|Internet is born|
|February 28:||Final episode of M*A*S*H airs |
The final episode is seen by the largest audience ever to watch a televsion program.
|March 23:||Strategic Defense Initiative (1983-1993)|
Reagan announces initiative to develop a space based system, also known as "Star Wars", to defend the U.S. from ballistic missiles.
|March 24:||First test tube babies in America born |
Heather Jean and Todd McDonald Tilton become parents of first set of twins conceived in vitro and born in the United States.
|June 18:||Sally Ride becomes first American woman in space|
|September 1:||USSR shoots down commercial Korean airliner |
Soviet fighters shoot down KAL Flight 007 after it enters Soviet airspace. 269 people on board are killed.
|October 23:||Beirut terrorist bombing attack |
A truck bomb kills over 200 in a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.
|October 25:||U.S. invades Grenada |
The United States invade Grenada to rescue 1,000 Americans on the island, days after a military Marxist government seized power in a bloody coup.
|December 2:||Dr. Barney Clark receives first artificial heart implant |
Dr. Clark receives artificial heart implant, but dies 112 days after.