10 Things That Happened In The 1980s That You Totally Forgot About

The Eruption of Mount St. Helens (1980): This catastrophic eruption in Washington State was one of the most significant volcanic events in the United States in the 20th century, causing massive destruction and loss of life.

The Tylenol Murders (1982): A series of poisoning deaths resulting from drug tampering. The Tylenol crisis led to the adoption of tamper-evident packaging for over-the-counter medications.

The Introduction of the Rubik's Cube to a Global Audience (1980): Although invented in 1974, the Rubik's Cube became a worldwide craze in the 1980s, symbolizing the decade's fascination with puzzles, games, and brain teasers.

The Identification of AIDS (1981): Initially unidentified, the disease that would later be known as AIDS was officially recognized.

Live Aid Concerts (1985): These dual concerts held in London and Philadelphia were groundbreaking events aimed at raising funds for famine relief in Ethiopia, showcasing the power of music for social causes.

The Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster (1986): The tragic explosion of the Challenger space shuttle just 73 seconds after liftoff marked a significant moment in space exploration history, leading to a reevaluation of NASA's shuttle program.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989): Often remembered as the event that symbolically ended the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall was a pivotal moment in the late 1980s that led to the reunification of Germany.

The Videocassette Recorder (VCR) Boom: The 1980s saw the widespread adoption of VCRs in homes, revolutionizing the way people consumed media and paving the way for home video entertainment.

The First Use of Personal Computers: Although personal computers were introduced in the late 1970s, the 1980s was the decade when they became more accessible to the general public

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (1989): One of the worst environmental disasters at the time, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound had a lasting impact on environmental policies and consciousness.