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1980s: Time Line

This time line consists of local, national, and international events relevant to the Canadian experience. It serves to contextualize the growth and evolution of VIU.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online


On April 12, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in St. John's, NL to raise money for cancer research.

Mount St. Helens erupted for the first time since 1857, devastating an area of 400 sq kms on May 18.

Former Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8 by Mark David Chapman.

The census recorded the population of Canada as 21,963,000.

The Ocean Ranger drill rig capsized and sank on February 15 in a storm off the coast of Newfoundland; all 84 crew members were lost.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect on April 17, guaranteeing all Canadians fundamental political and civil rights.

Swy-a-Lana Lagoon Park opened, August 28, at Nanaimo's downtown waterfront.

March 20, wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen left Vancouver on his around the world Man in Motion tour to raise money for spinal cord research.

Air India Flight 182, which departed Toronto, crashed into the Atlantic off the coast of Ireland on June 23, killing all 329 on board.

A full-scale nuclear meltdown occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine on April 26.

On May 2, Expo '86 opened in Vancouver, BC.

The Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, AB.

The Exxon Valdez hit a reed off the coast of Alaska, March 24, and leaked millions of gallons of crude oil, contaminating 1100 miles of Pacific coastline.

East Germans started to tear down the Berlin Wall on November 11; it fell entirely by the end of 1990.

On December 6, 14 women were killed at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique by anti-feminist Marc Lepine. The anniversary of the massacre has been designated the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.