Dan The Man has featured 80s music all month during the music round. How about some 80s trivia?

  • The launch of the space shuttle Columbia in April 1981 signaled the return of manned space flight for the United States.
  • After weeks of protests by students, the Chinese military stormed Tiananmen Square on June 3, 1989 and killed as many as 3,000 in a bid to restore order.
  • Coca-Cola changed its formula and began selling New Coke on April 23, 1985.
  • Halley’s Comet made an appearance in 1986. The next time the comet will be visible by the naked eye from Earth is predicted to be July 2061.
  • The Rubik’s Cube debuted in the U.S in May 1980.
  • On Oct. 23, 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bork was the first and only Supreme Court nominee rejected by the Senate.
  • It was possible to buy a car for under $4,000 in 1986. That was the year the first Yugos were sold to the American public for $3,990. The last Yugo was built in November 2008, though new versions of the subcompact were not available in the U.S. after 1991.
  • On the other end of the automotive scale, The DeLorean DMC-12 went on sale in 1981 for $25,000. The DMC-12 featured gull-wing doors, a fiberglass underbody and a stainless steel body that gave it the car-of-the-future look. Unfortunately the future wasn’t so bright for the DeLorean. The company produced about 9,000 cars before filing bankruptcy in 1982. But that was hardly the end of the DeLorean. The car was almost as big a star as Michael J. Fox in the 1985 blockbuster “Back to the Future.”
  • Reggae legend Bob Marley died May 11, 1981 of skin cancer. He was 36.
  • The Simpsons cartoon first appeared on “The Tracy Ullman Show” on April 19, 1987.
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