French scientist Dr. Luc Montagnier discovers HIV.
Cabbage Patch kids are released.
President Reagan introduces his 'Star Wars' missile defense plan.
USSR shoots and destroys South Korean flight 007.
U.S. Embasy is bombed in Beirut, killing 40 people.
US invades Grenada after coup on the island; more medals are handed out during the invasion than during the entire Vietnam war.
Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia nervosa at the age of 32, February 4th.
The final episode of M*A*S*H airs, advertising cost more than during the Super Bowl that year, and surpassing the record Dallas set for most viewers.
Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space, June 18th on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
"Just Say No" is the new term to combat growing drug use in the US.
Margaret Thatcher's second term as PM.
Camcorders are introduced.
Compact discs are first released.
Hackers invade sensitive military computers such as Los Alamos National Labratory.
Australia wins the America's Cup for the first time in 132 years.
Fake Hitler diaries surface.
Last DeLoreans produced.
Bob Hawke becomes Prime Minister of Australia. The first Labor PM in nine years.