Here Are 27 Things That Happened In Pop Culture 30 Years Ago
It was the year that gave us the original version of Saved by the Bell!
Rain Man was the BIGGEST movie of the year, while Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming to America were the second and third (respectively).
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JFK Jr. was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”
Lisa Bonet appeared on Rolling Stone’s “The Hot Issue.”
The Wonder Years, Murphy Brown, and Roseanne all made their series debut.
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While the precursor to Saved by the Bell, which was called Good Morning Miss Bliss, debuted on the Disney Channel.
NBC dominated TV with A Different World, The Golden Girls, and Cheers — which were among the top five shows.
N.W.A released their seminal debut album, Straight Outta Compton.
While Sonic Youth released their critically-acclaimed album, Daydream Nation.
The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Supremes were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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…and also its own magazine, Nintendo Power.
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It was also the biggest selling toy that year.
Garfield and Friends made its debut (making Saturday mornings even better).
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Tom Clancy had the best-selling book of the year with his sequel to The Hunt for Red October: Cardinal of the Kremlin.
Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Senator Lloyd Bentsen, delivered one of the greatest political insults of all time when he told his opponent, Dan Quayle, “…Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy,” during the vice-presidential debate.
Anna Wintour took over as editor-in-chief of Vogue. The November issue was the first one released with her as editor.
Naomi Campbell became the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue Paris.
CDs outsold vinyl albums for the first time.
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Nike launched its “Just Do It” ad campaign.
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Cher won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Moonstruck.
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Debbie Gibson (who was then 17 years old) became the youngest female artist to write, produce, and perform a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, with her song “Foolish Beat.”
George Michael’s “Faith,” INXS’ “Need You Tonight,” and George Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set on You” were among the biggest songs of the year…
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…and so was Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional.”
And finally, George H. W. Bush was elected the 41st President of the United States.
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