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One dollar coin comes into circulation
Indian troops storm the Golden Temple at Amristar, killing 2000
Brenda Hodge becomes the last person in Australia sentenced to death, for the murder of her partner in Leonora. Her sentence is commuted to life imprisonment
WA becomes the last State to abolish capital punishment
Advance Australia Fair proclaimed as the national anthem, and green and gold as national colours
Seven people killed in the Milperra Massacre
Provisional IRA attempts to assassinate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Poison gas leak from Union Carbide plant at Bhopal, India, kills at least 23,000 people
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi assassinated by Sikh guards. Anti-Sikh riots kill between 10,000 and 20,000
Hawke Government re-elected after 10 week election campaign
Apple Macintosh is introduced
Perfect Match is launched on the 10 Network, giving Australia Greg Evans and Dexter the computer
INXS has its first number one, Original Sin
Prince has his first number one, When Doves Cry. The album, Purple Rain, wins an Oscar
Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark is the biggest selling single and stays on the Australian charts for 40 weeks (and watch for Courtney Cox in the film clip)
Nena has a number one with 99 Luftballoons
Terms of Endearment wins Oscar for best picture, beating The Big Chill
WA wins the Sheffield Shield
Los Angeles Olympic Games held. Australia wins four gold medals (Dean Lukin, Glynis Nunn, Jon Sieben, mens 4000m cycling pursuit team), eight silver and 12 bronze
Swan Districts defeat East Fremantle in front of 41,000 for the WAFL premiershipEssendon overturns a third quarter deficit to defeat Hawthorn for AFL flag
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