Fun Facts

Fun Facts – 1980 to 1984



In January 1980, Gold reached a record high of $850 per ounce. (£661.04 today!)


  • PacMan arcade was created.
  • Post It Notes were released.
  • The Blues Brothers, The Shining, and the Empire Strikes Back were huge hits this year.


  • In 1981, petrol was £1.60 per gallon, a postage stamp cost 14p
  • MTV launched in August of 1981.
  • Lady Diana and Prince Charles married.
  • The wreck of the Titanic is found.mtv
  • The world population was over 5.3 billion.


  • In 1982, Michael Jackson released his album, Thriller.
  • Emoticons were first thought of by a computer scientist so that he could add emotion to an email.
  • Liposuction is first introduced.jed
  • Japan sold the first ever CD player.


Return of the Jedi was 1983’s top grossing film and the book was the top selling novel that year too.
  • The computer mouse was invented in this year.
  • Sally Ride was the first woman in space.
  • Microsoft word was first released.
  • Tony Montana coined, “Say hello to my little friend,” in Scarface.
  • The McNugget was born.chicken mc nugs



  • DNA testing was developed by Alec Jeffreys.
  • The Boston Beer Company was founded in this year.
  • John Hughes first film, Sixteen Candles, debuted.

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