1980s

1980s

Alton Towers opens 1980
Austin Metro car launched in 1980
Ashley Cole (footballer) was born in 1980
The ZX81 personal computer is launched by Sinclair Research in 1981
The first London Marathon is run in 1981
Bucks Fizz win the Eurovision Song Contest with “Making Your Mind Up”
The Lloyd Webber musical “Cats” takes to the stage in the West End in 1981
The first Next clothing store opened in 1982
The Barbican Arts Centre was opened by The Queen in London
The first test-tube twins were born
Argentina invaded the British Falkland Islands in April 1982 starting the Falklands war
Prince William was born in June 1982
In October 1982 The Mary Rose (Henry VIII’s flagship) is raised from the Solent
The Ford Sierra replaces the Cortina
November 1982 Chanel 4 starts to broadcast TV
“The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4” was published in 1982
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born in 1982

In January 1983 CITV Launched and so did BBC Breakfast TV followed by TV-am in February
In March 1983 the first CD went on sale in the UK and Austin launched the Maestro
Wheel clamps were first introduced to London
Terry Pratchett published his novel “The Colour of Magic” in 1983
Cheryl Cole and Amy Winehouse (singers) were born in 1983
Torvill and Dean won gold medals for ice skating at the Winter Olympics in 1984
The musical Starlight Express opened at the Apollo in London
In May 1984 the Thames Barrier was officially opened by the Queen, designed to protect parts of London from flooding
The Band Aid charity single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was released in December 1984
Gareth Gates (singer) and Prince Harry (prince) were born in 1984
On 1st January 1985 the first British mobile phone call was made
Sinclair C5 battery powered recumbent tricycle launched January 1985
Eastenders soap opera first aired on the BBC in February 1985
Bradford Football stand fire took place in 1985
The Ozone hole was discovered by Scientists
The first photographs of Titanic’s wreckage were taken in September 1985. Titanic had remained lost since her sinking four years before the Wolf Cubs were formed.
The Queen Mother commissioned the aircraft carrier HMS Arc Royal in November 1985
Comic Relief launched in December 1985
Racing driver, Lewis Hamilton and actress Keira Knightley were among those born in 1985
The TV game show Catchphrase was first aired in January 1986
Prince Andrew (Duke of York) married Sarah Ferguson in July 1986
The Eurotunnel group is formed to operate the Channel Tunnel
The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg was published in 1986
Charlotte Church (singer) was born in 1986
The ferry, The Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized leaving Zeebrugge killing 193 in March 1987
Rick Astley gets a hit with ‘Never Gonna Give You Up!’
The Queen opened the driverless Docklands Light Railway in London
In October 1987 the first UK IKEA store opened in Cheshire
The great storm of ’87 hit in October with Hurricane force winds lashing the UK and killing 23 people
In 1988 the first Red Nose Day raised £15 million for charity
The GCSE replaced the ‘O’-level and CSE exams in 1988
Princess Beatrice is born to the Duke and Duchess of York and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) is also born in 1988
Sky TV brought satellite TV to the UK in 1989
The WWF (World Wrestling Federation) held its first UK event in October 1989
The House of Commons was first televised in 1989
The Cold War officially ended after 40 years in December 1989
Dr Who was discontinued by the BBC after 26 years of broadcasts in December 1989
Red Kites were reintroduced into England during 1989
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was born in 1989
Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Queen, The Eurythmics, David Bowie, Elton John and Duran Duran topped the charts admin many more