The best of the 80’s “ If you’ve Got it, flaunt it . . . you can have it all”
Sports Moments The USA hockey team celebrates the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Doug Flutie's desperation touchdown throw to the end zone vs. the Miami Hurricanes on Thanksgiving day. Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s all time hit record in 1985. He was banned from baseball in 1986 for gambling on baseball. Michael Jordan entered the NBA in 1984, famous foul-line dunk in 1987 and “ The Shot” in 1989. Scoring champion in 1986 to 1989.
Bruce Springsteen / "Born in the U.S.A." (1984) Bonnie Tyler / "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (1983) John Mellencamp / "Jack & Diane" (1982) Styx / "Mr. Roboto" (1983) Guns N' Roses / "Welcome to the Jungle" (1987) A-Ha / "Take On Me" (1985) Def Leppard / "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (1987) Cyndi Lauper / "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (1984) Journey / Don't Stop Believing (1981) Michael Jackson / "Billie Jean" (1982) Bon Jovi / "Livin' on a Prayer" (1986) Madonna /"Like a Virgin" (1984) Wham! / "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (1984) Devo / "Whip It" (1980)
Atari Roos (Kangaroo tennis shoes) Legwarmers worn over jeans charm necklaces Yo-Yo Sandals jeans with the zippers up the legs Aqua Net Hairspray The British Invasion (U2, Duran Duran, Culture Club, A-Ha, etc) Swatch Watches Apple Computers Rubik's Cube Guys with one earring Care Bears Slinky Jelly Shoes Simon (the game) Shasta soda Neon (clothings, bracelets, signs, etc.) Scrunch Socks Spandex Schoolhouse Rock Friendship Bracelets
The Gipper: We will commence bombing in five minutes.
Lloyd Benson: You are no John Kennedy.
"I'm in charge." - Secretary of State A.Haig Said after Reagan was shot while George Bush was out of the country
Inventions The birth of the compact disc The first of many space shuttles, Space Shuttle Columbia
Military Conflict In 1989, the U.S. ousted General Noriega from power in Panama for drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering . In 1983, the U.S. marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon was bombed. It killed 243 Americans In 1983 the U.S. invaded the island of Grenada in an effort to contain communism from Cuban influences
Books of the 80’s Fiction Books based on Publisher’s Weekly Best Selling
In American politics the 1980s were the decade of Ronald Reagan, who was elected president in 1980 and succeeded by his vice president, George Bush, in 1989. Reagan's vision of the nation helped to shape the economic and political fortunes of the United States for most of the 1980s.
The Reagan Administration accelerated the War on Drugs, publicized through anti-drug campaigns including the “Just Say No” campaign of First Lady Nancy Reagan. Drugs became a serious problem in the '80s. Cocaine was popular among celebrities and the young, sophisticated "yuppies", while crack, a cheaper and more potent offshoot of the drug, turned the inner cities into war zones.