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80s History – 12/17/1989 The Simpsons Cartoon Debuts On Television

80's History Jun 02, 2020 No Comments

The decade of the 1980s was drawing to a close on December 17, 1989, but on TV it would end with a bang. It was the day when The Simpsons debuted on the Fox Network, and it would begin its run with controversy and criticism. It’s still running to this day with its 26th season. History Of The Simpsons The…

80s History – 04/15/1989 Tiananmen Square Protests

80's History Apr 08, 2020 No Comments

The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 occurred in Beijing in the spring of ’89 and it was led by students with support from local residents. The big divide in China’s political leadership that time was exposed by the demonstration. Hard-liners in the Chinese government heavily and forcibly suppressed the demonstrators and enlisted the help of the country’s military to enforce…

80s History – 03/24/89 The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

80's History Mar 08, 2020 No Comments

More than 25 years ago, on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker was on its way to California bringing 53 million gallons of crude oil, when it accidentally struck Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef. This resulted to an oil spill that was still unprecedented in U.S. waters, with approximately 10.9 million gallons of crude oil impacting over 1,100…

80s History – 01/22/89 DNA First Used In Court To Convict Criminals

80's History Jan 07, 2020 No Comments

January 22, 1988. This was the day that Colin Pitchfork of Leicestershire, England, stood before a judge and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of two 15-year old girls. Pitchfork was identified as the killer and confessed to both crimes when confronted with DNA evidence. Catching Colin Pitchfork The concept of DNA was studied for many…

80s History – 12/21/1988 Pan Am Flight 103 Bombed/Disaster

80's History Dec 14, 2019 No Comments

December 21, 1988 is an unforgettable and tragic day in our history. Here’s a timeline of what happened: December 5, 1988. The US government sent out a memo known as the Helsinki Warning, after a threat was received by the US embassy in Helsinki, Finland. The memo warned airlines, airports and embassies in Europe that a bomb attack may be…

80s History – 10/19/87 US Stock Market Plunges on Black Monday

80's History Oct 05, 2017 No Comments

October 19, 1987. This was a Monday, and for most people Mondays are the worst day of the week. But this particular Monday was probably the worst day ever for so many traders. That was the day the stock market collapsed in spectacular fashion, and it would be known in history as Black Monday. What Happened On Black Monday Every…

80s History – 04/26/1986 Chernobyl Disaster Devastates Ukraine

80's History Oct 03, 2017 No Comments

On the 26th day of April 1986, a catastrophic accident shook the world when a nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. The plant was located in Ukraine, which was then part of the Soviet Union. Considered as the world’s worst nuclear accident, 31 people died at the time of explosion. But its consequences didn’t end there. Cleaning…

80s History – 02/19/1986 USSR Launches Mir Space Station

80's History Oct 02, 2017 No Comments

February 19, 1986. At exactly 21:28:23 UTC (GMT), Russia was able to meet its political deadline and launched the first and main module of the Mir Space Station. Many more launches would in later years hurl various other modules for the space station that would eventually stand as a beacon of achievement not just for the Russians, but for the…

80s History – 01/28/1986 Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

80's History Oct 01, 2017 No Comments

On January 28, 1986, the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter known as Challenger started to break down within 73 seconds after takeoff and it led to the deaths of the 7 crew members. Five of them were NASA astronauts while the other two were Payload Specialists.  The spacecraft fell apart while flying over the Atlantic Ocean, specifically off the coast of…

80s History – 11/20/1985 Microsoft Releases Windows 1.0

80's History Sep 30, 2017 No Comments

Microsoft released Windows 1.0 on November 20, 1985. This was the very first version of the now world-famous Microsoft Windows product line. Windows 1.0 ran as a graphically oriented and 16-bit multi-tasking shell working alongside MS-DOS. The operating system was able to provide a software environment that could run graphical computer programs designed for Windows computers. History Of Microsoft Windows…