Saturday, April 14, 2012

8 Memorable Images from the 1980s

Space Shuttle Columbia launched on the 12th of April, and returned two days later after orbiting the Earth 37 times, the first of 135 NASA Space Shuttle missions from 1981 to 2011.

On August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m., MTV launched with The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Few people know the second video shown, however, which was Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run.”

On Monday, March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, who escaped with nothing more than a punctured lung.

Released on November 30, 1982, Michael Jackson’s Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time, with sales estimated by various sources as somewhere between 65 and 110 million copies worldwide.

Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a bomb, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members en route from London to NYC. It wasn’t until 2003 that Libya formally admitted responsibility for the terror attack.

The last Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan, ending a 9-year war.

The very first Mac was introduced on the now-famous 1984 commercial that most notably aired on CBS during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. The computer retailed for a whopping $2,495!

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight.

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