Three events for every year, starting 1985 until 2003.

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January 20: Ronald Reagan (77) starts his second term as the 40th president of

the United States of America

March 11: Mikhail Gorbachev becomes soviet leader after his predecessor

Chernenko dies

October 2: Rock Hudson (actor; Pillow Talk) age 59 dies of AIDS


January 28:Space shuttle challenger explodes after launch at Cape Canaveral (Florida), killing all seven astronauts

April 26:Nuclear accident at Soviet Union's Chernobyl power station

Oprah Winfray Show hits American television


May 17:Iraqi missile kills 37 solders in attack on US frigate Stark in Persian Gulf

May 18:Iraqi president Hussein apologizes for the occurrence

July 2-4:Richard Branson and Per Linstrand make the first hot-air balloon flight crossing the Atlantic Ocean


January 2:United States of America and Canada reach free trade agreement

August 28:Three jets of an air acrobatic team collide in midair during airshow on air force base Ramstein. More than 70 persons (spectators and pilots) die.

December 1:Benazir Bhutto chosen as the first Islamic woman to lead Pakistan


U.S. President Bush announces that he doesn't look like broccoli

Don't worry, be happy! Wins Grammy award

February 14:Salman Rushdie's book The Satanic Verses are declared offensive by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini and therefore, he is sentenced to death

November 9:Berlin Wall opens after 28 years


February 11:After 27.5 years, Nelson Mandela (South Africa) is free

April 25:Hubble Telescope launches into space

Germany wins Soccer World Cup Final against Argentina (1-0)

October 3: East- and West Germany celebrate reunion. This day becomes a national holiday


April 3:End of Persian Gulf War

June 5:South African Parliament repeals apathies laws

December 25:Soviet Union breaks up after president Gorbachev's resignation


February 1:President Bush (USA) and Boris Yelzin (Russia) proclaim a formal end to the Cold War

Oscar for best motion picture goes to Silent...