You remember when President Reagan was shot. And when John Lennon was assassinated. When fights broke out over Cabbage Patch Kids and when the Chicago Bears did the Super Bowl Shuffle. See if you're an '80s expert.
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is a moment the world watched, including American kids. For three decades it remained a symbol of the Cold War, but on November 9, 1989, that changed when the head of the East German Communist Party announced citizens of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) could cross freely.
A rocket ship took off. And then a voice announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll!" And as Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood, Martha Quinn and J.J. Jackson were introduced at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981, the video for The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" began to play. And immediately, every American wanted their MTV.
Lady Diana Spencer and Charles the Prince of Wales were married in what was dubbed the "Wedding of the Century" on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. As many as 750 million people worldwide tuned in to watch the broadcast.
On January 28, 1986, Americans watched as the NASA space shuttle Challenger launched from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. But just 73 seconds into its flight, it exploded, killing all seven on board, including Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Christa McAuliffe.
On April 26, 1986, the No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, then a part of the former Soviet Union. Today, scientists have estimated that as much as 60 percent of the radioactive debris fell on the former Soviet republic of Belarus.
Back in 1705 astronomer Edmond Halley predicted this comet would return, about every 76 years. He was right. Halley's comet, named for him, did just that. In early 1986, Halley's comet was visible low in our planet's western sky, just after sunset, and came closest to the Earth on April 10 that same year.
When the Sony Walkman was introduced in the U.S., it came with the tag line, "There's A Revolution In The Streets." And there was. The Walkman was a success, but it had competition from Toshiba's "Walky," Aiwa's "CassetteBoy," and the Panasonic "MiJockey."
The bigger the better, in the '80s. Big hair, permed hair, Jheri curl hair and the high-top fade were all popular styles.
While we know now he wasn't the first to moonwalk, the first time we saw Michael Jackson do it, to "Billie Jean," was at the "Motown 25" TV special, in 1983.
Computers moved from the workplace into our houses in the '80s. Although it may not have been the preferred PC among professional users, it was the Commodore, first introduced in 1982, that was the most popular with home users.
In 1986, in an effort to keeps kids from trying drugs, the first lady introduced America to her "Just Say No" campaign, which dovetailed with the "War on Drugs."
In the early 1980s it was dangerous to play D&D. Some religious groups were convinced it was a representation of the occult. And believe it or not, in 1983 a group of parents started "BADD," which stood for "Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons."
In the late '80s, Bugle Boy commercials featured model Annabel Schofield asking men if those were, in fact, Bugle Boy jeans he was wearing -- before moving on.
It was the unexpected combination of bobsledding and Jamaica that caught the world off guard. After all, it doesn't snow in the Caribbean island. And their story led to the Disney movie "Cool Runnings" in the '90s.
"Street Fighter" came out in 1987, but the more-popular "Street Fighter II – The World Warrior" is a 1991 arcade game.
On April 12, 1981, the Columbia space shuttle launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with two crew members and a pilot. After orbiting the Earth 36 times over 54 hours, the shuttle landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
On January 28, 1985, 46 vocalists got together to form the super-group USA for Africa and recorded what would become the award-winning song, "We Are the World."
In 1983, the McDonald's Chicken McNugget was born. Originally conceived and created in the late '70s, McDonald's couldn't supply enough to its franchises. So, after delay, McNuggets became available across the U.S. Did you know they come in discreet shapes? There are four, including a ball, a bell, a boot and a bowtie.
Parachute pants of the early '80s were unisex fashion. They were made of the same nylon material as parachutes, hence the name, and usually were styled with many zippers.
The "Brat Pack" is generally considered to be Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwal and Ally Sheedy. But Charlie Sheen, who doesn't appear in the same films as these actors, isn't part of the "pack."
Just three months after it introduced the "new taste of Coca-Cola," the Coca-Cola Company rebranded it as "Coke II" and put its original formula back on the shelves as "Coca-Cola Classic." And in epic form, "General Hospital" was interrupted so TV news anchor Peter Jennings could announce it to the country.
On March 24, 1989, an oil tanker named the Exxon Valdez, bound for California, ran aground and spilled 10.8 million gallons of crude oil -- that's 240,000 barrels -- into Prince William Sound.
It was the U.S. versus the defending gold medalists, the USSR -- and it was assumed the win would go to the Soviets. But on February 22, 1980, at Lake Placid, New York, the U.S. men's hockey team stunned the world when they won, 4-3.
Pope John Paul II, the pontif from 1978 until his death in 2005, was shot four times by a Turkish man named Mehmet Ali Agca in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Although it's still unclear to the public why Agca attempted to assassinate him, the pope went on to forgive Agca.
Just as Blu-ray and HD-DVD had to battle it out, so did videotape formats back in the '80s. Ultimately, it was VHS that won.
Roger Moore was the Bond with the most Bond films in the '80s, starring as the MI6 agent in "A View to a Kill," "For Your Eyes Only" and "Octopussy." Timothy Dalton starred as Bond in the remaining two, which came out in 1987 and 1989: "The Living Daylights" and "Licence to Kill."
In the final scene of the season, J.R. Ewing walks out of his office to investigate a noise in the hallway and is shot twice. By whom? It was the question everyone had between March, when the season ended, and November, when it started back up after an actor's strike. Was it his wife, Sue Ellen? It turns out, it was Kristin Shepard, who was Sue Ellen's sister and, also, J.R.'s mistress.
When the first Apple Macintosh computer was introduced in January 1984, it had a 9-inch black-and-white display, a graphical user interface and a mouse. It also cost $2,500.
More than 1.5 percent of babies born in 2013 were IVF babies. But the very first baby born via in-vitro fertilization in the U.S. was Elizabeth Jordan Carr, on December 28, 1981, at 7:46 a.m., and the 15th IVF baby in the world. The first gestational surrogacy also happened in the '80s, as did the first American "designer baby" using the controversial assisted reproductive technology procedure, preimplantation genetic diagnosis. (Using PGD, parents used sex-selected embryos.)
In the early '80s, affluent and well-educated young professionals working in cities were nicknamed "yuppies," which stands for young urban professionals. In 1991, Time magazine published the obituary for the term.
It's Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, in the 1987 film "Wall Street," who tells us in his speech to Teldar Paper that "greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
Games like "Super Mario Bros.," "Super Mario Bros. 2," "The Legend of Zelda" and the "Mega Man" series were all popular games on the Nintendo console.
"Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" and "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – The Storybook Based on the Movie" were both tops in 1983.
While she was preceded by two Soviet women, Valentina Tereshkova (in 1963) and Svetlana Savitskaya (in 1982), physicist and astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman -- and the youngest astronaut -- in space as part of 1983's Challenger mission.
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