Did this event occur in the 1970s or 1980s?

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Isadora Teich

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Mount St. Helens erupted during which decade?

The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state is the most devastating in U.S. history. About 60 people were killed and the destruction was vast. About 185 miles of highway were destroyed.

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During which decade did the first American woman go to space?

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to go to space. She was a physicist and astronaut.

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When was the channel MTV launched?

MTV was launched in 1981. It changed pop culture and made music videos a must have for music artists.

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The Beatles broke up during which decade?

The Beatles released their final album on May 8, 1970. "Let It Be" was released after Paul McCartney had already announced their breakup.

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When were the first mobile phones introduced in the U.S.?

Motorola sold the first mobile phones in the United States in 1983. It was a bulky phone called the Motorola DynaTAC.

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During which decade did "The Simpsons" premiere?

"The Simpsons" premiered on Fox on December 17, 1989 (although it got its start as a series of animated shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show" a few years before that). It is one of the longest running shows in TV history.

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During which decade did President Nixon resign?

Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate scandal. It all began in 1972 when a break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters at the Watergate complex was traced back to Nixon.

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When was the Berlin Wall torn down?

The Berlin Wall separated East and West Berlin and was a symbol of the Cold War for 30 years. It stood until November 9, 1989.

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When was John Lennon assassinated?

John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. The man shot him while he was in the archway of his New York City residence.

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During which decade did Bruce Lee die?

Bruce Lee died in 1973 at age 32, days before the release of his film "Enter The Dragon." His untimely death made him a legend and martial arts a part of pop culture.

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During which decade did the iconic film "The Exorcist" come out?

"The Exorcist" hit theaters in December 1973. It was one of the most popular films of all time and the first horror film to win an Oscar.

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When was the Nintendo Game Boy released?

The Nintendo Game Boy was released in 1989. This portable handheld game system became incredibly popular.

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The Titanic shipwreck was discovered during which decade?

In 1985, the shipwreck of the famous Titanic disaster was discovered. It lays in a few pieces about 12,500 feet down off the coast of Newfoundland.

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During which decade did the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explode?

The Chernobyl disaster is one of the most famous nuclear disasters of all time. It is one of the only events of this kind considered a Level 7, which is the highest classification level. It changed the people and environment of the area in the former USSR permanently.

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During which decade did "SNL" premier?

"Saturday Night Live" premiered in 1975 with George Carlin as its first host. Still on television, it is one of the longest-running shows in TV history.

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During which decade did serial killer Ted Bundy stand trial?

Ted Bundy stood trial for two of his numerous murders in 1979. He received three death sentences and confessed to 30 murders, but experts believe he may have killed more people than that.

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When did Elvis Presley die?

Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977. His death shocked the nation and helped to cement his legacy as the king of rock 'n' roll.

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When did Lady Diana Spencer and Charles the Prince of Wales marry?

The pair married in 1981. Princess Diana became an international icon and fashion darling.

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When did the first CD players begin to be sold?

The first CD players were sold in 1982. They were sold in Japan.

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During which decade did the Kent State Massacre occur?

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Ohio's Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine were wounded.

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When was the film "The Godfather" released?

The iconic film "The Godfather" nabbed several Oscars in 1973, including Best Picture. To this day, this film is considered one of the best films ever made.

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When did the Challenger space shuttle disaster take place?

In 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight. All of the people on board died.

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During which decade was the first version of Microsoft Windows released?

Windows 1.0 was released in 1985 and did not look much like the Windows programs of today.

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During which decade did Hank Aaron break Babe Ruth's career home run record?

In 1974, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career home run record. He hit home run No. 715 at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium in April of that year.

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When was the Fox television network founded?

Fox TV was founded in 1986. It was founded by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

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When did Disney World open?

The first people visited Disney World in October 1971. Initially, admission was $3.50. Now it's over $100 for anyone older than 5.

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During which decade did Seven Spielberg have his first hit movie?

"Jaws" came out in 1975 and changed pop culture forever. It was Spielberg's first hit and one of the biggest and highest-grossing movies ever.

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When did the first African-American model appear on the cover of Vogue?

In August 1974 Beverly Johnson broke barriers as the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Vogue. This was a U.S. first.

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When did the Tiananmen Square protests occur in China?

In 1989, China's communist government suppressed Tiananmen Square protests by force. They killed at least several hundred protestors, and some estimate thousands during this ultimately unsuccessful democratic uprising.

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During which decade was Mad Cow disease identified for the first time?

Mad Cow disease was identified by scientists for the first time in 1986. It was discovered in Britain.

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During which decade was in vitro fertilization successful for the first time?

The first test tube baby was born on July 25, 1978. Dr. Robert Edwards pioneered the process and won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for it.

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When did the Sears Tower open up in Chicago?

The Sears Tower opened in Chicago in 1973. It was the tallest building in the world at the time and is now the second-tallest building in the U.S.

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When did Pope John Paul II become pope?

The Poland-born Karol Jozef Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II in 1978. He was the first non-Italian pope in over 400 years.

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During which decade did Margaret Thatcher become the prime minister of Great Britain?

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister in 1979. She served three terms, making her the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century.

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When did construction finish on the Twin Towers in New York City?

The Twin Towers were completed in 1973. They were an iconic part of the New York City skyline for decades.

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