Signs poked through a swarm of angry people. Their expressions were eager
because they were fighting. Not fighting for the sake of it, but for a
purpose. The hand painted signs read, "Don't kill our nation, stop the
use of nuclear weapons!" Others just screamed their emotions out loud.
The 1980's was a decade of speaking out and fighting for what you believe in. It was also an age where people found interest in debates, and solving problems.
The Marriage of the Decade - In
1981, the royal wedding took place at Buckingham Palace in London, England.
Prince Charles married a kindergarten teacher named Diana Spencer.
This woman was very lucky to have all of those people watching her get
married. It was an unbelievable sight at the palace. The queen had a new
daughter-in-law, Princess Diana.
The First Woman In Supreme Court
- July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O' Connor
for the U.S. Supreme Court.
A Whale of a Tale - In 1988
pilots flying over the Arctic spotted two whales trapped inside the ice.
They made great effort to set the poor whales free. In their great effort
they managed to set one of them free. Needless to say, the other whale
died in the massive clump of ice.
Planet Photos - In July of 1981 the spaceship, Voyager 2, blasted
off. It managed to capture the true beauty of Saturn's rings. The pictures
came back to the station and everyone was amazed. Later new pictures came
back. They were of Neptune, and what great pictures they were!
"At First Flight"-
very interesting thing happened within the year of 1981. A solar plane
took flight in the wild blue yonder. It's harder than you think to fly
a solar powered plane. You have to make sure you are in good sight of the
sun. If a cloud passes over the sun for a instant, your plane will be hitting
the ground before you can say, "Kalamazoo." Well anyway a man challenged
himself to fly one. He ended up flying for 5 hours and 22 minutes.
A Flippin'-Out Good Contest - Neil Smith, age 11, flipped the same pancake 270 times in 3 minutes. In February of 1988, Neil won the Pancake Flip Off in Liberal, Kansas. This was his third time winning, in a row!
"Big Shot" of the NBA- We all know that Michael Jordan is one of
the best players in the history of basketball. Big surprise, in both 1988
and 1987 Michael Jordan was the NBA basket scoring leader. He also averaged
the most points out of any player in the whole league. You thought he was
great, well now you see he is even greater than you expected.
3-D Puzzle- In 1981, Erno Rubik invented a difficult puzzle.
It was a cube made of 26 small colors that rotated. The point was
to unscramble the small colors until each of the sides were the same colors.
By July, 1981, over 10 million were sold.
A technology breakthrough - In 1982 Barney Clark, 61, was close to death due to a heart problem. His heart was badly damaged and couldn't be repaired. In early December his doctors gave him a mechanical heart called the Jarvic-7. He was the first person to receive one of those kinds of hearts. A few weeks after the surgery, Barney was able to get out of bed and walk for a few minutes. He hadn't been able to do that for a very long time. He only was able to live with the mechanical heart for 112 days. After that, Barney died.
The Terrifying Parade - June 12, 1982, a so called parade is marching against Nuclear weapons. Police have tried to stop this madness, but they just can't seem to do it. More than 550,000 protesters from as far away as Hiroshima rallied in Central Park, in New York City, on Saturday to demand a nuclear weapons freeze in the biggest political demonstration in U.S. history. But, Secretary of Defense, Casper Weinberg, indicated that the large turnout was unlikely to have direct impact on administration policy.
over a pair of tennis shoes?! - In January 1988, in a shoe store
Eric Allen and a 14 year old kid, both spotted a pair of new high tops.
There had been a commercial with a famous athlete telling them to buy them.
The two kids argued over who should have the last pair. The 14 year old
took out a knife and killed Eric.
The Worst Assassins - March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan
was shot in the chest as he was walking to his limousine. His doctor removed
the bullet and he recovered quickly. The assassin , John Hinkly Jr.,
was not found guilty!
Even though that little boy had lots of sorrow in his life, he still had
a lot of fun and excitement going on. This has shown you how the
80's really was. As you can see the 80's wasn't a really happy decade.
This boy does know that what he was thinking was very terrible.
He understands now that he should be thankful of what he has, instead of
asking for even more. This boy really does symbolizes the 80's.
Vickey Carney. Fashion Of the Decade 1980's, Facts on File, 1990
Richard Tames. 1980's ,Franklin Watts, 1990
Jane Duden. 1980 Timelines, Crestwood House, 1991
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