There was something in the air during the spring of 1989. The Ides of March appeared to have been carried over a month to April.
A smattering of frustrated students had first entered Tiananmen Square in protest for more reforms in China; unimpressed UK citizens were introduced to the Poll Tax, ironically launched on April 1 1989, triggering uproar and ultimately contributing to the end of Thatcherism the following year.
Even now the ripples of that spring reach the shore of today's headlines. On April 15, 96 Liverpool football fans went to watch an FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield and never came back. The wretched and shameful ramifications of the Hillsborough disaster still emerge.
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