Elsewhere that year:
— The Morris worm became, if not the first computer virus, the first to get widespread attention. It crippled about 6,000 computer systems, which at the time was about one-tenth of the Internet.
— Panama leader Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega was indicted in the United States on drug smuggling charges.
— Prozac was introduced to the U.S. market and quickly became a leading treatment for depression.
— Ben Johnson won the 100m gold at the Seoul Summer Olympics and was later disqualified for taking a steroid.
— The Oscar for best picture went to "The Last Emperor," directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
— George Michael's song "Faith" was the No. 1 song on Billboard's year-end chart.
— President Ronald Reagan was ending a second term and George H.W. Bush was elected to the White House.
— The Iran-Iraq War—also known as the First Persian Gulf War—ended after eight years.
— The first trans-Atlantic fiber optic cable was laid with capacity to carry 40,000 telephone calls simultaneously.
— A Libyan terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103 killed 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland.
— There were about 2 million cellphone subscribers in the U.S. Last year there were more than 330 million—more cellphones than people.