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There's been so much news about Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens -- from casting rumors to the fact that will direct -- that we forgot it's been almost 30 years since audiences first had an Ewok dance party on the forest moon of Endor.

It's crazy to think that Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi grossed a recording breaking $6,219,629 on its opening day, May 25, 1983. We're assuming the new trilogy will manage to do the same thing without the help of The Force.

All of this got us wondering: What else were people spending their money on back in the day?

We've done the research to save you from enduring your 'rents stories about how they hooked up on prom night in '83... You're welcome.

So, let's begin!

The '80s was a dangerous place. In retrospect, 's Return of the Jedi left us relatively unscathed. Will you be celebrating Return of the Jedi's 30th birthday this year with a pair of crimping tongs? Let us know in the comment section below.


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