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    Tables – World Events 1980s

    1980Iran-Iraq War BeginsMiddle EastThis was a protracted military conflict between Iran and Iraq that resulted in a stalemate.
    1981AIDS IdentifiedGlobalMedical researchers identified the disease known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) for the first time.
    1982Falklands WarFalkland IslandsThis 10-week war was fought between Argentina and the United Kingdom over two British dependent territories in South Atlantic: the Falkland Islands and its territorial dependency, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
    1983U.S. Embassy BombingBeirut, LebanonA suicide bombing against the U.S. embassy in Beirut kills 63 people.
    1984Bhopal Gas TragedyIndiaConsidered the world’s worst industrial disaster, a gas leak incident on the night of 2-3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal, resulted in tens of thousands of people exposed to methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas.
    1985Live Aid ConcertsGlobalConcerts organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine.
    1986Chernobyl DisasterSoviet Union (Ukraine)A catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the No. 4 reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, then located in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union.
    1987Stock Market CrashGlobalOn 19th October, a severe worldwide economic recession known as Black Monday occurred, wherein stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time.
    1988Pan Am Flight 103 BombingScotland, UKA terrorist bombing resulted in the deaths of 270 people aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The attack was believed to have been carried out by Libya.
    1989Fall of the Berlin WallBerlin, GermanyThis monumental event signalled the end of the Cold War. The wall, which represented political and physical separation between East and West Germany, was destroyed.