10 Things To Make You Realize That America Didn’t Change The Legal Drinking Age Very Long Ago

In 1984, President Ronald Wilson Reagan signed a measure into law that would change drinking culture in the United States forever. That’s right, it was the day that the legal drinking age in America went from 18 years old to, what we’re all more familiar with, 21 years old. As a result, high school drinking has dropped from 67% to 39%…or so people tell their parents. However, binge drinking in college has gone up since that time. Check out a few of the other changes from 1984, they’ll make you realize that it wasn’t that long ago…

SONY releases first in-car CD player! 

1984, sony, cd, player, in -car

The Cosby Show premiered, and America fell in love with the Huxtables. Soon we’d meet Raven Symone. 

1984, drinking age, cosby show

It was the year of the “Under Eighteen All Valley Karate Championship”. The Karate Kid taught America to “Wax on, wax off”, Scumbags everywhere learned how important it is to “Sweep the leg!”  

1984, karate kid, drinking age,

Kevin Bacon taught an entire town that, sometimes, a guy just wants to dance! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

footloose, 1984, drinking age, legal limite, 21

The original MTV Video Music Awards aired, with a musical lineup that trumps all VMAs thereafter. 

Mtv, VMA, 1984, drinking age

Prince was “on Apollonia”  / Tina Turner first asked the question “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”… Her legs still haven’t changed. 

1984, prince, doves cry, drinking age

1984, tina turner, drinking age, what's love got to do with it?


The Winter/Summer Olympics were still in the same year.

1984, summer olympics, Los angeles


1984, winter olympics, sarajevo

Stev Jobs and Apple introduced the world to the Macintosh.

macintosh, apple, 1984, jobs,

Bruce Springsteen releases “Born in the USA”. Future Bros everywhere rejoice in their cradles. 

born in the usa, 1984  

Alex Trebek started hosting Jeopardy


1 Response

  1. 2014/08/05

    […] fact of the matter is that the drinking age didn’t change that long ago. Most of the people writing, directing, and producing all of these movies probably drank in high […]