|January:||"Just Say No" |
While discussing drugs at a school in Oakland, California, First Lady Nancy Reagan is asked how to counter peer pressure. She responds, "just say no", and the movement is born.
|January 28:||"We Are The World" by USA For Africa is recorded |
The song, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, was recorded to aid famine relief in Africa. 45 artists participated, and the song was a huge hit, raising $50 million.
|April 23:||New Coke debuts |
Coca-Cola replaces its original formula with "New Coke" recipe to compete with Pepsi-Cola. Public outcry quickly develops and the company brings back the original Coke.
|May 20:||Hear 'n Aid |
40 heavy metal artists joined to make a record to raise money for famine relief around the world.
|July 13:||Live Aid |
The all-star rock concert, held in Philadephia and London, raises $70 million for African famine relief.
|August:||Ryan White barred from school |
14 yr. old Ryan is barred from school in Kokomo, Indiana, because he had AIDS. He was finally allowed to return.
|September 1:||Titanic wreckage found |
The Titanic wreckage is discovered on the ocean floor of the North Atlantic.
|September 19:||Mexico City earthquakes |
For two days violent earthquakes strike Mexico City, killing 7,000 people and causing more than $4 billion in damage.
|September 22:||Farm Aid|