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...

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 -...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

80s Speak

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

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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!!!! Beat, The

1 9 6 6 (USA) 26 x 30 minute episodes Hosted by the Nashville-based WLAC disc jockey Bill 'Hoss' Allen, The !!!! Beat featured a house band...

‘Allo ‘Allo

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 55 x 30 minute episodes 26 x 25 minute episodes 3 x 45 minute episodes 1 x 35 minute...

“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

“Love & Mercy” in Cinemas 5 June

Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalogue of...

*Batteries Not Included (1987)

The presence of the distinguished Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy makes this saccharine-sodden retread of Cocoon (1985) worth watching. They play residents of a doomed New York...