American Decades: 1980-1989 (American Decades) by Judith Baughman

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7 Dec. Czechoslovakian premier Ladislav Adamec resigns, creating a political crisis. President Gustav Husak resigns three days later. Dissident leaders Vaclav Havel and Alexander Dubcek announce their candidacies for the presidency. On 29 December Havel is elected president and Dubcek is elected chairman of parliament. The Lithuanian Supreme Soviet votes to remove the Communist Party's monopoly on power. 10 Dec. Nearly fifty thousand people demonstrate in Sofia for an end to Communist rule in Bulgaria.

Popular Songs ABC, "The Look of Love"; Bryan Adams, "Straight from the Heart"; After the Fire, "Der Kommisar"; Air Supply, "Making Love Out of Nothing at All"; John Anderson, "Swingin' "; Adam Ant, "Goody Two Shoes"; Patti Austin with James Ingram, "Baby Come to Me"; David Bowie, "China Girl," "Let's Dance," and "Modern Love"; Irene Cara, "Flashdance . . "; Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, "Shame on the Moon"; Michael Sembello, "Maniac"; Stray Cats, "Sexy + 17" and "Stray Cat Strut"; Styx, "Mr.

Michael Cimino's movie Heaven's Gate loses $40 million, making Hollywood producers unwilling to finance other big-budget motion pictures by "auteur" directors. 5 million people tour a retrospective exhibit of one thousand works by Pablo Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. • President Jimmy Carter cancels a Washington exhibit of works from the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. • Mikhail Baryshnikov becomes director of the American Ballet Theater.

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