In this year…
First DeLorean DMC-12 (that time machine car in the Back To The Future movies) rolls off the line.
Iran releases 52 American hostages after 444 days in captivity, moments after Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the 40th U.S. president.
More than 300 men are arrested when police raid Toronto’s bathhouses, triggering a storm of protests from the queer community. MARCH
Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and press secretary James Brady are also wounded.
Bobby Sands, MP and IRA member, dies on hunger strike after 66 days.
Reggae legend Bob Marley dies.
Terry Fox dies.
Toronto holds its first Gay Pride Day.
Five gay men in L.A. are diagnosed with a
rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, the first recognized cases of AIDS.
Lady Diana Spencer marries Charles, Prince of Wales.
MTV launches in the U.S.
Chromazone gallery opens. It would become one of the most influential art collectives in the city. OCTOBER
Restoration of the Elgin Theatre begins. Canada Post becomes a Crown corporation.
The exhibit Computers: Art Form Of The 80s is held at the Toronto College of Art.
Citizens’ Independent Review of Police Activities (CIRPA)’s 24-hour hotline is created to provide legal and practical advice to people with complaints about police behaviour.