This Day in History

Mount St. Helens Eruption

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington State, resulting in one of the most significant volcanic events in the United States in the 20th century. The eruption caused the entire north face of the mountain to slide away, creating a massive avalanche and killing 57 people while causing over a billion dollars […]

A Tragic Loss Gives Rise to MADD

On this day in 1980, the daughter of Candy Lightner, Cari Lightner, was tragically killed by a drunk driver in Fair Oaks, California. This heartbreaking loss led Candy to found Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an organization that would become a powerful force in the advocacy for stricter drunk driving laws and the promotion of […]

John Lennon’s Tragic Passing

On this poignant day in 1980, legendary musician and former Beatle John Lennon was tragically shot and killed outside his apartment in New York City. His untimely death marked the end of an era in music history.

Iran-Iraq War

Iran-Iraq War begins with Iraq invading Iran. It is thought to be one of the 20th century’s deadliest and longest conventional war. It ended 7 years later with no decisive victory and massive losses, both in terms of human lives and in terms of economy to both sides.