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Posted: Monday, September 7, 2015 6:00 am

A pipeline deal that was heralded as a godsend for the flailing West Texas economy fell through. The $1.6 billion pipeline that was to go from California to Midland had financial and regulatory issues. Despite this setback Odessa’s economy fared better than the previous two years.

Hospital district: Voters created the Ector County Hospital District to oversee the funding and operation of a financially troubled Medical Center Hospital.

National champs: The Permian football team brought the 1980s to a close the same way they went in – as state champs. The Panthers defeated the Aldine Mustangs in the Class 5A final at Texas Stadium 28-14, to claim the school’s fifth state football title. Hours later, ESPN would name the team the best high school team in the nation.

Brrr: Wild temperature swings hit the Permian Basin this year as Odessans huddled indoors record cold of minus 2 degrees in December. But in the summer, the mercury soared to a record 112 degrees in July.

Deputy’s killing: Charles Edward Smith was convicted of killing Pecos County deputy sheriff Tim Hudson in 1988 and sentenced to death but the conviction was overturned in 1989. He would later be convicted and sentenced to death a second time in 1994. By 1999 that was overturned again he was sentenced to life.

Rodeo star: Ty Murray, a native of Stephenville, who had competed for Odessa College’s rodeo team, became the first person to win both collegiate and professional cowboy titles in the same year.

>>Former Odessan George H.W. Bush succeeds Ronald Reagan as the 41st president of the United States.

>>Western Gas purchases El Paso Natural Gas.

>>Parents against Child Abuse is founded.

>>The Exxon Valdez oil tanker strikes a reef in the pristine area of Alaska’s Prince William Sound creating one of the worst oil disasters in history.

>>Collin Powell is nominated by President Ronald Reagan to be the chairman of the joint chiefs. He is the first African American to hold that office.

>>The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan ends.

>>George W. Bush purchases a share of the Texas Rangers.

>>The Tiananmen Square Massacre shows the world what was going on in Beijing. Protests were shut down by hardline military leaders.

>>A quirky little TV comedy called “Seinfeld” premiers.

>>The film “When Harry Met Sally” was released.

>>Macintosh portable computer is released.

>>Stephen King publishes “The Dark Half.”

>>What’s a thing-a-ma-bob? We find out in the “The Little Mermaid.”

>>Andre Ware wins the Heisman.

>>Taylor Swift is born.

>>Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair.

<<Nintendo release the Game Boy.

>>We meet Col. Oliver North when he is convicted on charges stemming from the Iran-Contra scandal. His conviction was overturned on appeal in 1991.










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