Dorothy Miller: Guess the Year 8-27-12
by Dorothy Miller
After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak left the instant camera business.
The first PC virus, Brain, started to spread.
The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, was observed.
The Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots 46-10 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after launch, killing the crew of seven astronauts, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. United States Navy divers later found the largely intact but heavily-damaged crew compartment of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The bodies of all seven astronauts were still inside.
The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station.
Egyptian military police, protesting against bad salaries, entered four luxury hotels near the pyramids, set fire to them and looted them.
The 58th Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles, Calif., with “Out of Africa” winning Best Picture.
In Ukraine, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster — 56 were killed directly by the incident, many more died from cancer in later years, many thousands were exposed to significant amounts of radioactive material, and vast territories in Ukraine and Belarus were rendered uninhabitable.
At least 5,000,000 people formed a human chain from New York City to Long Beach, Calif., to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness.
The cargo ship Khian Sea departed from the docks of Philadelphia, Pa., carrying 14,000 tons of toxic waste. It wandered the seas for the next 16 months trying to find a place to dump its cargo.
Pan Am Flight 73, with 358 people on board, was hijacked at Karachi International Airport by four Abu Nidal terrorists.
The International World Day of Prayer was held in Assisi, Italy.
The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reported that the United States had been selling weapons to Iran in secret, in order to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.
Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Monkees premiering on television, MTV broadcast “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” a 22-hour marathon of Monkees episodes.
Oprah Winfrey started broadcasting nationally.
The TV series “ALF” debuted.
Can you guess the year?
Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.
The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1953. Congratulations to Rick Eccli of Cheyenne, Wyo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month. ❖
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