World Events

The Challenger Space Shuttle accident Live8 Aide for Africa concert War against drugs- Just Say No campaigm Reagan Administration ‘Trickle down’ economics U.S. economic recession End of the cold war, breakup of the U.S.S.R. Fall of the Berlin wall, Checkpoint Charlie, unification of East and West Germany Star Wars space programme The Faulkland Islands conflict between Britain and Argentina Invasion of Grenada in 1983 Drug cartels in Columbia Fidel Castro Oliver North trials Iran-Contra Affairse U.S. in war with Afghanistan Meltdown of Chernobyl nuclear reactor French Polynesia, British Congo Hong Kong still under the U.K. Slaughter at Johannasburg S.E.T.I. project at Arricebo Conflicts with North Korea Deinstitutionalisation of the mentally ill and subsequent rise in the homeless population China institutes the 1 child policy Rise in child kidnappings in the U.S. Ryan White AIDS case Stock Market crash of 1987 – Black Monday Tianneman Square student marches and massacre U.S. Invasion of Panama Hands Across America Libya Conflict Republican majority in U.S. Senate The L.A. race riots U.S. Hosts Summer Olympics U.S. Embassy in Beirut is bombed U.S. vs. Soviets in 1980 Olympic ‘miracle on ice’ Mickhail Gorbechav initiates ‘glasnost’ policy towards U.S. Poverty on the rise in the U.S. Prices sour on food and gas Ronakld Regan shot in 1981 Largescale closing of factories across the U.S., Japanese imports rise sharply

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