BC: "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." - Dr Seuss
FC: The 1980's
2: Rubik's Cube became extremely popular in 1980 | RUBIK'S CUBE
3: "Guess Who" was a two player game that required players to ask yes or no questions in order to eliminate possible characters. | Omnibot 2000: A remote controlled robot that could move, carry things, and had a basic form of voice control. | OMNIBOT 2000 | GUESS WHO
4: Carebears were originally artwork for greeting cards, but in 1983, they were turned into teddy bears. | Zoids were a huge franchise. They had a huge range of items however. A Zoid could be a motorized model kit, a posable and detailed model kit, or an action figure or figurine.
5: Army men, Mickey Mouse, and Nerf toys became popular in the 1980's. Nerf advertised that one can "Throw it indoors; you can't damage lamps or break windows. You can't hurt babies or old people."
8: The historic eruption of Mt. St. Helens occurred at 8:32 AM on May 18th, 1980. The mountain was located about 50 miles northwest of Portland Oregon, and it was noted as the worst eruption in the history of the United States. | MT. ST. HELENS | 1980
9: John Lennon, who was most widely known as the founder of the band The Beatles, was assassinated on December 8, 1980 at 10:50 P.M. as he was returning to his apartment in New York City with his wife Yoko Ono. He was killed by Mark David Chapman.
10: WRECK OF TITANIC FOUND | 1985 | 1986
11: The nuclear accident of 1986 occurred at Chernobyl, USSR on 26th of April; the main reasoning for the accident was a combination of flawed reactor design that was used by personnel that were not trained to use this equipment. With the fire and explosion that the accident caused, 5% of the core was released into the atmosphere. It was the worst nuclear accident the world has had so far and about 30 people have died from the accident (radiation exposure). | CHERNOBYL
14: 911 Turbo | Trans-Am Firebird
15: Delorean | '88 Corvette
18: The lack of ozone over the Antarctic, more commonly known as the “Hole in the Ozone Layer”, was discovered by Joesph Farman, Brian Gardiner, and Jonathan Shanklin in 1985. Less ozone allows more UV-B rays into the earth, which are detrimental to all life. In 1987, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was agreed upon to help control substances that deplete this layer. | HOLE IN THE OZONE LAYER
19: On January 26th, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At 73 seconds into flight, the spacecraft blew apart and killed all seven crew members on board. The main cause for this catastrophe was an O-Ring failure that resulted because of cold temperatures and lack of human response to the problem. | CHALLENGER EXPLOSION
20: In 1987, DNA was first used to convict a criminal of committing a crime (in this case, murder) in Portland, Oregon. The man that was convicted had raped and impregnated a 13 year old girl. Samples were taken from the fetus and the man, compared, and proved conclusive, for they both had the same sequences as the man’s DNA. | DNA USED TO CONVICT CRIMINAL
21: In 1982, the term Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome was first used to describe patients who had acquired diseases that were otherwise rare to have or have diseases for a prolonged period of time. An example of one is Kaposi’s sarcoma. In that year alone, 1600 people were diagnosed with the disease and 700 people died. The virus which causes the disease was discovered on April 23, 1984, which was HIV. Tests were later performed in 1985, which confirmed that the disease could be spread via needle injections. A cure has still to be found today, but prevention techniques are a sure way to avoid the syndrome in question.
25: Brand names, leg warmers, etc. became popular
27: 1980s Hairstyles