While we were on the road...
Just a few of the world events that happened while we were Froelik-ing:
Jul 1 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada. Jul 6 France performs nuclear test Jul 7 Institution of Sharia law in Iran Jul 17 Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president Jul 19 22nd modern Olympic games opens in Moscow; US and others boycott Aug 2 Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed Aug 4 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean Aug 19 Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 dieSep 26 Bomb attack on Octoberfest in Munich, 12 killed Oct 8 USSR & Syria sign peace treaty Oct 13 Unprovoked slayings of 6 blacks in Buffalo, NY Nov 9 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran Dec 19 Iran requests $24 billion in US guarantees to free hostages Dec 29 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A Jan 20 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America Jan 20 The US diplomats and citizens held hostage at the US embassy in Tehran are released and begin their journey home after 444 days (Isn't this why we were singing Til Everyone is Home?) Jan 31 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1 Feb 10 8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton Feb 20 Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds Feb 24 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer Mar 30 US President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr.; three others are also wounded Apr 14 1st Space Shuttle, Columbia 1, returns to Earth (we learned this on Domingo Larraz Mora's back during Throw me the Ball) Apr 22 More than $3.3 million is stolen from the First National Bank of Arizona in Tucson in the then largest US bank robbery in history May 1 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out May 13 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City May 21 Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles Jun 6 A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river, killing 268 officially with another 300 or more missing Jun 11 Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Iran, kills at least 2,000
...oh, and about two dozen nuclear tests were performed during our tour by the USA, Russia, Great Britain and France.