On this day…

Katarina Witt

East German figure skating star Katarina Witt is photographed here on the 9th of January, 1982. She was sixteen years old when the picture was taken.

Witt went on to win both the World and European titles that year. Two years later she won her first of two Winter Olympic gold medals, at the Sarajevo Games.

On this day: the Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings

Cars removed from the scene of the Hyde Park car bomb in which four soldiers died in 1982

On the 20th of July, 1982 the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated two bombs during military parades in the centre of London. Eleven people were killed and around fifty others injured.

The Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings occurred on 20 July 1982

In addition to the deaths of soldiers and bandsmen, seven horses were killed.

Police forensic officers working on the remains of the IRA car which housed the Hyde Park car bomb in which four soldiers died in 1982

While Gilbert “Danny” McNamee was convicted of the Hyde Park bombing (a conviction that was later quashed), nobody was ever charged with the bomb at Regent’s Park.

On this day: a President and a Queen

On the 8th of June, 1982, US President Ronald Reagan went horse riding with Queen Elizabeth in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Reagan’s horse was named Centennial, and the Queen’s was named Burmese.

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On the 8th of June, 1982, US President Ronald Reagan went horse riding with Queen Elizabeth in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

On this day: Air Florida Flight 90 crashes in 1982

On the 13th of January, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed moments after take-off from Washington National Airport.

 Air Florida Flight 90 rescue 1982

It hit 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River (killing four people who were crossing in cars at the time) before plunging into the icy water and sinking. Only five of the seventy-nine people from the plane managed to escape.

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The crash resulted in some famous acts of heroism.

Air Florida collapsed two years afterwards.

40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube

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According to Google, today is the 40th anniversary of the Hungarian-invented Rubik’s Cube. Originally called the Magic Cube, it was created by Budapest-born Ernő Rubik.

It’s actually a little difficult to pinpoint the “birthday”, as it went through many phases, stages and versions before coming to be the frustrating and addictive toy it is today.

 First Rubik's Cube World Championship, Budapest, June 5, 1982. Stamp of Hungary, 1982.

Hungarian commemorative stamp for the first Rubik’s Cube World Championship, which was held in Budapest on the 5th of June, 1982.

As a child of the Eighties, there was always at least one of these things around when I was growing up. We never actually tried to complete it; we just like fiddling with the silly thing!