The Legacy of the '80s

To those who were a child or teen in the 1980s, the decade was a kaleidoscope of big hair, legwarmers, and movies that seemed to always credit Steven Spielberg somewhere. To those who were older, it was a decade of significant (and sometimes worrying) socio-political events: the fall of the Berlin Wall, war in the Persian Gulf, and the complex interplay between Reagan, Thatcher and Gorbachev.

It was during this decade the world lost John Lennon and Bob Marley, gained the Game Boy, and struggled with the Rubik's Cube. Entertainment saw a massive boom in the '80s too—750 million people watched Prince Charles marry Princess Diana; Michael Jackson released the best-selling album of all time, "Thriller"; and Bob Geldof's Live Aid event reached a global audience of 1.9 billion. A number that likely mirrors the estimated number of scrunchies owned by the average teenage girl in the '80s.

Written by Curiosity Staff July 16, 2014

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