In this year…

NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

FE­BRU­ARY Oil plat­form Ocean Ranger sinks dur­ing a storm off the coast of New­found­land, killing 84 rig work­ers. Bob Rae voted new leader of the On­tario NDP. Wayne Gret­zky sets the sin­gle­sea­son NHL scor­ing record with his 77th goal. He goes on to score 92 goals that sea­son. MARCH John Belushi dies of a drug over­dose; gui­tarist Randy Rhoads dies in a plane crash. APRIL Ar­gentina in­vades the Falk­land Is­lands. Michael Jack­son’s Thriller sells 20 mil­lion copies, be­com­ing the best­selling al­bum of all time. Canada repa­tri­ates the Con­sti­tu­tion, grant­ing po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence from the UK; the Bill of Rights comes into be­ing. Toronto comic Jim Car­rey talks to NOW about how a guest spot on the Tonight Show with Johnny Car­son may cat­a­pult him to greater things af­ter his years at Yuk Yuk’s. Martha and the Muffins win the CFNY U-Know award for group of the year. Nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment ref­er­en­dum on the city bal­lot is called into ques­tion. MAY Anti-nuke pro­test­ers march from Toronto to New York. No word on whether they came back. The Weather Chan­nel be­gins broad­cast­ing, mak­ing ev­ery­one’s daily con­ver­sa­tion starter a lit­tle more ac­cu­rate. JUNE The first Ru­bik’s Cube world cham­pi­onships are held in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary. The Falk­lands War ends and is quickly pushed off the front page as Prince Wil­liam is born one week later. SEPTEM­BER Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) dies from in­juries sus­tained in a car crash. Note to princesses: stay out of cars. The Guardian An­gels an­nounce plans to set up a Toronto chap­ter, as they would again in 1995 and 2006. NOW dou­bles its cir­cu­la­tion to 50,000 copies in its first year. OC­TO­BER Do­min­ion Day is re­named Canada Day. NOVEM­BER Lech Walesa, leader of Poland’s outlawed Sol­i­dar­ity move­ment, is re­leased from pri­son af­ter 11 months. Ab­bie Hoffman at­tends Toronto rally to drum up sup­port to save the St. Lawrence River from eco-dis­as­ter. The UN passes an in­ef­fec­tual res­o­lu­tion ban­ning the Soviet in­va­sion of Afghanistan. DE­CEM­BER Time Mag­a­zine’s Man of the Year is a com­puter.

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