Category Archives: 1980s

Democrats, Republicans hold unique back-to-back debate 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 1 1987)

(Tuesday, December 1, 1987, 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST) — Twelve Presidential candidates brought a foretaste of the 1988 general election campaign into the nation’s living rooms tonight with a debate that emphasized party differences on foreign policy far more than distinctions among individual candidates (click here to watch the full debate).

North Korean agents blow up South Korean airliner in mid-flight 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 29 1987)


Video: '1987, the North Korean Spy who blew up a plane, Korean Air Flight 858'

(Sunday, November 29, 1987, 2:05 p.m. KST)Korean Air Flight 858, a scheduled international passenger flight between Baghdad, Iraq, and Seoul, South Korea, exploded in mid-air today upon the detonation of a bomb planted inside an overhead storage bin in the airplane’s passenger cabin by North Korean agents. Continue reading North Korean agents blow up South Korean airliner in mid-flight 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 29 1987)

‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes peaks at #1 in USA 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 28 1987)

(Saturday, November 28, 1987)“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. Continue reading ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes peaks at #1 in USA 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 28 1987)

159 die at sea in South Africa jet crash 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 28 1987)


Video: 'Air Crash Investigation - Fanning the Flames (South African Airways Flight 295)'

(Saturday, November 28, 1987, 4:07 a.m. MUT)South African Airways Flight 295, a commercial flight from Taiwan to South Africa, suffered a catastrophic in-flight fire in the cargo area early today and crashed into the Indian Ocean 125 miles southeast of Mauritius, killing all 159 people on board. Continue reading 159 die at sea in South Africa jet crash 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 28 1987)

TV special celebrates 20 years of Rolling Stone magazine 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 24 1987)


Video: 'ABC-ROLLING STONE PRESENTS:20 YEARS OF ROCK 'N' ROLL-11/24/87' (the music is edited due to copyright laws but the interviews are intact)

(Tuesday, November 24, 1987, 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST)Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll, a musical salute to two decades of Rolling Stone magazine, aired tonight on ABC-TV, featuring interviews with rock stars (including ex-Beatle George Harrison) and rare footage of musical performances. Continue reading TV special celebrates 20 years of Rolling Stone magazine 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 24 1987)

Report: Reagan bears ‘ultimate responsibility’ for wrongdoing in Iran-Contra affair 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 18 1987)


Video: 'Documentary - Behind the Iran Contra Affair'

(Wednesday, November 18, 1987) — The congressional committees investigating the Iran-Contra affair issued their final report today, saying President Ronald Reagan failed to live up to his constitutional mandate to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” and said he bore “the ultimate responsibility” for wrongdoing by his aides. Continue reading Report: Reagan bears ‘ultimate responsibility’ for wrongdoing in Iran-Contra affair 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 18 1987)