Flashback Series

In honor of our 40th season in 2017, we took a look back at some of the most memorable moments in pop culture for each of the 40 seasons we’d been serving you.

A few times each week during Summer 2017, we shared these posts on our Instagram page @skipperdipper.

We wanted the series to live on on the web, so herewith, our 40th season Flashback Series for your reading enjoyment for posterity…

 

 
 
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1978

  • 🎬 Stud Danny Zuko "told us about it" in the top grossing movie of the year, "Grease."

  • 🎶 The "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack - released the year prior - kept stayin' alive, topping the charts for 23 straight weeks.

  • 📺 J.R. Ewing expanded the family empire in CBS's "Dallas."

  • 👾 Aliens threatened to take over the world in the arcade game "Space Invaders." (The game lives on in this emoji.)

  • 🥊 Leon Spinks took the heavyweight title from Muhammad Ali... Ali would take it back seven months later.

  • 👶🏼 Louise Joy Brown - the world's first test tube baby - was born in England.

  • 🍦 Skipper Dipper opened its doors on July 4th weekend, founded by two sisters, Eileen and Sue, who shared a love of ice cream and summers at the Shore.


 
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1979

  • 👽 Sigourney Weaver thrilled audiences as Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic, “Alien." It holds up.

  • 🎶 The Eagles went for "The Long Run," with their hit album outpacing the charts for nine straight weeks.

  • 🚗 Bo, Luke and the General Lee escaped the law in “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

  • 🎧 Sony changed the music industry forever with the introduction of its first portable Walkman cassette player.

  • 🕹 “Asteroids" blasted into arcades nationwide, becoming Atari’s best selling non-console game of all time.

  • ⚾️ ESPN made its major-league debut on cable in September with the first telecast of SportsCenter. The first words spoken by host Lee Leonard: "If you love sports...if you really love sports, you'll think you've died and gone to sports heaven."

  • 🇺🇸 Iranian protestors stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking a group of 66 Americans hostage; the crisis would end 444 days later with their release.


 
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1980

  • 🎬 The Empire struck back in the second installment of the "Star Wars” saga in the biggest box office hit of the year.

  • 🎶 Pink Floyd left us comfortably numb when "The Wall" dominated the charts for 15 straight weeks.

  • 🕹 Pac-Man devoured his way through maze after maze in the hit arcade game of the same name.

  • 🤹🏻‍♂️ Rubik’s Cubes stumped millions worldwide with its 43 quintillion possible configurations. (Record time to solve it: 5.25 seconds)

  • 🏒 The underdog U.S. Hockey team made us believe in miracles in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, beating the Soviets in the semi-finals to make it to the gold medal round.

  • 🌋 Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted with the force of 500 times the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, laying waste to 200 square miles of countryside and sending ash over 60,000 feet into the atmosphere.


 
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1981

  • 🎬 Archaeology professor Indiana Jones discovered box office gold in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

  • 🎶 REO Speedwagon "took it on the run," with their hit album "Hi Infidelity" topping the charts.

  • 📺 MTV debuted in August with the Buggles' “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Turns out, radio is still around.

  • 🕹 Nintendo launched "Donkey Kong” into arcades, introducing Mario for the first time. It would be one of the first video games with a storyline that unfolded on screen.

  • 🎾 John McEnroe shocked the usually staid tennis crowd, shouting “You cannot be serious!” at Wimbledon umpires.

  • 👸🏼 Lady Diana Spencer — wearing a gown with a 25-ft train — married Charles, Prince of Wales, in a storybook wedding broadcast worldwide; an estimated 750 million tuned in.


 
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1982

  • 🎬 We all phoned home in “E.T., the Extra Terrestrial,” helping it become the highest grossing movie ever at the time. (That honor now belongs to “Avatar.”)

  • 🎶 John Cougar invited us to stay with "Jack & Diane” for all nine weeks that "American Fool" topped the charts.

  • 📺 We met Sam, Carla, and Norm in “Cheers,” where everyone knew your name.

  • 🕹 The hit video game “Frogger" made crossing the street a high stakes, point-earning endeavor.

  • 🐛 The Glo Worm doll would quickly become a beloved necessity for children at bedtime everywhere.

  • 💻 Time Magazine named “The Personal Computer” its Man (or Machine) of the Year.

  • 🌎 EPCOT opened at Disney World in Orlando; you can still watch the television special with host Danny Kaye on YouTube.


 
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1983

  • 🎬 Jack Nicholson and Shirley McLaine said all the right "Terms of Endearment” in this tear-soaked drama that won the year’s Best Picture Oscar.

  • 🎶 Michael Jackson told his competition to "Beat It" when his hit album “Thriller" topped the charts for a total of 22 weeks.

  • 📺 We all rooted for the crack commando unit of Hannibal, Faceman, B.A. and Murdock in the original "A-Team."

  • 🕹 Dirk the Daring attempted to save Princess Daphne from “The Dragon's Lair" in the hit arcade game

  • 👶🏼 Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were the must-have toy of the year with scalpers charging $150 for $25 dolls with baby names like Colletta Gretchen and Jobina Olive.

  • ⚾️ Fred Lynn became the first and only player to ever hit a grand slam in MLB All-Star Game history.

  • 🇺🇸 The United States led an invasion of the Caribbean island of Grenada to overthrow its communist government.


 
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1984

  • 🎬 We all knew who to call when “Ghostbusters" topped the box office. (It would also be a Skipper Dipper special sundae featuring the Marshmallow Man.)

  • 🎶 Bruce Springsteen released "Born in the U.S.A.," which quickly became the best-selling album of the year. Rolling Stone Magazine would later name it to their list of the Top 100 Albums of All Time.

  • 📺 CBS's "Murder, She Wrote" debuted, following the amateur sleuthing of novelist Jessica Fletcher.

  • 🥇 Carl Lewis made his way into the history books in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, winning four track and field gold medals.

  • 🇺🇸 Ronald Reagan won a second term with a landslide 525 electoral votes against Democratic challenger Walter Mondale.

  • 💻 We found out why 1984 wasn’t like “1984” with Apple's introduction of the Macintosh, revolutionizing home computing with a graphical user interface and a thing called a mouse.


 
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1985

  • 🎬 Michael J. Fox travelled "Back to the Future” in a souped-up DeLorean in the biggest box office hit of the year.

  • 🎶 "We Are the World” — with lyrics by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and featuring an all-star ensemble — hit the radio waves in March and quickly became the fastest-selling American pop single in history.

  • 📺 Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia shared a late night cheesecake for the first time on NBC’s "Golden Girls."

  • 🎾 At 17, Boris Becker was the youngest man ever to win at Wimbledon. His record still stands.

  • 🎸 Live Aid concerts to benefit famine relief in Ethiopia reached more than a billion viewers worldwide; Madonna and David Bowie were among the headliners from JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

  • 🎮 The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) debuted in North America; Super Mario Bros. would become one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time.


 
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1986

  • 🎬 "Top Gun" soared to the heights of the box office with Tom Cruise starring as reckless pilot trainee Maverick, who "felt the need... the need for speed."

  • 📺 No orange tabby was safe when NBC's "ALF" crash-landed onto our TV screens.

  • 🎶 Whitney Houston captured us "All at Once" when her self-titled album topped the charts for 14 weeks.

  • 🐶 The lovable eyes of Tonka's Pound Puppies melted the world's hearts.

  • 🏒 Wayne Gretzky established an NHL record with 215 points in the '85-86 season, a record that still stands today.

  • 🚀 Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after takeoff with seven crew members aboard. A report would later conclude that a faulty o-ring caused the explosion.

  • 🍍 Dole Whip Pineapple Soft Serve and its famous Dole Whip float were introduced at Disney parks; a cult following developed shortly thereafter for the tart and sweet combination. We’re proud to offer it on our menu at Skipper Dipper.


 
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1987

  • 🎬 Nobody put Baby in the corner when "Dirty Dancing" sashayed its way to the height of the box office.

  • 📺 ABC's drama "Thirtysomething" explored the trials and tribulations of a group of affluent baby boomers struggling with the realities of careers and parenting.

  • 🎶 U2 walked "Where The Streets Have No Name" when their hit album "The Joshua Tree" topped the charts for nine consecutive weeks. The band is currently touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album's release.

  • 📀 Compact disc sales doubled after the release of the Beatles' first four U.K. albums on the platform.

  • 🏈 The NFL Players Union went on strike when replacement players like grocery store owner Lionel Vital took over for $4,000 per week.

  • 📉 The stock market crashed in October, leading to the largest one-day drop in market history with $500 billion in paper losses.

  • 👶🏼 Jessica and Michael were the most popular baby names of the year, followed by Ashley and Christopher.


 
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1988

  • 🎬 It felt like there were always "ten minutes to Wapner” in "Rain Man," the highest grossing film of the year and winner of the Oscar for Best Picture.

  • 📺 ABC's "Roseanne" debuted with self-proclaimed “domestic goddess" Roseanne Barr in the starring role; the situation comedy revolved around the Connors family managing with what Barr called “real life." It would be an instant hit and among the top five highest-rated shows for the next six seasons. It’s coming back to ABC for ten episodes as a mid-season replacement next season.

  • 🎶 George Michael gave it "One More Try" when his album "Faith" topped the charts for 12 weeks. Rest in peace, George.

  • 🎮 SEGA Genesis was released in Japan; it would hit American shelves a year later. SEGA Genesis Flashback — with 85 built-in titles like Sonic — has been announced for release this September.

  • 🏀 The Lakers became the first team in 19 years to win back-to-back NBA titles.

  • 💊 The anti-depressant Prozac became a popular sensation and the Eli Lilly & Company's first billion-dollar drug brand. It would go generic in 2001.

  • 💻 An IBM PC boasting a 30MB hard drive, a mono monitor and 512K in memory cost $1249, or around $2600 when adjusted for inflation. A new Dell today -- with a 1TB hard drive and 4GB of memory -- costs $250.


 
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1989

  • 🎬 Jack Nicholson's Joker stole the screen in Tim Burton's "Batman," the biggest box office caper of the year. A franchise was thus born.

  • 📺 Fox's "The Simpsons” — which began as vignettes on the Tracey Ullman Show — debuted as a weekly series featuring America's most hilarious dysfunctional family. Season #29 launches this October.

  • 🎶 Madonna stoked controversy with her confessional "Like A Prayer,” with some religious groups calling it sacrilege; it ascended the charts for six consecutive weeks.

  • 🎮 Nintendo released the GameBoy, changing portable gaming forever; "Tetris fingers" became a thing.

  • ⚾️ Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life when an MLB investigation determined that he had been betting on the sport for years.

  • 🌍 The Berlin Wall — which had divided East from West Berlin — fell after 28 years; Soviet domination in Eastern Europe would topple shortly thereafter.

  • 🍦 Eileen (of our popular Eileen’s Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae) became the sole proprietor of Skipper Dipper when her sister Sue retired from the business.


 
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1990

  • 🎬 Patrick Swayze made us believe in "Ghost"s in the biggest box office movie of the year.

  • 📺 NBC's hit sitcom "Seinfeld" debuted, making things like puffy shirts, soup Nazis, and black and white cookies watercooler conversation over its nine-season run.

  • 🎶 No one could touch him when MC Hammer's "Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em" topped the charts for 18 consecutive weeks.

  • ⚾️ Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. became the first father-son combination to play on the same major league team - the Seattle Mariners - in the same game.

  • 🇿🇦 South African statesman Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison. Afterwards, Mandela encouraged reconciliation without bitterness, "let bygones be bygones."


 
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1991

  • 🎬 Anthony Hopkins delivered one of the greatest screen performances of all time as the unnerving Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs." Thanks to the movie, fava beans and Chianti would find their way into the popular imagination.

  • 📺 Tim "The Toolman" Taylor showed off his handyman skills in ABC's "Home Improvement."

  • 🎶 Mariah Carey proved she wasn't "Vanishing" in her self-titled album that topped the charts for 11 consecutive weeks.

  • 🏀 Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to back-to-back championship titles.

  • 👖 You weren't cool unless you French-rolled your jeans. Clean creases made you even cooler.

  • 🦅 General "Stormin’ Norman" Schwarzkopf led the U.S. liberation of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm, defeating Iraqi forces in a successful air campaign and a 100-hour ground offensive.


 
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1992

  • 🎬 Wayne and Garth — brought to life by Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey — got a shot at the big time in the big movie spin-off of "Wayne's World”. (Meyers incidentally is starring as the host of ABC’s revival of The Gong Show” this summer.)

  • 📺 MTV's "Real World" showed us what happened when a group of twentysomethings "stopped being polite and started getting real." The show is currently on a creative hiatus after 31 seasons, though the reality format it helped spawn lives on in countless variations.

  • 🎶 Nirvana's “Nevermind” reached number one in the U.S. Billboard chart after a slow debut the fall prior. The album — initially titled “Sheep” for those who might buy it — would forever change the cultural landscape, ushering in the grunge era and further collapsing the distinction between underground and mainstream music. Rest in peace, Mr. Cobain.

  • 🏌🏿‍♂️ Tiger Woods made his PGA debut at the age of 16, making history as the youngest player to ever play in the tour at that time.

  • 👔 Overalls were in fashion, but only if one strap was left undone. Google "Fresh Prince”.

  • 🇺🇸 Bill Clinton won the presidency in a three-way matchup between President George H. W. Bush and Texas businessman Ross Perot. The takeaway adage from the election, courtesy of Clinton strategist James Carville: "It's the economy, stupid."


 
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1993

  • 🎬 "Jurassic Park" -- Steven Spielberg’s thrill ride of a movie featuring dinosaurs run amok -- terrified audiences worldwide in the biggest box office hit of the year. The franchise it spawned lives on: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” lands in theaters next June.

  • 📺 Mulder and Scully sought to prove that "the truth is out there" in Fox's hit sci-fi mystery series "The X-Files."

  • 🎶 Pearl Jam topped the charts for five straight weeks with their hit album "Vs." A year later, they took on Ticketmaster in the legal battle Time Magazine called "Rock 'n' Roll's Holy War."

  • 🚴🏻‍♂️ Miguel Indurain won the Tour de France, becoming the fourth rider ever to win in three consecutive years.

  • 🐻 The first nine Beanie Babies were introduced at the World Toy Fair in New York City. A thriving aftermarket for the plush animals lives on to this day: a first-edition purple bear has fetched as much as $75,000 at auction.

  • 🕸 CERN -- also known as the European Organization for Nuclear Research -- released the World Wide Web source code into the public domain, allowing what we know as the web today to dramatically flourish. (The web's creation itself is credited to Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist working at CERN, in 1989.)


 
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1994

  • 🎬 "Pulp Fiction" was the most talked-about film of the year with its non-traditional plot structure and lax attitude towards violence; its director, Quentin Tarantino, would become a household name.

  • 📺 "Friends" and "ER" debuted on NBC’s “Must See TV" on Thursday nights; 75 million viewers would tune in at their ratings height. By comparison, the biggest ratings winner last year was CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” with approximately 20 million viewers. Times have changed.

  • 🎶 Swedish rock band Ace of Base's hit single "The Sign" was the #1 song of the year according to Billboard. We apologize if its sheer mention has it now ringing in your head.

  • ⚾️ The Major League Baseball Strike lasted for 232 days, leading to the cancellation of more than 900 games and the entire postseason. It was also the first time since 1904 that the World Series had been canceled.

  • 👛 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — who as First Lady exemplified an undeniable grace and poise that comforted a grieving nation following the assassination of JFK — died of lymphatic cancer, at 64.

  • 🖥 Netscape introduced Mosaic Netscape 0.9, one of the first widely available web browsers. By 2002, it would be largely gone due to the popularity of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.


 
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1995

  • 🎬 Woody and Buzz -- along with Hamm, Rex and Little Bo Peep -- brought Pixar’s “Toy Story” to life in the world’s first feature-length computer animated film. It would mark the beginning of a long string of commercial and critical successes for the animation studio. Up next: "Coco”, out in November.

  • 📺 Michael Crichton’s medical drama “ER” — shot in a gripping, single-camera verité style — was the most watched show of the year according to Nielsen. It would air on NBC’s Thursday nights at 10p for the entirety of its 15 season run, ending in 2009, after 331 episodes.

  • 🎶 Hootie & The Blowfish invited the world to "Hold Their Hand" when their hit album "Cracked Rear View" topped the charts for eight consecutive weeks.

  • ⚾️ Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's record for the most consecutive games played in Major League Baseball history: 2,632 outings over 16 years. His record still stands.

  • 📦 AuctionWeb, now known as eBay, went live. Founder Pierre Omidyar listed the very first item, a broken laser pointer, which a collector won for $14.83.

  • 📚 Amazon.com also launched, billing itself as the "earth's biggest bookstore." Its original name: Cadabra.com (from the word "abracadabra") which founder Jeff Bezos later changed after someone misheard it as the word "cadaver". It is now the world’s third largest retailer according to Forbes.


 
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1996

  • 🎬 Ya, the Coen Brothers' dark comedy “Fargo” about a kidnapping gone wrong featured a highly memorable cast of characters with a brilliant grasp of the local Minnesotan dialect… ‘dontcha know, hon.

  • 📺 CBS's "Everybody Loves Raymond" premiered, following the antics of a sportswriter played by comic Ray Romano dealing with his overbearing family who lived all-too-close. Romano is an LBI regular and has been in the shop.

  • 🎶 There was nothing ironic about Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" dominating the charts for ten weeks.

  • 📞 The Motorola StarTAC, the first clamshell flip-phone, preceded the iPhone as the “it” phone of its time.

  • 🤹🏻‍♂️ Tickle Me Elmo became the must-have toy of the year, with people paying as much as $3,400 for the doll at the height of the holiday shopping mania. It’s now available for a reasonable $29.95 just about everywhere toys are sold.

  • 🏀 The Chicago Bulls won a record 72 games in one season. The record would only be broken by the Golden State Warriors in 2015-16.

  • 🔌 The USB - formally known as the Universal Serial Bus - was introduced and would subsequently become one of the most utilized forms of cross-platform technology ever. We imagine you use it everyday.


 
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1997

  • 🎬 Rose promised she'd never let go (which we all knew was a lie) in ”Titanic,” the biggest movie hit of the year by several nautical miles.

  • 📺 Comedy Central's "South Park" introduced America to a cast of foul-mouthed fourth graders. It's still running 19 seasons later, and nothing is too sacred for its unflinching satire.

  • 🎶 Gwen Stefani was “Just A Girl” when No Doubt's rock album "Tragic Kingdom" topped the charts for seven consecutive weeks.

  • 🏌🏿‍♂️ Tiger Woods won the Masters by 12 strokes, a victory margin unsurpassed in a major championship since the 1862 British Open. And he did it as age 21.

  • 🇬🇧 Princess Di's death in a car accident shocked the world; an estimated 2.5 billion viewers tuned in to hear Elton John sing "Candle in the Wind/Goodbye England's Rose" at her televised funeral.

  • 💻 AOL Instant Messaging revolutionized the way people got in touch with one another; to this day, there's nothing more embarrassing than your first AIM screen name. What was yours?


 
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1998

  • 🎬 Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" depicted the gritty reality of the American invasion of Normandy with unforgettable combat scenes widely described as "nausea inducing." It would be the biggest box office hit of the year and win Spielberg his second Oscar for directing.

  • 📺 HBO’s “Sex and The City” premiered, following the travails of advice columnist Carrie Bradshaw and her gal pals Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda as they braved love and career in NYC.

  • 🎶 Celine Dion's heart would go on as the "Titanic" soundtrack (released the year prior) topped the charts for 16 straight weeks.

  • 📞 The Research in Motion 500 — the precursor to the BlackBerry — was introduced, becoming one of the first phones capable of connecting email and contacts.

  • 🖥 Steve Jobs rescued Apple from the brink of bankruptcy with the introduction of the Bondi blue iMac, killing beige computing forever and ushering in a renaissance at the computer maker.


 
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1999

  • 🎬 “The Matrix” made audiences really begin to question their own realities as they watched computer hacker Neo wage a war against his controllers.

  • 📺 Tony Soprano worked to maintain a healthy work-life balance between his two families in the brilliant HBO series "The Sopranos."

  • 🎶 The Backstreet Boys proved to be "Larger Than Life" as their album "Millennium" topped the charts for ten weeks.

  • 🏆 The sports world saw the retirement of greats Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and John Elway, all in one year.

  • 🌎 An estimated $100 billion was spent in preparation for the Y2K computer patch; fortunately, problems never materialized.


 
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2000

  • 🎬 "Gladiator" was one of the most critically-acclaimed and highest grossing films of the year featuring Russell Crowe as Roman general Maximus who was stripped of his rank and forced to fight to the death.

  • 📺 CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" made medical forensics the hottest field of study for years.

  • 🎶 NSYNC said "Bye Bye Bye" to the competition as their album "No Strings Attached" topped the charts for eight consecutive weeks.

  • 📚 JK Rowling's fourth installment of the Harry Potter series, "Goblet of Fire," sold over 3 million copies in the first 48 hours, becoming the fastest-selling book in history. The seventh installment in the Harry Potter series, “The Deathly Hallows,” eclipsed this record seven years later.

  • 🇺🇸 "Hanging chads" became a household term as George W. Bush narrowly defeated Al Gore in the closest - and most disputed - presidential election of American history.


 
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2001

  • 🎬 Peter Jackson's "The Fellowship of the Ring" brought Tolkien's world to life to brilliant effect in the biggest box office hit of the year.

  • 📺 FOX’s hit thriller ”24" starred Kiefer Sutherland as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer and followed him hour by hour, minute by minute.

  • 🎶 Shaggy was "Keep'n It Real" for all six weeks that his album "Hot Shot" topped the charts.

  • 🎵 Apple released the iPod and iTunes Store, allowing listeners to have an entire music library in their pocket.

  • 🚗 Dale Earnhardt Sr. crashed during the Daytona 500 in the final lap. His surviving son, Dale Jr., finished the race in second place.

  • 🇺🇸 The September 11th attacks shook the United States and the world. We all remember where we were when we first heard the news.


 
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2002

  • 🎬 "Spider-Man" leapt from great heights to become the biggest movie of the year.

  • 📺 HBO's "The Wire" debuted, portraying the Baltimore Police Department in a crime series that critics claim is one of the greatest shows of all time. It’s still on our list for a rainy day.

  • 🎶 For six weeks, everyone was tuned in to "The Eminem Show." It would be one of the biggest albums of the year.

  • ⛸ At the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, 16 year-old Sarah Hughes became the second-youngest American figure skater to win gold.


 
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2003

  • 🎬 "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" concluded Peter Jackson's epic Tolkien trilogy about the battle for Middle-Earth, winning Best Picture and the mantle as the biggest box office hit of the year.

  • 📺 Michael Bluth struggled to deal with the “Arrested Development” of the pretentious Bluth family in FOX’s hit comedy series. The series has since been picked up by Netflix and will return for a fifth season that is set to launch in 2018.

  • 🎶 50 Cent warned, "Don't Push Me" as his album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" topped the charts for six weeks.

  • 🎮 Madden NFL 2004 was a major hit, debuting on multiple gaming consoles simultaneously. Falcons QB Michael Vick was featured on the game's cover.

  • 🎾 Tennis star Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam title in Wimbledon. Federer won a record-eighth Wimbledon title in July.

  • 📚 Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” took the reading world by storm, selling over 80 million copies since its publication.


 
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2004

  • 🎬 Retired superheroes Bob and Helen Parr, living in seclusion in a modernist heaven, returned to save the world in the hit Pixar film "The Incredibles."

  • 📺 ABC's "Lost" followed the survivors of a plane crash as they attempted to live on the strange island they landed on.

  • 🎶 Usher's "Confessions" became everyone's business as the album topped the charts for nine weeks.

  • 📞 Motorola introduced the Razr, one of the thinnest flip phones ever.

  • ⚾️ The Boston Red Sox ended the "Curse of the Bambino" after 86 years by finally winning the World Series title.

  • 💻 Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook. Worldwide, there are over 1.94 billion monthly active Facebook users as of March 2017.


 
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2005

  • 🎬 “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” was the box office hit of the year.

  • 📺 Patrick Dempsey's McDreamy captured hearts everywhere when ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" first aired. The show has been renewed for its 14th and final season this fall.

  • 🎶 Coldplay's "X&Y" album topped the charts at the "Speed of Sound" for three consecutive weeks.

  • 🎮 Xbox 360 debuted and sold 1.5 million consoles within the first year. A new version of Xbox Live was released with the console that allowed users to play online with other players around the world.

  • ⚾️ The Chicago White Sox won their first World Series title in 88 years.

  • 🌊 Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, inundating the city and FEMA’s response.


 
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2006

  • 🎬 Jack Nicholson's went hunting for rats in “The Departed,” one of the biggest box office hits of the year.

  • 📺 NBC’s ”Friday Night Lights" explored high school football in a small Texas town. The series lives on, as it is available on Netflix.

  • 🎶 Justin Timberlake brought "SexyBack" when his hit album "FutureSex/LoveSounds" topped the charts.

  • 🎮 Nintendo Wii launched in the Americas and sold over 600,000 consoles within the first eight days.

  • 🏀 Kobe Bryant scored a career-high 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors - the second-most in NBA history. The record still stands today.

  • 💫 Pluto was downgraded to dwarf planet status, leaving the solar system with technically only eight planets.


 
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2007

  • 🎬 The Coen brothers' violent thriller "No Country For Old Men" instructed audiences to “call it. Heads or tails. Call it.”

  • 📺 Donald Draper and his team of creative geniuses had everyone sold in the critical hit show "Mad Men."

  • 🎶 You could “Bet On It” that “High School Musical" was back when the sequel's soundtrack topped the charts for 4 straight weeks.

  • 📱 Apple released the first iPhone, selling 3.7 million within the first year. A decade later, we're still assessing its impact.

  • 🏈 The Florida Gators became the first school to ever win football and basketball titles within the same year.

  • 💇🏻‍♀️ Bangs came back in a big way with Kate Moss providing some Michelle Pfeiffer-like inspiration.


 
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2008

  • 🎬 Heath Ledger's Joker skulked through dimly-lit interrogation rooms in Christopher Nolan's hit "The Dark Knight."

  • 📺 "Breaking Bad" was a massive hit thanks to Bryan Cranston's portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-meth maker Walter White.

  • 🎶 The soothing sounds of Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through The Static" album topped the charts for three consecutive weeks.

  • 🎮 "Grand Theft Auto IV" was a massive hit on all gaming platforms and sold over 3.6 million copies within the first 24 hours of its release, becoming the fastest-selling video game of all time.

  • 🚙 Tesla released its first car - the electric Roadster - which was widely panned. It has since become one of the most valuable car companies in America.

  • 🥇 Michael Phelps won eight gold medals in the Beijing Summer Olympics - the most won by an athlete at a single Games. This record still stands.

  • 🇺🇸 Barack Obama won the presidential election with his famous message of hope, becoming the first African-American President of the United States. The tagline of the election: “Yes We Can.”


 
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2009

  • 🎬 James Cameron's "Avatar" was a visual masterpiece, winning big at the box office and becoming the world's highest-grossing film of all time.

  • 📺 ABC's "Modern Family" offered a hilarious glimpse into the lives of a quirky extended family in modern times.

  • 🎶 Taylor Swift proved to be “Fearless" as her second album dominated the charts for nine weeks.

  • ⚾️ Derek Jeter surpassed Lou Gehrig for the most hits ever as a Yankee. Jeter ended his career in 2014 with 3,465 total hits, still the most by anyone in pinstripes.


 
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2010

  • 🎬 “Toy Story 3” brought America’s favorite toys to life once more and became the biggest box office hit of the year.

  • 📺 Zombies became the most popular irrational fear with the premiere of the hit show, AMC's "The Walking Dead."

  • 🎶 Bieber Fever infected the world as Justin Bieber’s album "My World 2.0" dominated the charts for four weeks.

  • 📱 Apple released its first iPad, selling over 300,000 within the first 24 hours. While the product could be preordered online, people still waited in lines for two days until the iPad launched.

  • ⚾️ The San Francisco Giants won their first World Series title since 1954. Two more World Series titles followed for the franchise in 2012 and 2014.

  • ⛈ A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, causing millions to be homeless and thousands of lives to be lost. There is still a harrowing humanitarian crisis due to this disaster.


 
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2011

  • 🎬 "Bridesmaids,” led by six comedic female leads, made audiences everywhere laugh at the inconvenience of wedding drama.

  • 📺 Winter was coming as two powerful families play a deadly game for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in the biggest HBO hit of the year, "Game of Thrones."

  • 🎶 Adele "Set Fire To The Rain" - and the competition - when her album "21" topped the charts for 13 weeks.

  • 📞 Samsung released its Galaxy Nexus, one of many Android devices that began to compete directly with the Apple iPhone.

  • 🏀 The NBA experienced its second-longest lockout in history that lasted for 161 consecutive days.

  • 🇺🇸 Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan.


 
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2012

  • 🎬 Tom Hardy's Bane combated Christian Bale's Batman in the box office hit "The Dark Night Rises."

  • 📺 Rookie singer Juliette Barnes attempted to steal the spotlight from seasoned performer Rayna James in NBC’s "Nashville.”

  • 🎶 Adele asked "Don't You Remember"? As her album "21" topped the charts for 11 more weeks.

  • 🚴🏻‍♂️ After suspicion arose that he had been abusing performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong was subsequently dropped from the Livestrong foundation.

  • 🌊 SuperStorm Sandy struck the Jersey Shore and became the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history with $75 billion in damage. LBI still feels its effects to this day.


 
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2013

  • 🎬 Sandra Bullock and George Clooney defied “Gravity” in the biggest box office hit of the year.

  • 📺 The Netflix original "Orange Is The New Black" featuring a colorful cast of gals locked up in Litchfield Penitentiary was the biggest hit of the year and quickly became one of the most binge-worthy shows ever.

  • 🎶 Justin Timberlake put on his "Suit & Tie" and topped the charts for three straight weeks with his album "The 20/20 Experience."

  • 🏈 Super Bowl 47 was postponed for 34 minutes due to a major power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans - the first in Super Bowl broadcast history.


 
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2014

  • 🎬 The groundbreaking coming-of-age film “Boyhood” followed the same cast over a 12-year period, culminating in a single dramatic narrative and resulting in overwhelming critical acclaim.

  • 📺 Hip-hop mogul Luscious Lyons attempted to expand his “Empire” - without his family getting in the way - in the hit FOX show.

  • 🎶 Three year-olds simply couldn't "Let It Go" as the "Frozen" soundtrack topped the charts for 13 weeks.

  • ⌚️ Apple introduced the first Apple Watch, which allowed users to access their phones directly from their wrists, once again revolutionizing the technological world.

  • 🏀 The UConn women's basketball team went undefeated and won the national title, maintaining a perfect 40-0 record on the season.

  • 😷 An Ebola virus breakout in West Africa had a fatality rate of 70%. An international response helped contain it.


 
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2015

  • 🎬 "Mad Max: Fury Road" followed Max and Furiosa on a high-speed chase in the War Rig through the Wasteland in an attempt to outrun warlord tyrant Immortan Joe.

  • 📺 AMC's "Fear The Walking Dead," a prequel to its extremely popular series "The Walking Dead," was the biggest tv series of the year.

  • 🎶 Taylor Swift unleashed her "Bad Blood" when her album "1989" topped the charts for six weeks.

  • 🛴 Hoverboards were released.

  • 🏈 Tom Brady was suspended for four games of the 2015 NFL season after his alleged involvement in the 2014 Deflategate scandal.


 
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2016

  • 🎬 The Star Wars series continued with “Rogue One,” which ended up being light years away from the competition in the box office.

  • 🎶 Drake chose to live off of the "Hype" when his album "Views" topped the charts for 13 weeks.

  • ⚾️ The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908. There was a 17-minute rain delay in the game, and Ben Zobrist hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the 10th inning to win the title for Chicago.

  • 🇺🇸 Billionaire Donald Trump tried his hand at politics - and won the United States Presidential election.