In this year…
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.