wreck of the Titanic is discovered in the north Atlantic.
Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney close their downtown Flint stores.
Reagan is elected president; Republicans control the Senate for
the first time since 1964.
hostages held in Iran are freed.
Hinkley shoots President Reagan, Press Secretary James Brady and
link of I-475 opens through Flint.
Charles and Lady Diana Spencer are married in St. Pauls
first U.S. space shuttle, Columbia, makes a successful flight.
introduces its personal computer (the P.C.).
Sandra Day OConnor becomes the first female member of the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Regency Hotel opens in downtown Flint.
state office building in downtown Flint is completed.
Motors severs ties with General Motors Institute; the schools
name is changed to GMI Engineering & Management Institute.
agrees to sell 66 percent of its assets after an antitrust suit.
in Beirut, Lebanon, kill 329 Americans and 62 French peacekeepers.
in the United States tops 12 million, the highest figure since
Hospital, which opened in 1937 as Flint General, closes.
compact disc is introduced.
Sharp Jr. becomes Flints first popularly elected black mayor
after defeating incumbent James W. Rutherford.
Sill building, other downtown landmarks are razed to make way
for Water Street Pavilion.
begin to clear land around Buick for the Buick City project.
Apple Macintosh computer � with mouse � is introduced.
Reagan defeats Walter Mondale in the presidential race.
Junior College opens a campus at the former John Wesley College
begins on the project to link S. Dort Highway
one of the largest bank deals in state history, NBD Bancorp buys
last rear-wheel-drive LeSabre and last Flint-made Regal are built;
Buick assembly is remodeled to create Buick City.
Street Pavilion opens.
for the Hampton Inn is delayed when crews discover eight skeletons
on the site, a former city cemetery that had supposedly been moved
in the 1950s. Eventually, 24 more skeletons are found.
Marketplace opens in Birch Run, with 16 stores.
Mall is renamed the Courtland Center and gets a new wing with
16 stores, including the first Crowleys outside of metro
U.S.S.R.s Chernobyl reactor explodes; clouds of fallout
Junior is dropped from Baker Colleges name after
it becomes a four-year institution.
renovated Statue of Liberty is unveiled July 4.
space shuttle Challenger explodes on liftoff.
Creek Raceway in Swartz Creek opens to a sellout crowd.
Monday stock market crash; the Dow Jones falls by 23 percent.
first prisoners arrive at the Thumb Regional Correctional Facility
at Hamady Bros. Food Stores go on strike Oct. 18; by Oct. 27 all
27 stores are closed. Chairman Alex Dandy later loses control
of the chain.
are moved from the old jail to the new Genesee County jail on
College opens its new W. Bristol Road campus, on the site of the
former Mandeville Junior High School.
Joseph and Flint Osteopathic hospitals announce affiliation; Genesee
Memorial is later added to St. Joseph Health Systems Inc.
Flint Board of Education votes to close eight schools; Flint Southwestern
becomes Southwestern Academy.
President George Bush defeats Michael Dukakis in the presidential
Bush authorizes $300 billion to prevent the collapse of the savings
and loan industry.
at Lapeers Oakdale Regional Center for the Developmentally
Disabled learn that two-thirds of the staff will be laid off.
Exxon Valdez runs aground in Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons
of oil the worlds largest oil spill.