1983 Holiday Toy Trends – Cabbage Patch Craze
Cabbage Patch Kids dolls flew off stores’ shelves in 1983. “Nightline” visited the delivery room at BabyLand General in Cleveland, Ga., where the doll trend was born. Art student Xavier Roberts created the Cabbage Patch Kids in 1978, envisioning a unique personality for each doll. Visitors to BabyLand General could witness the baby dolls’ “birth” process in the cabbage patch delivery room, and then adopt one for a hefty price, averaging $125. The Cabbage craze began after the Coleco corporation began mass producing the dolls in 1982. The Cabbage Patch Kids appeared at the International Toy Fair in 1983 and began popping up in toy stores across the nation. Several other toy manufacturers have carried on the brand over the years, including Hasbro, Mattel, Toys “R” Us and Play Along Kids.
1990 English-French Tunnel
The “chunnel” is a tunnel underneath the English Channel linking Great Britain to France and the European mainland. On Dec. 1, 1990, Channel Tunnel workers established the first ground connection between both sides. When the connecting hole was drilled, English and French workers celebrated with champagne and exchanged their countries’ flags. The tunnel officially opened for service on May 6, 1994.
1992 Amy Fisher Sentenced to Prison
In New York, 18-year-old Amy Fisher was convicted for shooting her lover’s wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco. Fisher claimed her affair with Joey Buttafuoco began when she was 16. Fisher was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison. She was released on parole in 1999. Joey Buttafuoco served six months for statutory rape.
1935 Woody Allen
1940 Richard Pryor
1945 Bette Midler
1949 Pablo Escobar
1970 Sarah Silverman
1971 Emily Mortimer
1976 Laura Ling
1976 Matthew Shepard
1977 Jarde Fogle
1990 Chanel Iman
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