1.Top Gun was the BIGGEST movie of the year, while Aliens and Crocodile Dundee were among the top 10 movies of the year.
Plus, for better or worse, thanks to Top Gun, the quote "I feel the need, the need for speed" entered our lexicon.
2.While the big teen movies were Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
3.David Bowie portrayed Jareth the Goblin King in the cult-classic Labyrinth.
4.Mark Harmon was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive."
5.A 20-year-old Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever after knocking out Trevor Berbick.
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.
7....and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster were two of the biggest news stories of the year.
8.Hands Across America happened as a nationwide benefit to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness.
9.Stephen King's It and Robert Ludlum's The Bourne SupremacytoppedThe New York Times Best Sellers List.
10.Frank Miller reinvigorated Batman with The Dark Knight Returns series, while the first four issues of the revolutionary Watchmen comics were published.
11.Robert Palmer released his iconic "Addicted to Love" music video.
12.The Bangles started a minor dance craze with their song and video for "Walk Like an Egyptian."
13.It was also a big year for pop divas as Madonna and Janet Jackson each dropped their third album.