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NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

JAN­UARY The met­ric sys­tem is in­tro­duced. FE­BRU­ARY Oh, give me a dome: a fea­si­bil­ity study rec­om­mends Toronto build a $150-mil­lion domed sta­dium. Pierre Trudeau an­nounces he’s re­tir­ing once there’s a re­place­ment for him. Guess you could say John Turner is a re­place­ment. Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan pro­claims 1983 the Year of the Bi­ble. M*A*S*H ends its 11-year, 251episode prime-time run with­out prov­ing ei­ther way whether sui­cide is pain­less. JUNE Ron­ald Rea­gan calls the Soviet Union an “evil em­pire.” Irony makes re­peated at­tempts to con­tact the pres­i­dent but fails. JUNE Mor­gen­taler Abor­tion Clinic opens on Har­bord. Brian Mul­roney re­places Joe Clark, paving the way for Ben Mul­roney to be­come a house­hold name. Folksinger Stan Rogers is among the 23 pas­sen­gers killed when a fire breaks out on an Air Canada flight, forc­ing an emer­gency land­ing in Cincin­nati. The base­ments in 1,600 Toronto and area build­ings are eval­u­ated for po­ten­tial use as bomb shel­ters. The Swatch watch hits stores. Ship-break­ing be­gins on the beach at Alang in Gu­jarat. JULY Gimli Glider: an Air Canada Boe­ing 767 runs out of fuel mid­way be­tween Mon­treal and Ed­mon­ton and is forced to glide to a land­ing in Gimli, Man­i­toba. SEPTEM­BER Soviet jets shoot down Korean Air flight 007, killing all 269 peo­ple on board. OC­TO­BER A Re­gent Park com­mit­tee against po­lice har­rass­ment charges that the area’s black youth are vic­tims of racist in­sults, ex­ces­sive sur­veil­lance and beat­ings by po­lice. Hoot­ers opens first restau­rant in Clear­wa­ter, Florida, and ev­ery­one swears they come for the food. Hon­est. NOVEM­BER Martin Luther King Day is de­clared a U.S. na­tional hol­i­day.

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