From Madonna to Saddam Hussein to the Iran-Contra Affair to “Family Ties," the 1980s were a wild and crazy time in America and the world at large. The Internet was still to come, leaving TV and newspapers as a primary source of information. And absolutely no one had ever heard of Bluetooth. Do you think you have, like, the gnarly skills to beat our ‘80s quiz?
On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifted into the skies over America ... and then exploded into countless pieces, all on live television. The cataclysm scarred schoolchildren watching in classrooms across the country and marked a major turning point in the ‘80s — but it was just one of many impactful events. Can you name any of the other sad or euphoric events of the decade?
A crazed gunman tried to kill an American president in 1981 … and failed. But on the other side of the planet, Indira Ghandi was murdered by her own bodyguards, and her assassination had huge political ramifications all over the region. Can you name other weighty political events of the ‘80s?
The ‘80s are often noted for their crazy fads. From the Rubik’s Cube to Swatch Watches, and hair metal to the emergence of industrial rock and grunge, no one could escape '80s culture. Bright-colored clothing and big hair dominated all over America. Let’s find out if you know all of the big ‘80s trends.
Grab your hair spray and parachute pants and dive into our fun ‘80s quiz. We’ll find out if you’re totally radical, or if you’re just a dweeb who needs to get real!
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