|January 28:||Challenger Disaster |
Space shuttle Challenger explodes 74 seconds after lift off, killing all seven crew members, including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
|February:||Halley's Comet returns |
The much anticipated comet returns as part of its 76 year orbit. Skywatchers are disappointed by the unspectacular view.
|February 25:||Ferdinand Marcos ousted from Philippines |
A peaceful uprising forces Marcos out of power and and installs Corazon Aquino as president.
|April 15:||U.S. bombs Libya|
|April 28:||Chernobyl accident |
Soviet nuclear power plant has a partial meltdown, releasing clouds of radiation across Europe.
|May 8:||Coca Cola's 100th anniversary|
|May 25:||Hands Across America|
|July 4:||Statue of Liberty's 100th Anniversary celebration/restoration|
|October 11:||Reykjavik summit ends with no agreement |
Reagan and Gorbachev have a summit meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, but ends when Reagan refuses to abandon SDI.
|November 25:||Iran-Contra Affair |
Reagan administration announces that proceeds in arms sales to Iran, for assisting in releasing hostages in Lebanon, has been diverted to helping Nicauraguan freedom fighters, the Contras.
|December 20:||Howard Beach racial attack |
A group of white youths attack three black men in Howard Beach, New York, chasing one of them onto the Belt Parkway, where he is killed by an oncoming car.