The 1980's

The 1980's started with a Cold War WOW and ended with an even bigger Cold War WOW. The first year saw the "Miracle on Ice" and the last year saw the fall of the Berlin Wall! Cool eh?

Here's Some of the Highlights

  • Chrysler Corp. Loan Guarantee Act to keep Chrysler solvent
  • U.S. hockey team defeats USSR then wins gold medal in Winter Olympics

  • U.S. and other nations boycott Moscow Summer Olympics
  • Mount St. Helens erupts
  • World Health Organization announces world-wide eradication of smallpox
  • "Pac-Man" first released in Japan
  • CNN makes its debut
  • Draft registration reinstated
  • Israel takes out Iraqi nuclear reactor
  • Solidarity movement begins in Poland
  • First space shuttle Columbia is launched (1981)
  • Falklands War
  • Space shuttle Challenger explodes after launch (1986)

  • Chernobyl tragedy
  • Black Monday (10-19-87) stock markets fall world-wide
  • Hirohito dies
  • Solidarity wins Poland's parliamentary elections
  • Tiananmen Square massacre
  • Berlin Wall comes down (1989)

  • Communist regime falls in Czechoslovakia
  • San Francisco earthquake of 1989
  • U.S. overthrows Noriega in Panama

And a couple of movies premiered that started a string of sequels

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