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What was the biggest news in the year you were born?

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  • What events happened in the year you were born? 
  • Every decade has major headlines. Here’s what you need to know!
  • The year you were born could be historic.

What big events happened in the year you were born? From historical events to entertainment news, each year is marked by headlines that impact the entire world. So what happened in the year you were born? We’ll tell you!

Discover the most important events in the year you were born and how they were received by the public at a time when social media probably didn’t exist. Get ready to find out what the decades’ biggest news events were.

The 70s: What news events happened in the year you were born?

What news marked the year you were born

The 70s was marked by many major events but one that shocked music industry was the breakup of The Beatles. The deaths of singers Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, who both died of apparent overdoses also made an impact.

In 1974 there was another scandal, this time in US politics, although it affected the whole world. It was President Richard Nixon’s resignation after the Watergate scandal, which stemmed from a cover-up of stolen documents. What news marked the year you were born? Undoubtedly, the 70s was memorable.

The 80s


This was big news for the year you were born if you’re an 80s baby — the boycott of the summer Olympics in Moscow when at least 65 countries decided not to attend in protest of the Cold War. Just five years later, the Chernobyl tragedy occurred. It was one of the biggest environmental disasters in all of history and killed at least 31 people.

Another historical event in the annals of history is the fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 10, 1989. This symbolized the end of the Cold War and the beginning of German reunification after 40 years of communist rule.

The 90s: Find out what news happened in the year you were born!

What news marked the year you were born

The 90s was influenced by armed conflicts such as the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the end of the military dictatorship in Chile, and German reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. But perhaps one of biggest news events took place in 1997, when Princess Diana was killed.

On August 31, 1997,  international media shared the news of Lady Di’s death. She was often called the ‘People’s Princess’ and was the ex-wife of the current King of the United Kingdom, Charles III. Diana died in a car accident at the age of 36, in Paris with her partner, Dodi Al-Fayed.

The 2000s

Twin Towers

If you’re from the 2000s, the biggest news of the decade was probably the attack on the twin towers on September 11, 2001. That day, the world stopped completely to report second by second the attack on the World Trade Center in NY, an incident in which nearly 3,000 people died.

The beginning of the decade also represented the beginning of various wars, such as the wars Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004, there was a terrorist attack near the Atocha metro, in the Spanish capital. In that same year, the world experienced one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in history, when an earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the Sumatra region, killing 130,000 people, although unofficial figures say there were actually closer to 228,000 fatalities.

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