Browsing: 1980s

January 01 – In Northern Quebec (Canada), a fire kills 45 people at the Opemiska Club after a young man sets fire to party decorations as a prank. 02 -…

January 01 – Greece becomes the 10th member of the Common Market. 02 – Fire breaks out at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. 05 – 38-year-old long-distance lorry…

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

January 07 – Unemployment total in the USA reaches 12 million. 14 – Armed police ambush a car in Kensington, London, shooting and wounding a passenger, Stephen Waldorf. They later…

January 01 – Brunei becomes independent of Britain. The Sultan of Brunei appoints himself Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Home Affairs Minister. 01 – After a bloodless coup, Major General…

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 battery-operated tricycle takes…

January 01 – Spain and Portugal join the European Economic Community (EEC). 04 – Thin Lizzy bass player and vocalist, Phil Lynott dies of heart failure after laying in a…

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 of Enid Blyton’s Noddy books…

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 Ortega offers a cease-fire…

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

“Awesome” is equal to or slightly better than “Cool”, certainly better than “Bad” (or “Bitchin”) and about on a par with “Gnarly”, but definitely nowhere near as good as “Tubular”.…

What were the 80s? . . . Bueller? . . . Anyone? New Wave, Big hair, Pac-Man, the Sinclair ZX computer, Dallas, Dynasty, Thatcherism, the Phillips 2000 VCR, Ronald Reagan,…