Where were you last time the All Blacks lost to Australia at Eden Park?

Last time the Wallabies beat the All Blacks at Eden Park, Magnum PI was still speeding around Hawaii in a (borrowed) Ferrari, busting crooks and breaking hearts.

The top song on Ready to Roll Countdown was 'I Wanna Be A Cowboy', by Boys Don't Cry.

C'mon, you remember that old banger - "I wanna be a cowboy… and you can be my cowgirl".

Oh right, many of you weren't born yet.

It was September 6, 1986. Prime Minister David Lange was waging war on the French over nuclear testing and the Rainbow Warrior sinking, 'Rogernomics' shaped our economy and Cath Tizard was Mayor of Auckland.  

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NZ Prime Minister David Lange. Photo credit: Getty

There would have been a few boys crying that afternoon, after Australia's 22-9 victory clinched a three-test series win over New Zealand.

New Zealand rugby had just been through a few months of upheaval, with the core of the national team sneaking out of the country for the unsanctioned Cavaliers tour of South Africa.

Upon their return, those veteran players sat out a two-test international suspension, leaving the no-name 'Baby Blacks' to heroically defeat France in a one-off test and then suffer a one-point loss to Australia in the series opener.

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Less than 12 months later, the All Blacks won the World Cup... on Eden Park. Photo credit: Photosport

When the Cavaliers were recalled, the All Blacks became a mish-mash of old and new under Brian Lochore, as they transitioned into an outfit that would take out the inaugural Rugby World Cup the following year.

Here are a few other things you might remember from that time… if you were alive. 

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Sonny Bill Williams, Kieran Read, Ben Smith & Fiao'o Faamausili. Photo credit: Photosport

That means you, Sonny Bill Williams, Kieran Read, Ben Smith... and Fiao'o Faamausili 

Of the current All Blacks, only three were born, although all three were likely wearing nappies.

Black Ferns skipper Faamausili was just starting primary school.

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Wal and Dog in Footrot Flats. Photo credit: Magpie Productions.

Stand By Me topped the US Box Office, but Footrot Flats was a hit in NZ

Top Gun was the biggest movie of the year, but Stand By Me - the story of four boys walking down a train track to find a dead body - was released in August and occupied top spot on gameday.

With Dave Dobbyn's 'Slice of Heaven' soundtrack, Footrot Flats became an instant Kiwi classic, based on the iconic cartoon by Murray Ball.

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The cast of Dynasty. Photo credit: Getty

Dynasty and Magnum PI were hot on our TV screens

Big hair and cool Hawaiian shirts were the order of the day, but so were Hill Street Blues ("Be careful out there"), Cheers (the place where everybody knows your name), Family Ties (Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton), The A-Team ("I love it when a plan comes together") and The Cosby Show (yikes!). 

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Space shuttle Challenger explodes on take-off. Photo credit: Getty

Space shuttle Challenger and Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded

While a leaky reactor in an obscure Soviet town probably didn't impact too many New Zealanders at the time, the images of an American space rocket disintegrating before our eyes sure did.

The vehicle erupted in flames 73 seconds after lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven crew - including playload specialist Christa McAuliffe, hoping to become the first teacher in space.

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Ivana & Donald Trump. Photo credit: Getty

Elizabeth II was (still) Queen of England, Ronald Reagan was US President, Maggie Thatcher was English Prime Minister

And 40-year-old property magnate Donald Trump looked like this.

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'Beehive' Parliament building in Wellington. Photo credit: Getty

NZ Parliament was busy shaping the country's future

The Government had just passed the Homosexual Law Refom Bill, introduced by Labour MP Fran Wilde, which permitted consensual sex between males aged 16 or over.

Within a month of the All Blacks defeat, Kiwis found their food bills hiked by 10 percent, as Labour introduced a Goods and Services Tax for the first time.

The move was partially compensated by less-obvious changes to personal income tax and these days, that GST stands at 15 percent.

Where were you on September 6, 1986?


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