80’s History

80s History – 06/07/1982 Elvis Presley’s Graceland Opens to the Public

80's History Apr 02, 2017 No Comments

On June 7, 1982  the home of music legend Elvis Presley “Graceland” was opened to the public. Today the 13.8-acre property located in Memphis, Tennessee is one of the biggest pilgrimage sites in the country, with hundreds of thousands of rock ‘n’ roll music fans from all corners of the globe visiting it every year. On the day Graceland opened…

80s History – 06/05/81 AIDS Recognized as a Disease

80's History Sep 10, 2016 No Comments

June 5, 1981. For those who scoured the newspapers that day, it seemed that nothing momentous was on the horizon. In the New York Times, it was reported that two Vietnam War veterans were on a hunger strike to pressure President Reagan to focus on the problems of veterans. There was a circus in Brooklyn, and the Yankees beat the…

80s History – 05/13/1981 Assassination Attempt on Pope John Paul II

80's History Sep 01, 2016 No Comments

It was late afternoon on May 13, 1981 and it was time for the Pope’s weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. It took him almost half an hour to weave through the crowd, while riding an open Jeep that was affectionately called the Popemobile. But then 4 shots rang out. Pope John Paul II famous for his…

80s History – 08/01/81 MTV is Launched

80's History Aug 18, 2016 No Comments

One small step for cable TV, one giant leap for the music industry. On August 1, 1981 the musical landscape for millions around the world changed with the launch of the MTV channel. But the concept of playing videos on TV wasn’t exactly new. Music videos were already very popular in other parts of the world, especially in the UK….

80s History – 12/08/1980 Assassination of John Lennon

80's History Jul 15, 2016 No Comments

When world-famous musician John Lennon was pronounced dead on the evening of 8 December 1980, this news shook the world. Even more shocking were the circumstances that surrounded his death. Only 40 years old at that time, John Lennon was declared dead on arrival at the Roosevelt Hospital, after suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and further complications. He was on…

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