The Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday night, ending the franchise's playoff streak at 25 consecutive seasons.
The last time the Wings didn't qualify for a run at the Stanley Cup was the 1989-1990 season, and things were different then. Much different.
To put into perspective just how impressive Detroit's run was, let's take a look at some things that were going on during the last season they didn't earn a playoff berth.
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Jaromir Jagr was an NHL prospect
Back in 1990, Jaromir Jagr was just an 18-year-old kid from Czechoslovakia hoping to earn a shot in the NHL. Following the '89-90 season, Jagr was taken 5th overall by the Penguins, just two picks after the Wings selected Keith Primeau. These days, Jagr is approximately one million years old and still playing hockey every day.
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The Berlin Wall fell
Official demolition of the wall didn't start until June of 1990, but the reunification of Germany began in late 1989. During that time, large portions of the barrier fell and were chipped away as the German people celebrated the civil victory. More than twenty years later, building big walls is still a popular idea in politics.
Donald Trump was a bad actor in a bad movie
Decades ago, Donald Trump was best known as a businessman. But in 1989, he gave acting a shot when he played himself in the film "Ghosts Can't Do It" starring Bo Derek. The movie was released in 1990 and hated by pretty much everyone on earth. Trump earned a Razzie for 'Worst Supporting Actor,' which is especially hilarious when, again, he played himself. Now he is president.
Stuff cost less
The last time the Red Wings didn't make the playoffs, the cost of a new house was $123,000. The average American income per year was $28,960 and a gallon of gas averaged $1.34.
The Simpsons debuted
After an initial three-year run as an animated short, The Simpsons half-hour, prime time sitcom debuted on December 17, 1989. Twenty-eight seasons and over 600 episodes later, it can now call itself the longest-running American prime time sitcom in television history.
The World Wide Web was invented
In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee first proposed an information management system and, later that year, implemented the first successful communication between HTTP client and server. Ultimately, his proposal would become the World Wide Web -- you know, that internet thing that's filled with crap like this article you're reading right now.
An earthquake shook the World Series
Just prior to Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Athletics and Giants, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the Bay Area. It resulted in significant damage to both Oakland and San Francisco -- including Candlestick Park. The series resumed 10 days later.
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The original Game Boy was hot on the streets
Nintendo's original Game Boy was released in the summer of 1989, but it was still the hottest selling gift by time Christmas rolled around. The unit was sold for $89.99 and had launch titles such as Baseball, Tennis, Tetris, Alleyway, and Super Mario Land.
Milli Vanilli won a Grammy
History's greatest art heist was pulled off
In March of 1990, two men posing as Boston police officers walked into the Isabella Stewart-Gardner art museum, tied up the guards on duty and made off with 13 pieces of art valued at $500 million. It's the largest value theft of private property in history, and was pulled off to perfection. To this day, the FBI has yet to make an arrest or recover a single piece of art. Meanwhile, the museum is still offering a $5 million reward for info leading to recovery.
Nelson Mandela was released from prison
After serving 27 years of a life sentence for conspiring to overthrow the state, Nelson Mandela was released from prison in February of 1990. Following his release, Mandela became the head of the anti-apartheid movement and helped negotiate its end before being elected as the first black president of South Africa.
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public
In January of 1990, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was officially closed off to the public over safety concerns -- mainly that it would fall and kill a bunch of people. Since then, the tower has been stabilized and is once again open for climbing, though it's still mostly used for dumb photos of tourists "holding it up."