Xenon

It wasn’t like pinball machines hadn’t been sexy before - many a lad had pumped his pocket money into Slick Chick just to spend more time with...

Xenophobe

Inspired by the Alien films and countless other sci-fi suspense flicks, this game sent a group of unlucky scientists and soldiers into a series...

Xevious

A classic vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up Namco arcade game (distributed by Atari), Xevious sent your 'Solvalou' craft into solo battle against the invading Xevious armies. Unfortunately, the...

Y2K Bug

In addition to debating whether 2000 or 2001 would mark the "real" beginning of the new millennium, the Western World pondered the effect the...

Yahtzee

The first version of Yahtzee was invented by a moneyed Canadian couple in 1956 aboard their yacht, of all places. Among the couple's boating coterie,...

Yasser Arafat

Born Muhammad Abed Ar'ouf Arafat. Palestinian nationalist politician, cofounder of al-Fatah in 1957, president of the Palestinian Authority, and leader of the Palestine Liberation...

Yes & Know Books

Any kid who had to make long car trips knew very well the pleasures of a good Yes & Know book. After spending so much time in...

Yitzhak Rabin

Israeli Labour politician and prime minister from 1974 to 1977 and 1992 to 1995. As a former soldier, Rabin was a national hero in the...

Yo-Yo

A playground favourite for millions of schoolchildren the world over, the Yo-Yo is actually, according to some historians, one of the oldest toys around. Museums...

Yoko Ono

Born in Japan on 13 February 1933, Yoko Ono finished her education in the USA and became a well-known figure during the 1960s in...

Yorkshire Ripper

The 'Yorkshire Ripper' killings started in July 1975 and continued until November 1980, during which time 13 women were murdered in the north of...

Yuppies

What rich 1980s white-collar workers were called in the decade when the western world revelled in unapologetic materialism. Yuppies (an acronym for "Young Urban Professionals")...

Yuri Gagarin

1 9 3 4 - 1 9 6 8 Yuri Gagarin literally rocketed to fame when he became the first man in space in April...

Zaxxon

1982 gamers had never seen anything like Sega/Gremlin’s Zaxxon. Players had flown spaceships into strafing raids and interstellar dogfights before, but Zaxxon did it in...

Zeroids

“Moving across the landscape, overrunning all obstacles as inexorably as the future itself, these amazing, efficient and powerful automatons have but one purpose -...

Zeta

The Ampol Rally in 1964 was a baptism of fire for an unknown car, newly born, barely christened. It was the Zeta - the lowest...

Zillion Bubbles (Wham-o)

By themselves, the words 'bubble blower' didn't inspire much awe. Ten-cent sets of rings and bubble fluid could blow bubbles. Heck, even dish soap...

Zodiac Killer

Cheri-Jo Bates walked from her campus library into the darkness towards her car. The battery was flat. A man appeared and offered to help her....

Zoids

Let's face it. Model toys took a long time to build. And for all the hours we sat hunched over the kitchen table, dizzy...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the...