“I wrote ['Born This Way'] in 10 f**king minutes,” Gaga told Vogue. “And it is a completely magical message song. And after I wrote it, the gates just opened, and the songs kept coming. It was like an immaculate conception.”
The release caught my eye because I’m waiting to give birth. Then I started wondering just what year Lady Gaga was born. Turns out it is 1986. This all led me to discovering this cool website called What Happened In My Birth Year.
You simply punch in your birth year or the year of your child’s birth and BAM. A whole slew of facts pop up. For example, in 1986, the year of Lady Gaga’s birth, here’s what was happening:
In 1986, the world was a different place.
There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo.
In 1986, the top selling movie was Top Gun.
Remember, that was before there were DVDs. People were watching movies in the cinema, and not downloading them online. Imagine the packed seats, the laughter, the excitement, the novelty. And mostly all of that without 3D computer effects.
The academy award for the best movie went to Platoon. The Oscar for best foreign movie that year went to The Assault. The top actor was Paul Newman for his role as Fast Eddie Felson in The Color of Money. The top actress was Marlee Matlin for her role as Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God. The best director? Oliver Stone for Platoon.
In the year 1986, books were still popularly read on paper, not on digital devices. Trees were felled to get the word out. The number one US bestseller of the time was It by Stephen King.
In 1986… Spain and Portugal enter the European Community, which later becomes the European Union. The Province of Flevoland is established in the Netherlands. The United Kingdom and France announce plans to construct the Channel Tunnel.
The first PC virus, Brain, starts to spread. The first federal Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., is observed. The Voyager 2 space probe makes its first encounter with Uranus. The Today national tabloid newspaper is launched in the United Kingdom, pioneering the use of computer photosetting and full-colour offset printing, at a time when British national newspapers still use Linotype machines and letterpress.
A treaty ends the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly.
American college basketball player Len Bias suffers a fatal cardiac arrhythmia from a cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after being selected 2nd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft. Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France.
The cargo ship Khian Sea departs from the docks of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, carrying 14,000 tons of toxic waste. It wanders the seas for the next 16 months trying to find a place to dump its cargo. Average per capita income in Japan exceeds that in the USA.
Australian singer John Farnham releases the album Whispering Jack, which becomes the highest selling album in Australia’s history. The video game of the day was Arkanoid.
In 1986, a new character entered the world of comic books: The Tick. Bang! Boom! But that’s just fiction, right? In the real world, in 1986, Amanda Bynes was born. And Lindsay Lohan. Charlotte Church, too.
That was the world Lady Gaga was “born this way” into.
For kicks – I was thinking of albums that have the word “born” in them. Can you think of any more?
Born In The UK – Badly Drawn Boy
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A – Bruce Springsteen
Born Free – Kid Rock
We Are Born – Sia
A Ghost Is Born – Wilco
Born Again – Notorious BIG
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