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    Here's What The World Was Like In 1989

    The year of Taylor Swift.

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    Madonna stirred up Madonna-level controversy with the release of the "Like a Prayer" music video.

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    Nintendo released the original Game Boy, to the annoyance of parents everywhere.

    The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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    Sequels were a REALLY BIG DEAL.

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    The B-52's took us to the "Love Shack."

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    Fact: There is no Chrysler that can contain 20 people.

    Batman and the Joker duked it out on screen for the first time in 20 years.

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    And Prince wrote the Batman soundtrack, spawning hits like "Batdance" and "Partyman."

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    America got to know an animated family by the name of The Simpsons.

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    And Seinfeld began its nine-season run on NBC.

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    A pretty good run for a "show about nothing."

    Robin Williams starred in Dead Poets Society.

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    Comedian Lucille Ball passed away.

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    As did Salvador Dali and Daphne Du Maurier.

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    Paula Abdul's debut album danced its way to No. 1, over a year after its initial release.

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    Making HER an American Idol.

    Energizer introduced us to a tweaked-out bunny.

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    Mike Meyers and Ben Stiller were new recruits on Saturday Night Live.


    The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan's acclaimed novel about Asian-American women, was first published.

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    Nirvana inspired many an angsty teen with their debut album.

    Saved By The Bell gave us these fantastic examples of late '80s fashion.

    Naomi Campbell was the first woman of color to appear on the September issue of Vogue.

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    "Who WOULDN'T want a sequined pantsuit?" —Anna Wintour, 1989

    McDonald's tried its hand at fast food pizza.

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    Drive-thru windows literally had to be widened.

    Beyoncé rocked braids.

    Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson met at a law firm in Chicago.

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    Spoiler: They get married and end up in the White House.

    The Little Mermaid ushered in a new generation of princesses.

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    Including this one.

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    OOPS: Paula Abdul's Forever Your Girl was her debut album. An earlier version of this post stated that it was her second album. Our bad.

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