In this year…

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JAN­UARY Per­e­stroika takes hold in the Soviet Union un­der Mikhail Gor­bachev. NOW opens its Queen’s Park bureau. The Supreme Court strikes down Canada’s re­stric­tive abor­tion law, giv­ing women the right to choose.

FE­BRU­ARY The de­bate over Sun­day shop­ping heats up in Toronto. MARCH Ak­we­sasne Mo­hawks de­bate whether cig­a­rette smug­gling and slot ma­chines are the boon or bane of their ex­is­tence. Ollie North is in­dicted in the IranCon­tra scan­dal.

APRIL Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia. The Soviet Union agrees to with­draw from Afghanistan.

JUNE The Toronto AIDS Me­mo­rial, the first of its kind, is cre­ated.

AU­GUST Thou­sands of pro­tes­tors in Burma (now Myan­mar) are killed dur­ing demon­stra­tions against the gov­ern­ment in the 8888 Up­ris­ing.

The Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in New Or­leans, Louisiana nom­i­nates Ge­orge H.W. Bush for pres­i­dent and Dan Quayle for vice-pres­i­dent.


Prime min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney of­fi­cially apol­o­gizes for the in­tern­ment of Ja­panese Cana­di­ans dur­ing World War II.

Sprinter Ben John­son is stripped of his Olympic gold medal and world record when he tests pos­i­tive for steroids

CHUM buys 299 Queen West for its head­quar­ters.


Canadian fed­eral elec­tion: Brian Mul­roney and the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives win a sec­ond ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment. A 6.9 earth­quake in Ar­me­nia kills nearly 25,000, in­jures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 home­less. The Pales­tinian Na­tional Coun­cil meet­ing in Al­giers pro­claims an in­de­pen­dent state of Pales­tine.

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