Today marks the future my friends. October 21st, 2015 is the date in the future Marty and Doc went to in the movie "Back To The Future 2". We've all spent a good amount of time talking about the things we have now that were predicted in the movie back in 1985. Now, let's take a fun look back at some things we had then, when the movie originally came out.

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1) New Coke

In 1985, the Cola wars were in full swing. So much so, Coca-Cola decided to change the formula of their beloved soft drink, and the public went bananas...but not in a good way. Pepsi had been executing a very successful marketing campaign, The Pepsi Challenge. Pepsi was actually winning the challenge, much to the dismay of Coca-Cola, which is what brought about the formula change.


2) Wrestlemania 1

Yep, the very first Wrestlemania ever was held in 1985! It all went down on March 31, 1985 at Madison Square Garden. In the main event, wrestlers included Hulk Hogan and Mr. T versus "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" (Paul Orndorff).


3) Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo had been around in Japan, but it wasn't until 1985 that it was available in the U.S. This is when the American obsession with games like "Duck Hunt" and "Super Mario Bros" all started.


4) We Discovered The Hole In The Ozone Layer

In the 80's, if you had stock in a hairspray company, you were probably a millionaire. I mean, one of the first things you think of when it come to 80's excess is the big hair. I guess it's no coincidence that this is the year we discovered all the Co2 from the spray
can were eating a hole in the Earth's ozone.


5) Blockbuster Video

In 1985, the very first Blockbuster Video opened in Dallas, Texas and changed the way we watched movies for nearly 20 years. At the height of its success, Blockbuster had over 9000 retail stores. Recently, the last Louisiana Blockbuster, located in Opelousas, closed it's doors.


6) The First Dot Com Was Registered

Do you remember a world without the internet? I sort of do, but it's getting foggier by the day. In 1985, the very first "dot com" domain name was registered. was the new online home of Symbolics Inc., a computer company based in Massachusetts.

7) David Letterman Did His First "Top 10 List"

Although he's retired now, back in 1985 David Letterman was a young upstart on the late-night TV scene. One of Letterman's most popular features on the show was his "Top 10 List" and in 1985, he did his first one ever. The topic was "Top Ten Words That Almost Rhyme With Peas".






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