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What Happened When You Were Born? 20’s and 30’s

We’ve all experienced that familiar feeling of shock when the 10, 20 and 30 year anniversaries of our favourite pop culture phenomenons hit the media. We’d like to induce some more shock on this particulaly average Wednesday with a collection of things that happened when you were born.

Whether you’re living it up in your 20’s and can’t remember the last time you encountered a Nintendo or truly sat down to watch an episode of The Simpsons, or you’ve reached your 30’s and keep reminiscing about Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’ and Trivial Pursuit, here are all the major moments that have occured in your lifetime.

If You’re In Your 30’s…

1975 – 1985


  • The Vietnam War ends as Communist forces take Saigon and South Vietnam surrenders unconditionally.
  • Sony introduces Betamax videotapes and Matsushita/JVC introduces VHS.
  • One of the first blockbuster films, Jaws, is released.
  • Apple II computers go on sale.
  • World Trader Center in New York is complete.
  • Star Wars opens in cinemas.
  • Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols is released.
  • Elvis Presley dies at age 42 from a heart attack.
  • First Garfield comin strip debuts in U.S. newspapers.
  • World’s population reaches 4.4 billion.
  • Michael Jackson releases his breakthrough album ‘Off The Wall’.
  • Sid Viscious died from a heroin overdose.
  • Trivial Pursuit is launched.
  • Start of Iran–Iraq war.
  • John Lennon is shot to death outside his New York apartment.
  • Muhammad Ali retires with career record of 55 wins and 5 defeats.
  • Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales.
  • The first American test-tube baby is born.
  • MTV launches.
  • Smileys (or emoticons) were first suggested 🙂
  • Michael Jackson releases ‘Thriller’
  • Grace Kelly dies in a car crash.
  • Seatbelt use becomes mandatory in the UK.
  • Final episode of M*A*S*H airs.
  • Cabbage Patch dolls are first sold.
  • Aids Virus identified.
  • The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.
  • Sony and Philips introduce the first commercial CD Players.

Popular Films & TV

  • Jaws
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Grease
  • Happy Days
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Alien
  • The Muppet Movie
  • M*A*S*H
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • E.T.
  • Magnum, P.I.
  • Ghostbusters
  • Beverly Hills Cop

Popular Music

  • Aerosmith
  • Black Sabbath
  • David Bowie with ‘Fame’
  • Kiss
  • Ledd Zeppelin
  • Diana Ross
  • ABBA
  • Queen
  • Rod Stewart
  • Stevie Wonder
  • The Bee Gees
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Rolling Stones
  • Pink Floyd
  • Blondie with ‘Call Me’
  • Alice Cooper
  • KC and The Sunshine Band
  • John Lennon
  • Dolly Parton with ‘9 to 5’
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Lionel Richie
  • Phil Collins
  • The Police
  • Wham!

If You’re In Your 20’s…

1985 – 1995


  • The first mobile phone call is made in the UK by Ernie Wise.
  • U.S. President Reagan and Soviet Leader Gorbachev meet for the first time in Switzerland.
  • Live Aid concerts rise over $50M for famine relief in Ethiopia.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System is released in the U.S.
  • Michael Jordan is named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.
  • Halley’s Comet reaches the closest point to the Earth.
  • Pan Am Flight 73 is hijacked.
  • Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
  • Smoking is banned on all public transport.
  • Richard Branson breaks the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic on the 72 ft powerboat Virgin Challenger II.
  • The world’s population reaches 5 billion.
  • Margaret Thatcher is elected as UK Prime Minister for the third time.
  • The Simpsons premieres.
  • Australia celebrates its bicentennial.
  • Crack (derivative of Cocaine) grows in use in US cities.
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • Toyota launches the Lexus.
  • Nintendo’s Game Boy is launched.
  • Bill Clinton becomes U.S. President.
  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana separate.
  • Harley Davidson Motorcyles turn 90 years old.
  • OJ Simpson is found innocent.

Popular Films & TV 

  • Back To the Future
  • Top Gun
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Rain Man
  • Batman
  • Seinfeld
  • Beavis and Butthead
  • South Park
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Wayne’s World

Popular Music

  • Duran Duran
  • Billy Joel
  • Michael Jackson with ‘BAD’
  • Enya
  • Robert Palmer
  • Kylie Minogue
  • U2
  • Madonna
  • Prince
  • The Bangles
  • Cher
  • C+C Music Factory
  • Vanilla Ice
  • Pearl Jam
  • Nirvana
  • The Cure
  • Boyz II Men




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