1980 to 1989
February 13, 1980 - The opening ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics Games are held in Lake Placid, New York. One of the most thrilling moments include the Miracle on Ice when a team of U.S. amateur ice hockey players defeated the vaunted Soviet Union professional all-star team in the semi-final game, then won the gold medal over Finland. U.S. speed skater Eric Heiden also concluded one of the most amazing feats in sports history when he won all five speed skating medals from the sprint at 500 meters to the marathon 10,000 meter event.
April 1, 1980 - The 1980 census shows a population in the United States of 226,542,203, an 11.4% increase since 1970. For the first time, one state had over 20 million people living within its borders, the state of California with 23.7 million. Due to a trend of western migration, Missouri now contained the geographic population center of the United States, one quarter mile west of De Soto in Jefferson County.
August 1, 1981 - MTV (Music Television starts. It had a unique idea, play music videos! I want my MTV!
Below is the first video played on MTV. The title is very fitting "Video Killed the Radio Star"
June 11, 1982 - the movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released filling movie theatres across the country. (1.56)
November 13, 1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., holding the names of the more than 58,000 killed or missing in action during the conflict.
January 28, 1986 - The Challenger Space Shuttle explodes after liftoff at Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing seven people, including Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire school teacher. (4.23) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfnvFnzs91s
May 25, 1986 - Five million people make a human chain across the United States in the “Hands Across America” campaign to fight hunger and homelessness. (5.06) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx1np9SKggs