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Turn your world upside down with these mind-blowing facts about 1985

Nowadays, most people choose to de-stress after a hard day’s work by binge-watching their favorite shows. Whether it’d be their go-to K-drama or their favorite animated series, watching these shows relieves them of their day-to-day stressors and transports them into a world unlike any other. And this July, Netflix subscribers can’t get enough of Stranger Things season 3!

Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, and Caleb McLaughlin in Stranger Things 3. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

Viewers are having a field day dissecting every detail of the show, from plot points to fashion to monsters. What’s so fascinating about the show’s universe is its ability to make nostalgic memories appealing to younger generations. Set in 1985, Stranger Things 3 is loaded with the year’s iconic references. If you’re wondering about the biggest movers and shakers during that time in Manila and the rest of the world, read on. Saved you an internet search!

  1. The Manila Memorial Park, where former president Cory Aquino and her husband senator Benigno Aquino are buried, was the first to offer modern cremation services in the country in 1985.

  2. American inventor Carmela Vitale’s patent (#4,498,586) was approved on February 12. Her awesomesauce invention called the “pizza saver,” a white round plastic thing that sits at the center of every box of pizza, prevented the box cover from ruining those precious slices.

  3. In Executive Order No. 1010 signed on February 25, former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos tried to change the country’s flag color from navy blue to pale sky blue, following the available fabric during that time. The change was quickly rejected after the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

  4. April 23 was “a day that will live in marketing infamy,” according to the Coca-Cola Company’s official website. The soft drink giant introduced the “new Coke” as an effort to reinvigorate the market. Sadly it fizzled out after three months on the shelves.

  5. Exceeding expectations as a relatively new player drafted into the NBA, Chicago Bulls star player Michael Jordan proved he is one of the most valuable bball players of all time. On April 30, he received the Rookie of the Year award after setting single-season records of 2,313 points, 630 free throws, and 196 steals.

  6. On July 13 Queen performed at Live Aid in front of 70,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London. An estimated 1.9 billion viewers also tuned in during the telecast. EEEEEOOOO!

  7. On August 10, Michael Jackson bought ATV Music, which owned the rights to a 4,000-song catalog including the Beatles catalog, for $47.5 million.

  8. 73 years after the RMS Titanic sank, its wreck was found 370 miles from Newfoundland, North Atlantic Ocean, on September 1. The expedition was a grand cover story to keep the real reason—looking for two sunken American nuclear subs—a top secret.

  9. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs resigned on September 16 after getting booted out by his company’s board for being too volatile to work with. He rejoined Apple on September 16, 1997, playfully reinstated as the iCEO.

  10. A-Ha’s “Take on Me” single was Billboard’s number one song from October 19 to 25. Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard and his band Calpurina are featured performing the 2019 remake of the song by Weezer.

  11. The Calvin and Hobbes comic strip debuted on 250 newspapers in the US on November 18. Writer and illustrator Bill Waterson was against commercializing on its success. He never sold the rights to merchandise and refused to strike a movie deal even when Steven Spielberg and George Lucas came asking.

  12. Who are some famous people born in 1985? Heart Evangelista (February 14), Anne Curtis (February 17), KC Concepcion (April 7), Angel Locsin (April 23), and Bruno Mars (October 8). Happy Birthday!

  13. On November 20, Microsoft released Windows 1.0. This very first version was panned for running too slow, especially when multiple applications run at the same time.

  14. The 500-peso bill with then president Marcos’s face was scheduled to be released in 1985. The printed bills never circulated “in deference to the law against electioneering, as Marcos, was the incumbent candidate running against Corazon Aquino,” said artist Romeo MananQuil.

  15. The days of 2019 = 1985. Check it. What day is it today? And in 1985? *mind blown*


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