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The 1980s is the ninth decade of the 20th century. In the United States, it was dominated by popular culture, especially in the realm of music. In Europe, it was dominated by political turmoil, culminating in the decline and fall of Communism in the eastern half of the continent. Among notable world leaders were President Ronald Reagan of the United States and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom.

Years and Events[]

  • 1980
    • The U.S. boycotts the Olympics Games in Moscow.[1]
    • CNN begins broadcasting.[2]
    • Poland's Solidarity Trade Union is founded, challenging Communist rule.[3]
    • The world is declared free from smallpox.[4]
    • Mauritania is the last to ban slavery.[5]
  • 1981
    • Polyester, the first movie in Odorama, is released.[6]
    • The U.S. first recognizes AIDS.[7]
    • The FDA approves aspartame.[8]
    • Cats opens in London.[9]
    • President Ronald Reagan cuts income taxes by 25%.[10]
    • Ozzy Osborne releases Diary of a Madman album.[11]
    • Bob Marley dies.[12]
  • 1982
    • E.T. phones home[13], and flying bicycles appear in the movie E.T.[14]
    • Epcot Center opens in Orlando, Florida.[15]
  • 1983
    • Mrs. Dash is introduced.[16][17]
    • The first laptop computer is introduced.[18]
    • Nancy Reagan introduces "Just Say No."[19]
    • Orville Redenbacher creates microwave popcorn.[20]
  • 1984
    • Ghostbusters is released.[21]
    • The first minivans are sold.[22]
    • The movie Breakin' debuts.[23]
    • The compact disc is introduced in the U.S.[24]
  • 1985
    • The Home Shopping Club premiers nationally.[25]
    • The wreckage of the Titanic is located.[26]
    • The first Carmen Sandiego software debuts.[27]
    • Nike introduces "Air Jordans."[28]
    • Michael Jackson buys the publishing rights to 250 Beatles songs.[29]
    • Snoopy becomes the MetLife spokesdog.[30]
  • 1986
    • Chernobyl nuclear disaster[31]
    • Robots on auto assembly lines malfunction.[32]
    • The Statue of Liberty turns 100.[33][34]
    • Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines, and his political opponents see his wife's immense number of shoes as evidence of his corruption.[35]
    • Genetically engineered corn is first patented.[36]
    • The Beastie Boys release the song "Fight for Your Right to Party."[37]
  • 1987
    • The industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails forms.[38]
    • Gold miners pollute the Amazon River with mercury.[39]
    • The 50th anniversary of Spam canned meat[40]
  • 1988
    • A US patent is issued on a genetically modified mouse.[41]
    • Spike Lee's movie School Daze is released.[42]
  • 1989
    • The Velvet Revolution[43]
    • Fall of the Berlin Wall[44][45]
    • Reebok introduces the first "pump" sneaker.[46]
    • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is ratified.[47]

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?[]

In Episode 29, Sir Vile taunts the Time Pilots by talking about robots malfunctioning in auto assembly lines and mass unemployment. His clues lead the Time Pilots to the 1980s, specifically 1986.

In Episode 34, Baron Wasteland is seen complaining about minivans, the first of which were sold in the first half of the 1980s, specifically 1984.

In Episode 57, Baron Wasteland tells Carmen that he is in Brazil, where miners are using mercury to dig for gold, but the mercury is polluting the nearby Amazon River. His clues lead the Time Pilots to the 1980s, specifically 1987.

In Season 2, Episode 5, Kevin and the Time Pilots get clues from their future selves about the Windover Archaeological Site, which was excavated in Florida in the 1980s.

In Season 2, Episode 6, the Engine Crew sings a song about Spike Lee's movie School Daze and its use of step-dancing. Their clues lead the Time Pilots to the 1980s, specifically 1988.

References[]

  1. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 44"
  2. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 59"
  3. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 11"
  4. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 12"
  5. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 32"
  6. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 24"
  7. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 28"
  8. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 38"
  9. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 47"
  10. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 48"
  11. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 48"
  12. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 49"
  13. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 41"
  14. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 62"
  15. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 9"
  16. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 13"
  17. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 65"
  18. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 39"
  19. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 1"
  20. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 42"
  21. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 2"
  22. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 34"
  23. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 6"
  24. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 44"
  25. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 1"
  26. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 8"
  27. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 39"
  28. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 64"
  29. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 2"
  30. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 24"
  31. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 7"
  32. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 29"
  33. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 35"
  34. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 40"
  35. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 56"
  36. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 42"
  37. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 43"
  38. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 29"
  39. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 57"
  40. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 4"
  41. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 2"
  42. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 6"
  43. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 27"
  44. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 27"
  45. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 60"
  46. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 56"
  47. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 43"
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