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Events of the 1980s

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These were the most significant events in the U.S. in the 1980s.

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Ronald Reagan elected--1980 Report Abuse
The 40th President epitomized the decade of the 1980s.
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Reagan signs massive tax cut bill--1981 Report Abuse
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First space shuttle launch--1981 Report Abuse
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1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid features Miracle on Ice Report Abuse
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Live Aid concert for African famine relief--1985 Report Abuse
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U.S. boycotts 1980 Moscow Olympics Report Abuse
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Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after lift-off Report Abuse
Millions watched the tradegy occur live. The space program was halted for years after the accident.
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Reagan shot--1981 Report Abuse
An assassination attempt was captured on video and replayed over and over for days.
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Black Monday stock market crash--1987 Report Abuse
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U.S., USSR sign missile treaty--1987 Report Abuse
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Terrorist bombing in Lebanon kills 241 Americans Report Abuse
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Mt. St. Helens volcano erupts--1980 Report Abuse
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Exxon Valdez crash Report Abuse
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Los Angeles hosts 1984 Summer Olympics Report Abuse
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San Francisco earthquake interrupts World Series--1989 Report Abuse
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S&L Bailout--1989 Report Abuse
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Sandra Day O'Connor first woman appointed to Supreme Court--1981 Report Abuse
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AT&T broken up by federal government Report Abuse
The decision impacted the telecommunications industry for decades.
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MLK Day first observed--1986 Report Abuse
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Iran-Contra Affair Report Abuse
The biggest scandal since Watergate.
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