- The Chicago Bears were the Superbowl XX Champions.
- Tonight Show host Johnny Carson's good friend, Joan Rivers started a late night talk show on FOX. He never spoke to her again.
- Teacher Pleasant Rowland created the first "American Girl" doll, although they were not bought by Mattel until 1998.
- Camcorders became a regular household item.
- Some popular movies were: Top Gun, The Karate Kid Part II, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.