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1980

Pac-Man 1980
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02
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1981

Princess Diana and Prince Charles sitting together in a carriage after their wedding.
Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles ride in a carriage after their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral July 29, 1981 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage / Getty Images)
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1982

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Michael Jackson accepts an award from CBS and The Guinness Book Of World Records celebrating 'Thriller' as the largest-selling album of all time (25 million) February 7, 1984 at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Natural History in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)
  • E.T. Movie Released
  • Falkland Islands Invaded by Argentina
  • King Henry VIII's Ship the Mary Rose Raised After 437 Years
  • Michael Jackson Releases Thriller
  • Reverend Sun Myung Moon Marries 2,075 Couples at Madison Square Garden
  • Vietnam War Memorial Opened in Washington, DC
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1983

Sally Ride
Smith Collection/Gado / Contributor
05
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1984

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Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, visiting Austria. Hotel Imperial in Vienna. (1983). (Photo by Nora Schuster/Imagno/Getty Images)
06
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1985

Mikhail Gorbachev
Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the end of an official visit to London. (April 7, 1989). (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
07
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1986

A picture of pieces flying after the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Hurtling out of the conflagration at 78 seconds are the Challenger's left wing, main engines (still burning residual propellant) and the forward fuselage (crew cabin). (Jan. 28, 1986). Picture courtesy of the NASA Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC).
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1987

Klaus Barbie on Trial
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  • DNA First Used to Convict Criminals
  • Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Butcher of Lyons, Sentenced to Life in Prison
  • New York Stock Exchange Suffers Huge Drop on "Black Monday"
  • West German Pilot Lands Unchallenged in Russia's Red Square
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1988

Pan Am Flight 103
Bryn Colton / Contributor
10
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1989

A picture of a West Berliner talking over the Berlin Wall to an East Berliner in 1962.
West Berliner at the foot of the wall talks to East Berliner, November 1962. (Photo: NATO Handout / Getty Images)

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