Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: 1980 – 1989

We can tell a lot about a decade by the people (or things in this case) chosen by Time Magazine as their person of the year. It gives us a sense of the important events and societal changes that were going on during the 1980s.

1980: Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan

1981: Lech Wałęsa
Lech Wałęsa

1982: The Computer (first non-human "abstract" chosen)
The Computer (first non-human “abstract” chosen)

1983: Ronald Reagan (b.1911–d.2004) (2nd time) and Yuri Andropov (b.1914–d.1984)
Ronald Reagan (b.1911–d.2004) (2nd time)
& Yuri Andropov

1984: Peter Ueberroth (b.1937)
Peter Ueberroth

1985: Deng Xiaoping (b.1904–d.1997) (2nd time)
Deng Xiaoping
(2nd time)

1986: Corazón Aquino (b.1933-d.2009)
Corazón Aquino

1987: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (b.1931)
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (b.1931)

1988: Endangered Earth ("Planet of the Year")
Endangered Earth
(“Planet of the Year”)

1989: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (b.1931) (Man of the Decade)
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (b.1931)
(Man of the Decade)

Author: Alli Denning

As the Owner / Editor of Like Totally 80s, Alli is just a little obsessed with all things 80s (well, not ALL things, but most). Alli still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she can be found at denning e-solutions, LLC, her web design business.

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