1980-2001

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In History
  • Ronald Reagan becomes president

    Ronald Reagan becomes president
    Ronald Reagan, the former Republican governor of California, beats President Jimmy Carter and independent candidate John B. Anderson, also a Republican, in a landslide victory, ousting the incumbent from office. The victory in the Electoral College, 489 to 49, as well as an 8 million vote margin in the popular vote over Carter, ensured a mandate for the new president.
  • President Ronald Reagan withstands an assassination attempt

    President Ronald Reagan withstands an assassination attempt
    President Ronald Reagan withstands an assassination attempt, shot in the chest while walking to his limousine in Washington, D.C.
  • Tax cut legislation proposed by President Ronald Reagan, the largest in history, is passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress.

    Tax cut legislation proposed by President Ronald Reagan, the largest in history, is passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress. It would reduce taxes by $750 billion over the next five years.
  • IBM introduces the IBM-PC personal computer

    IBM introduces the IBM-PC personal computer
    IBM introduces the IBM-PC personal computer, the IBM 5150. It was designed by twelve engineers and designers under Don Estridge of the IBM Entry Systems Division. It sold for $1,565 in 1981.
  • Ronald Reagan proposes a Star Wars plan

    Ronald Reagan proposes a Star Wars plan
    The initial proposal to develop technology to intercept incoming missiles, the Strategic Defense Initiative Program, or Star Wars, is made by President Ronald Reagan.
  • Ronald Reagan re-elected

    Ronald Reagan re-elected
    President Ronald Reagan wins reelection over Democratic challenger Walter F. Mondale, increasing his Electoral College victory since the 1980 election to a margin of 525 to 13.
  • The first meeting in six years between the leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States

    The first meeting in six years between the leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States
    The first meeting in six years between the leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States occurs when Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan engage in a five hour summit conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Martin Luther King Day is officially observed for the first time as a federal holiday in the United States.

  • The Challenger Space Shuttle explodes

    The Challenger Space Shuttle explodes
    The Challenger Space Shuttle explodes after lift off at Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing seven people, including Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire school teacher.
  • The United States and the Soviet Union sign an agreement, the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    The United States and the Soviet Union sign an agreement, the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
    The United States and the Soviet Union sign an agreement, the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, to dismantle all 1,752 U.S. and 859 Soviet missiles in the 300-3,400 mile range.
  • George Herbert Walker Bush wins

    George Herbert Walker Bush wins
    Vice President under Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, claims victory in the presidential election over Democratic challenger Michael S. Dukakis, Governor of Massachusetts. The Electoral College vote tallied 426 for Bush and 111 for Dukakis.
  • The Berlin Wall was demolished

    The Berlin Wall was demolished
    The Berlin Wall, after thirty-eight years of restricting traffic between the East and West German sides of the city, begins to crumble when German citizens are allowed to travel freely between East and West Germany for the first time. One day later, the influx of crowds around and onto the wall begin to dismantle it, thus ending its existence.
  • The Hubble Telescope is placed into orbit by the United States Space Shuttle Discovery

    The Hubble Telescope is placed into orbit by the United States Space Shuttle Discovery
    The Hubble Telescope is placed into orbit by the United States Space Shuttle Discovery. One month later, the telescope becomes operational.
  • The Gulf War begins

    The Gulf War begins
    Iraq invades its neighbor, Kuwait, setting into motion the beginning of U.S. involvement in the Gulf War. Four days later, the United Nations begins a global trade embargo against Iraq. On November 29, the United Nations passes a resolution, #678, stating that Iraq must withdraw its forces from Kuwait by January 15, 1991 or face military intervention.
  • U.S. Congress passes a resolution authorizing the use of force to liberate Kuwait

  • Disintegration of the Soviet Union

    Disintegration of the Soviet Union
    The renewed nation of Russia, part of the Soviet Union dissolved on December 26, 1991, and their leader Boris Yeltsin announce that they will stop targeting the cities of the United States with nuclear weapons.
  • Bill Clinton wins the presidency

    Bill Clinton wins the presidency
    In a three way race for the presidency of the United States, Democratic candidate Bill Clinton defeats incumbent President George H.W. Bush and businessman H. Ross Perot of the Reform Party. Many trace the loss of President Bush to his reneging a pledge for "no new taxes." Clinton received only 43% of the popular vote, but 370 Electoral votes to Bush with 37.4% and 168 Electoral College votes. Perot garnered 18.9% of the popular vote, but no Electoral College delegates.
  • The World Trade Organization (WTO) is created

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is created
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is created, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) formed from a series of post-war treaties on trade. The World Trade Organization is more highly structured than the previous GATT and counted seventy-six nations among its members in 1995.
  • One hundred and seventy nations decide to extend the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty indefinitely.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton wins a seat for the United States Senate from New York

    Hillary Rodham Clinton wins a seat for the United States Senate from New York
    Hillary Rodham Clinton wins a seat for the United States Senate from New York. It is the first time a former First Lady wins public office.
  • George W. Bush wins the presidency

    George W. Bush wins the presidency
  • incident of 911

    incident of 911
    Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijack four U.S. airliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack of two planes levels the World Trade Center and the crash of one plane inflicts serious damage to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing nearly 3,000 deaths.