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NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Sym­phony Or­ches­tra -

JAN­UARY We Are the World, fea­tur­ing Michael Jack­son, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Bob Dy­lan and Bruce Spring­steen, is recorded to raise funds for Ethiopian famine re­lief. FE­BRU­ARY Nel­son Man­dela re­jects an of­fer of free­dom from the South African gov­ern­ment. Cana­dian de­fence min­is­ter Robert Coates is forced to re­sign af­ter he vis­its a Ger­man strip club while in pos­ses­sion of topse­cret NATO doc­u­ments. Ernst Zun­del is fi­nally found guilty of pub­lish­ing fake news and in­cit­ing in­tol­er­ance. The con­vic­tion is over­turned in 1987. MARCH The Friendly Giant, played by Bob Homme, com­pletes a run on CBC that started in 1958. Ar­me­nian ter­ror­ists take over the Turk­ish em­bassy in Ot­tawa. One per­son is killed and the rest are held hostage for four hours. APRIL South Africa ends its ban on in­ter­ra­cial mar­riages. Coca-Cola changes its for­mula and New Coke quickly be­comes bad Coke. MAY The first Safe Cy­cling Week marks the be­gin­ning of an anti-auto cy­cling move­ment in Toronto. JUNE Sikh ter­ror­ists blow up Air India flight 182 on its way from Toronto to Lon­don, killing all 329 aboard. It will re­main the dead­li­est air­plane ter­ror at­tack un­til 9/11. JULY Live Aid con­certs in Philadel­phia and Lon­don raise over $100 mil­lion for Ethiopian famine re­lief. SEPTEM­BER The wreck of the Ti­tanic is found off the coast of New­found­land, paving the way for James Cameron’s an­noy­ing “I’m the king of the world” dec­la­ra­tion. Mar­garet At­wood’s The Hand­maid’s Tale is re­leased. The dystopian novel will win the Arthur C. Clarke Award. OC­TO­BER Rock Hud­son dies of an AIDSre­lated ill­ness, putting a fa­mous face on the dis­ease. DE­CEM­BER Toronto film biz has its best year yet with 40 fea­ture films bring­ing in some $70 mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy.

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