30 things that turned 30 years old in 2017

In no particular order…

  1. The Princess Bride
  2. The Legend of Zelda (In the U.S.)
  3. U2’s The Joshua Tree
  4. Full House premiered
  5. The Simpsons (On The Tracey Ullman Show)
  6. President Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” Speech
  7. Black Monday – After the largest fall in the Dow Jones’s history, stock markets nosedive around the world.
  8. Dirty Dancing
  9. The Max Headroom Incident
  10. Prozac
  11. Married… With Children
  12. Michael Jordan’s 58-Point Game
  13. Larry Bird’s 59-Basket Free Throw Streak
  14. Robocop
  15. Macintosh SE – It would set you back $2899 with two floppy drives 
  16. Congressional Ban on Inflight Smoking
  17. AZT
  18. “The Drive” (John Elway’s Big Win)
  19. Windows 2.0
  20. Stephen King’s Misery
  21. Final Fantasy
  22. Star Trek: The Next Generation
  23. Crazed German tourist Joseph Schwab, known as the “Kimberley killer”, is shot dead in a shootout with Western Australia Police at Fitzroy Crossing. Schwab had already killed three people that day, and two others a week previously in the Northern Territory.
  24. Australia finally notes the contribution of the Vietnam War veterans with a Welcome Home parade held in Sydney
  25. Queen Street Massacre: 22-year-old Frank Vitkovic kills 8 and injures another 5 in an Australia Post office building in Queen Street, Melbourne before committing suicide by jumping from the 11th floor.
  26. 19-year-old Neighbours star Kylie Minogue enters the charts with her first single “I Should Be So Lucky”.
  27. Glenda Adams’s novel Dancing on Coral wins the Miles Franklin Award
  28. News Ltd takes over the Herald and Weekly Times.
  29. Oldest person in Australia, Miss Carol Mockridge, 112, dies in Geelong.
  30. Federal government announces its intention of acknowledging, in the preamble to legislation, that Aborigines were the first owners of Australia.