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The Crazy Eighties - Before the Internet and Smartphones

RT Cunningham | July 29, 2020 (UTC) | Culture

The EightiesI just wrote about why the eighties was my favorite decade in history. Although a lot has changed since then, nothing can change history. That is, unless you allow revisionist history to replace it.

The internet didn’t become available to the average person until sometime in the mid-1990s. The first smartphones (if you want to call them that) preceded the Apple iPhones in the late 1990s. Regardless, most people didn’t use either until after the beginning of the new millennia.

National Events

At this risk of repeating myself in this section and the rest, I’ll tell you what I remember (aided by Wikipedia, of course).

A lot more national events occurred than I care to remember. One event, the ousting of Philippines President Marcos in 1986, was probably not as important to Americans as it was to Filipinos worldwide, even though the American government was involved.

Other Notable Events

These are some events I remember. There were obviously more.

Again, a lot more events occurred than I care to remember.

Edited and updated. Originally published on one of my other websites in May 2020.

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