It was the era of Reagan and Thatcher, of Cabbage Patch Kids and Care Bears, of Britpop and New Wave music. We're talking, of course, about the 1980s. Many people look back on this decade as light-hearted (and neon-colored) fun, fun, fun ... but, of course, it wasn't all fun and games. Fears of nuclear war hung over the entire world, as the United States and the Soviet Union both stockpiled weapons, in pursuit of a "winnable" nuclear war. In Russia, the dream of domestic nuclear energy turned sour with the Chernobyl reactor meltdown. And, in 1981, a new infectious disease reared its terrifying head: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS for short.
Yikes! Did the 80s have *anything* going for them? Of course they did. After a short recession, the American economy boomed under the direction of President Ronald Reagan. This decade also gave us some of our brightest-shining sports stars, like Bo Jackson, Joe Montana, and Jerry Rice. Then there were the unforgettable television shows, as "jiggle sitcoms" gave way to serious-minded dramas like L.A. Law and Hill Street Blues.
Whether you're old enough to have lived through the 1980s, or you're in love with their retro culture, we've got a quiz for you on all things Reagan-era. Pour yourself a New Coke and try it now!