamese Twins joined at the head at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore
First test tube quadruplets born in Australia
William J. Schroeder 2nd man to receive artificial heart
Voyager 2 reaches Neptune, 2.8 billion miles away from earth
Medical community faces AIDS epidemic; HIV virus identified.
First gene transplant in mammals
Genetic engineering provides first artificial insulin, hepatitis B vaccine, experiments in cancer- fighting cells
First patent to Harvard on genetically altered mouse predisposed to getting cancer
First surgery on a fetus
New Slang Words:
To have an attitude about something or someone
Shop "til you drop
Let me share this with you...
Get out of my face
I don't do windows
Read my lips
Where's the beef?
Just say no
To waffle (be indecisive)
He's my main man
New words added to Collins Dictionary:
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