1980
Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th president of the United States.

The Pac Man arcade game is released.

CNN becomes the first 24 hour news channel.

On December 4, 1980 following the recent death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they
will no longer continue as a group.


1981
IBM launches the first personal computer and Microsoft introduces Microsoft DOS (doss).

Prince Charles and Lady Diana marry in what’s being called “the wedding of the century.”

The Sunday night “singles” parties at the Holiday Inn of Terre Haute draw large crowds, creating lots of local
gossip.

On August 1, 1981 MTV airs its very first video - Video Killed The Radio Star by the Buggles, a new wave
duo from England.


1982
Disney’s Epcot Center opens in Orlando.

The first issue of USA Today is published.

The Weather Channel debuts on Cable.

FM 100 becomes HI-99, switching from elevator music to country.

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne who is notorious for throwing pig intestines and cow livers out to his audiences gets
a taste of his own medicine when a fan tosses a live bat onto the stage. Ozzy, thinking it’s merely a rubber
toy, immediately bites off the bat’s head. The Black Sabbath front man is rushed to the hospital for rabies
shots.


1983
On February 23, the final episode of M*A*SH becomes the most-watched TV program of all time, a record it
holds until Super Bowl 44 in 2010 some 27 years later.

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is founded.

Sally Ride becomes the first woman in space.

Motorola introduces the first mobile phone and Microsoft Word for DOS (doss) debuts.  

On July 21, the coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was set in Antarctica at a minus 129 degrees
Fahrenheit. The record still holds today.

WBOQ FM (107.5) becomes WZZQ FM, switching from country to rock.


1984
The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.

Sony and Phillips introduce the first CD players.

The official grand opening of the Sony DADC plant in Terre Haute is held and CD production there begins.

Clara Peller, an 82 year old retired Chicago manicurist, immortalizes three words in an enormously popular
Wendys’s TV commercial by asking, “Where’s The Beef?”

Brazil, Staunton, and Van Buren high schools close. Northview High School opens.


1985
The first compact discs go on sale nationwide.

Microsoft releases its first version of Windows - Windows 1.01 for DOS (doss).

Dozens of top recording artists ban together as USA for Africa and record We Are The World.

On February 23, 1985 during a losing game against Purdue, IU head basketball coach Bob Knight angrily
protests an official’s call. Knight receives a technical foul for his outburst at the ref. Becoming even more
agitated Knight explodes, hurling a chair across the court floor. Knight is ejected from the arena and the
incident becomes legendary.


1986
Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champ in history.

7 million Americans join hands in Hands Across America.

On January 26, 1986 Super Bowl 20 is held at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Coach Mike Ditka’s
Chicago Bears featuring quarterback Jim McMahon, running back Walter Payton and rookie lineman William
“Refrigerator” Perry crush the New England Patriots 46-10. The pre-game hype is so enormous that it even
spawns a nationwide line dance craze known as the Super Bowl Shuffle.

Rosedale and Montezuma high schools close. Riverton-Parke high school opens.

Lots of folks enjoy waking up each morning to Frosty Stilwell and R Jay Cortrecht on
103 WPFR.


1987
On October 19, 1987 the U.S. stock market crashes, dropping 508 points. The day becomes known as
“Black Monday.”

On March 29, 1987 WWF Wrestlemania III at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan near Detroit sets
the record for the largest attendance for any live indoor sporting event ever held in North America – 93,173.
The main event features Hulk Hogan against Andre The Giant, managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

Televangelist Jim Baker steps down in disgrace during a sex scandal.

On June 12, 1987 while addressing a crowd at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin President Ronald Reagan
pleas, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”


1988
On October 5, 1988 during a vice-presidential debate, Indiana Senator Dan Quayle compares his
experience to be president with that of JFK when he ran for the presidency.  Texas Senator Lloyd Benson
responds directly to Quayle, “I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend
of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy!” The zinger causes an immediate media frenzy and becomes a
memorable moment in political history.

The Hubble space telescope is put into operation.

Bubba The Love Sponge on 103 WPFR is one of Terre Haute’s most popular air personalities.

On August 18 at the Republican national convention, George H.W. Bush receives his party’s nomination for
president. During his acceptance speech, Bush makes a stern commitment  saying, “Read my lips. No new
taxes!” The promise becomes cemented in the public consciousness.

1989
George Herbert Walker Bush is elected the 41st president of the United States.

On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall finally falls as thousands begin to tear portions of it down brick by brick.

The final episode of American Bandstand with Dick Clark airs on October 7, 1989.

On December 17, 1989 the Simpsons debut on Fox. The Simpson family premiere is a Christmas special
called “Roasting An Open Fire."

The cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition features Kathy Ireland and is the magazine’s best selling
issue of all time. The record still holds today.
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