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8 Memorable Images from the 1980s

David K. Israel
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In case you missed the first two installments in this mini-series, here’s the ‘60s post and yesterday’s ‘70s post. Today, of course, we move on to the ‘80s. This is the decade I came of age, as many of you reading this blog did. Hence all our ‘80s-themed quizzes! Some of this will be referenced in the images below, but for me, personally, the big moments were the day MTV first launched that rocket during the summer of ‘81, the President Reagan assassination attempt a little earlier during the spring of ‘81, my Philadelphia Phillies finally winning the World Series in 1980 (I happened to be at the game with my father, which made it all the more amazing!) and, finally, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, and watching the aftermath on TV in gym class in high school that sad day in January. Fashion-wise, the ‘80s, for me, were a disaster. Parachute pants, sports jackets with shoulder pads and mullets—three things I’m very guilty of! What about you all? What are your fondest or least fond memories of the decade that brought us the following 8 images?

1. March, 1981

On Monday, March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, who escaped with nothing more than a punctured lung.

2. April, 1981

3. August, 1981

4. November, 1982

5. January, 1984

6. January, 1986

7. December, 1988

8. February, 1989

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