The year in which Ryanair was founded, and Ronald Regan came to Ireland to visit his ancestral family home of Ballyporeen, county Tipperary.
Michael Jackson burns his hair making a TV commercial for Pepsi. Frankie Goes To Hollywood spend 9 weeks at the top of the chart in the UK with Two Tribes. Wham had their first number one with 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' and after 18 years Stevie Wonder has his first number one with 'I Just Called to say I Love You'. Band Aid made it as Christmas Number one selling over 3 million copies. It was the year Calvin Harris, Duffy, Kelly Osbourne and Gareth Gates were born.
We were singing along to Ray Parker Jnr as Ghostbusters hit the big screen. There were firsts for Gremlins, Beverley Hills Cop and Police Academy. There were movie debuts for Johnny Depp, Val Kilmer, Charlie Sheen and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Nick Ross tells viewers for the first time 'Dont have nightmares' are Crimewatch is first broadcast in this year. Tommy Cooper dies during a live TV show of 'At Her Majesties Theatre'. Colin Baker makes his debut as the sixth Doctor Who. Hitting our screens for the first time include The Price is Right, Spitting Image, Duty Free, The Bill and Surprise Surprise.