Cool 80’s Stuff

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1984 was an incredibly fascinating year that had many events that we have never seen happen again.  Many grads were trying to understand exactly what the world had in store for us and we had no real idea how interesting 1984 really was.

Politics

  • We had three Prime Ministers governing our country. We started out the year with Pierre Elliot Trudeau (Lib), then John Turner (Lib) who took over from the retiring Trudeau. Turner was quickly defeated in September by Brian Mulroney (PC).
  • British Columbia we had Bill Bennett as our Premiere, representing the Social Credit party.
  • In the United States President Ronald Reagan was re-elected for his second term in office.

News

  • Apple computers launch MacIntosh to the world, changing the direction of the personal computer.
  • Cisco Systems was founded in California.
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways made its inaugural flight.
  • 1984 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, boycotted by Russia.
  • The United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China sign the agreement to return Hong Kong back to China in 1997.
  • Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.
  • The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.
  • Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in Space aboard Shuttle Challenger.

 

Movies

  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Ghostbusters
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomDesktop
  • Gremlins
  • The Karate Kid
  • Police Academy
  • Footloose
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Splash
  • Purple Rain

 

Music

# Artist Song Title
1 Prince When Doves Cry
2 Tina Turner What’s Love Got To Do With It
3 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson Say Say Say
4 Kenny Loggins Footloose
5 Phil Collins Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
6 Van Halen Jump
7 Lionel Richie Hello
8 Yes Owner Of A Lonely Heart
9 Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters
10 Culture Club Karma Chameleon
11 John Waite Missing You
12 Lionel Richie All Night Long (All Night)
13 Deniece Williams Let’s Hear It For The Boy
14 Bruce Springsteen Dancing In The Dark
15 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun
16 Duran Duran The Reflex
17 Cyndi Lauper Time After Time
18 Pointer Sisters Jump (For My Love)
19 Romantics Talking In Your Sleep
20 Laura Branigan Self Control
21 Prince and The Revolution Let’s Go Crazy
22 Daryl Hall and John Oates Say It Isn’t So
23 Thompson Twins Hold Me Now
24 Kool and The Gang Joanna
25 Stevie Wonder I Just Called To Say I Love You
26 Rockwell Somebody’s Watching Me
27 Matthew Wilder Break My Stride
28 Nena 99 Luftballons
29 Dan Hartman I Can Dream About You
30 Sheila E. The Glamorous Life
31 Steve Perry Oh Sherrie
32 Lionel Richie Stuck On You
33 Elton John I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
34 Cyndi Lauper She Bop
35 Madonna Borderline
36 Corey Hart Sunglasses At Night
37 Billy Idol Eyes Without A Face
38 Eurythmics Here Comes The Rain Again
39 Billy Joel Uptown Girl
40 Night Ranger Sister Christian