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This What The World Looked Like In 1987

The year that gave us both The Simpsons and Red Bull.

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1. Three Men and a Baby was the BIGGEST movie of the year, while Fatal Attraction and Beverly Hills Cop II were the second and third (respectively).

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Paramount

2. And the big teen movies were Can't Buy Me Love, The Lost Boys, and Some Kind of Wonderful.

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Paramount Pictures

3. Speaking of teens, the BIG teen heartthrobs were Michael J. Fox, Kirk Cameron, River Phoenix, and Bruce Willis (I know, I know).

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Teen Beat

4. Harry Hamlin was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

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5. Cher gave her Oscar-winning performance as Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck.

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6. Cheers, The Golden Girls, and Growing Pains were among the top 10 most-watched TV shows.

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ABC

7. A Different World and Married... With Children both made their series debuts...

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Fox

8. ...as did Full House.

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9. The very first Disney Happy Meal tie-in was released...

10. ...as well as the iconic Muppet Babies Happy Meal toys.

11. The Simpsons first made its debut as series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.

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12. U2 released their seminal album The Joshua Tree, while Guns N' Roses released their career-making debut album, Appetite for Destruction.

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Geffen

13. Michael Jackson released his highly anticipated Thriller follow-up, Bad.

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14. The Bangles had the biggest song of the year with "Walk Like an Egyptian."

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15. Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," and Heart's "Alone" were among the biggest songs of the year.

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Sony
Capitol

16. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, became the very first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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17. Madonna suffered a box office disappointment with her film Who's That Girl.

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18. Jem dolls, Micro Machines, and Pogo Balls were popular toys.

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19. Nintendo released Mike Tyson's Punch-Out.

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Nintendo

20. Spuds MacKenzie debuted as the spokesdog/mascot for Bud Light.

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21. Red Bull made its debut in Austria.

22. Baby Jessica was rescued after being trapped in a well for two and a half days.

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23. Cell phones looked like bricks and cost about 50 cents a minute to use — not including the $100–150 monthly service fee.

24. President Ronald Reagan gave his famous "Tear down this wall!" speech in West Berlin.

25. Popular televangelist Jim Bakker was forced to step down after it was revealed that he had used $265,000 in church funds to pay off Jessica Hahn following a sexual encounter.

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26. Stephen King's The Tommy-Knockers, Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities, and Tom Clancy's Patriot Games topped the New York Times best-seller list.

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Putman

27. Dirty Dancing was released and became an unexpected hit.

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28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made its TV debut...

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29. ...along with DuckTales — forever cementing the ’80s with great cartoon theme songs.

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