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What Happened in ...? (1980's edition)
"Ah, the 1980's--Glasnost, Morning in America, Kajagoogoo. It was a happier time..."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
What happened in 1980? Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington State and killed 36 people, six new moons were discovered orbiting Saturn, Jean-Paul Sartre went from Being to Nothingness (died in April), and a comedian was horribly burned while freebasing cocaine. Who was he?
What happened in 1981? Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II were shot (both survived), Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, scientists identified something called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and on August 1st a new channel appeared on cable television. What was it?
What happened in 1982? Spain joined NATO, Disney opened EPCOT, West German scientists created a single atom of Unnilennium (atomic #109, now called Meitnerium), Argentina and Great Britain clashed over the Falklands, and the Soviet Union named a new General Secretary of the Central Committee. Who succeeded Brezhnev?
What happened in 1983? Aspartame was approved for use in American soft drinks, Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union "the Evil Empire", Disney opened a theme park in Tokyo, and McDonald's introduced a new fast food item worldwide. What was it?
The Big N' Tasty
The Big Mac
The McLean Deluxe
What happened in 1984? Apple released its Macintosh computer (with mouse), the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations, John Updike wrote "The Witches of Eastwick", and Democrat Walter Mondale made history when he selected his running mate for the national presidential election. Why was his selection significant?
The first black vice-presidential candidate for a major party
The first woman vice-presidential candidate for a major party
Mondale decided not to select ANY vice-presidential candidate
The first non-Christian vice-presidential candidate for a major party
What happened in 1985? Bernhard Goetz shot four muggers on a New York subway, Christo (a Bulgarian artist) wrapped the Pont Neuf bridge in 40,000 yards of canvas, the Italian cruise ship "Achille Lauro" was hijacked and 450 people held hostage, and the British Antarctic Survey discovered something. What was it?
A jawbone from an Australopithecus afarensis
A hole in the ozone layer
Deep oceanic vents in the Mid-Atlantic ridge
What happened in 1986? The American space shuttle Challenger exploded, a nuclear reactor at Chernobyl blew up in Kiev, Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France, and Tenzing Norgay died. What was his claim to fame?
One of the first two men to summit Everest
Oldest man in the world
Invented the ballpoint pen
What happened in 1987? Oral Roberts raised $4.5 million so that God wouldn't have to call him home, excavation began on the Channel tunnel, Rudolf Hess killed himself in Spandau prison, and something appeared on "The Tracey Ullman Show". What was it?
Janet Jackson's breast
The first appearance of The Simpsons
What happened in 1988? Stephen Hawking released "A Brief History of Time", Israel launched its first satellite, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was unveiled, and Palm Springs, California elected a new mayor. Who was it?
What happened in 1989? I.M. Pei's glass pyramid was unveiled before the Louvre, the Ayatollah Khomeini announced a fatwa on Salman Rushdie for writing "The Satanic Verses", pro-democracy advocates in China occupied Tiananmen Square for seven weeks, and an important event of the Cold War occurred. What happened?
Soviets invaded Afghanistan
Opening of the Berlin Wall
Korean Air Lines flight 007 shot down by Soviets
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Compiled Jun 28 12