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