Key people Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 and 1984.His press secretary James Brady and two others where shot by John Hinckley Jr. Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as the first female appointed to the US Supreme Court in 1981 During a military parade Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated with grenades by his own soldiers in 1981. Jesse Jackson was the first African American who ran for president. Sally Ride was the first women in space for the United States.
Key Events Reagan’s 2nd term ends with Scandal with the Iran-Contra Affair. Arms were secretly sent to Iran in exchange for money and Hostages. Pope John Paul II receives a severe gunshot wound when a person tries to assassinate him. Some think it was for his strong political views against the Soviet Block during the Cold War. Fall of Berlin wall. Reuniting East and West Berlin the former capital of Germany. Marking a major turning point in the Cold War. Soviet War with Afghanistan Lasted 9 years and helped to end the Cold War. Challenger explodes 74 seconds after takeoff. Killing 7 astronauts.
Fads & Fashion Many people watch as the day after is broadcast on ABC it shows what it would be like after a nuclear bomb. Stonewash jeans, shoulder pads, jelly shoes,and caramel men's suit jackets are all fashionable clothes from the 80’s Rainbow hair, mullets, and mohawks were all trendy hair styles in the 80’s Thin ties,were very popular in the eighties. Ray-ban sunglasses were made popular from movies by Tom Cruise and the Blues Brothers throughout the decade.
Music Whitney Houston Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones, Guns and Roses, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Olivia Newton John were popular musicians and bands from the 80’s. Olivia Newton John Michael Jackson Guns and roses
Technology Scientists discover a hole in the ozone layer which protects the earth from dangerous sun rays Worlds first reusable spacecraft was Columbia completed its first voyage and soon after it returned to space. First human heart transplant believed to prolong life of sick dentist. Scientists locate titanic remains but keep it secret to discourage treasure hunters. Haley's Comet was seen and observed bythe world for the first time in 76 years. The U.S. and other countries sent satellites to observe its path.