Timeline of a Black Millennial

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

On Saturday, March 14th, 2020 I turned 38 years old.


I began the day by celebrating the life of my dear Uncle Fred, and then spent the rest of the day "preparing," which meant going store to store buying non-perishable food supplies. In preparation for an impending period of economic & social shutdown (quarantine) that is currently happening to most urban cities across the globe.


As a millennial I think it is now safe to say that folks "in my generation" have witnessed much in our lifetimes. After 24 hours in quarantine, I have compiled a 38 point breakdown of some of the most significant events that I have personally experienced, that also had a direct impact on my peers and our shared culture/society."


Starting in the 1980s with the first Iraq-Iran War, followed by:



  • 1982 - My Birth, U.S.A ends a period of recession, Average cost of a house was $85K, Gas was 1.25 cents a gallon, Michael Jackson releases the Thriller album and becomes an Icon.

  • 1983 - U.S. Un-employment rises to 12 million, Microsoft releases Word program, Freaknik begins as a small picnic near the Atlanta University Center.


  • 1984 - Apple Macintosh Computer introduction, Beverly Hills Cop & Ghostbusters both debut.


  • 1985 - Windows 1.0 is released, The Color Purple debuts, Michael Jordan is NBA Rookie of the Year, New Coke, and Nintendo are introduced to the U.S. Market.


  • 1986 - The Oprah Winfrey Show debuts, the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes.


  • 1987 - Black Monday, global financial market crash, the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. fell exactly 508 points (22.6%), Worldwide losses were estimated at $1.7 trillion US dollars.


  • 1988 - After 8 years and 1.5 million dead the Iran - Iraq war ends, Coming to America & School Daze both debut.


  • 1989 - Average cost of a house was $140K, Gas was 1.06 cents a gallon, Berlin Wall Falls, Hundreds of student protestors are killed by the Chinese government in Tiananmen Square, Nintendo releases the Gameboy, the U.S. Savings and Loan Crisis requires a government bailout of $150 Billion, Do the Right Thing, Batman, and Driving Miss Daisy debut "Yes Miss Daisy" is the catchphrase we wish we forgot.


  • 1990 - Nelson Mandela Released from Prison in South Africa, House Party debuts and their dance routine becomes legendary


  • 1991 - Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield, Magic Johnson one of the most prolific athletes of all times revealed his HIV status, Boyz in The Hood debuts, Rodney King is severely beaten on the side of the road by police officers and video tape evidence goes out around the country.


  • 1992 - The L.A. Riots occur after 4 police officers acquitted for excessive force beating of Rodney King, Bill Clinton is elected as President of the United States, Malcolm X debuts in theaters.