27 years.


That's how long it's been since the world experienced a cooler-than-average month.

To put that in perspective, 27 years ago...

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Nelson Mandela was in jail.

The anti-apartheid activist was released from prison in 1990 and elected President of South Africa in 1994.

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Buckling up became law.

In 1985, six states passed laws requiring seatbelt use while driving.

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“Mobile” phones weighed 11 pounds.

This Mobira Talkman was introduced by Nokia in 1984.

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Run-DMC earned hip-hop’s first platinum album.

The honor went to their 1985 album “King of Rock.”

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Chernobyl was a fully functioning power plant.

The plant melted down in 1986, causing catastrophic damage. The site will remain uninhabitable for another 20,000 years.

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The ozone hole was discovered.

Scientists determined that chemicals called CFCs were causing the hole. The chemicals have since been globally banned and the hole’s size has stabilized.

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New Coke made its ill-fated entrance to the market.

The new product attempt remains one of marketing’s greatest cautionary tales.

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The first ever .com domain name was registered.

Today, almost 200 million active domains are registered.  Over 84 million of those are .com domains.  

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The Apple Macintosh made its debut.

It cost $2,495, and had a CPU speed of 8 megahertz.  A modern cell phone is about 187 times faster.

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The world was shocked to find that the princess was in another castle.

The Super Mario Bros. were born in 1985.

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The film “Back to the Future” dominated the box office.

Great Scott! A ticket cost only $2.75!  

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Cars looked like this.

This 1987 Dodge Charger was one of the ugliest.  

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Auto-tune didn’t exist.

Tina Turner, shown here, didn’t need it.  

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There were two Germanies.

The Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Germany, was torn down in 1989.  

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Guns N’ Roses was formed in L.A.

The band is still touring, although leading man Axl Rose looks a little different.

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People still smoked on airplanes.

It didn’t become illegal until 1988.