OCTOBER: Jack Benny headlines Neiman Marcus Benefit Ball at Fairmont Hotel.
NOVEMBER: Cowboys benchwarmer Clint Longley shocks Redskins on Thanksgiving; guard Blaine Nye calls it the "triumph of the uncluttered mind."
DECEMBER: The beautiful people flock to Oz, a new restaurant and discotheque on LBJ Freeway, to be seen against the futuristic backdrop of stainless steel and mirrors.
JANUARY: Federal Judge Eldon Mahon, in a suit brought by black activist Al Lipscomb, declares Dallas’ at-large system of electing City Council members unconstitutional.
MARCH: The world’s first Chili’s restaurant opens on Greenville Avenue.
APRIL: Wes Wise is elected to a third term as mayor, signaling the end of the business-dominated Citizens Charter Association as a political force.
DECEMBER: Roger Staubach completes the "Hail Mary" pass to Drew Pearson to beat the stunned Minnesota Vikings in the divisional playoffs.
APRIL: Multimillionaire real estate developer Robert S. Folsom, a prime player in the North Dallas land boom, is elected mayor.
APRIL: Dallas soul singer Johnnie Taylor releases "Disco Lady," which will become the first platinum single ever.
AUGUST: The Cowboys’ Clint Longley punches Roger Staubach and gets traded to San Diego.
SEPTEMBER: Addison citizens vote to go wet, 242-70.
NOVEMBER: The Dallas Times Herald yanks a "Doonesbury" strip showing a man and woman in bed together.
JANUARY: Radio station KLIF’s promotional gimmick of dropping 2,000 $1 bills near downtown Dallas causes pandemonium.
SEPTEMBER: The Chicken Ranch, a La Grange, Texas, whorehouse, is moved to Greenville Avenue and converted to a theme restaurant.
OCTOBER: Marvin Lee Aday, supposedly nicknamed "Meat Loaf" by a Dallas gym teacher, releases mega-hit rock album Bat Out of Hell.
APRIL: Reunion Tower opens and the big ball becomes the focal point of the Dallas skyline.
AUGUST: Charlie Young, head of a housing activist group called the Bois d’Arc Patriots, lets loose hundreds of cockroaches in the City Hall council chambers.
OCTOBER: Big Tex welcomes visitors to the State Fair of Texas and warns them to watch out for the Hare Krishnas.
DECEMBER: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders sue the Texas Cowgirls for the Cowgirls’ bare-breasted version of a Cheerleaders poster.
JANUARY: Dallas billionaire Ross Perot commissions a successful rescue of two EDS employees imprisoned in Iran.
MAY: Fort Worth Congressman Jim Wright pushes an amendment through Congress limiting flights from Love Field to Texas and adjoining states only.
JULY: Gene Street, who opened the first Black-eyed Pea Restaurant and other local favorites, wins a $5,400 bet by going a year without
APRIL: Eddie Chiles, whose anti-government radio commercials inspire "I’m mad too, Eddie" bumper stickers, buys the Texas Rangers.
OCTOBER: The Dallas Mavericks play their first game, a 103-92 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs, once known as the Dallas Chaparrals, at Reunion Arena.
NOVEMBER: Dallas episode "Who Done It?," in which the world learns that Kristen shot J.R., becomes the most watched TV program ever.
APRIL: Grocer Jack Evans is elected mayor.
OCTOBER: City Councilman Rolan Tucker cannot present a briefing on crime prevention because the material is lost when his car is stolen.
APRIL: A contract is awarded to develop Dallas Arboretum.
SEPTEMBER: Mediators Sharon Leviton and James Greenstone open a do-it-yourself divorce clinic.
NOVEMBER: An IBM-compatible PC with 48K of memory sells for $2,500 at Dallas’ Computerland.
JANUARY: Deep Ellum plan is unveiled to keep the area low-rise and artsy.
JANUARY: SMU’s Pony Express, led by Eric Dickerson and Craig James, tops off an undefeated season with a Cotton Bowl victory over Pittsburg, 7-3.
OCTOBER: The Dallas area leads the nation in the construction of new office buildings.
JANUARY: The Dallas Museum of Art opens in the area that will become the Arts District.
MARCH: The FSLIC takes over Mesquite’s Empire Savings and Loan, the first domino to fall in the thrift failure debacle of the mid-’80s.
MAY: Believing the Mavericks are ahead (they were tied), Derek Harper dribbles out the clock. They lose to the Lakers in overtime.
JANUARY: John Wiley Price becomes the first black county commissioner in Dallas County’s 142-year history.
FEBRUARY: After a fire breaks out at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the restaurant serves coffee in china cups to firefighters and guests in the parking lot.
AUGUST: In Texas’ worst air disaster, Delta Airlines flight 191 crashes at DFW, killing 137 people.
SEPTEMBER: 72-story InterFirst Plaza at Main and Griffin streets, affectionately known as the "Jolly Green Giant," opens to become the tallest building in Dallas.
JUNE: Channel 4 fires Kevin McCarthy for throwing co-anchor Clarice Tinsley into a swimming pool.
JUNE: South Oak Cliff’s Dennis Rodman, who did not play basketball in high school, is the 27th player picked in the NBA draft.
AUGUST: Vice squad officers raid the Starck Club, signaling the beginning of the city’s move from decadence to sobriety as the real estate and oil money begins to dry up.
FEBRUARY: The NCAA assesses "the death penalty" against SMU for flagrant violations and coverups, prohibiting the school from fielding a football team in 1987.
APRIL: With support from blacks, Hispanics, and women, lifelong civic worker Annette Strauss becomes the first woman elected mayor.
APRIL: Walker Railey, known as "God’s rising star" at the First Methodist Church, is suspected of murdering his wife. He is never convicted.
APRIL: FirstRepublic Bank, which traces its roots back to pioneer institutions First National and Republic National, loses $1.5 billion in three months.
AUGUST: Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt are convicted of conspiring to manipulate the silver market.
OCTOBER: Filming of Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July begins in Oak Cliff.
DECEMBER: Fujitsu announces it will build a 100-acre complex in Richardson along a Highway 75 strip the Dallas Herald will dub the "Telecom Corridor."
FEBRUARY: Jerry Jones buys the Dallas Cowboys, fires Tom Landry, and hires Jimmy Johnson.
FEBRUARY: The Sixth Floor Museum opens in the old Texas School Book Depository.
SEPTEMBER: The Junior League of Dallas adopts an open-admissions policy.
NOVEMBER: Carrollton high school dropout Robert Van Winkle, who now goes by the name Vanilla Ice, releases "Ice Ice Baby.
JANUARY: The official population of the City of Dallas passes 1 million for the first time.
AUGUST: Dallas blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin at the age of 35.
NOVEMBER: Mick Jagger marries Mesquite-born model Jerry Hall in a Hindu-style ceremony on the island of Bali.
SEPTEMBER: An NBC Channel 5 fixture for more than 40 years, weatherman Harold Taft dies.
NOVEMBER: ABC’s Prime Time Live reports Dallas TV preacher Robert Tilton trashed thousands of prayer requests he claimed to have prayed over.
DECEMBER: The Dallas Times Herald publishes its final edition, featuring the banner headline "Goodbye, Dallas."
MARCH: Eddie Bernice Johnson becomes first black U.S. representative from Dallas.
APRIL: Barney, a homegrown purple dinosaur, appears on PBS.
JUNE: Radio station KEGL fires DJ Kidd Kraddick to make room for the Howard Stern program.
OCTOBER: During the presidential debate, candidate Ross Perot, in defending a gasoline tax proposal, says, "If there’s a fairer way, I’m all ears."
NOVEMBER: Morton Downey Jr. gets a court order allowing him to broadcast his national radio show live from the "sniper’s perch" overlooking Dealey Plaza.
FEBRUARY: Racial violence erupts at a downtown parade celebrating the Cowboys Super Bowl victory.
MARCH: MTV airs Beavis and Butt-head, the brainchild of Mike Judge, who got the idea for the animated series after visiting a Dallas-area mall.
OCTOBER: Minnesota North Stars migrate south; the new Dallas Stars play their first game.
JANUARY: The Ticket debuts as Dallas’ first all-sports radio station.
JUNE: Southwest Airlines now serves 41 cities in 19 states, but it’s still not allowed to fly nonstop from Dallas to Las Vegas.
AUGUST: Prozac Nation, ex-Morning News reporter Elizabeth Wurtzel’s memoir of drugs, depravity, and depression, is published.
MAY: Ron Kirk gets 62 percent of the vote to become Dallas’ first black mayor.
SEPTEMBER: Charlotte Hornets forward Larry Johnson, who grew up in South Dallas, donates $1 million for a rec center in his old neighborhood.
OCTOBER: While autographing books at Dallas’ Crossroads Market, Boy George is served a lawsuit filed by a local nightclub for breach of contract.
OCTOBER: Larry Hagman sports a $350,000 ring made from one of his gallstones.
JANUARY: Coach Barry Switzer gets the Gatorade bath after the Cowboys beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX, 27-17.
APRIL: After 30 years on the air, Jerry Haynes, better known as "Mr. Peppermint," announces the end of the area’s longest-running TV show.
JUNE: The DART light rail system opens (finally).
NOVEMBER: The Highland Park Cafeteria, a Dallas institution, closes its doors.
JANUARY: The downtown H.L. Green variety store, site of a lunch counter sit-in in the ’60s, goes out of business.
APRIL: The starting gate swings open at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, the first live horse racing in the Dallas area in 60 years.
JULY: Dallas golfer Justin Leonard wins the British Open in Troon, Scotland.
OCTOBER: Former Dallas School Superintendent Yvonne Gonzalez pleads guilty to federal embezzlement charges and goes to prison.
JANUARY: "Dr. Phil" McGraw assists Oprah Winfrey’s defense team in selecting the jury in an Amarillo lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen.
OCTOBER: NorthPark Cinemas I & II close to make room for shopping center expansion.
OCTOBER: Rangers make the playoffs for the first time ever; Yankees spoil the party.
FEBRUARY: A wrecking crew demolishes the Astro in Oak Cliff, Dallas’ last drive-in movie theater.
OCTOBER: Richardson’s Jessica Simpson splits her britches on her first tour in New York City, returning to the stage in jeans borrowed from her mom.
NOVEMBER: Ex-Dallas judge Catherine Crier joins Court TV as co-anchor.
JANUARY: Mark Cuban buys the Dallas Mavericks for $280 million.
JANUARY: Dallas City Council member Al Lipscomb is convicted on 65 counts of bribery and conspiracy.
MAY: Eighteen-year-old singer LeAnn Rimes, from Garland, sues her father, claiming that he milked her recording fund for $7 million.
DECEMBER: Love Field’s leather seat-and-lobster Legend Airlines shuts down after six months in business.
AUGUST: After months of delay, the Angelika Film Center and Cafe opens to the delight of art- and independent-film aficionados.
OCTOBER: A DMN story reports that a Plano teen used a Dallas Observer ad to promote her prostitution business.
DECEMBER: Dallas Police Chief Terrell Bolton discloses fake cocaine was used by an undercover operative in a series of drug busts.
FEBRUARY: Laura Miller is elected mayor in a bitter runoff against business favorite Tom Dunning.
OCTOBER: Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton’s NFL career rushing record of 16,726 yards.
AUGUST: City Manager Ted Benavides fires Police Chief Terrell Bolton.
OCTOBER: Mariano’s Mexican Cuisine, where the frozen margarita was invented, loses its lease on Greenville Avenue.
MARCH: Jabari, a 13-year-old, 300-pound gorilla, escapes from his cage at the Dallas Zoo, attacks visitors, and is killed by police.
OCTOBER: D Magazine celebrates its 30th anniversary. Its staff is exhausted.