In this year…

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JAN­UARY Brain, the first PC virus, starts to spread. Space shut­tle Chal­lenger dis­in­te­grates 73 sec­onds af­ter launch, killing its crew of six as­tro­nauts and school­teacher Christa McAuliffe. Na­tional Hug­ging Day is first ob­served, leav­ing cooties ac­tivists scram­bling.

FE­BRU­ARY The United States Se­nate ap­proves a treaty out­law­ing geno­cide. Bye-bye Baby Doc: Haitian dic­ta­tor Jean-Claude Du­va­lier flees the coun­try in the wake of a popular revo­lu­tion.

APRIL A re­ac­tor at the Ch­er­nobyl nu­clear plant ex­plodes, cre­at­ing the world’s worst nu­clear dis­as­ter. Vast ter­ri­to­ries in Ukraine and Be­larus are ren­dered un­in­hab­it­able. Tommy Dou­glas, politi­cian and Fa­ther of Medi­care, dies.

MAY At least 5-mil­lion peo­ple hold Hands Across Amer­ica from New York City to Cal­i­for­nia to raise money to fight hunger and home­less­ness.

JUNE To­day’s es­ti­mated pro­jected cost of domed sta­dium: $235 mil­lion. Orig­i­nal project cost: $150 mil­lion (as re­ported in Oc­to­ber 1985). Fi­nal cost: $628 mil­lion.

JULY A judge rules that the It’s A Girl ex­hibit by fem­i­nist art col­lec­tive Woomers is not a “dis­gust­ing ob­ject” and that Pages book­store is not guilty for dis­play­ing it

in its win­dow. Prince An­drew mar­ries Sarah Fer­gu­son. Af­ter los­ing 160 pounds of prince in a di­vorce 10 years later, Fergie be­comes a spokesper­son for Weight Watch­ers.

SEPTEM­BER RIP: Gay rac­ing stew­ard John Damien, who sued the On­tario Rac­ing Com­mis­sion af­ter be­ing fired be­cause of his sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. Toronto board of ed­u­ca­tion trustee Olivia Chow (now fed­eral MP for Trinity-Spad­ina) speaks in sup­port of doc­tors at the Mor­gen­taler abor­tion clinic af­ter their ar­rest by Metro Toronto po­lice.

OC­TO­BER NOW in­ter­views anti-apartheid leader Den­nis Goldberg upon his re­lease from a South African pri­son af­ter 21 years. On Oc­to­ber 9, Ward 6 coun­cil­lor Jack Lay­ton (now leader of the fed­eral NDP) speaks out against coun­cil’s re­sis­tance to ex­tend­ing health care benefits to the fam­i­lies of les­bian and gay city em­ploy­ees. En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry con­firms that lead lev­els in the South Riverdale and Niagara neigh­bour­hoods are five to 10 times higher than nor­mal.

NOVEM­BER Innu ac­tivists come to Toronto in their cam­paign to stop lowlevel flights by NATO mil­i­tary air­craft over Labrador. An­i­mal rights groups launch boy­cott of Gil­lette to stop cos­met­ics testing on lab an­i­mals.

DE­CEM­BER On­tario amends its Hu­man Rights Code to out­law dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. Log­ging of Temagami old­growth pine forests prompts the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources to add Lady Eve­lyn-Smooth­wa­ter Pro­vin­cial Park to its reg­istry of threat­ened world-class pre­serves.

Tommy Dou­glas

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