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This Was What The World Looked Like 30 Years Ago

It's been 30 years since the entire country was first introduced to Oprah and that Ferris Bueller took a day off.

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6. The Iran–Contra scandal...

Cliff Notes version: President Reagan was suspected of knowing/authorizing the illegal sale of firearms to Iran in exchange for the release of seven American hostages being held by Iranian terrorists in Lebanon.


11. Robert Palmer released his iconic "Addicted to Love" music video.

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21. The Oprah Winfrey Show made its national TV debut.

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It was a big year for Oprah, she had also been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Color Purple, and hosted SNL.

23. Dallas aired its infamous "it was all a dream" episode.

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The show had killed off the character of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) at the end of the previous season. After producers were successful in having Duffy return to the series, they had to erase an entire Season's worth of episodes by saying it had all been a dream and that he hadn't died.


29. And finally, Steve Jobs establishes Pixar after purchasing it from LucasFilm.

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The studio also releases its first theatrically released short film, Luxo Jr. It would also go on to be nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film.

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