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30 Things From 30 Years Ago

One for the older readers of Buzzfeed (and to the younger readers: look at what you missed).

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1984 was the year that Prince Harry and Mark Zuckerberg were born. Also introduced to the world were Kelly Osborne, Scarlett Johansson and Katy Perry.

3.

The 1984 Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Great Britian earned the first (and never since matched) across-the-board perfect score for artistic impression in the free dance ice-dancing competition.

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The 1984 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, USA which is where Daley Thompson won Gold in the Decathlon and Sebastian Coe won Gold in the Men's 1500 metres. Also at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Zola Budd and Mary Decker collided during the Women's 3000 metre race.

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Now That's What I Call Music 3 and 4 were released in July and November respectfully. 'The Reflex' by Duran Duran appeared as the lead track on both albums.

8.

We found out that eleven was one louder when watching This Is Spinal Tap.

9.

Miyagi taught us all about self-defence in The Karate Kid by reminding us it's as easy as washing a car: 'wax on, wax off'.

11.

Courtney Cox took an early stab at fame by Dancing In The Dark on stage with Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen.

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Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo officially launched MAC Cosmetics from a single counter in a department store in Toronto.

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And another Mac was released: Steve Jobs presented the original Macintosh, the first mass-marketed personal computer, later renamed as the "Macintosh 128".

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Also in the world of computers, Michael Dell created the Dell Computer Corporation whilst studying at the University of Texas in Austin. His dorm-room was the headquarters and he sold IBM PC-compatible computers built from stock components.

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UK television viewers tuned into a brand new police drama called The Bill.

16.

We were reading classic books such as 'The Hunt For Red October', Stephen King's 'The Talisman', Iain Bank's 'The Wasp Factory' and 'So Long And Thanks For All The Fish', the fourth (!) book of the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy trilogy.

17.

The most coveted toy of the year was a Transformer; two toys for the price of one with these 'robots in disguise'!

18.

The Smiths released 'Hatful of Hollow', a compilation album which included tracks such as 'This Charming Man', 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' and 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want'.

19.

The FTSE 100 Index was created as a joint venture between the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchnage and ranked a share index of the 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

21.

The IRA claimed responsibility for a direct bomb attack on the British Government at the Conservative Party Conference at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, England in which two people were killed and many others seriously injured.

22.

Rick Allen, the drummer in rock band, Def Leppard, lost his arm (and almost his life) in a car accident near Sheffield, England on New Year's Eve. Just 20 months later, after learning to play a customised drum kit, Allen joined the band at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donnington.

23.

'Relax", the debut single from Frankie Goes To Hollywood was banned from airplay on BBC Radio and Top of the Pops however it still reached number one on the UK singles charts.

24.

Adults were watching new comedy-drama shows such as Ever Decreasing Circles, Fresh Fields and Duty Free...

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...whilst children were watching new programmes which included Thomas The Tank Engine, Trap Door and the utterly bonkers Wide Awake Club...

27.

The Royal Mint stopped making the British half-pence piece and it was demonetised after it became more expensive to make than its face value.

28.

After a gig in Newcastle, British pop group, Bucks Fizz, were in a near-fatal coach crash with singer Mike Nolan ending up in a coma for three days.

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Michael Buerk (and cameraman Mohammed Amin) reported direct from Ethiopia about the millions of staving people and in an era before the internet was in many homes, the report went 'viral', being transmitted on over 400 television stations worldwide.

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The reports from Ethiopia were watched by singer Bob Geldof. He cadjoled many of Britain and Ireland's top pop musicians to form Band Aid. They recorded the song "Do They Know It's Christmas" to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

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