Video recorders – the first time we got to watch new movies in our homes, rather than at the cinemas
Video games like Space Invaders and Pac Man started appearing everywhere. Then video games arcades cropped up everywhere. In the late 80s we were able to play these games in our own homes with gaming machines such as Nintendo and Sega Master System/Mega Drive.
Sony Walkman – the 80s version of the IPOD.
First Liposuction and artificial heart transplants
Mobile phones – the first commercially available ones
The first Internet service providers appeared
Microwave ovens became more affordable.
Started to become available for anyone who could afford one.
Everyone just had to own one of these in the early 80s and I was no exception. Although by the time I had enough money to buy one the fad was starting to die.
Cabbage Patch Kids
These ugly dolls became the rage in the early 80s. You actually had to adopt them rather than just purchase them.
Simon Says game
I worked out how to beat this game every time. Just write down the colours as they are played and there you have your own sheet music.
This was so popular in the early 80s that for a period of about one year we had kids at my school doing breakdancing in the school hallways. Then one day they just stopped doing it.
Casio in particular brought out these highly addictive calculator games like Number Invaders and 8 Attack, which everyone was trying to sneak into Maths class to play instead of doing actual maths.
Once more advanced handheld games came along, these started to become less popular.
Big Hair and mullets
Those horrible hair styles that everyone is embarrassed about now.
Berlin Wall pulled down
Legalisation of homosexuality
Corporal punishment abolished in schools
Prince Charles married Lady Di
MTV was born