- US and Canada reach free trade agreement (Jan. 2). Background: NAFTA
- Terrorists kill nine tourists on Aegean cruise (July 11).
- Pan-Am 747 explodes from terrorist bomb and crashes in Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on ground (Dec. 21).
- Robert C. McFarlane, former National Security Adviser, pleads guilty in Iran-Contra case (March 11).
- US Navy ship shoots down Iranian airliner in Persian Gulf, mistaking it for jet fighter; 290 killed (July 3).
- Democratic convention nominates Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts for President and Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen for Vice President (July 17 et seq.).
- Republican convention nominates George Bush for President and Indiana Senator Dan Quayle for Vice President (Aug. 15 et seq.).
- Republicans sweep 40 states in election, and Bush beats Dukakis (Nov. 8).
- Super Bowl: Washington defeats Denver (42-10)
- World Series: LA Dodgers defeat Oakland A's (4-1)
- NBA Championship: LA Lakers defeat Detroit Pistons (4-3)
- Ninety-eight percent of U.S. households have at least one television set.
- CDs outsell vinyl records for the first time.
- Ted Turner starts Turner Network Television (TNT) and buys MGM's film library.
- Record of the Year: "Graceland," Paul Simon
- Album of the Year: Joshua Tree, U2 (Island)
- Song of the Year: "Somewhere Out There," James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, songwriters
This has got to be one of the best 80's compilations I've seen. How late did you stay up on Friday's to watch Friday Night Videos?