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...

Yucca

In the seventies, for the first time, plants made their way into the house and all Glam 70s homes had to have a Yucca...

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 Bubble Blower

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...

ZX Spectrum

Designed by Rick Dickinson of Sinclair Research Ltd, the ZX Spectrum was first sold in April 1982. It was discontinued in 1992.

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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...