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1989

January 01 - Fidel Castro completes 30 years in power in Cuba. 02 - The US and Canada sign a comprehensive free trade agreement which eliminates...

1988

January 04 - Karni Bheel, who boasted the longest moustache in India at 2.3m (7ft 10in) from tip to tip, is found decapitated. 17 - President...

1987

January 02 - Ideological purity has reached the superficially cosy world of the nursery. In an attempt to excise any taint of racism, all new editions...

1986

January 01 - Spain and Portugal join the European Economic Community (EEC). 04 - Thin Lizzy bass player and vocalist, Phil Lynott dies of heart failure...

1985

January 02 - USA officially withdraws from UNESCO. 07 - Nine striking miners in the UK are jailed for arson. 10 - Sir Clive Sinclair's ill-fated C5...

1984

January 01 - Brunei becomes independent of Britain. The Sultan of Brunei appoints himself Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Home Affairs Minister. 01 - After a...

1983

January 07 - Unemployment total in the USA reaches 12 million. 14 - Armed police ambush a car in Kensington, London, shooting and wounding a passenger,...

1982

January 02 - Erica Roe Streaks at Twickenham. 03 - South Korea lifts its night time curfew after 36 years. 05 - Public donations to the Penlee...

1981

January 01 - Greece becomes the 10th member of the Common Market. 02 - Fire breaks out at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. 05 -...

1980

January 01 - In Northern Quebec (Canada), a fire kills 45 people at the Opemiska Club after a young man sets fire to party decorations...

80s Speak

So . . . "Awesome" is equal to or slightly better than "Cool", certainly better than "Bad" (or "Bitchin") and about on a par...

The 1980s

What were the 80s? . . . Bueller? . . . Anyone? New Wave, Big hair, Pac-Man, the Sinclair ZX computer, Dallas, Dynasty, Thatcherism, the...

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Watergate

On 17 June 1972, during the lead-up to the 1972 American presidential elections, five intruders broke into the Democratic National Committee's offices in the...

Mandela Day Concert (1988)

The Mandela Day Concert staged on 11 June 1988 at London's Wembley Stadium was organised by Special AKA main man Jerry Dammers and Britain's...

Decimal Currency

In 1966, plans were introduced in Britain for conversion to decimal currency. After five years of planning and with a public fearful of the outcome,...

Granville Disaster (1977)

Tuesday 18 January 1977 starts as an ordinary working day in Sydney, Australia. Then at 8:12am, a city-bound commuter train from Mt Victoria in...

Rainbow Warrior Bombing (1985)

Around midnight on 10 July 1985, French secret agents bombed the Greenpeace environmental patrol ship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand's Auckland harbour, ripping apart the hull...