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30 things that were happening the last time Kentucky beat Florida

Let me take you back in time, almost 31 years to November 15, 1986, the last time Kentucky beat Florida in a football game. What was happening in the world back then? As a two-year old, I was just learning how to form sentences, but thanks to the Google machine, I can bring you these events that were happening the year the Cats were last victorious over the Gators on the gridiron.

1. Top Gun was the highest grossing film

Fun fact: A Top Gun poster still hangs in my bedroom at my parents’ house.

2. Crocodile Dundee was No. 2

3. Rex Chapman was preparing for his freshman season at Kentucky

As a freshman, Chapman averaged 16 points and was the hero of Kentucky’s 85-51 win over defending National Champions Louisville. Rex had 26 points vs. the Cards on December 27:

4. The world was still reeling from the Challenger explosion

On January 28, 1986, the Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into flight, killing all seven crew members. Tens of thousands of school children were watching live as it happened because teacher Christa McAuliffe was a member of the crew.

5. …and the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Man, the first half of 1986 was pretty depressing.

6. The Cosby Show was the top TV show

If we had only known then…

7. IBM unveils the PC Convertible, the first laptop computer

Remember this the next time you complain about your laptop being heavy.

8. The week of the game, “Amanda” by Boston was the #1 single on the Billboard charts

Speaking of…

9. Billy Gillispie was 27 years old

10. The Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl

11. Elle Macpherson was the supermodel of the moment

12. Girls were trying to be Madonna

13. Guys were trying to be Don Johnson

14. The Nintendo Entertainment Center was released

15. “The Legend of Zelda” was released

And kids today wonder why video games are considered nerdy.

16. Aerosmith and Run DMC released “Walk This Way”

17. Run DMC also gave birth to the sneaker culture

18. Beer commercials were a lot better

19. The world found out that an entire season of Dallas was just a dream

20. Alf debuted

21. So did Designing Women

22. And Double Dare

23. Ferdinand won the Kentucky Derby

24. Ferris Bueller took the day off

25. A 20-year Mike Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history

26. Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s secret vault only to find a bottle of moonshine

27. Teddy Ruxpin was one of the most popular toys

28. Paul Simon’s Graceland was released, which included “You Can Call Me Al”

Still a classic.

29. Fox started broadcasting, and its first show was “The Late Show,” hosted by Joan Rivers

30. Stephen King’s “It” was the hottest book

It is now the hottest movie…has to be a good sign, right?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

12 Comments for 30 things that were happening the last time Kentucky beat Florida

  1. Luether
    9:32 pm September 21, 2017 Permalink

    It’s been way too long…

  2. jstrunk
    9:37 pm September 21, 2017 Permalink

    It would be cool if they brought back the Power K for this game! Mrs. T. T. pull some of your strings and make this happen please!!!

  3. juettann
    11:47 pm September 21, 2017 Permalink

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane! I was 11! It’s DEFINITELY time to break the streak!

  4. juettann
    11:48 pm September 21, 2017 Permalink

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane! I was 11! 😊

  5. Philthy
    2:19 am September 22, 2017 Permalink

    Actually the date was November 15, 1986.

  6. Wildcat85
    8:00 am September 22, 2017 Permalink

    I agree. It was actually Nov. 15th, 1986. Also, who knew that Rex would have stooped so low to be a thief?

  7. Cat68
    8:06 am September 22, 2017 Permalink

    Yes sharp unis and no checkerboards to be found. Elles up!

  8. BlueGrass
    10:51 am September 22, 2017 Permalink

    I’m still trying to be like Don Johnson…