The oil tanker Exxon Valdez goes aground in Alaska on March 24th, 1989, spewing a total of 10 million eight million gallons of crude oil into the water. Because of a lack of emergency readiness and the spill’s distant location, emergency reaction to the catastrophe is delayed, allowing the oil to spread out more quickly. It is estimated that the oil leak has caused damage to almost 13 hundred miles of shoreline as well as devastation to local species, making it one of the most devastating environmental disasters in recent history.
A live feed of the Challenger space shuttle exploding 73 seconds after liftoff was broadcast on television on January 28th, 1986, attracting millions of spectators worldwide. All seven members of the crew are dead. A 32-month suspension of the shuttle programme is imposed as a result of the catastrophe, which also resulted in the establishment of the Rogers Commission. The Challenger catastrophe would be utilised as a case study on numerous issues about technical safety and occupational ethics.
A record-breaking 750 million people are riveted to their television sets on July 29th, 1981, to see the wedding of Prince Charles & Lady Diana. A mob of 600,000 people throngs the streets of London in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, hoping to catch a sight of the newlyweds. Unfortunately, the fairy tale is short-lived; the pair separated in 1992 and eventually divorces in 1996, ending their union.
On June 5th, 1981, a piece is published in the Los Angeles Times detailing the deaths of five previously healthy young men who had contracted a lethal virus. A large number of new cases begin to emerge, at first mostly among homosexual men, but later among injectable drug users, recipients of donated blood and blood products, heterosexual males and females, and others. The disease was officially called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1982.
Ronald Reagan is elected as the 40th US President on January 20, 1981. John Hinckley Jr. attempts to kill him, but he manages to evade the bullets and survives. Over the course of his 8 years as leader of the free world, Reagan puts in place several significant political and economic reforms. In addition, he is credited for putting the Cold War to a close.
After being shot twice in the back outside his New York City apartment on December 8, 1980, John Lennon, a former Beatle, is killed. When the beloved musician is transported to the hospital, doctors discover that he has passed away. Following the killing of John Lennon, there has been a worldwide outpouring of sadness and homage. Mark David Chapman eventually confessed to the murder of John Lennon and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for his crimes.
What was the most talked-about news story in the year 1980?
Ronald Reagan’s election as President of the United States was the most significant news item of 1980. The hostages held in Iran, on the other hand, had the biggest “headline impact” throughout the year. These were some of the findings reached during the yearly balloting of editors of daily newspapers in the United States. United Press International was in charge of conducting the poll.