By Walter Carruthers Sellar, Robert Julian Yeatman, John Reynolds
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30 The 1990s The televised explosion of the space shuttle Challenger horrified onlookers and set back the national space program. S. S. The Soviet Union denounces the action as a threat to world security. April 2: A bomb explodes during a Trans World Airlines (TWA) commercial flight from Rome to Athens, killing four passengers, who are sucked out of the hole in the plane’s side. S. action against Libya. S. Two people are killed and more than 150 wounded. One of those killed and more than 50 of those wounded are Americans.
February 12–24: The Winter Olympics are held in Lake Placid, New York. S. speed skater Eric Heiden wins a record five gold medals, and in a competition fraught with patriotic sentiment the United States defeats the Soviet Union in hockey and then goes on to win the gold medal by defeating Finland. March 24: The Catholic archbishop Oscar Romero is assassinated in El Salvador while holding a mass in honor of a journalist who had opposed the government. Government-backed right-wing paramilitary groups are suspected of murdering Romero, an outspoken human rights advocate and promoter of economic and political reform.
S. embassy in Beirut. Islamic terrorists claim responsibility. October 31: India’s prime minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh members of her personal security guard. November 6: Reagan overwhelmingly wins reelection by defeating Carter’s vice president, Walter Mondale. December 3: A toxic gas leak from an insecticide plant owned by Union Carbide kills some 2,100 people in Bhopal, India. December 19: Great Britain and China sign an accord in which Britain agrees to return control of Hong Kong to China in 1997, when Britain’s 99-year lease on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories expires.