Do you know the '80s events that shocked the world?

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The '80s were a time of growth and excess. Some events were humorous and strange, while others were downright shocking! How well do you know the events of the '80s that made jaws drop? In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge​ of the absurd, the horrifying and the unforgettable!

What famous music legend was shockingly killed in 1980?

John Lennon was shot in front of his New York apartment building, the Dakota, in 1980. Terrible way to start a decade.

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What country suffered from the world's worst famine?

In 1984, Ethiopia came onto the world stage for suffering the worst famine in history. The pictures are shocking, to say the least.

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Where was the catastrophic nuclear disaster of 1986?

Chernobyl was one of the deadliest nuclear disasters ever. A sad day for that power plant and countless people.

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What huge mistake did Coca-Cola make in 1985?

The introduction of New Coke was a total disaster, so they went back to the old formula. They called the old formula Coca-Cola Classic.

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Which of these oil rigs had a terrible spill?

The Exxon Valdez spill took place in the waters around Alaska, and it was heartbreaking. SO many animals died.

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What famous wall fell in 1989?

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. That was a marvelous way to end a decade!

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What volcano had a massive blast in 1980?

The famous blast of Mount St. Helens took place in 1980 in Washington State. The ash cloud was visible in many other states.

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In what country was there a failed rescue of American hostages?

President Carter would never live it down. The rescue mission was a disaster, to say the least.

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Who was named "Time" magazine's Man of the Year in 1982?

The Computer was actually the man of the year! He went on to be the man of the next century.

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In 1981, which famous couple got married?

It was the most famous wedding of the decade, and it ultimately led to heartbreak.

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Who was the first American woman in space?

Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. This happened in 1983!

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In 1985, what famous discovery was made?

They actually found the ship! And James Cameron grinned to himself....

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Which famous space shuttle disintegrated in 1986?

This was an incredible disaster, never to be forgotten. During every subsequent shuttle launch, people held their breath when they heard the words, "throttle up."

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Which two presidents dominated the '80s?

It was a Republican era. That much is certain. Things cycle around....

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Which war ended in the '80s?

The Cold War ended in the '80s. Things got a little warmer after that, but still quite chilly.

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In which country was there a massacre in Tiananmen Square?

The massacre in Tiananmen Square was shocking, to say the least. There was some serious unrest in China.

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Which device got its start in the '80s?

Mobile phones were created in the '80s, but they were huge! And sometimes they just didn't work at all.

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Which of these shocking fashion trends is attributed to the '80s?

This was '80s style. It's still popular in Texas.

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Which famous album was released in the '80s?

"Thriller" was a product of the '80s, and one of the most insanely awesome albums ever. The music video for the title single was a mini-movie.

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What exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988?

The flight was traveling from London to New York, and it was devastating. 270 people were killed.

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What famous ferry capsized in England in 1987?

This famous ferry left Belgium for England and capsized a mile off-shore, killing nearly 200 people. It's known as the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster.

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What famous stadium in England saw a crushing disaster in 1989?

The massive crowd led to people being crushed to death. 96 people died, in total.

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A dictator from which country was overthrown and executed in 1989?

Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown, and he and his wife were shot. Ouch.

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In the U.S. in 1980, a typical new house cost $69,000, but by 1989 it cost how much?

That's a big jump! Shocking, to say the least.

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In the U.S. in 1980, the average cost of a new car was $7,210, but by 1989 it was how much?

It was smart to buy a car in the early '80s. Those who waited paid the price.

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In 1980, the United States boycotted the Olympics where?

Still in the Cold War, the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics.

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What famous television channel was launched in 1981?

MTV was born in the '80s, and then it totally shaped the decade. The very first music video broadcast was "Video Killed the Radio Star," by The Buggles.

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Which virus did scientists discover in the United States in 1981?

The consequences of HIV would be devastating in the '80s.

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Where were the first CD players sold in 1982?

Japan sold the very first CD players in 1982. Oh, remember CDs?!?

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What famous U.S. highway was removed from the system in 1985?

Historic Route 66 was decertified. Shocking!!! Much of it can still be traveled, though, by sentimental tourists.

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What famous video game was released in 1980?

It was the game that changed it all! Who can forget Pac-Man?

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In the U.S. in 1980, the average income per year was roughly $16,600, and by 1989 it was what?

People were getting richer! And they were definitely spending more.

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The president of what country was assassinated in 1981?

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981, shocking the world.

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Which Disney park opened in 1982?

EPCOT Center opened in 1982! The name means Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

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Which rock-and-roll star's home was opened to the public in 1982?

Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, was officially opened to the public in 1982. Shocking! And wonderful.

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