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3 mile island
3 Mile Island

The Three Mile Island accident was a partial nuclear meltdown which occurred at the Three Mile Island power plant in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States on March 28, 1979. It was the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and resulted in the release of small amounts of radioactive gases and radioactive iodine into the environment.

cold war
Cold War

The Cold War (approx. 1945–1991) was a continuing state of political and military tension between the powers of the Western world, led by the United States and its NATO allies, and the communist world, led by the Soviet Union, its satellite states and allies.

iran hostage crisis
Iran Hostage Crisis

The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States where 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students and militants took over the American Embassy in Tehran in support of the Iranian Revolution. President Carter called the hostages "victims of terrorism and anarchy," adding that the "United States will not yield to blackmail."

ruhollah ayatollah khomeini
RuhollahAyatollah Khomeini

was an Iranian religious leader and politician, and leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. Following the revolution, Khomeini became the country's Supreme Leader — a position created in the constitution as the highest ranking political and religious authority of the nation — until his death.

1973 gas crisis
1973 Gas Crisis

The 1973 oil crisis started in October 1973, when the members of Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries or the OAPEC (consisting of the Arab members of OPEC, plus Egypt, Syria and Tunisia) proclaimed an oil embargo.

munich olympics
Munich Olympics

Games of the XX Olympiad Host city Munich, West Germany Nations participating 124 Athletes participating 7170 The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 5, 1972. The killings of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian gunmen in an event known as the Munich massacre took center stage.


The Watergate scandal was a political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement.


The Vietnam Warwas a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States of America and other anti-communist countries

the great society
TheGreat Society

was a set of domestic programs in the United States promoted by President Lyndon B. Johnson and fellow Democrats in Congress in the 1960s. Two main goals of the Great Society social reforms were the elimination of poverty and racial injustice.

african american civil rights movement
African-American Civil Rights Movement

The (1955–1968) refers to the movements in the United States aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against African Americans and restoring voting rights to them.

counter culture 1970s
Counter Culture 1970s

In the United States, the counterculture of the 1960s became identified with the rejection of conventional social norms of the 1950s. Counterculture youth rejected the cultural standards of their parents, especially with respect to racial segregation and initial widespread support for the Vietnam War,and, less directly, the Cold War

decline of steel industry in pittsburgh
Decline of Steel Industry in Pittsburgh

The large mills in the Pittsburgh region faced competition from newer, more profitable "mini-mills" and non-union mills with lower labor costs. Beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the steel industry in Pittsburgh began to implode.

the iran contra affair
The Iran–Contra affair

The Iran–Contra affair political scandal in the United States that came to light in November 1986. During the Reagan administration, senior Reagan administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, the subject of an arms embargo. Some U.S. officials also hoped that the arms sales would secure the release of hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.


The four pillars of Reagan's economic policy were to:[2]

Reduce the growth of government spending

Reduce income tax and capital gains tax

Reduce government regulation of economy

Control money supply to reduce inflation

star wars
Star Wars

The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983,to use ground- and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles.

nasa sally ride
NASA Sally Ride

Dr Ride is best known as America’s first woman in space. She flew in space twice, first in 1983 aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, then again aboard Challenger in 1984.

effects of vietnam
Effects of Vietnam




fall of berlin wall
Fall of Berlin Wall

Historical Importance of the Berlin Wall: The Berlin Wall was the physical division between West Berlin and East Germany. However, it was also the symbolic boundary between democracy and Communism during the Cold War.

80s war on drugs
80s war on Drugs

Midway into his second term, Reagan declared more militant policies in the War on Drugs. He said that "drugs were menacing our society" and promised to fight for drug-free schools and workplaces, expanded drug treatment, stronger law enforcement and drug interdiction efforts, and greater public awareness

the exxon valdez oil spill
The Exxon Valdez oil spill

occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, when the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California, struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels (41,000 to 119,000 m3) of crude oil.

aids epidemic
AIDS epidemic

Since AIDS was first recognized in 1981, it has led to the deaths of more than 46 million people, making it one of the most destructive diseases in recorded history

kosovo and us relations
Kosovo and US relations

The United States of America has also assisted Albanians in fighting Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War by deploying military forces and aircraft. Kosovan people have also expressed their gratitude for the United States by parading in the streets with US flags and thanking the US for their support after the war.


was destroyed as it broke up in mid-flight in the second minute of its tenth mission, on January 28, 1986, at 11:38:00 am The breakup was ultimately due to the failure of an O-ring on its right solid-fuel rocket booster (SRB).

clinton impeachment trial
Clinton Impeachment Trial

Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, on December 19, 1998.

operation desert storm
Operation Desert Storm

The Persian Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), codenamed Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991) commonly referred to as simply the Gulf War, was a war waged by a UN-authorized coalition force from 34 nations led by the United States, against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait

welfare reform 1990s
Welfare Reform 1990s

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) is a United States federal law considered to be a fundamental shift in both the method and goal of federal cash assistance to the poor. The bill added a workforce development component to welfare legislation, encouraging employment among the poor.

the oklahoma city bombing
The Oklahoma City bombing

The Oklahoma City bombing was a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. It would remain the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people


The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an agreement signed by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

don t ask don t tell dadt
Don't ask, Don't tell" (DADT)

"Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) was the official United States policy on homosexuals serving in the military from December 21, 1993 to September 20, 2011. The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service