Chicago (Zbigniew Bzdak / July 1, 2011)

1980: Census drops city population below 3 million; Hispanic share rises to 26 percent.

1980: City firefighters strike for first and only time.

1980: City allows women to serve as rank-and-file firefighters.

1981: Mayor Jane Byrne moves into Cabrini-Green public housing, temporarily.

1982: Chicago bans handguns (law overturned in 2010).

1983: Harold Washington elected city's first black mayor.

1984: Oprah Winfrey hosts "A.M. Chicago."

1984: CTA trains extended to O'Hare.

1985: Studs Terkel's "The Good War" wins Pulitzer Prize.

1985: Barack Obama moves to Chicago to become community organizer.

1986: Bears win Super Bowl.

1987: Harold Washington dies.

1987: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum opens its doors (renamed National Museum of Mexican Art in 2006).

1988: Lights installed in Wrigley Field.

1989: Richard M. Daley elected mayor.

1990: Sox play last game at old Comiskey Park.

1991: Bulls win first of six championships.

1991: New Comiskey Park (now U.S. Cellular One Field) opens.

1992: Old freight tunnel punctured, causing river water to flood downtown.

1993: Paxton Hotel fire kills 20.