Forgotten Musical gems from the 80s

A Walkman

Every single year, a lot of musicians come out with their various records. The amount of musical content is now so varied and huge that it’s only natural to forget the songs we’ve listened to before.  While 80s music might be one of the most popular and enduring collections, not all the … Read more

The Death of Leonid Brezhnev

Leonid Brezhnev’s wake

The official narrative of Leonid Brezhnev’s death is that he died of abrupt heart arrest. Despite the Secretary General’s poor health, his untimely death has resulted in several misconceptions. And it’s no surprise: some of the circumstances surrounding Brezhnev’s death remain odd. His mysterious death is one of the top political events … Read more

The War in the Falklands

Falklands war

Argentina attacked the British foreign territory of the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982. Argentina had claimed sovereignty over the islands for many years, and the country’s governing military dictatorship did not believe Britain would try to reclaim them by force. Despite the enormous distance involved – the Falklands were 8,000 miles … Read more

The Maze Hunger Strike

The Maze Hunger Strike

After seven months and ten deaths, an Irish nationalist hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been called off. Bobby Sands, the imprisoned Irish Republican Army or IRA leader who started the protest on March 1, 1981–the fifth anniversary of Britain’s “criminalization” of Irish political prisoners–was the first … Read more

Iran Hostage Crisis

US Hostages Released from Iran

From November 4, 1979, and ended on January 20, 1981, the Iran hostage crisis was a severe diplomatic standoff between the U.S. and Iranian administrations. Iranian terrorists held 52 American citizens prisoner in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 444 days. The hostage crisis, which was sparked by anti-American sentiment following Iran’s … Read more

The Polish Shipyard Strike in 1980

Polish workers strike

Representatives of Poland’s communist government gave in to the demands of striking shipyard workers in Gdansk on August 31, 1980. Lech Walesa, a former electrician, led the striking workers, who later formed Solidarity, the first autonomous labor organization to emerge from a Soviet bloc country. In September 1980, Solidarity was founded and … Read more

The Debut of Cable News Network

CNN

Ted Turner, the maverick television mogul, founded CNN as part of his Turner Broadcasting System, or TBS, despite industry experts telling him it couldn’t be done. On June 1, 1980, CNN debuted after four years of development, with a news program hosted by Dave Walker and Lois Hart, a husband-and-wife combination. The … Read more

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Breaking the Berlin Wall

In German, the Berlin Wall, or Berliner Mauer, was erected in the dead of night on August 13, 1961, as a physical barrier between West Berlin and East Germany. Its goal was to prevent disgruntled East Germans from emigrating to the West. President Ronald Reagan delivered a memorable address in front of … Read more

The Birth and Fall of the CD Player

The Birth and Fall of the CD Player

How do you listen to the latest songs or your favorite music? Chances are you’re hearing them via iTunes, Spotify, or Youtube and playing them on your smartphone, Bluetooth speakers, or wireless earbuds. Nearly four decades, things were far more different. In 1982, the first compact disc player was released and became … Read more

Most in-debt singers of the 80s and 90s

80s music

Debt can plague anyone, even the rich and famous. In the 1980s and 1990s, dozens of famous singers and songwriters saw their fortunes plummet from the high notes of their careers, into bankruptcy. Some of these household names, from singers Jerry Lee Lewis to MC Hammer, recovered from their debt and have … Read more