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 ======= Dirty Laundry : An Alternate 1980s ====== ======= Dirty Laundry : An Alternate 1980s ======
  
-A popcultural [[late 20th century]] timeline, written by [[offtopic:​Andrew T]]. You can find it [[http://​www.alternatehistory.com/​discussion/showthread.php?​p=5655920|here]].+A popcultural [[late 20th century]] timeline, written by [[offtopic:​Andrew T]]. You can find it [[https://​www.alternatehistory.com/​forum/threads/​1/​post-5655920|here]].
  
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 October: The Baltimore Orioles win the World Series. October: The Baltimore Orioles win the World Series.
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 December: //E.T.// for the Atari 2600 is well received and becomes the best-selling game of all time. Atari decides to rework their computers in development to create a machine to compete with the Commodore 64. "​Gloria"​ by Laura Branigan tops the Billboard Hot 100.  December: //E.T.// for the Atari 2600 is well received and becomes the best-selling game of all time. Atari decides to rework their computers in development to create a machine to compete with the Commodore 64. "​Gloria"​ by Laura Branigan tops the Billboard Hot 100. 
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 August: Boston releases the album //Third Stage// on ‎Warner Bros. Records. It was preceded by the hit song "​Amanda",​ which the label leaked onto radio to pressure the band into releasing the album. August: Boston releases the album //Third Stage// on ‎Warner Bros. Records. It was preceded by the hit song "​Amanda",​ which the label leaked onto radio to pressure the band into releasing the album.
  
 +October: The Atlanta Braves win the World Series.
  
 +Uncertain: Atari supports the Amiga Corporation with $1 million.
  
 **1984** **1984**
  
-January: //E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears// is released, being considered one of the worst movies of all time. The frustration makes Spielberg pull the plug on a production of his he was producing ​at Warner Bros, //​Gremlins//​.+January: //E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears// is released, being considered one of the worst movies of all time. The frustration makes Spielberg pull the plug on a production of his being developed ​at Warner Bros, //​Gremlins//​.
  
-The Home Computer Market Crash of 1984 takes Texas InstrumentsTimex-SinclairColeco, Tandy-Radio Shack, and the IBM PCjr from the personal computer market.+April: ​The Baltimore Colts move to Phoenix. The United States Football Leagueled by New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trumpstart hatching a plan to compete with the National Football Leagueincluding moving their schedule to the fall and having teams in markets without ​the NFL such as Oakland, Baltimore and Indianapolis.
  
 June: The Houston Rockets pick Patrick Ewing as their #1 pick of the NBA Draft, and through a trade with the Chicago Bulls also snatch the #3 pick, used on Michael Jordan. June: The Houston Rockets pick Patrick Ewing as their #1 pick of the NBA Draft, and through a trade with the Chicago Bulls also snatch the #3 pick, used on Michael Jordan.
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 +July: Former Commodore CEO Jack Tramiel buys Tandy Electronics,​ and its former parent company is renamed Radio Shack Inc.
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 +August: Facing massive losses from its movie division, Warner Communications sells the thriving electronics division Atari to the defense and electronics conglomerate Honeywell, Inc.  for $6 billion in cash and Honeywell stock.
  
 July-August:​ The 1984 Summer Olympics happen in Los Angeles. The breakout star is boxer Evander Holyfield, gold in the light heavyweight category. July-August:​ The 1984 Summer Olympics happen in Los Angeles. The breakout star is boxer Evander Holyfield, gold in the light heavyweight category.
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 +October: The Chicago Cubs win the World Series.
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 +November: Ronald Reagan wins all states in the presidential election.
  
 December: Vince Neil dies in a car crash, and Mötley Crüe replaces him with Axl Rose. Across the pond, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen nearly crashes his car, but saves himself. December: Vince Neil dies in a car crash, and Mötley Crüe replaces him with Axl Rose. Across the pond, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen nearly crashes his car, but saves himself.
  
 Last quarter: //Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom// is released, being considered a sequel as good or better than //Raiders// and being the top moneymaker of the year with $300 million in the US alone. Last quarter: //Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom// is released, being considered a sequel as good or better than //Raiders// and being the top moneymaker of the year with $300 million in the US alone.
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 +Uncertain: The Home Computer Market Crash of 1984 takes Texas Instruments,​ Timex-Sinclair,​ Coleco, Tandy-Radio Shack, and the IBM PCjr from the personal computer market. Atari signs a deal with Nintendo to distribute their Famicom console outside Japan. Carla Meninsky leaves Atari to form Axiom Software once they discontinue the video game hardware division.
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 **1985** **1985**
  
 +May: The Chevy Chase comedy //Fletch// is released. It would hit #1 the following week, become the fourth highest-grossing movie of the year and spawn several sequels.
  
-AugustMötley Crüe releases //​Resurrection//​becoming the one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world.+JuneThe Houston Rockets win the NBA Finalswith Michael Jordan as Finals MVP.
  
 +July: //Back to the Future//, starring John Cusack, is released to great success. Three sequels follow.
  
-Last quarterBrad Delp becomes ​the lead singer ​of Van Halenand releases his first album with the band, //Starting at Zero//, preceded by #1 single "The Test of Time".+AugustDon Henley wins a supplementary election for the House of Representatives. Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker"​is beaten to death by an angry mob. Once Stephen Pearcy is arrested, Jon Bon Jovi fills in for him as RATT's singer. Mötley Crüe releases ​//Resurrection//, becoming the one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world.
  
 +September: Following an underwhelming Cincinnati Reds season, Pete Rose is dismissed as player-coach and would eventually retire. Larry Holmes ties Rocky Marciano'​s 49-0 record by beating Michael Spinks, retaining his world Heavyweight champion title.
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 +December: Zoologist Dian Fossey leaves Rwanda back to the United States after shooting two men who tried to kill her. She would establish the Ape Defense Fund in collaboration with author Douglas Adams and biologist Richard Dawkins. The Chicago Bears completes the first 16-0 result in NFL history. To celebrate, they release a rock song, "​Perfect Season"​.
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 +Last quarter: Brad Delp becomes the lead singer of Van Halen, and releases his first album with the band, //Starting at Zero//, preceded by #1 single "The Test of Time".
  
-Coca-Cola starts gradually changing its formula to a "New Coke" similar in taste to Pepsi.+Uncertain: Atari releases the PC-2, a 16-bit computer based on the SIERRA and Amiga prototypes. ​Coca-Cola starts gradually changing its formula to a "New Coke" similar in taste to Pepsi. Warner Bros. purchases the DeLaurentiis Group to expand its  movie catalogue.
  
  
 **1986** **1986**
-January: Def Leppard releases //​Hysteria//,​ one of the best-selling albums of all time.+January: Def Leppard releases //​Hysteria//,​ one of the best-selling albums of all time. The Chicago Bears manage a fully perfect 19-0 season by winning Super Bowl XX.
  
 February: Whitesnake releases a self-titled album, also known as //Serpens Albus// in Europe and Japan. //Saturday Night Live// airs its final episode, hosted by Ron Reagan and with musical guests Van Halen. February: Whitesnake releases a self-titled album, also known as //Serpens Albus// in Europe and Japan. //Saturday Night Live// airs its final episode, hosted by Ron Reagan and with musical guests Van Halen.
  
-May//The Lost Episode// debuts. One of the first guests to appear is budding actor-comedian Kurt Cobain.+MarchPhilippines president Ferdinand Marcos and his family are killed when revolutionaries bomb their palace.
  
-JuneJourney releases its first album with frontman Sammy Hagar, ​//Alien//.+April: //Legend//, starring John Cusack, hits theaters.
  
-SeptemberRatt releases its first Bon Jovi-fronted album, ​//Bad Name//.+MayFollowing the defection of a colonel, the Soviet Union admits the radiation spike that begun the previous month was a nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Power Plant. //The Lost Episode// debuts. One of the first guests to appear is budding actor-comedian Kurt Cobain. Theatrical release of //Top Gun//, a massive hit starring Emilio Estevez and Jane Seymour.
  
 +June: Journey releases its first album with frontman Sammy Hagar, //Alien//. The movie //The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy//, directed by Robert Zemeckis and with a script by the book's author Douglas Adams, is released.
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 +July: The USFL v. NFL lawsuit has the former winning, the jury verdict awarding nearly $1.7 billion in damages. As a compromise, the remaining eight USFL teams join the NFL - including Trump'​s rechristened New York Generals. Theatrical release of //​Transformers:​ The Movie//, directed by Chuck Jones.
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 +August: Michael Spinks retires after losing to Evander Holyfield, who was making his heavyweight debut after great success in the Cruiserweight class. ​
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 +September: Ratt releases its first Bon Jovi-fronted album, //Bad Name//. //​Genesis//,​ a biblical epic by Robert Bresson, hits theaters. Stanley "The Hammer"​ Burrell helps the Oakland Athletics qualify for the MLB Playoffs.
  
  
 **1987** ​ **1987** ​
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 +January: The Bears repeat as Super Bowl champions over the Kansas City Chiefs, who controversially defeated the New York Generals in the NFC Championship.
  
  
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 The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental has a controversial win when Def Leppard'​s //​Euphoria//​ beats Metallica and AC/DC, among others. The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental has a controversial win when Def Leppard'​s //​Euphoria//​ beats Metallica and AC/DC, among others.
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 Bernhard Goetz is elected mayor of New York City. Bernhard Goetz is elected mayor of New York City.
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 +The Atari Nintendo'​s successor, the Atari Kasumi, hits stores.
  
  
-**1992**+**1991**
  
 Def Leppard releases its final album, //​Erotomania//​. To replace Steve Clark, who had died a year prior, comes in Poison guitarist Slash. Def Leppard releases its final album, //​Erotomania//​. To replace Steve Clark, who had died a year prior, comes in Poison guitarist Slash.
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