ICONS: Prince Charles and Lady Diana, Apple MacIntosh, Space Shuttle Challenger
On April 12, 1980, the United States Olympic Committee voted to boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Mark David Chapman murders John Lennon outside the Dakota Hotel in New York City, NY, the evening of December 8, 1980.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana marry at Westminister Abbey on July 29, 1981.
The musical Cats debuts on Broadway, October 8, 1982. It would hold the record for most performances (7,484) until surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera in January 2006.
Apple Computer® launches its Macintosh computer in 1984.
The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 74 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986.
Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express wins the 1986 Caldecott Award.
The stock market loses 22.6 percent of its value on "Black Monday," October 19, 1987.
Sylvester Stallone stars in 1988's Rambo III following the success with Rambo: First Blood (1982) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
Best selling author Tom Clancy concludes a successful decade with the publication of Clear and Present Danger in 1989. The book follows previous bestsellers The Hunt for Red October (1984), Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), and The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988).
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