Medicare starts

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 premiership

Essendon overturns a third quarter deficit to defeat Hawthorn for AFL flag

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