You'll Only Ace This Quiz If You've Lived Through The 80s!

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The 1980s was unlike any other time, categorized by bold fashion statements, new tech, and classic sci-fi movies. It was a decade of rapid advancements both in the political world and in the music industry—but how well do you remember the 80s? Test your knowledge here…

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1. No money for concert tickets? Watch Michael Jackson on this music channel:

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  1. ABC
  2. CNN
  3. Hallmark
  4. MTV
MTV is an American, teen-oriented television channel, launched in August 1981. In its earlier years, it aired music videos from the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Kate Bush.
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2. This long-lost ocean liner was found at the bottom of the Atlantic in 1985!

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  1. RMS Titanic
  2. MSC Cruise
  3. Royal Caribbean
  4. Princess Cruise
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. Several expeditions were mounted to find the ship, but it wasn’t until 1985 that it was located. Where? Approximately 1,250 miles from New York.
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3. Everyone had to have a pair of these Nike sneakers, named after a legendary basketball player:

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  1. Balenciaga Speed Trainer
  2. Van Yacht Club
  3. Air Jordans
  4. Fila Disruptors
Air Jordan is a brand of shoes and clothing produced by Nike for former NBA legend, Michael Jordan. They’ve been must-haves since 1984.
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4. Which kid accomplice did E.T. ask to phone home?

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  1. Elliot
  2. Shirley Temple
  3. Oliver Twist
  4. Mr. Rogers
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film by Steven Spielberg. It's about an extra-terrestrial named E.T. and his new friend, a human boy named Elliott. If you haven't seen it, do so immediately.
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5. Fans mourned worldwide when this Beatle lost his life:

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  1. John Lennon
  2. Bon Jovi
  3. Stuart Sutcliffe
  4. Paul McCartney
John Lennon (1940 – 1980) was an English songwriter famous for being a member of the Beatles. On December 8th, 1980, Lennon was shot by a crazed fan outside of his Manhattan apartment.
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6. Calm down, “don’t have a cow!”:

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  1. I agree with you
  2. Don't wear that outfit
  3. Don't eat meat
  4. Don’t overreact
To tell someone not to “have a cow” is to tell them to keep their cool or not to get upset. It was an extremely popular saying in the 1980s, although you can still hear it today... if you're lucky!
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7. The world changed when Steve Jobs introduced this in 1984:

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  1. The computer mouse
  2. The Macintosh computer
  3. The notebook
  4. The rollerskates
Macintosh personal computers have been sold by Apple Inc. since January 1984. The first computers were sold for $1995, which is equivalent to $5900 today.
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8. She broke glass ceilings by being the first American woman to go into space:

  1. Yuri Gagarin
  2. Sally Ride
  3. Madonna
  4. Neil Armstrong
American astronaut, Sally Ride (1951 -2012), became the first American woman to go to space. She is also the youngest American to have traveled to space.
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9. Fueled by Pepsi’s success, Coca Cola launched a new, unsuccessful soda:

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  1. Mountain Dew
  2. New Coke
New Coke was the unofficial name for a reformulated Coca-Cola, which was introduced in 1985. By the beginning of the year, the company was losing shares in the soft drink industry. Unfortunately, it was not well received.
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10. “I feel the need, the need for speed” is a line from which 1986 Tom Cruise film?

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  1. Jurassic Park
  2. Black Panther
  3. Top Gun
  4. The Godfather
Top Gun is a 1986 action film starring Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Kelly McGillis. You'll remember it by one of its most memorable lines, “I feel the need, the need for speed!”
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11. You just weren't stylish if you didn't do THIS to your hair:

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  1. Dreadlocks
  2. Cornrows
  3. Beehive
  4. Crimp
Hair crimping is a style achieved by straightening the hair then applying a sawtooth or zigzag pattern with a special iron. The style was created in 1972 and peaked in popularity in the mid-1980s.
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12. Before these cute creatures were Gremlins, they were:

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  1. Vampires
  2. Mogwais
  3. Mermaids
  4. Dragons
In the movie Gremlins, a Mogwai is a small, strange creature that turns into a gremlin. What's a gremlin? A creature that becomes a destructive and evil monster when the rules of its care are not followed. Don't let it eat after midnight, or expose it to water or bright lights!
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13. Don't miss movie night! This sci-fi film was the highest-grossing film of 1980:

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  1. Parasite
  2. Toy Story 4
  3. Avengers Endgame
  4. The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back, also called Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, is the second film in the Star Wars series. Released in 1980, it grossed over $547 million worldwide!
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14. Cast your ballot! He was both a Hollywood actor and president of the United States! /
  1. Donald Trump
  2. Barack Obama
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. George Washington
On November 4th, 1980, Republican nominee Ronald Reagan defeated the democratic nominee, and sitting president, Jimmy Carter. He became the 40th US president!
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15. What are you jamming out to? This game-changer was invented by Sony in 1980:

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  1. The Wii
  2. Walkman
  3. The Playstation
  4. Xbox One
The Sony Walkman is a portable media player which was released in 1979. It allowed people to listen to music while on the go. By the mid-1980s, the entire world wanted one.
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16. Don't you dare buy a suit without these!

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  1. Go-go boots
  2. Platinum hair
  3. Mini skirts
  4. Shoulder pads
Shoulder pads are a type of fabric-covered padding used in clothing to create the illusion of broader shoulders. During the 1980s, the trend resurfaced.
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17. Hope your Sweet 16 didn't go like Samantha Baker's, in this 1980s blockbuster:

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  1. Legally Blond
  2. Maid in Manhatten
  3. Sixteen Candles
  4. Iron Man
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 comedy film directed by John Hughes. The movie is all about Samantha Baker, who is hopeful about her 16th birthday celebrations. Things don't go as planned, however, when everyone forgets her birthday.
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18. Were you "thrilled" to listen to Michael Jackson's 1982 hit album?

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  1. Bummer
  2. Oh Shucks!
  3. Thriller
  4. More Candy For Me
Thriller is the sixth studio album by American pop singer, Michael Jackson. It became the best-selling album of all time, selling 66 million copies worldwide.
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19. What's in your Christmas stocking? It's a:

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  1. Yo-yo
  2. Silly Putty
  3. Slinky
  4. LOL surprise
The slinky is a helical spring toy invented in the early 1940s. It wasn’t until the 1980s that it became a fad. The toy became popular for its ability to walk downstairs. What could be better than that?
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20. This life-changing event recently became a hit HBO series:

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  1. America’s independence
  2. The opening of Six Flags
  3. The invention of printing press
  4. Chernobyl
The Chernobyl disaster was a terrible nuclear accident that occurred on April 26th, 1986. It's the worst nuclear incident in history. On that day, the plant’s No.4 reactor exploded, sending radiation levels through the roof.
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21. Gasp! Madonna filed divorce from THIS actor in 1987:

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  1. Eric Clapton
  2. Prince
  3. Sean Penn
  4. David Bowie
Sean Penn met Madonna in February 1985. By her birthday in August, the two were married. Just over two years later, they were divorced. In 2018, he admitted that he was still in love with her.
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22. Bored? Try solving this magic puzzle, invented in 1974:

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  1. Tickle Me Elmo
  2. Rubik’s Cube
  3. Tamagotchi
  4. Bop It
A Rubik’s Cube is a 3-dimensional combination puzzle invented in 1974 by a sculptor named Ernö Rubik. It became extremely popular in the 1980s, selling millions worldwide.
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23. Recorded to help relieve the Ethiopian famine, this song featured Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, and Billy Joel:

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  1. "Umbrella"
  2. "Lose Yourself"
  3. "Paper Planes"
  4. "We Are The World"
“We Are the World” was a charity single recorded in 1985 to help with the African famine relief. The song was sung by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Tina Turner, to name a few.
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24. Chill out with a round of this popular college game:

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  1. Frisbee
  2. Fortnite
  3. Hacky sack
  4. Twister
Hacky sack is the name of a sport played by keeping a small, bean-filled ball off the ground for as long as possible.
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25. This cold-weather accessory became so popular people wore them in the summer!

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  1. Leg warmers
  2. Denim
  3. Corsets
  4. Mini skirts
Leg warmers are coverings for the lower part of the legs. They're similar to socks but are thicker, longer, and footless. Before the 80s they were worn to keep legs warm, but it quickly became an all-season fad.
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26. Millions of people worldwide watched these royals walk down the aisle:

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  1. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
  2. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
  3. Diana Fraser Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales
  4. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
The wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, took place on July 29th, 1981. The event was witnessed by over 750 million people -- on television, of course.
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27. Join Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as he uncovers the Ark of the Covenant in:

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  1. Montana
  2. Egypt
  3. New York
  4. California
In the 1981 film, Indiana Jones races to find the mysterious Ark of the Covenant, hidden in Egypt.
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28. Time to get fit? Consider following this celebrity’s workout videos!

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  1. Jane Fonda
  2. Beyoncé
  3. Rihanna
  4. Taylor Swift
Jane Fonda (1937 - ) is an award-winning American actress who, after a serious injury during a ballet class, began working out to help heal herself. Little did she know that it would start her second career, and a decade-long craze.
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29. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" In what year did the Berlin Wall fall?

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  1. 1953
  2. 1974
  3. 1989
  4. 2016
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but wasn't completely destroyed until 1991. When it came down, so too did the divide between East and West Germany.
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30. Time for Saturday morning cartoons! Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, were all:

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  1. Simpsons
  2. Rugrats
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  4. The Brady Bunch
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a cartoon series about four teenage, anthropomorphic turtles. They're all named after Italian Renaissance artists.
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31. Who did the World Wrestling Federation use as the face of the company in 1985?

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  1. Mickey Rourke
  2. Floyd Mayweather
  3. Muhammad Ali
  4. Hulk Hogan
Terry Gene Bollea (1953 - ), better known as Hulk Hogan, is a professional wrestler who became the face of professional wrestling when owner Vince McMahon was trying to push it into pop culture.
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32. This popular video game featured a hungry, yellow: /
  1. Pac-Man
  2. Lara Craft
  3. Luigi
  4. Kratos
Don't take your eyes off the screen! Pac-Man is a maze arcade game developed and released in 1980, with the original name Puck Man. The game's objective was to eat dots, while avoiding ghosts.
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33. In what northwestern state did Mount St. Helens erupt in 1980?

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  1. Washington
  2. Florida
  3. Texas
  4. New York
In 1980, Washington state's Mount St. Helens erupted several times. Approximately 57 people were killed as a direct result of the eruptions.
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34. This dreamy actor hit the big screen as Batman in 1989:

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  1. Michael Keaton
  2. Will Smith
  3. Scarlett Johansson
  4. Robert Pattinson
Today, superhero flicks are bigger than ever, but back in the 80s, they weren't such a safe bet! Batman (1989) is an American superhero film based on the DC comic book character of the same name. The title character was played by Michael Keaton.
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35. Don't forget to tell Santa Claus to buy this must-have!

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  1. Cabbage Patch Kids
  2. Harry Potter Knight Bus
  3. Peppa Pig Stage Playset
  4. Frozen 2 Elsa Doll
Cabbage Patch Kids is a line of soft sculptured dolls. They were released in 1978 as “The Little People". By 1985, the dolls were in high demand. Several parents found themselves fighting in toy stores to buy the popular toys during Christmas time.
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36. Don't drink and sail! 10 million gallons of oil spilled off the coast of this state in 1989:

  1. Nevada
  2. Kentucky
  3. Montana
  4. Alaska
The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred off the coast of Alaska in March 1989. Due to several factors, including a drunk captain, over 10 million gallons were spilled in the ocean.
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37. Gotta know your lyrics! "It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight..."

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  1. "Into the Groove" — Madonna
  2. "This Love" — Maroon 5
  3. "Eye of the Tiger" — Survivor
  4. "Modern Love" — David Bowie
“Eye of the Tiger” is a song by the American band, Survivor. The song became associated with the 1982 film Rocky III. It held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks after.
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38. Make one of these for your bestie to show your love:

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  1. Fedoras
  2. Friendship bracelets
  3. Toe charms
  4. Mood rings
A friendship bracelet is a decorative bracelet given by one person to another as a symbol of friendship. They are typically handmade and include macramé or embroidery.
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39. Which American space shuttle tragically disintegrated in 1986?

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  1. Vapormax
  2. Epic React
  3. Challenger
  4. Zoom Pegasus
The Challenger disaster was a fatal accident that occurred in January 1986. The space shuttle broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all members on board.
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40. Time for the disco? Put on these bright colors:

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  1. Neon colors
  2. Neutral colors
  3. Cool colors
  4. Warm colors
In the 1980s, neons -- bright colors that almost glow with intensity -- were a huge fashion trend. Everything from accessories to clothing to store signs were designed using the trend.
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41. Family vacation to Orlando! Which technology-themed Disney World park opened its doors in 1982?

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  1. Disney California Adventure
  2. Disneyland Paris
  3. Shanghai Disneyland
  4. EPCOT
EPCOT, an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, is a theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida. The park, which is dedicated to human achievement, technology, and culture, opened its gates in 1982.
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42. Reach for the moon! This track and field star won 4 gold medals in the 1984 Olympics!

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  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Carl Lewis
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo
  4. Roger Federer
Carl Lewis (1961 -) won nine Olympic gold medals and one silver medal in his career. In 1984, Lewis won 4 gold medals and set several world records.
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43. 1-up! In which of these video games did Mario first appear?

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  1. Donkey Kong
  2. FIFA
  3. Minecraft
  4. Pauley Pocket Princess
The video game series, Donkey Kong, followed the adventures of a gorilla. The character first appeared in 1981, alongside a character named Jumpman, who we now know as Mario.
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44. Before your music library was online, you might have used this digital disc:

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  1. CDs
  2. Audio tape
  3. Video tape
  4. Records
A compact disc is a digital disc capable of storing sound. Released in 1982 by Philips and Sony, these discs are still used today.
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45. Who you gonna call? Not this paranormal monster, who debuted in the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters:

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  1. Lord Voldemort
  2. Tywin Lannister
  3. Cruella de Vil
  4. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is a giant paranormal monster from the 1984 film Ghostbusters. He was the final enemy of the Ghostbusters, chosen by the evil entity, Gozer.
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46. In October 1987, approximately $500 billion was lost due to:

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  1. A stomach flu
  2. Disney World opening
  3. The New York Yankees lost the World Series
  4. A stock market crash
On “Black Monday”, October 19th, 1987, the stock market crashed, dropping exactly 508 points. estimates that over $500 billion was lost.
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47. Bored on a Sunday? Why not take a trip to the:

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  1. Library
  2. Farmers market
  3. Arcade
  4. Haunted house
Arcades grew in popularity during the 1980s. What could you play at an 80s arcade? Try Defender, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Junior, Xevious, or Centipede.
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48. This broadway hit was adapted from French to English when it came to the United States:

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  1. Aladdin
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Mary Poppins
  4. Les Misèrables
Les Misérables was first published in 1862, then later adapted into a Broadway play. In order to capture the attention of English speakers, it was translated from French to English.
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49. The devastating 1988 crash of Pan Am 103 occurred over which northern European country?

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  1. Nigeria
  2. United States
  3. Colombia
  4. Scotland
Scotland! Pan Am Flight 103 was a regularly scheduled transatlantic flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, via London and New York. On December 21st, 1988, the plane was destroyed by a bomb, killing everyone on board.
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50. Don't forget to hit "Save"! This computer program, still used today, was launched in 1983:

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  1. Spotify
  2. VCL
  3. Microsoft Word
  4. GooglePay
Microsoft Word, simply called "Word", was developed by Microsoft and released in October 1983. Then, of course, it was called "Multi-Tool Word". The program was able to delete, underline, and bold text.
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51. This archaeologist and adventurer dominated the big screen with three films in the 80s:

  1. Indiana Jones
  2. Jack Ryan
  3. Pee Wee Herman
  4. James Bond
The Indiana Jones franchise was created by George Lucas and directed by friend and fellow filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Harrison Ford, fresh off the success of Star Wars, soon added a second iconic role to his filmography.
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52. Glam rocker turned serious pop star, who is this British icon?

  1. David Bowie
  2. Mick Jagger
  3. Prince
  4. Brian Eno
David Bowie spent a few years trying to make a name for himself, eventually finding huge success with his Ziggy Stardust persona. The 80s saw the singer switch to more chart-friendly material such as his smash-hit, "Let's Dance".
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53. This 80s classic caused a huge upsurge in people taking up martial arts...

  1. John Wick
  2. The Kung Fu Bandit
  3. The Karate Kid
  4. Blade
Did you know that the bruise seen on Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio's chin was actually real? It was the result of a roundhouse kick that hit him during the Halloween night fight!
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54. One of the decade's most popular toys. Can you name them?

  1. Techno Warriors
  2. Biker Mice From Mars
  3. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
  4. Transformers
The origins of Transformers begin with the Diaclone toyline created by Takara Toys and launched in 1980. It was a line of toys that included transforming vehicles and robots. Nowadays, younger audiences know them more through Hollywood movies.
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55. Can you name this terrifying horror icon?

  1. Mike Myers
  2. Marge Simpson
  3. Jason Voorhees
  4. Freddy Krueger
Freddy Krueger of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" fame became a genuine pop culture sensation during this decade. The character eventually starred in 7 "Elm Street" movies, a spin-off feature, remake, and a TV show!
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56. This game is still as addictive as ever. Remember the title?

  1. Slam Dunk Funk
  2. Block Brick
  3. Tetris
  4. Tekken
There are whole documentaries written about the crazy history of Tetris, but it all began when software engineer Alexey Pajitnov finished a playable version on June 6, 1984, while working for the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union.
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57. This gloomy-looking group spent the decade producing New Wave, Goth, and Pop music. Can you name them?

  1. The Cure
  2. Backstreet Boys
  3. Michael Bolton
  4. Blink-182
Led by frontman Robert Smith, The Cure has spent 40 years producing off-kilter pop and epic rock songs for introspective fans everywhere. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
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58. The aggressive reaction to these protests shocked the world. Where did it happen?

  1. Paris, France
  2. Tiananmen Square, China
  3. Belfast, Ireland
  4. Kent State, Ohio
China's State Council declared martial law on May 20, 1989. The troops later advanced into central parts of Beijing, such as Tiananmen Square, in the early hours of June 4, killing many demonstrators and bystanders in the process.
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59. Can you name this South African cleric who won the Noble Peace Prize?

  1. Marie Curie
  2. John Owens
  3. Desmond Tutu
  4. Barack Obama
In 1984, Desmond Tutu was awarded this prestigious award for his role in opposing the apartheid in South Africa. He retired on October 7, 2010, his 79th birthday, after a lifetime of helping others.
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60. Which war ended with the withdrawal of Soviet troops on February 15, 1989?

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  1. The South African Border War
  2. Soviet–Afghan War
  3. American Civil War
  4. World War II
After nearly a decade of war, Mikhail Gorbachev realized the Soviet-Afghan conflict was costing too many Soviet troops and hurting the Soviet economy—he soon signed a peace treaty to end the war.
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