Welcome to the Future: Today’s the day

Today, October 21, 2015, is the future . . .  the day Marty Mcfly landed in his DeLorean in 1985’s Back to the Future.

How well do you recall 1985:

  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan is sworn in for a second term in office.
  • In Hollywood, California, the charity single “We Are the World” is recorded by USA for Africa.
  • William J. Schroeder becomes the first artificial heart patient to leave the hospital.
  • The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS, used since then to screen all blood donations in the United States.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and de facto leader of the Soviet Union.
  • Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. (The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months.)
  • Live Aid pop concerts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and London raise over £50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia.
  • Christa McAuliffe became the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • The Nintendo Entertainment System is released on US shores. It was first released in Japan in 1983.
  • Microsoft Corporation releases the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.
  • Singles of the year included “Rock Me Amadeus,” “Take on Me,” and “Like a Virgin.” The Golden Girls hit the small screen, while “The Goonies,” and “Breakfast Club” hit the big screen.

·        Source the peopleshistory.com

Cost of Living 1985

Average Cost of new house $89,330

Average Income per year $22,100.00

Average Monthly Rent $375.00

Average Price for new car$9,005.00

gallon of gas $1.09

Movie Ticket $2.75

Rib Eye Steak Lb $3.89

If we left today for a similar trip, we’d arrive in 2045.


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