in this year…
JANUARY The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale. Michael Jackson’s hair goes up in flames while shooting a Pepsi video. FEBRUARY Just in time for Valentine’s Day the city hands out free condoms as part of Birth Control Week. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces his retirement, paving the way for John Turner as Canada’s 17th PM. APRIL The Young Offenders Act is introduced MAY Andy Kaufman, Taxi’s lovable cabbie Latka Gravas, dies of cancer. JUNE NOW’s circulation reaches 60,000. JULY Inspired by election victories in West Germany, the Green party announces it will field six candidates in Toronto and 59 nation-wide for the next federal election. Canada wins more medals than ever before at the L.A. Olympics, mostly because of the Eastern Bloc
MuchMusic launches. SCTV finishes its run.
SEPTEMBER Pope John Paul II is accorded rock-star treatment as 300,000 attend mass at Downsview Airport. To protest the Pope’s visit to Montreal, retired U.S. soldier Thomas Bernard Brigham bombs Central Station, killing three people and wounding more than 30. Brian Mulroney wins the federal election with the largest majority in Canadian history.
OCTOBER Challenger astronaut Marc Garneau is the first Canadian in space. NOVEMBER Fearful small business owners along the low-rent avant-garde Queen West strip between University and Spadina say the area is on track to becoming a Yorkville clone after small independent business rejuvenate the area. Hey Parkdale, sound familiar?
DECEMBER George Orwell was wrong. Mostly.