US History 1980-2011

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In History
  • Mt Saint Helen's Eruption

    Mt Saint Helen's Eruption
    An earthquake followed by the eruption of Mt St Helen's kills 57 people in Washington. There was over $1 billion in damage and the eruption caused the land to be wasteland.
  • 1980 Summer Olympics Boycott

    1980 Summer Olympics Boycott
    US boycotts 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest against 1979 invasion of Afgahnastan.
  • 1980 US Presidental Election

    1980 US Presidental Election
    Reagan Wins Video Regan won by a landslide 489-49
  • John Lennon Assasinated

    John Lennon Assasinated
    John Lennon, a member of the Beatles, was assasinated on December 8, 1980 Mark David Chapman killed him in New York City.
  • Iran Releases Hostages

    Iran Releases Hostages
    US citizens were held hostage for 444 days from Nov. 4 1979 - Jan. 20 1981 after the US embassy was taken over by Islamic students and militants.
  • MTV Signs On

    MTV Signs On
    MTV was the first 24 hour cable TV station dedicated to music videos. The people that changed the songs were called VJ's
  • Sandra Day O'Conner Joins US Supreme Court

    Sandra Day O'Conner Joins US Supreme Court
    She is the first female member of the Supreme Court.
  • 1983 Beirut barracks bombing

    1983 Beirut barracks bombing
    Marked the end of peacekeeping operations in Lebanon.
  • Chrysler Unveils Mini-Vans

    Chrysler Unveils Mini-Vans
    The Dodge Caravan and the Plymoth voager are released to the public as 1984 models.
  • Presidental Election 1984

    Presidental Election 1984
    Reagan won 525-13 taking all but one state, MN.
  • We Are The World

    We Are The World
    We Are the World VideoWorld awarness of poverty in third world countries sparked celeberties to sing the song We Are the World by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
  • Ninendo Entertainment System Released

    Ninendo Entertainment System Released
    It was one of the original gaming consoles.
  • Challenger Crash

    Challenger Crash
    Challenger Explosion CNN VideoOn Jan. 28, 1986 the space shuttle Challenger exploded during lift off, killing all on board including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
  • FOX Signs On

    FOX Signs On
    First major network to host nightly programming. FOX is still around today.
  • Tax Reform Act of 1986 Passed

    Tax Reform Act of 1986 Passed
    Simplified the tax code and broadedned the tax base. It was referred to as "Reagan tax cuts".
  • "Tear down this wall"

    "Tear down this wall"
    VideoOn a visit to Europe Ronald Reagan tells Gorbachev to tear the Berlin Wall.
  • Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
    Agreement between US and USSR. Limits ground intermidiate range nuclear weapons.
  • Wrigly Field Adds Lights

    Wrigly Field Adds Lights
    They were the last MLB stadium to add lights for night games.
  • 1988 Presidental Election

    1988 Presidental Election
    George H.W. Bush wins 426-111 taking 40 states.
  • Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing

    Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing
    Also known as the Lockerbie bombing. All 270 people on board the aircraft were killed.
  • Bush declaers a "War on Drugs"

  • 1989 San Francisco Earthquake

    1989 San Francisco Earthquake
    63 people were killed and thousands were left homeless.
  • Cold War Ends

    Cold War Ends
    George HW Bush declares the Cold War to be over at the Malta Summit.
  • The Simpsons Debuts

    The Simpsons Debuts
    One of the most successful animated cartoons in US history.
  • Hubble Space Telescope Launched

    Hubble Space Telescope Launched
    Launched during a Space Shuttle Discovery mission. The telescope allows us to see farter into space.
  • USSR Is Dissolved

    USSR Is Dissolved
    The Cold War offically ends when the USSR is dissolved.
  • 27th Amendment is Ratified

    27th Amendment is Ratified
    Prohibits changes in Congressial salaries to take effect until after the next election cycle. It was first proposed in 1789.
  • 1992 Presidental Election

    1992 Presidental Election
    Clintion defeats George HW Bush 370-168 taking 32 states plus DC.
  • The Storm of the Century

    The Storm of the Century
    300 people are dead after one of the worst billzards in history hits the East Coast causing $6 billion in damages.
  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Act which prohibits homsexual people from serving in the US armed forces.
  • NAFTA Goes Into Effect

    NAFTA Goes Into Effect
    Allows for free trade between the US, Mexico, and Canada.
  • Oklahoma City Bombing

    Oklahoma City Bombing
    The Oklahoma City Bombing was an attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 168 people were killed including 19 children under the age of 6. It was the worst tragedy on US soil before 9/11.
  • Lweinsky Scandal

    Scandal that alleged that Bill Clinton had sexual contatct wth White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
  • Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

    Centennial Olympic Park Bombing
    The bombing occured during the 1996 summer olympics in Atlanta. 2 peopel were killed and 111 were injured. The bombing was commited on by Eric Robert Rudolph.
  • Columbine Massacre

    Fourth deadliest school shooting in US history. 15 peoeple killed total including the shooters.
  • Y2K Computer Problem

    Problem with computers that rese the date back to 1900 after 1999. The problem arose from many computes using 2 digit dates.
  • 2000 Presidental Election

    2000 Presidental Election
    Outcome was delayed due to unknown winner in FL. Also known as the "Hanging Chads".
  • 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

    9/11 Terrorist Attacks
    Short 9/11 Video On September 11, 2001 four airplanes were hijacked and two destroyed the twin towers in NYC, one crashed into the Pentagon, and the fourth was crahed in a field in PA after the passenges on board took over the aircraft.
  • No Child Left Behind

    No Child Left Behind
    Created new standards for public schools in the US.
  • Hurricane Katrina

    Hurricane Katrina
    More than 1800 people are killed when Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, LA.
  • I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse

    I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse
    13 people are killed when a bridge over the Mississippi River in MN collapses. Brings need to repiar the US infrristructure.
  • 2008 Presidental Election

    Barack Obama becomes our first African-American president.
  • Deepwater Horizon oil spill

    Deepwater Horizon oil spill
    Caused by explosion in Gulf of Mexico. 4.9 million barrells of oil were released into the Gulf.
  • 2011 Joplin tornado

    2011 Joplin tornado
    At least 153 people are killed when a Tornado touches down in Joplin, MO.
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    Iran-Contra Affair

    Reagan administration officals secrety sold arms to Iran.
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    Gulf War

    Gulf war begins when Iraq invades Kuwait. US gets involved to protect oil resouces.