1981-AIDS: The disease is a serious health problem all over the world, and is considered a disease outburst, that is not only present over a large area but is quickly spreading. The virus associated with AIDS is called HIV.

 1989-Berlin Wall: After a few weeks of social disorder, the East German government announced that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the Berlin wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere.

 1987-Black Monday: When stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw its largest one-day stock market percentage decline (22.6%) in history.

 1986-Challenger Disaster: When Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida at 11:38.

 1980-CNN: A U.S. cable news channel founded by Ted Turner. While the news channel has numerous affiliates, CNN primarily broadcasts from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

 1980-Cold war: The United States increased diplomatic, military, and economic pressures on the Soviet Union, at a time when the nation was already suffering from economic stagnation. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the liberalizing reforms of reconstruction.

 1980-Computers: The computers produced and marketed only helped to increase the popularity of these convenient pieces of equipment throughout the decade and beyond. It was unusual for a household to be without a personal computer.

 1989-Exxon Valdez: Occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, it struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 of crude oil. Exxon Valdez is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters.

 1985-Farm Aid: a benefit held to raise money for family farmers in the United States. The concert was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.

 1984-Geraldine Ferrano: accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president and to take her place in American history as the first woman nominated for national office by a major party. She was also an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a member of the United States House of Representatives.

 1980-Grain Embargo: the policy enacted by the United States that banned the export of grain and technology to the Soviet Union in response to the invasion of Afghanistan. Some tangible effects of the embargo were negligible, with the Soviet Union simply acquiring grain from alternative sources in South America and Europe.

 1983-Grenada: Bernard Coard and his wife Phyllis, backed by the Grenadian Army, led a coup against the government of Maurice Bishop and placed Bishop under house arrest. On October 25 combined forces from the United States and from the Regional Security System based in Barbados invaded Grenada.

 1986-Illegal Immigration: The largest amnesty was the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, which legalized 3 million immigrants. 601,516 immigrants were admitted into the US in 1987.

 1987-INF Treaty: Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is an agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union, signed in Washington, D.C. by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. The treaty eliminated nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges.

 1986-Iran-Contra Affair: a political scandal where senior Reagan administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, the subject of an arms embargo. Some U.S. officials also hoped that the arms sales would secure the release of hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.

 1980-“Just say no”: was an advertising campaign, part of the U.S. "War on Drugs", to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no. The slogan was created and championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan.

 1983-Lebanon (US Marines): Militia leaders began to view the United States and its allies as favoring the Christian-led forces of the Lebanese government. A car-bomb attack at the U.S. Embassy in April killed 63 people emphasized the point.

 1984-Nicaragua: A general election was held to elect a president and parliament. The election date, 4 November was selected so that Nicaragua would have a legitimate, elected government in place before the anticipated reelection of Ronald Reagan in the United States on 6 November.

 1989-Noriega: In the 1989 invasion of Panama by the United States he was removed from power, captured, detained as a prisoner of war, and flown to the United States. Noriega was tried on eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering.

 1981-North, Oliver: He attended the Command and Staff Course at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and graduated. North began his assignment to the National Security Council, in Washington, D.C., where he served as the deputy director for political-military affairs until his reassignment in 1986.

 1981-Sandra Day O’Connor: She was the first woman appointed to the court, serving as an Associate Justice. O'Connor was appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

 1985-PMRC: An American censorship committee formed with the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to be violent, have drug use or be sexual via labeling albums with Parental Advisory stickers. Parents Music Resource Center was founded by four women.  

 

1987-Panama: The recently retired Colonel Roberto Díaz Herrera, resentful for Noriega's violation of the "Torrijos Plan" of succession that would turn him into the chief of the military after Noriega, decided to denounce the regime. The Cruzada Civilista was created and began organizing actions of civil disobedience.

 1986-Colin Powell: He took over the command of V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany, from Robert Lewis "Sam" Wetzel. In April 1989, Powell was promoted to General and briefly served as the Commander in Chief, Forces Command, headquartered at Fort McPherson, Georgia.

 1982-Reaganomics: President Reagan's economic policies were in effect, corporate contributions to charities grew an average of 10 percent per year, outstripping inflation by over 6 percent. The average income of all economic segments of the American population rose.

 1983-Sally Ride: She became the first American woman and then youngest American, at 32 to enter space. In 1987 she left NASA to work at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control.

 1985-Silicon Valley: The southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California in the United States and its home to many of the world's largest technology corporations. Hewlett-Packard has become the largest personal computer manufacturer in the world, and transformed the home printing market when it released the first ink jet printer in 1984.

 1981-Space Shuttle Columbia: Columbia was successfully launched on April 12, 1981 and returned on April 14, 1981. After orbiting the Earth 36 times, it landed on the dry lakebed runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

 1983-Strategic Defense Initiative: It was proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on March 23, to use ground and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization was set up in 1984 within the United States Department of Defense to oversee the Strategic Defense Initiative.

 1980-US Olympics Boycott: The Moscow Olympics was a part of a package of actions initiated by the United States to protest the Soviet war in Afghanistan. It preceded the 1984 Summer Olympics boycott carried out by the Soviet Union and other Communist-friendly countries.

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